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Old 06-03-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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Utility trailer?

I've been thinking about renting or buying a small utility trailer- two purposes, one, to move stuff (more than will fit in my car, but not a truckload) and two, to use for things like trips to the dump.

Looking for something light enough that I can carry 500lb or so of stuff and not go over 1000 lbs. Is that possible? It doesn't have to be huge; I just need to be able to secure the load.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:11 PM   #2
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Rental is cheap and then you don't have to store, maintain or insure it.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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4' x 8' Utility Trailer - 1720 Lb. Capacity

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I've been thinking about renting or buying a small utility trailer- two purposes, one, to move stuff (more than will fit in my car, but not a truckload) and two, to use for things like trips to the dump.

Looking for something light enough that I can carry 500lb or so of stuff and not go over 1000 lbs. Is that possible? It doesn't have to be huge; I just need to be able to secure the load.

Any ideas?
I bought one of these for less than 200 bucks, spent another 50 on wood and had a nice little utility trailer I owned!

Heavy Duty Utility Trailer - 870 Lb. Capacity

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Old 06-03-2014, 01:57 PM   #5
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I recently bought the 4'x8' version of this one. Seems to work real well.
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:19 PM   #6
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I have owned one of the Harbor Freight DIY type trailers for almost 20 years. It has around 40,000 miles on it.

I have replaced the tires a couple times, the lights a couple times, the springs one time, the coupler one time, but the chassis is still holding together.

Most of those miles have been carrying one or more motorcycles for a cargo of 600# or more. I also use it behind my tractor for yard work.

It sits outside in rain, snow, sleet, and sun 24/7/365.
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I have owned one of the Harbor Freight DIY type trailers for almost 20 years. It has around 40,000 miles on it.

I have replaced the tires a couple times, the lights a couple times, the springs one time, the coupler one time, but the chassis is still holding together.

Most of those miles have been carrying one or more motorcycles for a cargo of 600# or more. I also use it behind my tractor for yard work.

It sits outside in rain, snow, sleet, and sun 24/7/365.
I also have had one for many years, replacing nothing so far!

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Keeping with the whole fibreglass theme, The Trillium Sportsman was designed for this purpose:
On (Canada) - 1979 - Trillium Sportsman - $2000
Rebuild of a Trillium Sportsman
Trillium Utility Trailer - $2,900 (Winter Garden, FL)
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I bought one of these for less than 200 bucks, spent another 50 on wood and had a nice little utility trailer I owned!

Heavy Duty Utility Trailer - 870 Lb. Capacity

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That's kind of what I'm looking for.

Rental is a good idea but the ones I've seen are all bigger and heavier.
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Rental might be a good idea if you will only use it once or twice a year, or if storage is an issue.

Otherwise, they are pretty handy things. I jokingly called my minivan with the utility trailer attached "my crew cab truck." The combo can do almost anything a half-ton truck can do better and cheaper.

Unless you are using a really small passenger car, I'd advise getting at least a 4x8, which will accommodate standard building materials. Sides are nice for hauling trash & yard debris (helps keep things from blowing), but sometimes get in the way when carrying building materials. Removable sides would be ideal. My 4x8 has 2' expanded steel sides and weighs about 500 pounds. It's medium duty (2300 lb. capacity, single axle with 14" wheels). Maybe a bit more than you need, but too small a trailer can also be problem: now that I have ditched the minivan for a Pilot, my 4x8 trailer is hard to see in the mirrors to back up.

There is a danger in owning a trailer (pickup owners face the same) - people will want to borrow it or ask you to help them move

Keep an eye out for used ones on Craigslist, etc., but beware of homemade rigs - may not be roadworthy.
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That's kind of what I'm looking for.

Rental is a good idea but the ones I've seen are all bigger and heavier.
I think you'll like it Bobbie. Just make sure you keep clean grease in the bearings, as they're Chinese and can be hard to source.

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