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Old 05-01-2013, 02:50 PM
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Harbor Freight has a pretty neat little light duty trailer.

It has a 4x8 deck, but it folds in half and then can be stored upright. Takes up about 5' x 5' x 2' when folded up.

Anyhow, it retails at $369, was on sale last month for $289, but I got a coupon in the flyer in the mail last night for $245.

Comes with everything needed to get it on the road, including a title-ish form that should suffice for registration. I added a spare tire and carrier and a tongue jack. Between those and some miscellaneous fasteners plus plywood decking, I'll probably be into it for another $100.

But it'll haul just under 1200# and take up very little space when I don't need it.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1195-lb...els-90154.html

Got it last night and have it about half assembled. We're visiting our place in WV this weekend, so I'll be trying it out. May need to make some modifications to it once I see how it performs (mostly concerned about ground clearance) but it should make the trip a lot eaiser - the truck ends up being pretty loaded up carrying water, extra gas, camper batteries, etc. Most of that I can offload onto the trailer.

Best part is I can bring our brush hog back up to my workshop for some much needed repairs so I can get the pastures cut later in the month.

It comes with a 1 7/8 hitch socket. I'd think you could tow this thing behind a car if you didn't overload it. Trailer itself weighs under 300#.

Here's what it looks like folded up.

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Old 05-06-2013, 12:33 PM
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Small update...

Took me about 3 evenings after work to get the trailer assembled, put on a deck, and build some sides for the stake pockets. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it.

I invested in a few boxes of washers to use with all the bolts - just a personal preference. Also added some large fender washers in some places to take up some of the tolerances in the frame. Rinsed out the grease it shipped with and repacked the bearings.

We took it to our property in WV this weekend - four hours each way. Trailer performed well, and with our FS truck, it was barely apparent that we were towing anything.

In fact, one of the downsides with this trailer is you can't tell it's there - it's not wide enough or tall enough to be seen from our pickup when travelling in a straight line. Makes backing up very interesting. I'm going to add some pockets so I can insert some pipe or PVC that will stick up higher than the bed so I can see where the rear end of the trailer is.

If you were towing it with a car, I don't think it'd be a problem.
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Neat.......

Most likely would work well behind a yard tractor also.....

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:10 PM
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I hadn't thought of that, but that's a good idea. Should hitch up to our regular tractor too.

That's why I love this site - always lots of practical advice...
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I bought one years ago when we were going overseas and had to haul our suitcases somewhere for our family of four and our dog. We put all of our suitcases and dog carrier on the trailer along with some other stuff we were leaving at my parents house. We towed it from the Gulfcoast to Indiana and then on to Washington DC. I then unloaded it there folded it up. Squeezed it into an elevator of the BEQ at Ft Meyer. I stuck it in a storeroom on the 4th floor and left it there for two years. I was going to come back for it but got a offer made on it and sold it. We paid $100 for it in 94 cheaper than renting a uhaul. Towed it with our Ford escort station wagon.
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