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Squeaky Wheel
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Am I in good company on this one, or am I the only one that collects utility trailers?

1) 4 x 8 (red) - Dad built it around 1990 for his Dad, it heavy duty for its size, I woud say 2500 # GVWR
2) 6 x 10 (green) - Dad and I built this one around 2008 as my senior project and it has 3000 # GVWR
3) 5.5 x 12 tilt (grey) - I bought this one in 2014 to haul the Farmall Cub to plow days behind my truck. It is a 5500 # GVWR.
4) 6 x 12 box trailer (white) - This one was purchased from a friend in I think 2013, and it is a 3000 # GVWR.
5) 6.5 x 16 (black) - I bought this one recently and it is a 7000 # GVWR trailer with 5200 # brake axles and it was built in 1986.
6) 6.5 x 16 (yellow) - Dad bought this one in 1984 (1983 model) and it is a 10,000 # GVWR equipment trailer, well used so far lol

I'm only missing a few colors to compete this collection, right? Lol
Mabey a 14 footer and an 18 footer, or a 6 footer? Ugh, how? Lol
 

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Squeaky Wheel
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I wish I had your luck of finding trailers I can't find one here that isn't overpriced. It not fun loading a non running garden tractor in the back of a pick up.
The key is to find those fixer upper deals. The last two trailers I bought needed all new wiring, lights, jack, and something else. Usually 20-30 years old and beat half to death, but solid lol.
 

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I wish I had your luck of finding trailers I can't find one here that isn't overpriced. It not fun loading a non running garden tractor in the back of a pick up.
An old boat trailer with a strap winch converted into a utility trailer works well for me. Mine is a tilt bed 5x9, I have less than $300 into it. The 9' long ramps are excessive, I have to have a 3' choker strap to make the hand crank winch strap hook reach a dead garden tractor.

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But it is lightweight and easy to move around. It gets treated like a garden cart half the time.

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I'm down to three road trailers: a 1980- 4' x 8' Snowco: Tire Wheel Motor vehicle Automotive tire Vehicle


2008- 6-3/4' x 10' Woodworth; Wheel Tire Sky Land vehicle Vehicle


And the 19 year old, 7' x 16' Woodworth: Wheel Tire Vehicle Motor vehicle Automotive tire
Which is currently in the shop for maintenance & adding a 2' dovetail to give me more room with the 790 & finish mower & cut down the rampgate.
 

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I'd like to find a tandem axle one capable of hauling a car, but they are all priced like gold lately, no matter how much fixing up they need, people want too close to the price of new.... I'm not paying $1500 for one that needs welding on, plus a complete rewire, plus a new deck, springs and hangers, and a coupler too. Oh and they usually dont have title either for that price, I am not going thru that headache ever again. I did that on my current 6-1/2x13 home built...
 

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YES! That's my look at it! :D I have big 12000lb that is size of car hauler then and now have 6 x 10 for the smaller tractors and what-ever. Seems you get correct size, shouldn't need many. Big one for Big stuff, Small one for Small stuff, easy! BUT, make sure you get those rated high enough not to be overloaded. small one is 3500lb, nice size for single axle. Wouldn't buy a 2000 rated. The big one is a little overkill, but glad I had the higher rating couple times. Have GT trailer sits around and hardly used, most times a wheelbarrow can do same hauling with less hassle. That's why you see them rusting and piled up at places, just not that useful.
 

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I have yet to buy a trailer that hasn't needed some level of repair. Just started switching them all over to LED lighting, as the old lighting fails.
I finished off the deck on my 16 footer.. LED's all around!

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Google "collections" some day,, nothing people won't collect for whatever reason..Trailers are very versatile. Most folks don't even need a truck but when the need arises a trailer will do the job without the expense of driving a fuel sucking pig all year that is used generally as a commuter vehicle. I have boat trailer..necessity..and a 5x9 tilting trailer,,,it was free.
 

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I don't really collect anything, even when it comes to garden tractors, I only have 1 that's running, and 1 more that's in the middle of a track conversion for 3 years now lol.

I have 2 trailers, 1 is 14' long, steel deck, home built with trailer house axles, it can hold anything! and my other is a 8' wide 24' long dove tail goose neck, it is a triple axle trailer, it pulls really nice since it is a goose neck.

I do want to buy one of these days, a smaller trailer, maybe a 10' long at the most, but it will half to be pretty stout to hold my Kubota and Bolens.
 

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I have a little 4X8, 2,000lbGVW tilt bed that I bought for $60 at an auction, fixed a few things and had to get a registration for (easy to do in NY for trailers under 1,000lb empty-this trailer only weighs 340lb), plan to buy a new equipment trailer this spring after I pass my road test(don't ask should have had it this year) and pay my truck('99 dodge ram2500, 8800lbGVW).
 

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A friend of my son's just got a good deal on a tandem axle car sized trailer, 6 lug axles, brakes and all, lately the deals aren't coming my way. He had me redo the lights on it, but it is otherwise in good shape. The ones I'm finding, need "everything" done to them and sellers are wanting more than double what he paid to boot, to a point of being more worth building from scratch, if only Illinois wasn't so anal retentive about getting a title. 5 years ago a title for a home made trailer was the easiest transaction you could have to do at the DMV, but they "fixed" that, making it by far the most complicated. so what ever I find must have a title with it if nothing else....
 
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