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Old 02-19-2006, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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tilt-bed car hauler / utility trailers...

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______There are a couple of trailer manufacturers/dealers out of the state of Missouri that sell a nice looking tilt bed trailer on Ebay. Both are 22' beds (18'tilt+4'fixed), tandem axle, 12K rated.

______Has anyone had experience with tilt-bed style trailers vs more standard trailers with loading ramps.

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Re: tilt-bed car hauler / utility trailers...

What are you using the trailer for. Personally I have experience using them hauling construction equipment and I dont like them at all. The ramp trailers are much nicer and easier to load for that type of equipment
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______Hey thanks for the input. I have a couple of older cars and a 1956 Ford 860 tractor (been in the family since new) that I occasionally would like to be able to haul when necessary. The cars are Fieros, an '85GT and an '88GT, both rear engined, I worried that the weight bias might not be right to make the trailer level out once loaded.
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How heavy is the Ford tractor? It looks like either trailer would be overkill for hauling Fieros. They both look pretty heavy, which is a factor for gas mileage, especially if you are running empty one way. Iíve never owned anything but ramp trailers, but Iíve seen these being used for construction equipment. You have to go really SLOW loading or unloading past the tilt point, or the bed will slam down pretty hard.
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______I agree with it being overkill for the Fieros. I don't anticipate running empty except locally (like dropping a car or tractor off for service). Most lengthy trips would have the car onboard both ways. I've never weighed the tractor, it's small utility style farm tractor, wide front end, with a Freeman loader (hydraulic lift, mechanical gravity bucket) of the same time period, and 400 lbs of wheel weights plus water on/in each rear wheel. It might weigh on the heavy side of a couple of tons.
______I just don't want to wish I had purchased a heavier duty one later on. I have plenty of truck, so difference in purchase price and fuel mileage probably won't make much difference to me in the long run.
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i went w/ a 18x7 TOP BRAND i liked the
fact that the ramps could be stowed under the rear
or in the upright position.

the trailer is REALLY low...original ramps were 4ft
and i just extended 'em to 7ft...theyre still stow-able
under the trailer but now its a much nicer run-up
when loading the low clearance cobra replica.

the nice thing about a non-car trailer is that the
ENTIRE deck is flat and USABLE for anything else (boxes
etc)...a "TRUE" car trailer will have a beaver/drop tail
and reduce the over all FLAT portion of the deck by at least
2ft.
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______I was kinda thinking like that too, I wanted a full length flat deck for the reasons you describe and to keep the rear of the trailer from dragging when transitioning from parking lots to the street.
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ive got 1800 in my trailer...

I've added:

Bearing Buddies
Spare Tire
Spare Bearings
Spare Hub
E-Track (bolted thru the frame)
3 ft of Steel to each ramp (7' total lenght per ramp)
CHAIN (for thru the wheels, as a theft deter.)
LOCKS (for ramp hinge bars & ramps...so NOTHING can be
removed w/out a key)
Welded the Spare Tire (mounted on the spare hub to the
trailer)
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That's a great price! What's the GVW rating of the trailer?
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That's a great price! What's the GVW rating of the trailer?

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the one i have is rated at 7k (two 3500lb ax.), they
make 10k and up in the same basic setup (heavier)

id looked around PLENTY...i couldnt find anything USED
that was worth a crap...hell some of the new ones were
MORE than this one (and didnt included new wheels OR tires)!

Id almost given up when i ran across TOP BRAND TRAILERS

beginning w/ the 2006's they all have brakes on EVERY WHEEL...
since theyre mfg'd in west virginia & new west virginia law
requires brakes on every wheel !

oh yeah i forgot i got money in WOOD DECK PAINT/STAIN
too (wanted to protect the wood as much as possible)
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Re: tilt-bed car hauler / utility trailers...

Did they have a dealer close to you or are you in WV anyway?
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im "dual" resident in virginia & texas [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
they had a dealer less than 10mi away from me in winchester (va)
but i couldnt get the guy to call me back (even after i was
there in person) to tell me when he'd get the trailer i
wanted...

i finally called TOP BRAND and got em to share
w/ me all the dealers in va/md/wv/pa i basically just
called around to all the dealer til i found those that
had what i wanted and then worked 'em over for price [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

TOP BRAND wouldnt sell to me direct...god knows
i tried.

the TOP BRAND trailer is 1st rate...extra marker
lights on the sides...and EVERY light is FLUSH MOUNT...the
fenders are NOT tin...theyre SOLID diamond plate
steel...i CAN & DO stand on the fenders
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______Well, I'm in central Indiana so I'll have to call tomorrow and see if they have anything in in my area. I wish Ohio wasn't such a damn long state!
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Re: tilt-bed car hauler / utility trailers...

I have a Branson tilt-deck gooseneck, it's a semi-custom made one, with the heavy axles and a 6' front deck, for 24' overall. It was $3600, picked up there. The workmanship is really poor, the wiring didn't even make it home, and the paint is terrible - but a comparable "good" trailer was closer to $6000, so it wasn't too bad of a deal. I right-away rewired it, fixed a couple bad welds, and Herculinered a bunch of the front and the fenders. I'm still only into it for about $4200, and it's a pretty good trailer, now.
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Re: tilt-bed car hauler / utility trailers...

How do you like the tilt feature? Would you get that style again?
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