Since I ordered a new Landa SLT I decided to repaint my trailer and do something about the rust. I had no idea how bad the rust was until I started grinding. I have had issues with the axles on this trailer for a while and after today it looks like I will be buying a new one. It sucks because I just had this one custom built only a couple years ago but I’m definitely going with a higher quality trailer this go around. I’ve been looking at some heavy duty Big Tex trailers. They’re a little over 4g for a 16’ that’s rated at almost 12k. I know a lot of you are going to say go aluminum but that’s not going to happen. I can do something about the rust but I need the suspension and axles to be able to take a beating. My current trailer is rated for 7 thousand pounds and I don’t even pull that much by I’m replacing hubs twice a year and now the spindle is bent and the tire leans in on the back axle. Not to mention this new machine weighs over 1200 pounds and I’m going to go with a larger water tank. If it’s not one thing it’s another. I have a never ending list of crap that needs fixed and I’m not putting this new machine on a crap trailer.
Im looking at the Gatormade. Ill go enclosed but they will build to suit. If you want 5200# axles they will do it for example. But Im sure many will. If I dont go flatbed truck route Ill get this one with barn doors and extra venting, wired for 2 air movers and heating element. Get one to you specs.
I agree on the aluminum, it doesn’t rust, but it simply cannot take any stress, it WILL crack and you can never repair aluminum to its original strength. I’m sure some will argue with that, but I promise you it’s a fact. I’ve been a professional welder for 17 years, everything from cross country pipeline welding to structural. As far as the axle bending unless you waaaay overload it or took it off a sweet jump, that should never happen!! Possibly it was built really cheap, you replacing hubs regularly also points to that. The next trailer you get make sure it has DEXTER axles under it. A few pumps of grease ever 6 mo or so and check your bearing preload once a year and they should outlast the truck pulling it!!!
I agree. I like to weld and customize my trailers and that’s one of the reasons I prefer steel. I’m not spending a fortune a a descent tig welder to mess with aluminum.
You might want to look into powder coating the new trailer, after you do any mods of course, and after you use it a bit to make sure your satisfied with the mods. Powder coating properly applied is absolutely amazing, can’t beat it off with a hammer! It gets a bad name from lots of manufacturers using it without proper prep and application. Powder coating is the process of electrostaticly applying a plastic powder and melting it into a coating in an oven, but the prep work is what counts, and LOTS of manufacturers 1/2 ■■■ it and it chips and falls off…
I have a race car chassis builder close to me that does their own, and it’s all but bulletproof.
POR-15. Works like a charm, no oven necessary.
POR-15® Rust Preventive Coating is designed for application directly on rusted, sandblasted, and seasoned metal surfaces. It dries to a rock-hard, non-porous finish that won’t chip, crack, or peel, and it prevents rust from recurring by protecting metal from further exposure to moisture. POR-15® Rust Preventive Coating is sensitive to UV light and must be topcoated when prolonged exposure to sunlight is possible. Topcoating is not required for areas not exposed to sunlight.
Yes, topcoat/paint over it. I never liked powder coating.
I’ve looked into that but this metal is a disaster. As I was grinding today I was hitting pockets of water at least 3/8” down in the support beams. If the axles weren’t messed up I could deal with it but I’m spending too much time on it to have to turn around and replace the axles. I’m throwing in the towel on this trailer. It will now be my trash dump trailer. I’m not putting a 13k and a 4K machine on this piece of crap. I should have done this last year and I probably could have saved it, but a year when chemicals can get behind the paint on the metal is just too much.
Looking at a Big Tex with 2 5,200lb axles for $3800. Its a little more expensive than others but it’s built really strong and has a good jack on the front which will be needed adding a 1300lb machine to the front.
The ones Ive seen are super stout looking. Are you going with car hauler type, utility or deckover?
Utility with the tailgate removed and a custom ladder rack.
Just an update. I went to get a new Big Tex trailer with 5200lb axles and they just sold their last 16 footer. That’s as long as I’m willing to go. I could have ordered one but it they said it could take a few months. Instead of shopping around for other brands I decided to spend that money updating my current equipment and buying a new mig welder so I can custom build a couple things. I spent a few days prepping my two year old trailer for gloss black paint and two part epoxy truck bed liner. I have always had blue trailers because they match my vehicle wraps and stand out but I figured I would try something different plus it will match my new Landa SLT that will be in soon. I will have that on the front and another 8gpm cold water machine mounted near the rear with 4 hose reels. It’s a project but I love building my on rigs and it gives me something to do when things aren’t so busy during the winter.