Trailers are funny things. There’s always a better one out there. If I chose to purchase a specific brand, I’d get a half dozen people telling me I should have purchase six other ones. And really, most trailer brands out there are nearly identical. They differ slightly in construction and features, but all they consist of is a steel cage wrapped in aluminum, sitting on an axle or two. Very basic.
I think one of the biggest differences among trailers is price. If the seller is widely known, such as Haulmark, you may pay more. If the seller is a start up, trying to break into the market, you’ll likely pay less. It really depends on how many people have heard of the name you intend to buy.
When searching for a trailer this time around, I really knew what I wanted. I had boiled things down to a 7’X14′, tandem axle, enclosed cargo, black with barn doors. The construction mattered because I’ve seen many videos online of welds falling apart on various older models. I’ve also seen some pages describing how roofs became unattached after about six months of use. When researching the trailer company I would go with, I looked into these types of things.
Have you ever heard of Arising Industries? No? Me neither. Well, as it turns out, there are a few dealers out there who hold some stock of trailers built right north of me in Georgia. They’ve got a warehouse with a few guys cutting and welding – and putting together some really nice products. Since the buzz on the web and my research brought me to them, I found a dealer in St. Augustine who sold them and made a visit last week. (B&B Trailers and Accessories, Inc.)
While I was at the dealer, I took a look at two trailers. One was 7’X12′ and one was what I wanted, a 7’X14′. They were both very nice and really, either one would do, but I decided that I should go with the 14′ because I’ve been stuck running out of room before. I didn’t want to have to give stuff away last minute again.
Good looking trailers. I’ll post some pics of mine when I get it. It should arrive at the dealer on November 4, so we’ll see what happens. I found a site that has some nice pictures of the construction and build process. Notice the full frame construction and the solid tubing throughout. Many trailer manufacturers don’t use solid tubing. That’s huge.
Like I said, I’ll put tons of pictures up as soon as I get the trailer. I’ve got to pick up a brake controller as well, so I’ll probably throw in some photos of that too. Until next time.