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Puddles
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:01 am    Post subject: Gooseneck trailer comparison Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Need opinions from you gooseneck trailer experts. WilRay trailers in Fort Benton Montana is having a sale on their 14,000-pound, 20-foot deckover flatbed trailers.
WilRay uses 10-inch C-channel for the main frame running the length of the trailer. With 8-inch C-channel for the neck.
Big Tex uses 12-inch x 16-pound I-beams for the main frame, with 10-inch C-channel for the neck.

PJ Trailers uses 12-inch x 14-pound I-beams for the main frame, and neck.

The WilRay trailer weighs about 500 + pounds less.
I can’t say I’ve ever seen a trailer use C-channel for the main frame. So my question for you experts, is C-channel a good idea for the main frame? Any advice / comments are welcome!
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck trailer comparison Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I can comment on the PJ trailers. I have used my 20+5 14,000lb trailer to the max. and then some, many times and it has never failed in any way. I haul 100's of 1200lb round bales in groups of 12 every year and it takes it all in stride.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck trailer comparison Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've never seen C-channel used on a trailer. I think I'd steer clear of it.

I've seen a few big-tex trailers that are beat to a pulp and still hanging in there. Likewise the PJ trailers are built just as good if not better.

I've looked at several other well known brands that I'd be afraid to pull down the road empty.

It seems that just about everyone and their brother are building trailers these days and most of them are all in about the same price range. If you come across one that is priced considerably less, there has to be a good reason.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck trailer comparison Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just keep in mind the 10,000 pound GVWR limit for the US DOT number crap with the bigger trailers. Might just as well get the semi then and not have the weight limits like for the fifth wheel and pickup, yes there is the 80,000 limit for 5 axles. Or go to a bunch of big wagons or trailers and pull them with a farm tactor. Will depend on the distance of haul.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck trailer comparison Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thank you for all the replies gentlemen! I think I’ll go with the PJ trailer. It will cost about $900.00 more but I feel it’s a lot better value.
When the salesman at WilRay told me they use C-channel because it’s stronger, I had my doubts. I looked in my handy “Ryerson Data Book”. Comparing apples to apples as close as I could. Same vertical height C-channel to I-beam, same pounds per foot, same span, The I-Beam is just a little less than twice the strength of C-channel. But never really seeing C-channel used in a gooseneck trailer, I didn’t know if there was an engineering design using C-channel that would get the same or surpass the strength of an I-Beam.
Thanks again!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:28 am    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck trailer comparison Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The USDOT numbers are only if you are commercial.

Also, it's the total of the truck + trailer. About impossible to stay under it, unless you haul kleenex with a ranger!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:08 am    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck trailer comparison Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No the DOT number is not for commercial only it is for any use that is intended to be for profit :ie hay for cattle ,fertilizer for crops spray for crops and such that is supposed to turn a profit
 
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