New trailers and build times.

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  1. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Heavy Load Member

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    I've been looking to add a heavy duty single car trailer to my truck for versatility and load opportunities. I need a 102" deckover open trailer that is 24 foot hitch to bumper in order to keep my truck under 65 feet, so i am looking at 18 footers. Need a 102" width to be able to haul dually trucks.

    Take 3 has an almost perfect trailer but they have a 6 month wait on the build time. I have messaged multiple trailer fabricators and getting the same answers. I thought about buying a used deck over utility trailer and just stripping the wood and welding on pooch decking.

    Thought i'd ask you guys if you know any shop that can build me a copy of take 3's ultimate one car within a month or two? (The sooner the better).

    I plan on having short ramps from trailer to truck so I can load the truck without unhooking from the trailer.

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  3. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Heavy Load Member

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    Since posting this I might have found someone to build it for me.

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    MacLean Medium Load Member

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    I’d like that trailer if it was 4’ longer and a gooseneck on the front. But I really like it.
     
  5. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Heavy Load Member

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    I'm sure they can make it to your spec if you wanted

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  6. Bjcarlton24

    Bjcarlton24 Bobtail Member

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    I am looking for the same trailer. Who did you find that could build it?
     
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    My last trip out to Cali, I saw a truck like yours but the guy had a 2 car trailer that looked like you could load to the truck directly from the trailer but he was carrying 3 sprinters. 2 on the trailer 1 on the truck.

    To me, the biggest issue with a short trailer like that is it will be a lot harder to back up because it will turn faster than a long trailer but also might be hard to see in your mirrors.
     
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    24kHotshot Heavy Load Member

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    Yea a stinger steer truck and trailer . They are allowed up to 80 feet I think. I am told because I will be using a bumper hitch I am limited to 65.
    I'm just stressed out from a very slow December and thinking how to up my gross or at least add versatility to what I can carry.

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    crocky Road Train Member

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    Ahh oh I couldn't tell if it was a stinger or bumper because I passed him on the interstate going the other way. However, had the same 2 car bed as you have.

    For myself, Dec was not bad but I did a Cali run from FL then 1 all the way back to TN, and a bit after that before I came home for Christmas. I hadn't done a Cali run in a while though but that helped. Rates out of Cali were a bit ####ty though because I was going the more desirable winter route being I don't run WY, CO ect in the winter so I couldn't head north where the money was paying.
    Getting out of FL was a PITA though that's why I went to Cali because ended up being the only load paying worth a crap.
     
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    I can find good paying loads heading south from nyc area down to N/S Carolina but coming back is always horrible. I also avoid snow/ice areas this time of year. The week before christmas I drove home empty from myrtle beach 650 miles. I was seething the whole way back. Brokers were fighting tooth and nail over every penny and shocked when said I'd rather deadhead rather than touch a 50 cent mile car. There were some vans and pickup trucks paying $1 a mile but I can't fit 2 of them and would need a tiny/low car to fit with a large truck.
    I either need to find a good one car heavy duty trailer able to haul a dually truck/sprinter or scrap my truck build and sell the bed and just go back and reinstall my 5th wheel and buy a suncountry or something. The stinger option has passed my mind but imagine driving a 75 footer through NYC streets...

    It will be 2 months before I can have the 1 car built. Lets see how it goes.
     
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