______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.
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.
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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Bunch of big old cars
In theory, practice and theory are the same.
In practice, they are not.
______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.
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
______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.
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
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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
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
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TOP BRAND wouldnt sell to me direct...god knows
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
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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