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Old 08-01-2012, 08:33 AM
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'Load Trail' Brand Trailers

Anyone have a Load Trail trailer they use? I'm looking to get a new trailer and I've researched several brands and it seems like they've really got it going on for the price compared to others. I've looked at PJ, Hillsboro, Titan, Red Rhino, Big Tex, Top Hat, Diamond C, Texas Bragg, and Trail Master (Which was my first choice, but apparently they are going out of business soon which is sad to hear...).

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Here is the trailer I'm looking at: GN Carhauler 14,000 Lb w/6" Channel Frame Load Trail Trailer Manufacturing

Wanting a 28' + 2' steel dove tail with removable ramps.
7k lb axles.
Adjustable square coupler.
6" raised neck.
Tool box.
Dual jacks.
Spare tire and wheel.
LED lights, with extra lights strung all around.
Rear support jacks.

Just looking to see if anyone else is running a Load Trail or something similar to the one I'm looking at and possibly comparing a few prices.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:44 PM
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After years of moving ramps, I finally purchased a Kaufman tilt deck this spring. Gooseneck, 15,000 pound capacity, 14' fixed, 14' tilt. I spoke with local trailer dealers and one local trailer manufacturer, Kaufman built what I wanted and I drove to NC and picked it up for less than the locals wanted for something that was not of the same quality.

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After years of moving ramps, I finally purchased a Kaufman tilt deck this spring. Gooseneck, 15,000 pound capacity, 14' fixed, 14' tilt. I spoke with local trailer dealers and one local trailer manufacturer, Kaufman built what I wanted and I drove to NC and picked it up for less than the locals wanted for something that was not of the same quality.

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I've never heard of Kaufman before, but from what I'm seeing on their tilt deck trailers and their prices, I'm going to have to consider this pretty hard.

Are you happy with yours overall? Paint quality?
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I have only had it for 4 months, but very pleased with the function and quality. With Kaufman you buy direct from the factory, they have a delivery option, but I decided to pick up at the factory and save a few more dollars. The ordering and pickup experience was great, salesman spent time to go over details of the trailer as we looked it over, then made the adjustments to fit my truck. Kaufman has factories in North Carolina and Nebraska.
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I have only had it for 4 months, but very pleased with the function and quality. With Kaufman you buy direct from the factory, they have a delivery option, but I decided to pick up at the factory and save a few more dollars. The ordering and pickup experience was great, salesman spent time to go over details of the trailer as we looked it over, then made the adjustments to fit my truck. Kaufman has factories in North Carolina and Nebraska.
Interesting. I'm wanting a 26' or 28'. The tilt option would be nice, but I'm afraid with some of the stuff I load the tilt portion of the deck might be too short and cause an issue.

Their price is pretty decent, they're just not quite built as heavy as some of the other brands around.
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Have looked at both Kaufman and Load trail, know people who own both and have not heard complaints from any of them. trailer in my sig is a Starlite, they are built in Oklahoma, I did not buy it new, but am very happy with it.
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Have looked at both Kaufman and Load trail, know people who own both and have not heard complaints from any of them. trailer in my sig is a Starlite, they are built in Oklahoma, I did not buy it new, but am very happy with it.
I read a bunch of negative reviews on the Kaufman trailers after I looked into them a little further.

From what I gather, the Load Trail brand offers the best built trailer with the best warranty for the money. I think I'm going to end up going that way ultimately. Plus LT has the shortest wait on production. Titan told me they were 4 months out minimum to build a trailer. LT is 5 weeks. I'm not in a huge rush, but I wanted to see if anyone had any feedback on all these brands or trailers like the style I'm looking at. I'd like to get it right the first time, especially if I'm special ordering it.

I do know one thing, I'm getting ALOT of lights put on it. I've got a bit of a fetish for LED's, and I want this sucker to glow at night.


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My dad has a Load Trail and I had a Load Trail and they were both great. My dad has had his for about 5 years and it is holding up great, paint could be better, but I believe they are powder coated now and they weren't when he bought his. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
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Well we ended up coming across a really nice used 2006 PJ 32' (27'+5') tandem dual for a price that was unreal. It's super clean for it's age and the owner took good care of it. We were looking for a low-pro style, but couldn't turn away the 10k lb axles. I was about to pull the trigger on a new Load Trail custom built to our specs, but ended up saving a lot of money going this route. I will say, I'm impressed with the way this trailer is built. All the cross members are on 12" centers, plus there are 4 sets of double cross members divided along the deck. 12" I-beam neck. Just built like a **** brick house. The trailer alone is a pull.

After tons of research, it looks like the Load Trails and PJ's are two of the best built trailers on the market.


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