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Lets see your trailers (plus Steel vs. Wood)

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by WesternproGMC, Jul 31, 2012.


Wood vs. Steel Deck

Poll closed Aug 7, 2013.
  1. WOOD

  2. STEEL

  1. WesternproGMC

    WesternproGMC Member
    Messages: 82

    im planing on building a 18foot hyd. tile and i want to see what your trailer look like

    :confused: PLUS what do you have steel or wood? what do you like about it? what don't you like about it? (lets settle this once and for all)
  2. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    I don't have a tilt deck but a 24' deck over, Wood flooring, easy to repair and not as slippery come winter.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Go at least 20' with your trailer....my tilt is 20', hydraulic dampened
  4. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    I run 24' & 30' straight and dove tail goose neck trailers with wood decks easy maintenance and deck replacement if needed.
  5. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    20 foot hyd. tilt bed, 15k axles, wood bed, more traction, easy replacement, only way to go.
  6. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    I have a 22' H&H Speedloader and I absolutely love it. I use it daily basically as a rolloff tow vehicle. 14k, wood deck, removable fenders. Can't beat a power tilt IMO. There's pics around here, I'll have to dig them up.
  7. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

  8. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Mine, on my old truck tho. 18 with a 2ft tail. 7k axles. Looked at some used tilts but they were all too narrow. Plus i was able to get this one new for just over the price of a used manual tilt. Also a believer in wood floors.

    I've had this one not quite a year. Only regret i have is not getting it sooner!

  9. Deerewashed

    Deerewashed Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    do all you guys with these big trailers with 7k axles have class a cdl's? thats the only holdback for me getting one to haul a 10k excavator, especially because i am under 18.
  10. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,105

    I bought this galvanized one cause I needed something heavier for my loader and a backup for my aluminum maintenance trailer and haven't regretted the decision. Its a 20ft manual tilt, wood floor, 14000lbs. built heavy, it weighs 3450lbs on it's own. Haven't broken it yet.....

  11. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    CDL not required as long as your combined GVWR is under 26001 lbs, DOT #'s required if you cross state lines and you exceed 100 nautical miles from your home base
    But with commercial registered vehicles you are required to follow CDL guidelines. You still might be required to apply for and display DOT #'s depending upon your location
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2012
  12. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,972

    I opted for simple and stupid and couldnt be happier, full width ramps make loading easy :drinkup:

  13. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    NICE TRAILERThumbs Up I would'nt have to double ck my ramps with that setup.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2012
  14. WesternproGMC

    WesternproGMC Member
    Messages: 82

    nice trailer.. i really like the straps on already (no strap knot balls)
  15. WesternproGMC

    WesternproGMC Member
    Messages: 82

    trailer i want to build

    Deck size: 19"x82"
    Gross Capacity: 10,400 lbs
    Empty Weight: 2563 lbs (base on steel deck)
    Empty Tongue Weight: 557 lbs (base on steel deck)
    Frame: 5" Channel Steel with Tandem 5200lb axles
    leaf spring suspension
    brakes on both axles

    im still thanking steel deck because it will pull nice empty (less jumping) and the trailer is more rigid with the deck welded to the frame with a 1in bead ever 3in. planing on fender that come off, 12,000LB winch, loading lights, hydraulic tongue jack, all LED lights and i plan on making 8 of these http://youtu.be/GpXCiOOoPxk

  16. sn95vert

    sn95vert Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Here's my homemade trailer. best small trailer out there. Mostly a toy hauler but I occasionally haul a small bobcat around.


  17. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,719

    Here's what I'm currently pulling.
    Brute 23+5. 24,999lb gvwr.
    Pierced frame with a wood deck (lower deck height by a few inches). The wood deck is great and quieter then steel.
    Dual flip ramps with a lift up center to make it 28' of flat deck.
    Ratchet rail with sliding ratchets accepting 4" straps on the drivers side. (awesome feature)


    No problems with it really, just wish it was longer sometimes.
  18. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Surree why dont you brag how your truck is longer too.. :laughing:
  19. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    What do you plan on hauling? Being a tilt, honestly 2500 tare weight and 5k axles makes it seem pretty light duty to me. Mine is 3,500lbs and 7k axles and it's almost a bit light duty for some of the bigger stuff I haul. It's perfect for cars and stuff though, skidsteer, etc. The only thing I would change when building my own would be to use 2 lift cyl's for stability. You're not always loading perfectly level and it really does make a difference. My trailer is very heavy duty, but tweaks back and forth a lot and it's losing it's original strength. It get's pretty used and abused though. I've been considering selling it to build one myself to suit my needs a little better.
  20. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    I'd go with 7,000 lb axles, You'll regret it later if you don't. The bearings on the lighter axles can't take the punishment the heavier axles can. I repack the bearings on our trailers every 3 months and replace the annually. II don't need a trailer broke down the middle of BFE because of bearing problems.