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#1 toomanytoys84 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 08:35 AM

Been looking at utility trailers again.  I sold the last one I had and been regretting it ever since.  A local guy is selling "Wallace Trailers" never heard of them, they don't look bad, seem stronger than the stuff I've seen at tractor supply and such.  But not made as nice as the Gatormade and PJ trailers I've looked at, but the price point on these is about 300 dollars lower for a similar size.

 

They do have an odd "gusset" I guess you'd call it that runs from the tongue up the cage that is around the trailer.  Never seen anything like it, I can't imagine that the railing is very load bearing from that position.

 

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Ever seen this before?  First time I've seen it.

 

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Found out they are American Manufacturing.  They are built in Toledo Ohio.
 


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Posted June 01, 2016 - 08:53 AM

I've seen that "brace" before used in trailers. imo it doesn't do anything structurally to improve the trailer, except in the case where someone has used that location as a pull point and bent that top rail.
I have a PJ 20 ft 10k trailer that I bought new 4 yrs ago and have been very happy with it.
Good luck in your search.
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Posted June 01, 2016 - 09:23 AM

The brace is popular for winch mounts. I like it been thinking about adding one on mine.


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Posted June 01, 2016 - 09:32 AM

That brace seems like a good idea to me. I can see how it will also brace the rail if a load comes loose while braking. It does mean that the trailer can not tilt. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted June 01, 2016 - 09:34 AM

It triangulates it and would add strength from some angles.As mentioned it would help with a high mounted winch.


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Posted June 01, 2016 - 10:04 AM

The angle brace is a good idea because it reduces the flexing in the frame at the front of the deck. Gene
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Posted June 01, 2016 - 10:39 AM

must have for a winch.


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Posted June 01, 2016 - 11:04 AM

My 16 foot trailer that is 30 plus yrs old has that front angle support, I have my spare tire mounted to it.


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Posted June 01, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Like has been said prior - that brace is a must with a winch.  My trailer is a tilt bed so had to put the brace back to the floor.  Only time it is a minor problem is when unloading gravel with a shovel.  Kind of hard to get around but other than that wouldn't be without it.


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Posted June 01, 2016 - 01:26 PM

My 16 foot trailer could have used that brace to prevent the top from bowing forward like it has over the years of prior abuse, but I would add one. If anything I would add one straight back from tounge to center of the trailer. Personally, do not chrap out in buying a trailer, you will always be sorry later that you didnt end up with a trailer that has certain features, such as these listed below that I have grown to love over the years of building and buying trailers.
1) electric brakes (on all axles)
2) diamond tread steel flooring (lasts 30 years and keeps load lower to the ground)
3) drop axle on single axle trailers (lower center of gravity and reduced loading angles)
4) tilt deck (no ramps to fool with or fall off of)
5) oversized / overrated trailer axle (bigger bearings, bigger brakes, sometimes better tires available at better prices)
6) LED lighting is a must, would not go without it again, and protected wiring is a must on any trailer
7) the rampgate is a mixed feelings 'like', they are great for full width loading and bad for slipping and falling down if even a little damp....
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Posted June 01, 2016 - 03:01 PM

I have the ugliest trailer on the planet,,however it is a tilt type, home made and a hand operated winch on the tongue. Tilt is a great feature!

I really should fix it up,,,we did replace springs and shackles last year. Loaded 1 1/2 yards wet topsoil on it Saturday,,the sides spread about 2 inches from floor but hauled it home with the tires squashed down,,,good thing i brought the wife along for luck!

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 05:06 PM

If that tongue material is too thin, you'll need that brace!


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Posted June 01, 2016 - 05:15 PM

If that tongue material is too thin, you'll need that brace!


That was my thought.

I don't need too much trailer. Led lights would be nice but I can always add that later. Ive never had an issue with ramp gates.

I may go with it. My wifes response was why do you need another trailer. This may not be the time to press this topic.
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Posted June 01, 2016 - 06:35 PM

That was my thought.

I don't need too much trailer. Led lights would be nice but I can always add that later. Ive never had an issue with ramp gates.

I may go with it. My wifes response was why do you need another trailer. This may not be the time to press this topic.

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 07:57 PM

I bought a 18' "car hauler" and was disappointed in the fact that only 1 axle had brakes, the lighting was not DOT compliant, and I had to totally rewire it after owning it only 2 months, and the trailer was not painted on the bottom side.

 

Just make sure you get what you want and get what you pay for!


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