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I am looking at why I have a F150 sitting almost all year and I can easily replace it with a trailer and pull it with my Expy. So this leads me to looking for an 6ft long open trailer capable of say 2500lbs for overkill. I haul scooters to a San Fransisco rally yearly and would like to make Grattan some year. I would also like this to be able to haul plywood or sheetrock when the occasion infrequently arises.

Any suggestions on brand or what to look for when buying a open trailer? I would like it to be light enough to toss on its end for storage.
 

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A steel utility trailer with a load rating of 2500 lbs is going to be awfully difficult to "toss on its end". I was going to recommend AlumaLite trailers, but their website is down (or they are out of business).
 

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Yeah, that's over a ton. You sure you need that much?
 

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I would go with a 5x8 trailer with a ramp.
:plus1: if you want to be able to carry plywood. Usually the 4'ers (in my experience) are too narrow, and you'd be hanging off the end of a 6'er with a 4x8 sheet. If you don't mind hanging over and things not lying flat, then a 4x6 trailer is much easier to store and get around. A friend liked the fold up one he got from JCWhitney. Fairly inexpensive, seems to be well built, but you get to add the deck and carry a ramp.

I have a cheapo 5x8 with a mesh deck, but it is a little lightweight when loaded up with 2 VFR's, so I wouldn't recommend this brand (from Lowe's). Definitely too large to put on end.
 

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I had one of the Harbor Freight ones years ago, just hauled a small plastic boat on it and it did fine with that but the wheels were too small to take on a long trip with bikes and gear on it IMO. If you get something heavy enough to hold up it will be too heavy to stand on it's end for storage.
 

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I have this one and am very happy with it. Its made by Big Tex, I got it from that trailer place on the west side of the 14 freeway near Acton on the way to Palmdale. Its a 5x8, has a 3200 pound axl, weight 750 pounds, and has full size 15" wheels. I didnt want something cheap, flimsey, and with tiny tires like the Harbor Freight or Home Depot gardening trailers. No way your going to "toss it on end" with anything with decent carrying capacity. I've hauled a Bridgeport Mill on this and a ton of rock on it and its done great. I'm happy with the size, it will hold sheets of plywood or sheetrock, two full size sport bikes, 3 dirt bikes, or one BMW GS1150 :) The swing down ramp is awesome, I would not own a trailer without it.

Mike

PS: when it cools off, lets get some riding in! Hey, you got a VFR...down for a Saddle Sore 1000 in October with me and Richard?
 

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Sweet G Force... Thanks for posting. I know the place you are talking about. Have to check it out if the place here in Palmdale doesn't have it. Got a model number or anything like that?

Gonna need something small enough to put in the garage cause with the way they are building house around here I ain't gonna get it in the backyard.
 

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When I had an open trailer, it was a landscape one like G-Force's. I agree with what he said, if you get one light enough to sit on it's end for storage, it'll be flimsy and you won't be happy with the way it tows. A heavier landscape with the drop down ramp is the way to go.
I think Kendon (?) makes a foldable storage trailer that's sturdy, but I think it may be a rail trailer, making it hard to haul plywood.
Definitely get 15 inch wheels.
I had a cheap flimsy rail trailer at first that was really made for dirtbikes or SkiDoos and trailering street bikes with it was pretty scary, even for just an hour or so. I wouldn't recommend cheap aluminum rail trailers. It flexed badly and weaved all over the place. Too light.
 

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G-Force

I forgot about your trailer. Heck I could toss my bike in yours when you head for Grattan. :eyebrows: So out near Palmdale? About how much $$ should I plan on bringing to get one of those?

Pete, Those Aluma trailers look the bomb. Prices aren't listed but from a similar model Aluma... I am guessing $1500 for a 6 footer garden style (no rails)

G-Force, Sean, my jailer buddy, with the R1 has a group heading out for a ride from the crest to Wrightwood Saturday. Wanna go?
 

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I have this one and am very happy with it. Its made by Big Tex, I got it from that trailer place on the west side of the 14 freeway near Acton on the way to Palmdale. Its a 5x8, has a 3200 pound axl, weight 750 pounds, and has full size 15" wheels. I didnt want something cheap, flimsey, and with tiny tires like the Harbor Freight or Home Depot gardening trailers. No way your going to "toss it on end" with anything with decent carrying capacity. I've hauled a Bridgeport Mill on this and a ton of rock on it and its done great. I'm happy with the size, it will hold sheets of plywood or sheetrock, two full size sport bikes, 3 dirt bikes, or one BMW GS1150 :) The swing down ramp is awesome, I would not own a trailer without it.

Mike

PS: when it cools off, lets get some riding in! Hey, you got a VFR...down for a Saddle Sore 1000 in October with me and Richard?
If you don't mind me asking how much did your trailor cost?
 
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