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Custom Pickup Box Trailer    Posted 08-22-2004 at 18:21:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi everybody!

I've got a couple of questions that I need some feedback on. My buddy & I have been building customized trailers out of used pickup boxes for about 5 years for local folks. We've been tossing around the idea of doing this as a business, so I thought we'd get online & see what the interest level is for custom trailers.

So, here are the questions:

1. Would the idea of saving the wear & tear on your current pickup box by purchasing a trailer custom made from a refurbished pickup box appeal to you?

2. What special items would you like to see available on a Custom Pickup Box Trailer if you were to purchase one?

3. We currently service and inspect all under carriage parts (wheelbearings & rearend). Would you rather have the option to get all new parts on your trailer?

4. What size Custom Pickup Box Trailer would you prefer if you were to buy one? (Full size, Mid size box, 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton)

5. If you could see photos of previous trailers we've done posted on a website, would you consider ordering one from us?

Thanks for your input, we look forward to your comments!

Jim


Custom Pickup Box Trailer    Posted 08-24-2004 at 07:57:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the input everybody. We've been talking about the points you all made. One of the things that the people like about our trailers is that we use a longer tounge which makes for much easier handling, especially backing up. The side to side stability issue can be solved by heavy duty tires, springs & shocks. I've loaded mine to the max with wood and chunk coal & never had a problem. Axles flying out could be a problem with any kind of vehicle that isn't kept in good shape. As for the insurance, we never thought about that one, & I'm sure it would be fairly expensive(isn't it all?). We'll be checking on it.

Thanks for your help, we invite any more ideas you may have!

Jim


John    Posted 08-23-2004 at 06:14:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are some pretty inexpensive 16' to 18', new trailers on the market. They start at about $800. here. I doubt there would be much of a market for a trailer like you talk about, at least in my area. The few pickup bed trailers I see are real pieces of junk. Worth maybe $200.-$300. at best. They may be ok for hauling wood out of the forest but not any good for road work. By the way, you better be insured really good.


deadcarp    Posted 08-22-2004 at 20:22:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Probly won't be much help but i like those pickup kinda things so here goes -

1. Would the idea of saving the wear & tear on your current pickup box by purchasing a trailer custom made from a refurbished pickup box appeal to you? Nope, i'd use it for firewood so i could unhook & use the wood when i feel like it.

2. What special items would you like to see available on a Custom Pickup Box Trailer if you were to purchase one? Only stake pockets and tiedowns (Oh, and a dump bed would be nice) - from years of construction work i can tell you - if you're never gonna know whether plastic buckets or drywall or a bobcat attachment or fridge is going in there, nothing is handier than an open box. :)

3. We currently service and inspect all under carriage parts (wheelbearings & rearend). Would you rather have the option to get all new parts on your trailer? Naw, if they already outlasted the engine, they'll outlast me.

4. What size Custom Pickup Box Trailer would you prefer if you were to buy one? (Full size, Mid size box, 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton) Fullsized, tougher the better.

5. If you could see photos of previous trailers we've done posted on a website, would you consider ordering one from us? Maybe if i didn't have a $10-trailer assortment from local auctions.



ron,ar    Posted 08-22-2004 at 18:28:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Every trailer I ever saw or used that was made from a pickup bed was unstable. They all had way too much side to side motion. How do you solve this problem?


Clod    Posted 08-22-2004 at 18:38:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think that the regular straight axle trailer axle should replace the defrential .


Bob/Ont    Posted 08-22-2004 at 18:58:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clod you are going to spoil all the excitment for oncoming motorists. Nothing can come close to the exillerating feeling you get as you watch someone pull off up the road while a tire, wheel and three foot axle are flying through the air towards you at 60 MPH each.
Later Bob


Clod    Posted 08-22-2004 at 19:38:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was surfing California.Yes, I have had an axle fly out and hang there about two feet and the truck engine race up fast but this one did not get completely out of the tube.


Bob/Ont    Posted 08-22-2004 at 20:30:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clod,I was reffering to one I saw in Kitchener come out of a camper trailer and fly across the hwy. That sure slowed down the traffic.
Later Bob


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