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ATV trailer research

comparing new ATV trailer with old Heavy Hauler

We did some research on ATV trailers and settled on the Haul-Master from Harbor Freight.

It'll hold 200 pounds more than a similar trailer available at Lowes and has a removable tailgate with nice reviews.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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My only issue with that trailer is that the removable rear panel has a tendency to expand to the point that the panel will no longer hold a load without something pulling it together. I have found that a tie-down wrapped all the way around does a good job pulling the spread back together.

I have considered welding something (i.e. rebar or flat iron)to the back to hold it in, but I just haven't done it yet.

Love the site. I keep dreaming of 50 or so acres.

Comment by Mak Mayer Fri Apr 26 00:31:17 2013
Hi, I purchased one for my dad 2 years ago. The paint will peel off everywhere in less than 6 months. It is constructed of very thin metal everywhere. He ended building a plywood box for inside of it but he ends up with chunks of faded red paint here and there all over the yard. He ended up getting a green plastic john deer trailer that is way more stronger and doesn't leave a mess anywhere. He got it from home depot on clearance for $50. You can find plenty more on craiglist all the time for that price.
Comment by Marco Fri Apr 26 07:07:02 2013
I think the Harbor Frieght trailer is probably too light weight for the type of rugged use you will put on it, having seen pics of your homestead. If you do buy it, don't expect more than a year or so from it. Instead, look in to the 48X48" utility trailer kit they sell. It has leaf springs, is much more heavy duty. More expensive up front, but won't have to be replaced every year like the one you are looking at. I have had luck with some HF products, others are disposable. I would classify this trailer based on the other person's review as "disposable". Buy something once that will last.
Comment by Eric Sat Apr 27 23:10:00 2013

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