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Old 07-27-2011, 09:26 PM   #181
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Thanks, this is a great forum. I think I have settled on a Car Mate 7x14. It's a stock unit with some extra goodies-aluminum wheels, extra headroom, extended stone guard. Anyone have any comments, good or bad, before I drop a good chunk of cash?
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:13 PM   #182
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Thanks, this is a great forum. I think I have settled on a Car Mate 7x14. It's a stock unit with some extra goodies-aluminum wheels, extra headroom, extended stone guard. Anyone have any comments, good or bad, before I drop a good chunk of cash?
You won't be disappointed with carmate. I've had 3. Is this the Sportster series or the regular HD? Also, you know what you do, so if the 7x14 cuts it, then enjoy! Good move on the aluminum rims. I had the white steel for my 1st 2 trailers. They get cruddy here in NY after a year or so. This 3rd one I ordered aluminum, and I love them. Extra height is nice if you work in it. PM me if i can help you.
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You won't be disappointed with carmate. I've had 3. Is this the Sportster series or the regular HD? Also, you know what you do, so if the 7x14 cuts it, then enjoy! Good move on the aluminum rims. I had the white steel for my 1st 2 trailers. They get cruddy here in NY after a year or so. This 3rd one I ordered aluminum, and I love them. Extra height is nice if you work in it. PM me if i can help you.
Thanks, that was what I wanted to hear. It's the HD series and I forgot to mention it also has a screwless exterior skin, which looks real good. I hear you on the rims, the white spokes become rust coloured spokes pretty quick.
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Thanks, this is a great forum. I think I have settled on a Car Mate 7x14. It's a stock unit with some extra goodies-aluminum wheels, extra headroom, extended stone guard. Anyone have any comments, good or bad, before I drop a good chunk of cash?
Sounds like you got the same setup as me. Its a good size trailer. just make sure you arrange everything well before laying it all out.
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Sounds like you got the same setup as me. Its a good size trailer. just make sure you arrange everything well before laying it all out.
Well, since I intend to pretty much steal your entire layout, I should be just fine I mentioned in an earlier post that I was thinking about a 6x12 but when I saw your setup, I knew that's what I wanted. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Well, since I intend to pretty much steal your entire layout, I should be just fine I mentioned in an earlier post that I was thinking about a 6x12 but when I saw your setup, I knew that's what I wanted. Thanks for the inspiration.
I have made some updates to the layout. I will try and get some pics of what I done. It left me with a lot more space and made the trailer better balanced.
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Some pics would be great BC, this weekend I'm going to spread out all my tools, boxes, etc. and measure everything (instead of building storage units and hoping all my stuff fits). I have a few of those Stanley boxes like yours, they are good and sturdy so I'll get a bunch more and build drawers around them (I'm not real big on those Systainer rigs-a little too techno for my tastes). I really like the idea of a little office type space similar to yours where you can have a spot to do paperwork, throw something in the microwave, etc. Can't wait to build something that's for me and not a customer.
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Some pics would be great BC, this weekend I'm going to spread out all my tools, boxes, etc. and measure everything (instead of building storage units and hoping all my stuff fits). I have a few of those Stanley boxes like yours, they are good and sturdy so I'll get a bunch more and build drawers around them (I'm not real big on those Systainer rigs-a little too techno for my tastes). I really like the idea of a little office type space similar to yours where you can have a spot to do paperwork, throw something in the microwave, etc. Can't wait to build something that's for me and not a customer.
I will get some tomorrow for ya. I ain't got many tools in there at the moment but you will be able to see the updates I have made. Yeah the Stanley boxes work well and they are cheap which is good. I wish I had made them a little deeper to hold more of them as I have enough space to fit 2 more in each draw. Make sure you post up some pics.
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Hey Tdawg i took some pics quickly whilst my tools are in there. I know its only 2 pics but gives you good idea of how i moved the stuff from the front to the rear.



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That's a nice setup BC. Very well organized. Here's a few pics of my new trailer. I'm recycling a couple of old work tables I had kicking around, giving them a new skin and turning them into cabinets. I picked up some E track from Princess Auto (Canadian Harbor Freight) and I really like the stuff. Gonna install some more above the roadside workbench to hang some shelving. The beauty is, if you want to interchange you can just pop the shelf unit out. I'm thinking about rigging up a bunk that I could put there for out of town work. I've done some more since I took these pics, I'll update soon.
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Hmm, gonna have to figure out this picture posting thing
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Just want to say thank you to all of the guys who helped me make a couple of decisions. Looking at all the layouts and reading the opinions of what size trailers and what the use will be helped me pull the trigger on my old workhorse that got me to the dance ( 1989 E350 14' box truck)..owned for 6 years and made good money with her..except she was old..kind of a pig on gas (460 with a 4 barrel)..little rusty..and not very comfortable (no A/C) if you were driving more than 10 miles ..
Here is my old set-up ----->
as you can see..not too bad..I do everything so a lot of trailers I saw here were for specialty guys..drywall,cabinets,trim,etc...I do a little bit of everything so I have to leave lots of room for any materials I need to pick up on any given day..that is why I had the wide lane down the middle..
Here is my new girl..16x7 V-nose..ramp rear, 32" side door, side vents,heavy duty chassis,4 wheel electric brakes, 16" on center walls and floors, 3/4" floor and 3/8" walls..I went with a green color to stand out a little bit and to bring me some luck making more money....
here is the set-up so far..I have a few more things I want to do on the set-up..namely a couple of 30x12x12 cabinets above the bench for small item storage..going to run electric hook-up to on site power when available attached to a few quads around the interior like the old box truck had..carpeting the v-nose and lower shelving to stop slid offs and a removable load lock bar when in transit..
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if you look at all the previous posts with pics before this one you can see that I stole a little bit from everyone..special thank you to whomever I took the cubby hole for the chop saw from..always struggled with a proper place for that thing..so bulky..and my flooring saw is right at home on the smaller shelf above it..
one last pic..I usually work alone except for my Boxer named Buddy..and as you can see he is always on the clock when we are working...
Again..thanks to all of you guys and this is my first post... I am a state licensed building contractor in Florida...hope it comes out alright..
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Anyone with a 6x10? I went to trailersplus yesterday. Looked at their mid-range (load-runner) series, and I think a 6x10 with double barn doors on back and side door works for me. I don't work out of it. All my guys have their own hand tools & small power tools (skil, sawsall, impact driver & drill, ect). So I only have to bring bigger tools (table saw, miter saw, tile saw, vacuum, ect) and screws and stuffs.

Hopefully it'll work for us. Put some money down for the interstate load-runner ($2600 plus tax) but I'm also looking for some used ones as well. I saw some pace Americans and car mates for sale but not sure the quality for these. Load-runners seem really well-built.
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I bought my 7 x 16 Pro series from Trailersplus a year ago today and like it a lot. I did up grade my tires after I bought it. I looked at alot of them before I brought that one home. They seem to be heavy built.
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Anyone with a 6x10? I went to trailersplus yesterday. Looked at their mid-range (load-runner) series, and I think a 6x10 with double barn doors on back and side door works for me. I don't work out of it. All my guys have their own hand tools & small power tools (skil, sawsall, impact driver & drill, ect). So I only have to bring bigger tools (table saw, miter saw, tile saw, vacuum, ect) and screws and stuffs.

Hopefully it'll work for us. Put some money down for the interstate load-runner ($2600 plus tax) but I'm also looking for some used ones as well. I saw some pace Americans and car mates for sale but not sure the quality for these. Load-runners seem really well-built.
I've got 3 CarMate's. Super happy with all them. Very well built & hold up well over time.
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I've had my 7x14 load runner for four months now and it seems to be holding up just great.
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Great thread! I thought I'd bring this one back to life.
For the guys with V-nose trailers, do you find that they are useful? Or could you make do without it?
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Great thread! I thought I'd bring this one back to life.
For the guys with V-nose trailers, do you find that they are useful? Or could you make do without it?

I like having the extra space. It's harder to make use of the space than if it was square. I still like having it.
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V-nose is the cat's a**, extra space for nuts n bolts and whatever you can fit in there. why would you go flat when you can have v?
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The contractor I work with just bought a v nose. He's already sick of the way it's no good for putting things into. It's not gonna be long till he gets rid of it.

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