Buying a Trailer in SA

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 09:14
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Hi All

I looking to buy a 7x4, 500 mm side trailer for camping and general use. I am not looking at doing much off road camping as it will kill the Falcon.

I have a canopy which I am currently turning into a camp kitchen.

Any recommendations on what I should include and what suppliers are worth looking at.

Have been to most suppliers in Adelaide, but I do not know what I should actually look for in the construction of the trailer.

Thanks for your help

Paul


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Reply By: Skippy In The GU - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 09:22

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 09:22
Arrow trailers , Kessner trailer, YP trailers in Pt Clinton
I would stay away from Tough Built in the Gawler area.
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 10:37

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 10:37
Morining Skippy,

I have a need for a decent off-road trailer too and am very
impressed by my neighbors trailer that was built by Tough Built.

Why do you say stay away from them??


Cheers
Michael
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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 11:58

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 11:58
A member from our club has had a few problems with his He gave up after going back twice also a personal friend of mine has been back 3 times and never got good after sales service from them
There might be some happy customers but I only know 2 that have these and aren't happy.

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Follow Up By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 12:54

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 12:54
Thanks Skippy,

Always handy to hear first hand reports, my neighbor has not
had reason to test his after sales service....

Don't suppose you would know what problems they had?

Something to keep in mind when I go looking.

Cheers
Michael
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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 13:30

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 13:30
To my friends trailer , wrong wheels fitted, wrong tow coupling is a just a couple i can think of at this stage, I will ask for a list from him, but it might get his blood boiling again :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 17:37

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 17:37
Thanks Skippy,

Don't stir him up.....lol

Comments appreciated.

Cheers
Michael
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 09:50

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 09:50
Also Modern trailers at Lonsdale & Pooraka.

If you intend to use it for camping, I would suggest an off-road model with extended sides would be the best choice.

I bought mine from Kessner Trailers and I recall discussing the optimal height for the sides of the trailer. My criteria was a trailer I could use for off-road travel and storage of my camping gear, but also one I could use for other purposes around the home.

I decided on one with a 360mm deep tub section, rather than the "normal" 560mm deep tub more appropriate for a camper.
This allows an easier "reach" from the sides when shoveling sand, etc. but you do lose space more important to a full time camper.

Another good choice is an extended draw bar which makes long distance towing and reversing easier and also provides the extra room necessary for the inclusion of a (lockable) storage box on the A-frame at some stage or other.

Most manufacturers will "build to order" with whatever features and options you require. I suggest you provide your main requirements and they should be able to offer their recommendations and pricing structure to suit.

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Reply By: Louie the fly - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 09:51

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 09:51
Paul, have a look here.

trailer info

we used to be a reseller for Arrow Trailers. No money in it though. They make a fair product.
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Reply By: Member - Mal and Di (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 12:20

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 12:20
I don,t know if TREG Trailers are still in business, but they were the best one time.
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Follow Up By: DIO - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 15:42

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 15:42
They most certainly are. Link
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Reply By: paulvan - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 14:28

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 14:28
Skippy, Sand man, Louie, Mal and Di

thanks for the replies will get a few prices.

Is it worth to get it galv chassis and zincanneal body? Cost about $300.

Thanks for the help really appreciate it

Paul
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Reply By: GerryP - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 16:10

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 16:10
Hi Paul,

Try RV Trailers http://www.rvtrailers.com.au/. The owner is Geoff Pratt - his father used to make the Prattline vans which were (and some say still are) very inovative for their day. He makes everything to order. Not sure about his costs, but I can recommend his work.
Cheers
Gerry
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Reply By:- Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:14

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:14
G'Day Paul,

Gal trailer large initial cost but worthwhile long term

What to look for?

Look how far back the drawbar goes under the trailer. The further back generally the better the trailer

Box section frame under the floor, no angle iron

Wiring hidden away and soldered. Most just twisted together with a bit of electrical tape to cover

LED lights, they are so bl**dy cheap these days all trailers should have them

Long springs, (900mm), with shackle connection, not slipper

Square axle

heavy steel floor, chequer plate usual. Look along floor to make sure it holds shape, not dips along the length.

Some use folded chequer plate for floor and sides, but no common these days.

Drawbar 4" box section or HEAVY angle iron. Look at Aussie Swag campertrailer drawbar as a base.

Hope this helps

Rolande
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Reply By: paulvan - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 17:41

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 17:41
Ended up buying a 7x4 trailer with 500mm sides.

50x50 RHS Galv Chassis

draw bar back to the springs, 1500mm exposed draw bar

Aluminium Checker plate floor and sides.

from MW Tool Box

Thought it was better to get the basic structure of the trailer right and add the nice stuff later.
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 19:10

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 19:10
not made in China?

A lot of MW Tool Box is and the thickness of their chequerplate and structure look less than adequate...
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