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Old 06-05-2007, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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cheap redneck toy hauler build

I want a gooseneck but my wife isnt gonna lemme pay $4000 for the one I want . Could I save any money building one myself or would it be worth the hassle?
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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not worth the hassel

4k is cheap.
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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cheaper than a major trailer manufacturer? - I doubt it. It's hard to compete when you are buying a small amount of steel and they are buying massive amounts per month.
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I thought about going that route a couple months ago but after pricing the material needed to build one it was cheaper to just buy a new one..
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That said, I'll probably end up building my own trailer next time around.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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only way to do it would be if you got all the steel for FREE
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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4k, that's cheap. No way that I could build one for that, not is a million years. Hell, with inflation, in a million years that would cost about 125k.

Really, 4k is cheap though. Got a Snake River, 24', 14k gvwr gooseneck with floating beavertail, dual jacks, lockable chain box, and spare tire and it's running $5,800 plus tax and lic. 4k is super cheap.
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the one I am looking at is a 32ft low boy with no sides. lemme look for the link.
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:58 AM   #9 (permalink)
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found it:

http://www.kaufmantrailersales.com/lowboy.htm

I dont want the pipe sides and want brakes on both axles.
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I know a guy that went down to texas and bought one. There were some add ons that he wasnt expecting like $for extra brakes and something else also but he is pretty happy with it. Its pretty light duty but for haulin wheelers its just fine.

I would never build one myself. The small amount of profit margin vs amount of time invested would be laughable. I have built 2 car trailers in the past so I do have past experience. I paid $6000 for my gooseneck (with a used camper mounted on the front) and I still feel like I got a bargain. For someone without experiance to build one would take most of your free time, throughout most of a summer. Ive got better things to do, like get a second job to pay for the new trailer I just bought!

Talk your wife into just buying one.
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4k, that's cheap. No way that I could build one for that, not is a million years. Hell, with inflation, in a million years that would cost about 125k.

Really, 4k is cheap though. Got a Snake River, 24', 14k gvwr gooseneck with floating beavertail, dual jacks, lockable chain box, and spare tire and it's running $5,800 plus tax and lic. 4k is super cheap.
I find *good* used 24-25' GN's around here all the time for under $4k. I have no clue why someone would pay $6k for one.
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location mainly. On the west coast trailers cost more.

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I find *good* used 24-25' GN's around here all the time for under $4k. I have no clue why someone would pay $6k for one.
If its exactly what your looking for, and its new, its worth it to me.

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I find *good* used 24-25' GN's around here all the time for under $4k. I have no clue why someone would pay $6k for one.
I am pretty sure he was quoting new trailers
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I am pretty sure he was quoting new trailers
You nailed it. I only sell new trailers. And I didn't think he was looking at used. Plus, those prices are straight from a manufacture that is in an area where material cost less, labor cost less, and living there cost less, so of course the product cost less. Add in the shipping, not just the fuel, but food, motels, etc. etc., then see how well that trailer is priced. Sure, if you live close it is a deal. But if you live where I do, that is going to cost the customer about the same price, and ours already come with brakes on both axles, lockable chain box, dual jacks, 7k axles, etc. etc.
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not to hijack....i have a 3 axle equipment trailer that i'm thinking about converting to g/n. would it be worth it or should i sell it and buy the correct trailer?

i'll start a new thread if this is too off subject
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I personally hate tri-axle trailers so I would say no. The middle tires are constantly blowing out.

I live 5-7hrs from where those trailers are so its worth the drive to get what I want. I have way too much free time, I only work about 4-5 hours a day.

I may price steel for the hell of it. There is a place near me that sells it cheap. Would 8" I beam work??
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I personally hate tri-axle trailers so I would say no. The middle tires are constantly blowing out.
I own a tri + I tow heavy (24K fully loaded) and Ive never had a middle tire blow out. Why would a middle be more prone to blowing out?

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I got mine for 3K and then promptly broke my ankle. So I had to pay someone else to install new brakes, turn the drums, bought a drum, bearings, breakaway w/ battery backup, new tires, fix wiring, etc. and I STILL came in way below new.

Now had I done the work myself like I originially planned, I would have been under 4K easy.

I would look for a structually sound trailer with good axles and if you know how to run wire, brakes, etc. You should be fine. I actually found my trailer online out of TN. The deals are out there you just have to be patient.

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Old 06-06-2007, 06:09 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I own a tri + I tow heavy (24K fully loaded) and Ive never had a middle tire blow out. Why would a middle be more prone to blowing out?

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I have seen many equipment trailers do that, I think it may be because of tire scrub.
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i prolly would not build one from scratch using new steel. with steel prices these days,i can easily see how any thing you saved would not be worth the time it takes you.i can also easily see it costing more $$ than to buy a good used one.

modifying something else may be a different story,however im in the process of building a 36 foot triaxle GN from a free 10" I beam mobile home frame. i used left over I beam and the old tongue to build the GN. ive got steel from old shelving i took from work for the cross bracing,long with some channel i bought a couple years ago for a good price from the local used metal recycler. so far the only $$ ive got in it is for the channel,the lights,some bracing plate,and the coupler. even buying some new wood for an open center deck and buying 6 new tires im hoping to have about $1000 in a useable 36' GN
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I have thought about buying a mobile home...but I refuse to use mobile home axles/tires.
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Mobile home axles are usually rated between 5200 and 6000lbs. Just cunvert them to 6 or 8 lug, kits are pretty resonable.
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I have seen many equipment trailers do that, I think it may be because of tire scrub.
Tire scrub? have you ever been around a triaxle setup that never had the tires rotated? the front and rear are bald, and the middle tires look like brand new..


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I have thought about buying a mobile home...but I refuse to use mobile home axles/tires.
Then put 8 lug hubs on it.. Or leave the chicago wobblers on it, and put 14.5" low boy tires on it..
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The kits I saw to swap to 6 or 8 lug werent that cheap.
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