Aluminum Livestock Trailers

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WinterSpringsFarm

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On trailers I have looked at and been around

Merritt
Wilson
Eby

They are also most expensive to cheapest in that order as well.  I have been around featherlites, and I wouldn't waste my money on one. Unless you were going to spec it like the other 3 mentioned, and then they get really expensive.
 

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Merritt and Wilson around here, if you like the punched hole sides, which I do.
 

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I’d sure like to have a Wilson and Barrett— but I can’t make sense of having a trailer that cost more than the cargo.
 

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Aluminum trailers hold their value better than anything except maybe a John Deere 4020.  One of the few things worth financing for 60 months because you will never be upside down on the note.  Make sure you keep full coverage insurance on it though in case you bend it up.
 

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I agree on the depreciation fact. The aluminum trailer is going to not only outlast the steel trailer probably 4 to 1 but the resale value in the first 10 years is unreal.
It was a very good decision on my part when I made the switch.
 

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I’d sure like to have a Wilson and Barrett— but I can’t make sense of having a trailer that cost more than the cargo.

Maybe you should work on making the cargo worth more?
 

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Not sure it applies everywhere but in CA, 10,000 is the gvw not have to get a class license.

A Wilson 18 and 20 footer are 9950 lbs gvwr weight rating. Not sure about the 22and 24 footers are less than 10,000


some of this stuff is confusing and not clear when just starting out buying a livestock trailer as opposed to a smaller bumper pull
 

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knabe said:
Not sure it applies everywhere but in CA, 10,000 is the gvw not have to get a class license.

A Wilson 18 and 20 footer are 9950. Not sure about the 22and 24 footers are less than 10,000

REALLY?!  That kinda sucks! 26k here in Md
 

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wilson said the ranch hand trailers weigh about 3500-4000 lbs. i don't know if i believe that.

the one i commented on supposedly has a CGVW of 9950 which means 3500-4000 of trailer and almost 6000 pounds of cattle to stay under 10,000lbs to not have to have a Class 1 drivers licenses in California.

i guess this means three 2000lbs cows etc.

wilson says there is a placard on trailer that says if it is 10,000lbs gvwr, information of tire load capacity is required.

if trailer is rated over 10,000, the placard says nothing about tires, and a class 1 license is required in california

i guess it would be pretty easy to put more than six 1000 pound animals in one of these trailers


wilson website says the ranch hands have 16,000 gvwr


i have no idea how to definitively make sure your trailer does not generate a need for a class one license.


maybe just get one?
 

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https://protecttheharvest.com/news/its-tricky-hauling-livestock-in-california/

Typical government.

Let’s pass laws
 

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https://calcattlemen.org/2019/07/30/cca-keeping-watch-on-for-hire-transportation-regulations/

After reading links and other links, I’m still confused if I can tow a trailer that can carry 15,000 lbs behind my truck that weighs 7500+ pounds.

It sounds like I can haul only 10,000 (includes trailer weight) behind my truck with just a regular license.

 

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knabe said:
https://calcattlemen.org/2019/07/30/cca-keeping-watch-on-for-hire-transportation-regulations/

After reading links and other links, I’m still confused if I can tow a trailer that can carry 15,000 lbs behind my truck that weighs 7500+ pounds.

It sounds like I can haul only 10,000 (includes trailer weight) behind my truck with just a regular license.

quickly read that link.  Your second statement is true.  Any trailer over 10K GVWR and you would need a restricted A, which would allow you to travel 150 air miles. In MD any Combination GVWR of 26,001 would require an A license.

DOT laws are tricky and are interpreted differently by each and every DOT cop.
 
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