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Old 07-24-2004, 07:11 PM   #1
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Which is the best cargo trailer to buy?

Although this may not be an "official" Airstream question, I need your advice. I am looking to purchase to a 5x8 cargo trailer and have no idea which would be the best one to buy.

Of course every salesman will tell you that the brand they sell is the best, but what do I know about cargo trailers? The answer is nothing. The trailers that I am looking at are:

1) Wells Cargo
2) Interstate
3) Haulmark

Do any of you have any opinions? Remember, the trailer is solely going to be used for cargo transport.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 07-24-2004, 07:24 PM   #2
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Whichever one you get, see if you can get the same wheel and tire size as your 28' CCD.
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Old 07-24-2004, 08:30 PM   #3
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Although this may not be an "official" Airstream question, I need your advice. I am looking to purchase to a 5x8 cargo trailer and have no idea which would be the best one to buy.

Of course every salesman will tell you that the brand they sell is the best, but what do I know about cargo trailers? The answer is nothing. The trailers that I am looking at are:

1) Wells Cargo
2) Interstate
3) Haulmark

Do any of you have any opinions? Remember, the trailer is solely going to be used for cargo transport.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Josh
Josh, as far as I am concerned, and I have owned a few, Cherokee makes the best enclosed cargo trailers. Of the three you have asked about, I personally would rate Wells Cargo and Haulmark in that order. I have had no experience with Interstate, so I can't offer an opinion.
Usually cargo trailers will use either 13" or 14" tires, so you most likely won't be able to use a common spare with your Airstream.
Something to think about before purchasing a cargo trailer-
If you are taller, you should go with a taller inside height trailer, so you don't constantly crack your noggin on the inside of the roof. Voice of experience.
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Thanks for the advice. I am going to do a little more research and include Cherokee in the mix. Advice from others is still welcome.
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Old 07-24-2004, 10:50 PM   #5
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i have a wells cargo car hauler, 10,000 lbs capacity. it came with 15 inch wheels and goodyear marathon tires. drop down rear door, i use it to haul bikes mostly, but have had full size vehicles in it.

it is about 6 years old now, and is holding up well. no leaks either!

what are you gonna haul?

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i have a wells cargo car hauler, 10,000 lbs capacity. it came with 15 inch wheels and goodyear marathon tires. drop down rear door, i use it to haul bikes mostly, but have had full size vehicles in it.

it is about 6 years old now, and is holding up well. no leaks either!

what are you gonna haul?

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Joh, car haulers do have the 15's, I forgot about them.
Our current cargo trailer is a Cherokee 5'x8' single axle trailer, with a 5' interior height, 1900 pound capacity, and 13" wheels with Marathon tires, of course. I let my business partner talk me into the lower trailer, as the load doesn't "cube out" we get less wind resistance, but more knots on my head. A fact I remind him of every time I load/unload the trailer...
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BTW, here is the url for Cherokee:
http://www.diamonddtrailersales.com/..._Cherokee2.htm
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hear ya about the knot on the noggin terry!

the nice thing about the wells is the drop tail in the last 4 feet of the trailer, that coupled with the overall hieght prevents bangin the head.

last weekend i helped a coworker move his family, every one brought trailers pickups flatbeds... needless to say i banged my head on everyone elses trailer except mine!

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josh etal,

here is a pic of it complete with little "chrome ladies"...

it has been a very durable trailer so far, can't really complain about anything.

wish my airstream was as easy to care for!

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IMHO I would go with the Wells Cargo. I have had one for almost 5 years and never had a problem with it. Had a Masterbuilt previous to that and it was fine till the plate floor started to belly out in only 2 years, but I was carraying some heavy stuff. I think you will find that most cargo trailers are made pretty well, but do a little research so you can find all the pro's and con's before investing.
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josh etal,

here is a pic of it complete with little "chrome ladies"...

it has been a very durable trailer so far, can't really complain about anything.

wish my airstream was as easy to care for!

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That looks like mine but my truck and trailer are white.
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Thanks so much for the advice. The trailer is going to be used to haul everything from cargo to various samples that are made for customers.

The only trailers that I am able to find in Tucson are the Wells Cargo ones. After doing a little research, it seems to be a well built trailer with a good warranty.

At first I was going to go with the 4x6, but for the few extra dollars, I think the 5x8 is a much better choice.

Thanks again for your advice.
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