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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Faster horses » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:13 am

I'm going to go take a picture of our trailer door latch. Featherlite rear door doesn't swing back against the side like a Wilson.
We have never had a door, rear or inside, come open on our Featherlites, and we have pulled one since 1999 (wow, how time flies!)with cows, horses and mineral. We paid $10,000 for it and traded it in 2014 and got $11,000 for it on another Featherlite (used 2013). We had a 1998 Wilson but it was low to the ground for some reason, not sure why, as we see others that aren't that low. It was used slightly when we bought it. We hauled a lot of mineral on small pallets and the floor just didn't work for that. Mr. FH used a cart and a ramp and the rises in the floor made it very difficult. Then we had some problems with it, brakes, I think and the rubber bumper on the back started to come off. We took it in to be repaired. The dealership loaned us a Featherlite to use while they were fixing the
Wilson. The Featherlite fit our purposes better so we called and made the trade. Never went back and got the Wilson. Mr. FH really did like that the door swung back against the side on the Wilson. It doesn't do that on the Featherlite.

The 1999 Featherlite had the slider door at the outside rear, but we changed that to a roll up door. Liked it much better and
it was much more quiet. Just generally worked better, for us anyway. Maybe not so well if you are hauling saddled horses a lot.
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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Haytrucker » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:45 pm

First I have heard of a back door unlatching in transit. I have seen enough flex to unlatch center gates. Not a fun deal I'm sure. Latches were surely worn. I have nearly tied a 28 foot Featherlite in a knot pulling bulls in rough terrain and not had a latch issue.

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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Denny » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:52 pm

Faster horses wrote:I'm going to go take a picture of our trailer door latch. Featherlite rear door doesn't swing back against the side like a Wilson.
We have never had a door, rear or inside, come open on our Featherlites, and we have pulled one since 1999 (wow, how time flies!)with cows, horses and mineral. We paid $10,000 for it and traded it in 2014 and got $11,000 for it on another Featherlite (used 2013). We had a 1998 Wilson but it was low to the ground for some reason, not sure why, as we see others that aren't that low. It was used slightly when we bought it. We hauled a lot of mineral on small pallets and the floor just didn't work for that. Mr. FH used a cart and a ramp and the rises in the floor made it very difficult. Then we had some problems with it, brakes, I think and the rubber bumper on the back started to come off. We took it in to be repaired. The dealership loaned us a Featherlite to use while they were fixing the
Wilson. The Featherlite fit our purposes better so we called and made the trade. Never went back and got the Wilson. Mr. FH really did like that the door swung back against the side on the Wilson. It doesn't do that on the Featherlite.

The 1999 Featherlite had the slider door at the outside rear, but we changed that to a roll up door. Liked it much better and
it was much more quiet. Just generally worked better, for us anyway. Maybe not so well if you are hauling saddled horses a lot.


the reason it sat so low was the drop to the axels weather they are spring or torsion in the torsions you can order them about any angle you want, Tube axels are normally a 4" drop some older trailers were a 6" drop and over the wheel flatbeds use a straight axel.

Normal settings on our trailers are a 10 degree up angle which is most common.
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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:05 pm

Is this the Frontier you were looking at, or at least one like it?

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-cargo-utility-t ... nFlag=true
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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Denny » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:30 am

Big Muddy rancher wrote:Is this the Frontier you were looking at, or at least one like it?

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-cargo-utility-t ... nFlag=true


For that kind of money you could buy 3 steel trailers here.
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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Faster horses » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:18 pm

What is the floor on that Frontier? Looks like wood.
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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:00 pm

Faster horses wrote:What is the floor on that Frontier? Looks like wood.


It's not wood, it was just the light in the picture.
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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Haytrucker » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:32 pm

What is the Us-Can exchange rate now, if there is one? A longer Merritt picked up in Denver is a ways shorter on price, U.S. dollars. A third longer in fact, for about 80 percent of that price. Maybe not as fancy, I don't know.

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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:16 am

Our dollar has come up recently. Think it was 77cents the other day up from 72/73.
If my figuring is correct that $24,500 CAD = %19,205 USD.
It was worse then that not very long ago.
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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Cedarcreek » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:07 pm

I have a 2015 Wilson that I bought new after pulling a steel trailer for 28 years. Looking at other brands of used trailers and talking to Wilson owners convinced me to buy the Wilson. I ordered mine with a flat floor because I wanted to put mats in it. The door latch doesn't wrap around the corner on the new ones and they have a slam catch on the back door too. Wilson has a lot of options to build the trailer the way you want it.
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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby Haytrucker » Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:34 am

Thanks Big Muddy. That's the price, FOB Denver, for 36 feet. Figure the freight, that' s 32 feet Canadian. The director saved 800 off a Bismarck quote to go get it.

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Re: Time for a new trailer

Postby VB RANCH » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:47 am

Cedarcreek says , Wilson has a lot of options to build the trailer the way you want it.
They sure needed them.


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