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    Build or Buy an 18' trailer

    Well I'm getting in the Spring mode and was thinking about a trailer for my 1025R (FEL and iMatchwith Ballest box being the longest load). I have all the required equipment to build a trailer (except a flat floor, but thats another issue) and comparing the current Buy prices and the estimated build costs (no fun factor added in) I'm not seeing a big differential. 7,000 lb with double axles with brakes on one set, radial tires and diamond plate top (pricey stuff) removable fenders and dove tail with ramps, LED lights.

    Who in the GTT world has built and wished they would have purchased? Or comments in general....
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    I've built a few smaller trailers for road use and have helped my father build some pretty big trailers many years ago.
    Back then it was by far cheaper to build than buy, if you could find one. Not so today, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy Bottom View Post
    Well I'm getting in the Spring mode and was thinking about a trailer for my 1025R (FEL and iMatchwith Ballest box being the longest load). I have all the required equipment to build a trailer (except a flat floor, but thats another issue) and comparing the current Buy prices and the estimated build costs (no fun factor added in) I'm not seeing a big differential. 7,000 lb with double axles with brakes on one set, radial tires and diamond plate top (pricey stuff) removable fenders and dove tail with ramps, LED lights.

    Who in the GTT world has built and wished they would have purchased? Or comments in general....
    I bought an Appalachain trailer:

    Appalachian Trailers Utility, Dump, Gooseneck, Equipment, & Car Trailers

    I bought the 18' dove tail dual axle 7500lb trailer for just shy of $2400.00. They will even customize it for you, I wanted to be able to hide my ramps under the trailer and wanted heavy duty fenders, they did this at no charge. You cannot hardly buy the axles for that price. These frames are heavy duty channel, they are not you average tractor supply trailer. By the the time you get your labor and parts in it, you will have much more than that in it. Just my $.02
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    I'd definitely put brakes on both axles!
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    Buy. I've priced this out a few times and unless you're dealing with a large trailer it's very difficult to save any money building your own anymore. Builders can buy their material in bulk and get prices that you and I can't on everything from axles to raw steel.
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    I think the law requires brakes on both axles.

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    IMO Buy
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    Thanks for all the feedback. Was leaning to buy, but the DIY in me was saying to build. Looks like buy is trending.

    Brakes are only required on one axle for under 10k and both for over per the DOT agent I talked too. I believe I might have known more then the gent I was asking questions too, but it is a very vaguely written State law for non-commercial types. What gets really interesting is tie down methods, but that can be beat to death in another posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    I think the law requires brakes on both axles.

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    Depends on the State. In PA, you must have brakes on all axles. You also must get a trailer, that is over 3000 GVW, state inspected annually in PA. PA is a great place to live if you like regulations!!!
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    If the price is reasonably close, I'd rather build one. I enjoy the project, and I could build exactly what I want, and have something that no one else has.
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