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Old 12-27-2007, 01:27 PM   #1
 
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Will you get the goose neck already!

Does anybody have any tips of where and what to look for?

How long does it have to be?
How high?
What weight capacity?
Etc...

Is it worth buying a used one and rebuilding it? Or should we just get a new one for a few thousand more?
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:47 PM   #2
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Depends on what you're planning on doing with it.

Once you figure that out, then you can start to look at your options a little differently. I see lots of "deals" on used equipment trailers around here. Some of them need a lot of work, but the weight ratings make them worth it compared to what you might be able to pick up new.

If you decide to go new, don't skimp. Make sure you find a quality trailer and a cheap trailer. Compare the details between the two. Look at the construction materials, quality of fit and finish, check out the wiring. There's a reason a good one costs more and three years down the road is not a good time to find out why.
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Well, he will be hauling a CJ (and maybe a K10). JTJ also plans to set the onboard with generator on it along with plasma cutter and other equipment.

And if there is enough room, 2 power wheel jeeps and 2 ATV's.

How long? 20, 30, 50 feet?
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30ft should be plenty. maybe I can put the powerwheels in the shop challenge to make it fair.
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:53 PM   #5
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mines 25" and i hall my blazer and 2 4wheelers everywhere. 30" should be enough for you. Buy one built. you will spend more than you think repairing one.....
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Old 12-27-2007, 05:13 PM   #6
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I priced the supplies to build one and it is cheaper to buy one. I found a 30ft with a 5ft dove and an extended neck to clear my truck for about $7000 in Laferia.
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The one thing I've always liked about gooseneck/fifthwheel trailers is the available room over the tongue. It wouldn't be hard to build a platform on top to carry the "little stuff".

If you get a deck-over style, there's also plenty of room to mount good sized boxes under the deck. Like everything else, it's a whole lot easier to modify something that already exists to suit your needs than it is to build it from scratch. Unless you're in a position to buy bulk amounts of steel, building a trailer is always going to be more expensive than buying one.
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Are you looking at a 20K or 14K load rating? If you go the 20K, you may be looking at getting a CDL as well. The Popo seem to watch those more. Also, registration and inspections cost more. I have a 20+5 14K deckover gooseneck. I really like the trailer but it is a lot of overkill for hauling 1 rig. Just a little too tight to haul 2 rigs, 24' would have been better unless you want to carry 2 Sammi's. Mine weighs about 6500 lbs unloaded.
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I know that there are some guys who build their own custom trailers. How do your legalize/register it?

Does the same go for a 'built-from-scrap' truck?

Also, if the trailer is 20K lbs rated and it wieghs 6,500 lbs. does this mean you can only load 13,500 lbs?

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I hunted all last year for one till i finally found one on Craigslist. Its a 2005 "Pull" deckover with 2 7500lb. axles with electric brakes, spare, storage boxes,jack, 16 2" ratchet straps, LED lights for $2300. Its prolly a once in a lifetime deal, but I found a hotshot buisness going under and took advantage of it.......
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I know that there are some guys who build their own custom trailers. How do your legalize/register it?

Does the same go for a 'built-from-scrap' truck?

Also, if the trailer is 20K lbs rated and it wieghs 6,500 lbs. does this mean you can only load 13,500 lbs?

You can apply for a home made trailer in Texas quite easily. Might take a couple trips to the tax assessors office, but there's not much to it.

A "built-from-scrap" truck would be considered an assembled vehicle. Same sort of deal applies as the trailers, but there's a lot more headache. It's easier to start with one of your "scraps" being a titled vehicle. If it never goes on the road, you don't have to have a title or registration--but you will need an offroad sticker.

And you've got it spot-on on the weights. But before you take it out on the highway it's a good idea to go over all the parts and make sure they're rated as high as the trailer. Tires, hitch, and axles will be your limiting factor as to how much weight you can safely carry. Brakes on both the trailer and the truck are considered as well. Just because your truck is strong enough to move the load, doesn't mean it can stop it. I've been pushed through intersections when my trailer brakes failed to activate because of a loose wire. The truck locked all 6 wheels and just kept on going.
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Buy one built. I built my car hauler i have right now. Man it touck some man hours. More then i planned. And i was rebuilding a smaller trailer but making it longer and wider and heavier axles. Used it as a starting point.

As for registering it. If its under the 4000 or 6000pds you can just take the paper work in. If its over that. You have to weigh it get it d.o.t.ed. Lots of b.s and time.

And your going to need a at least a 30fter to put to rig and 2 fourwheelers and other b.s on it. Make sure you know what you want. As for having enough room for 2 rigs. Not to good of a deal. Get one to handle your **** only.

Lots of guy buy trailers that can carry 2 rigs but then you end up only carring 1 most of the time. Like dott stated. unless your going to do the cab-over and 1 rig set-up.
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Well, the Master (JTJ) will be carring my K10 with his CJ. But not all the time. Your right, a 1-car haulder may be more than enough...
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make sure they're rated as high as the trailer. Tires, hitch, and axles will be your limiting factor as to how much weight you can safely carry..............................Just because your truck is strong enough to move the load, doesn't mean it can stop it.
While the axles determine your overall load carrying capacity (assuming the trailer was designed to match the axles) IMO, the tires are really the limiting factor, especially on a "non-dually" style trailer. Make sure you get good quality tires and keep close eye on the air pressure. Nearly every time I stop, I feel the temperature of the tires. Heat kills and increased speed increases the heat.

Trailer brakes are a must.....
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I Know ive always told you to get a 35' dual tandem with dual 10k axles so i can use it as well, but the best thing to get would be a 25+5 with dual 7k axles it be the perfect length and it be light
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:50 PM   #18
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That is a perfect trailer. I like the deck over the neck for the atvs. Got to do that to mine.
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