I just had a couple questions about purchasing an RGN mostly for my own usage.
I used to pull a lowbed years ago and I used to pull flatbed also but currently with my own truck I pull a van trailer.
I'm not in a hurry to buy anything maybe next year unless I find the exact right thing sooner I don't know but I've been looking at RGN trailers maybe up to $20,000 in price. I know not expensive but I'm just looking for something like I said mainly for myself.
Mostly I would use it for bringing in vehicles or parts bought at auction or whatever and moving my own construction equipment which I do occasionally and trips to the scrap yard and that sort of thing when I have trucks I parted out etcetera.
The differences between the trailers I'm looking at is some of the trailers like the Fontaine or the trail King seem like they have a wide gooseneck and the back of the trailer is covered which for me would be good because anything I bought from auctions the more space the better.
I'm wondering if that wider gooseneck and having the back end covered makes any difference aside from hauling excavators which I probably would not do. I'm also wondering if it's harder to change the tires on that back end if the deck is covered. Then again maybe it would be better to get something to leave myself the option of hauling excavators?
I've also considered buying a landoll type trailer but the deck is higher so that would probably limit what could be put on there. You get more deck but you also get more height of course.
I have considered also just getting a tag along and I could probably use that for a lot of things but I think for what I want to do a lowbed would work out better.
I have seen some older Rogers Fontaine Trail King and Eager Beaver and even interstate trailers that the prices didn't seem too terrible. I understand the witzco trailers are supposed to be a poorly made trailer. I've seen a few off-brand trailers also that I never heard of. Are there any Brands to particularly stay away from?
My other question is that I'm wondering if I were to spend that much or maybe spend a little more is it possible to put the trailer to work?
I am not looking to get into Heavy Haul, my truck is not set up for that and I'm not really looking to go that direction or make any investment Beyond the trailer itself at this point. Just wondering if there is any work for a trailer like that whether it's loads that maybe could have gone on a flatbed or a step deck or moving equipment for the local dealer or something? I don't know that there are many loads for a lowbed on DAT. Also I tend to stay pretty local. My radius is about 250 miles but I rarely if ever go that far. I'm in the suburbs of Philadelphia PA.
So knowing what you know now with all of your experience what would you advise?
Little sum'n, maybe start conversation.
Guessing a two axle 35 ton trailer would be enough as you describe your operation?
A covered back deck is nice. Can set anywhere on rear deck that is convenient. Yes, jack up trailer so axle drops to make room to remove tires,on covered deck. Not a big deal, just another step to tire removal.
Fontaine seems to be the popular bed trailer in this area. Quite a few Talbert trailers, then a few lesser name trailers.
This isn't pointed at OP, just saying. Dont work cheap to get starting work. Get work by giving outstanding service. Some business calls with a machine problem, needing a piece moved NOW. Say yes and do it with class. This is the best advertising you can get.
Several very well established lowbedders in my area. Outstanding service and convenience to customers negate price.
Only my thought and experience.Last edited: Jun 6, 2021
Yes, 35 ton is what I'm looking for.
Just not sure if I can make money with it Beyond moving my own things.
I'm happy to provide great service. I have good relationships with the Brokers I currently work for.
I just don't know if I could make any money with a low bed trailer so that kind of is the Tipping Point as to how much I could spend.OLDSKOOLERnWV Thanks this.