1989 - Volume #13, Issue #2, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Perforated TrailersNew-style "perforated" gooseneck trailers weigh less than half as much as comparably sized conventional trailers yet they allow you to pull a heavier cargo than conventional trailers, says Ultra Lite Trailers, Modesto, Cal.
The secret to the lightweight trailers is the 14 ga. box tubing frame that's perforated with 2 1/2 by 4 in. holes spaced 1 ft. apart.
"Ultra Lite trailers are the lightest trailers on the market as far as we know," says Bob Barnett, owner. "Conventional trailers are built of heavy channel iron. Even an empty trailer weighs a lot, so cargo carrying capacity is limited. Why pull all the non-productive weight of an empty trailer? Our smallest flatbed trailer weighs only 350 lbs. and can carry 2,000 lbs., which is more than five times its own weight. A comparable conventionally-built trailer weighs 900 lbs., or 550 lbs. more. Gooseneck hitch models distribute weight more evenly to allow even more Dulling capacity and improved maneuverability. Eve,. 4-wheeler ATVs can pull this trailer. One fencing contractor uses his pickup to pull the trailer loaded with his ATV and fencing materials. When he arrives at the job site, he disconnects the trailer from the pickup and pulls it with the ATV. The trailer's light weight also improves fuel economy."
The trailers are available in lengths from 8 to 20 ft. and widths from 6 1/2 to 8 ft., with carrying capacities ranging from 2,000 lbs. to 7,000 lbs. Utility, conventional flat beds, or drop belly styles are available, in either ball hitch or gooseneck design.
The trailers are available with tilt beds, ramps, dump set-ups, and stake sides. A custom hitch and jack design allows one person to connect or disconnect the trailers in less than 60 seconds. A 4 by 8 ft. flatbed trailer sells for $480 and a 6 ft. 6 in. by 16-ft. trailer sells for $2,760.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ultra Lite Trailers, 2806 Roselle, Modesto, Calif. 95355 (ph 209 523-9788).
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