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Slick trailer

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06-27-2012 23:09:25

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Just brought home my dream trailer- 40' PJ goosneck with a hydraulic tail and 12k axles. It's an '08 in really nice shape. Very impressed with how PJ builds trailers. Never thought I could afford one of these, but I found a guy needing money real bad, and bought it for a song. Anyway, I'm concerned with getting tractors on it if the tail is wet. The wood decking is gonna be real slick. Any ideas on metal cleats, or any other solutions?

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Ralph Bauer

07-12-2012 22:32:07

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to toolz, 06-27-2012 23:09:25  
When the wood rots out, replace it with diamond metal (sheet)decking or a self cleaning metal one (a bit of welding needed).

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07-03-2012 15:48:34

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 Re: 40' Trailer! in reply to toolz, 06-27-2012 23:09:25  
What - Did you get more tractors? Maybe if you come through PeoRia, I'll have you haul ours!
Must be nice to work with Snap On (LOL)

PS: You go to Mackinaw or Hopedale? San Jose here.

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07-04-2012 20:55:30

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 Re: 40' Trailer! in reply to kruser, 07-03-2012 15:48:34  
No- The wife just hates riding in the Freigtliner, so I"m going back to using the pickup for the most part- sold the semi trailer.

Haven"t been to a pull yet, for various reasons. On vaca this week, so I"ll miss the first 5 all together. Penfield will be the first event I"ll get to.

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06-29-2012 21:50:14

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to toolz, 06-27-2012 23:09:25  
Thanks for all the replies. There is a good winch on the trailer, and I could use it for the few times that I'd want to load when wet. I think I'll still put something on the tail to make it faster and easier.

I spent about 4 hours working on the trailer tonight. The shaft that operates the tail lock was frozen in it's bushings. Bad design- no grease zerks for that shaft. None of the other pivots had ever been greased- all the zerks were painted over. It sure works nice now. I think I'm gonna like this.

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d beatty

06-30-2012 06:50:26

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to toolz, 06-29-2012 21:50:14  
Sounds like you found a great trailer.Its hard to find good trailer at a fare price. I have been looking for a good 24 foot deckover for about 8 months. When you do find a good one they want all most as much as a new one or they are a blue million miles from you. I got tired of looking and ordered a new PJ 102" 24ft. 3 ramps low profile deckover.

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06-30-2012 12:33:03

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to d beatty, 06-30-2012 06:50:26  
I know what you're saying there, D. I looked at a fair amount of trailers that were as much as 10 years old, and they were asking within $1000-1500 of a new one. I needed a 32-35' 20k trailer, and was ready to buy new at around $8300, cheaper if I wanted to drive 1200 miles round trip to pick it up. This one popped up the day before I was picking up a new one. With the options it has, it cost $16k four years ago, and I paid $7500. It had been sitting for the past 2 years, so there were a few little things that needed attention, but worth the effort. This is my 5th tractor hauling trailer, and I've made money on every one of them, so I guess there's people willing to pay good money for used. I'm sure you're gonna like your new one.

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Brad Buchanan

06-29-2012 10:09:28

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to toolz, 06-27-2012 23:09:25  
Install an appropriately sized winch in the front of the trailer and pull them on backwards.

It is the 'no drama' approach and puts them right where you want them first time every time.


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06-29-2012 05:01:40

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to toolz, 06-27-2012 23:09:25  
Paint the deck with a sealer, or regular paint if you're so inclined, then sprinkle some coarse sand in before it dries.

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caterpillar guy

06-28-2012 15:29:55

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to toolz, 06-27-2012 23:09:25  
If the tail is strong enough just run it till it is all on the ramp. Put a chain to the front of tractor tight raise ramp tail when level just drive it ahead.

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d beatty

06-28-2012 09:24:55

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to toolz, 06-27-2012 23:09:25  
Toolz the metal cleats and expanded metal work great. If you get onto a pinch and need something before get something bolted to ramp floor dry, cat litter and crushed black walnut hulls will work but are messy to clean up.

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06-28-2012 05:47:16

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to toolz, 06-27-2012 23:09:25  
I used the old belts off of a big round baler. JD I think. Worked great.

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06-28-2012 03:14:59

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 Re: Slick trailer in reply to toolz, 06-27-2012 23:09:25  
The company that I used to work for used expanded metal bolted on the inclines on there trailers. Worked Great.


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