DOVETAIL VS. STRAIGHT TRAILER

A dovetail trailer can be a perfect option for loading things with wheels, especially stuff that is low to the ground like cars, motorcycles, and mowers, etc. However, it can also be a pain because it has a tendency to drag on the concrete since it is significantly, 2”-4”, lower than the bed of the trailer. A standard dovetail is 10º which drops the back of the trailer 2”, but a 12º dovetail is also an option - it drops the back of the trailer 4”. One more consideration is the size of the ramp gate. On dovetail trailers, the ramp gate is 3′ creating less drag than the 4′ gate on the NON-dovetail trailers. Similarly on car haulers, the 5′ ramps on NON-dovetails trailers are at more of an incline than the 5′ ramps on dovetail trailers. So again, for cars lower to the ground, the dovetail is the best option. For atvs or trucks, I would recommend skipping the dovetail since incline and drag aren’t an issue. For vehicles not mentioned above, it may or may not be best to add a dovetail. A dovetail costs $100.
Here Are Some Example Of Dovetails:
Here Are Some Examples Of Trailers WITHOUT The Dovetail:

BEARING PROTECTORS

No one likes to keep up with greasing their axles, but it’s pretty much the only maintenance thing on a trailer. If you don’t, you run the risk of losing a wheel and/or tearing up the spindles on the axle (which means you have to replace the axle). Bearings should be re-greased every year or 3-5k miles, but taking them a part is a pain and grease is well…greasy. EZ lube axles are only so helpful. They let you use a grease gun ($35 at most online or in store) to insert grease to the back bearing, ONLY, hoping that some will make it up front. The issue though is the outer front bearing is the one most in need of grease from dirt that gets in from the dust cap. The grease seal on the back does a better job of keeping grease out, so EZ lube axles aren’t that helpful. Plus they have no indicator to tell you if you have over or under greased the bearing. That’s why stainless steel bearing protectors are far better than EZ lube axles. First, they do a better job than the cheap flimsy dust cap at keeping out dirt, debris and even water – not to mention they actually stay on! They have triple layers of protection versus the single layer of EZ lube axles. Second, and most importantly, they have a fail safe way of indicating when u need to re-grease, and they prevent you from over-greasing the spindle (red means add grease, green means good, and when it comes out the over-grease outlet you know it’s full and won’t let any other grease in to prevent failure). To me, it’s a must have on any trailer. Bearing protectors are $40 a pair.

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Bearing Protectors
Bearing Protectors
 
 

LATCH OPTIONS

Light Duty Latches (Angle Iron & Lynch Pins) – Free
Medium Duty Latches (¾” Rod & Angle Iron) - $40
Heavy Duty Latches (9/16" Cold Rolled Steel & 5/8” Tube W/ Attached Chain) - $80
 
 

TONGUE WRAP

A ‘tongue wrap’ increases the strength of the trailer as it ties the axle directly to the coupler hitch via the wrapped frame design. This means less swaying and bending in the frame of the trailer. It is absolutely necessary for any trailer above 16′ but great for 12′ and especially 14′ trailers. Here are some pictures of the difference between wrapped ($80) and unwrapped tongues:

Wrapped Tongues:
Unwrapped Tongues:

ADJUSTABLE COUPLER & REMOVABLE CHAINS

An adjustable coupler is helpful for adjusting the trailer up and down and not having to have multiple hitches or an expensive adjustable hitch. It is heavier duty than the standard a-frame Bulldog coupler. It also is the best way to keep your trailer from being stolen as you can simple remove it from the trailer.  Similarly we can make chains removable as well.  An adjustable coupler costs $60, and removable chains are $20.

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TIE DOWNS

Stake Pockets - 4 Free
Swivel D-Ring $10
Fixed Tie Loop $5
Recessed D-Ring $30 ($50 For Wood Floors)

TOOLBOX

Thin Steel Smaller Toolbox $100
Thick Steel Larger Toolbox $140

Thin Smaller Alum. Toolbox (also in silver) $180
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Thick Larger Alum. Toolbox (also in silver) $260
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Extra Wide Steel Toolbox (Black ONLY) $420

LIGHT OPTIONS

Basic Square LEDS light gauge wiring - free

Oval-housed LEDS heavy duty gauge wiring - $80

 

Rear center light (mandatory on inspected trailers over 80”) - $40

FENDER JACK MOUNT

Don’t want to carry around a jack with you every time you pull the trailer? That’s fine, just add a jack mount to the fenders and you can jack it up using your tongue jack (tandem trailers need front and back mounts). Fender jack mounts are $40/ pair.

SINGLE FENDER OPTIONS

Single axle trailers come with 16gauge smooth steel fenders for free.  Options include jeep and heavier 14gauge fenders.

Free 16gauge smooth fenders

16 gauge smooth fenders

Round Diamond Plate 14gauge Fenders $140

Round Diamond Plate 14gauge Fenders

Angled Diamond Plate 14gauge Jeep Fenders $180 (also available in smooth for $140)

Angled Diamond Plate 14gauge Jeep Fenders

TANDEM FENDER OPTIONS

Tandem trailers come with 16gauge smooth steel fenders for free.  Options include teardrop and heavier 14gauge fenders.

Free 16 gauge tandem axle fenders

Free 16 gauge tandem axle fenders

Tandem smooth teardrop fenders $60 (adds strength to middle of fender) 

Tandem smooth teardrop fenders $60 (adds strength to middle of fender)

Tandem 14 gauge heavy duty diamond double brake fenders $120

Tandem 14 gauge heavy duty diamond double brake fenders

Tandem 14 gauge heavy duty diamond double brake teardrop fenders $180 

Tandem 14 gauge heavy duty diamond double brake teardrop fenders

REMOVABLE FENDER/SIDES

Sometimes you are pulling a car or ATV and need more room to load or more room to get a door open. Removable sides and/or fenders will help give you the extra space you need. It’s recommended that you go with a tongue wrap as well to counteract not having sides. Removable side/ fender is $160 and comes with a hinge and latches. Removable side w/ front ramps are $240.

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HAMMERHEAD TRAILER

Hammerhead trailers allow for full width (98-102”) in front of the axle. The main purpose of this option is to accommodate vehicles in the front of the trailer that are longer than 7’. This option is usually combined with side loading and/ or drive over fenders. Because hammerheads utilize a dual frame design they are $480 extra.

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DRIVE-OVER FENDERS

Drive-over fenders allow you to drive over the fenders on the trailer as well as integrate them with the width of the trailer so you CAN have more width up front, up to 98-102” (hammerhead design) and in the rear or just have more width to drive over and “cheat” side to side for wider vehicles – hammerhead options and wider trailers cost extra. Unfortunately, no manufacturers make these drive over fenders so they are all custom. These fenders allow the trailer to still sit low rather than going to a deckover trailer design where the axle is on top of the leaf springs rather than below them. We also offer a sort of half – drive over fender when you only need around a 90” hammerhead and not the full 98-102.

Single-axle or Tandem HALF drive-over fenders $240

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Single axle drive-over fenders $300

Tandem driver-over fenders $600

BI-FOLD GATE

Bi-fold gates are a great way to get the benefit of a smaller gate without having a dovetail on your trailer. The entire gate length is 4′ but folds into two 2′ sections that can both be removed from the trailer. Bi-fold gates cost $240. On tandem trailers (or 6k SA) they come with heavy duty latches to hold the extra weight.

TRAILER GATE EXTENSIONS

As far as I know, and I don’t know too far, I’m the only one that offers trailer gate extensions. The concept is very simple. Rather than removing your gate, why not just lay it flat and use the gate as extra space? 3-4′ of extra space comes in handy. 3′ gates on dovetail trailers lay flat with the bed of the trailer rather than with the tip of the dovetail. The bars and hardware hang on the sides of the trailer for easy access. These are heavy duty extension setups which means you can put whatever you want up to the 2500 lb. limit on the gate (just be sure to balance the load across the entire trailer). Here are some pictures of the gate extensions setup for $160:

NEVROT PLASTIC LUMBER

An alternative to wood and metal that beats both in many ways is plastic lumber. It’s made from 99% water and detergent bottles and has a lifetime warranty, which includes color fade. It is grippier than wood and metal and has the same thickness and sturdiness of wood. Price depends on trailer size and ranges from $350 to $600. Contact for a specific estimate.

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LAY FLAT GATE

If the trailer extensions aren’t your cup of tea, another options is the lay flat gate. The gate can be made to lay flat forward for hauling longer pieces of metal or wood on your trailer off the back end. This option comes with heavy duty latch pins for $120.