Ok, so this is probably my 3rd trailer topic on the forum over the last couple of years, but I'm really about to pull the trigger this time
I have it narrowed down to 2 trailers, both 20 ft car haulers with 2 foot dovetails. A Longhorn, and a PJ. There are some seemingly substantial differences between the two. Here are the ones that seem like they may matter.
Longhorn - Incandescent lighting, painted, 4 " channel wrap-around tongue, angle iron cross-members on 24" centers, steel fenders, brakes on one axle
PJ - led lighting, wiring inside steel conduit, 5" channel wrap-around tongue, 3" channel( looks like a little I-beam) cross members on 16" centers, aluminum fenders, powder coated top and bottom, brakes on both axles.
Both are 7k trailers. The deck on the Longhorn is a little lower, probably because of the difference in the cross members, and the Longhorn has about a 3" lip on the outside edges of the deck, which I could see might come in handy to hold lumber, etc in the deck, but might interfere with loading/unloading items from the sides.
Both have radial tires and Bulldog couplers.
I have never bought a large trailer, so I'm agonizing over the decision. The heaviest thing I could see myself hauling is the 3038e, so the extra beef in the frame of the PJ might not be needed. That said, it gives the impression of an overall much more substantial trailer, albeit at a 20% premium compared to the Longhorn.
Would really like to hear some experienced opinions on this, as I'm a noob to the trailer game. Thanks!