2000 - Volume #24, Issue #2, Page #03[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Saved Thousands Building Hopper Bottom Trailer From Kit
"My trucks were old and hard to drive, and it was hard to keep them running. I found a used semi-tractor in good shape for a good price, and decided to buy that and pull a hopper bottom trailer behind it," Steve says.
"Then I priced trailers. Even the used ones I could locate were out of my price range. But I had seen a trailer I liked, built by MCM Co. in Kingman, Kan."
Steve called Myrna Carson who, with her husband Jim, owns MCM Co. He asked if she'd sell him just the pieces of a trailer not yet welded together. Myrna agreed and Steve got his trailer in pieces, at a savings of several thousand dollars off the price of a finished trailer.
About the first thing he did then was to get a new wire welder. He found axles from an old oil tanker trailer and rebuilt them. Then he went to work on the trailer. "We worked on it all last winter when we weren't feeding cattle or taking care of new calves. By spring, it was ready to roll."
"Since selling the trailer in pieces to Steve worked well for MCM, the company has been selling trailer kits for the past three or four months. "All we put into the kit is parts for the box itself - no dolly legs, no axles, nothing but the box. We've had a lot of interest in this. Farmers and truckers who can assemble it themselves can save a lot of money. We're already putting together as many trailers as we can, so this adds to our volume, too," Myrna says.
Kit prices vary with the size and design of the trailer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Reinhardt, 18032 Fairfield Road, Russell, Kan. 67665 (E-mail: rreinhardt @hotmail.com). Or contact FARM SHOW Followup, Myrna or Jim Carson, MCM Co., 600 Kansas Ave., Kingman, Kan. 67068 (ph 316 532-5466 or 5209).
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