This is exciting news. Just yesterday, I took a trip down to the Trailer Depot in Northford, CT and picked up a nice new Sure-Trac open trailer.
The great part of yesterday’s trip is that I traded in my older Carry-On 5’X8′ trailer and was able to transfer the plates over to my new trailer. That’s why I deal with the Trailer Depot – the convenience. They also have some really nice trailers to look at.
While I did enjoy using my Carry-On trailer, I needed to upgrade for a few reasons.
1. The Carry-On trailer didn’t have a crank jack. When I would load something heavy (such as wood pellets), I wasn’t able to unhitch the trailer from my SUV without the use of a car jack. When I purchased the trailer, I didn’t think of that, but as time went on, it became a nuisance. I could have picked up a crank jack from Harbor Freight or Amazon for about $20 though. Not a big deal.
2. The Carry-On trailer only had 12″ tires. This is perfect for cruising around town, but as I get into long distance highway driving, I am going to need larger 15″ tires.
3. The Carry-On trailer was too small. Again, while this was fine for picking up pellets, dumping garbage and doing lawn work, it simply wasn’t large enough for what I need it for.
4. The Carry-On didn’t carry enough weight. When I purchased this trailer, it said 2k on it, meaning one ton. Well, as it turns out, one ton is the max it can hold. Really, it’s a 1600 pound trailer. That, minus the weight of the trailer, which was 400 pounds. That brings it down to 1200 pounds. When I would load one ton of pellets into it, I didn’t feel good at all.
5. The Carry-On trailer lights kept failing. I would have to wiggle the lighting unit or slap it to get them to work. The ground was bad.
But, it served its purpose well. I owned the trailer for about four years and never had a problem with it. Now, someone else gets to enjoy it.
Let’s get to the fun stuff – the new trailer. I’ll just copy and paste the specs from the dealer:
Type: Utility Trailers
Condition: New – 2013
Size: W: 7′ x L: 12′
Warranty: 1 Year
Hitch: Ball Coupler
Curb Weight: 990
Paint: Powder coated
This handy utility/landscape trailer has 2” pressure treated pine deck with 2×2 uprights that have a spare tire mount and a top rail. The ramp gate is 4ft high and has self retained gate pins (impossible to lose a pin). The gate stands up straight or folds flat against the deck to minimize drag. The trailer rides on a 3500lb EZ lube axle with 15” tires and has rubber mounted lights with LED taillights. All the wiring is enclosed in tubular steel. This trailer is perfect for a garden tractor, ATV, zero turn, small equipment, or landscape and gardening materials like mulch, leaves, stones or whatever you need to haul!
You should see it. It’s huge – perfect for me. I also plan on building sides for it.
I also picked up a spare tire from the dealer so I don’t have to go running around town trying to find one of those.
Here are some pictures of the new trailer.