Any recommendations on a brand of trailer?

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4 years 6 months ago #549307 by Lindseyjane
Hello. We need to buy a trailer! It would get used for the usual domestic things plus a wee bit round the 4 acres, like bringing in hay, collecting wood, getting things from building suppliers,(doing lots of renovations) going to the tip etc. So not a HEAP of use but enough for it to be a total nuisance to have to borrow one of the neighbours every month. Does anyone have a recommendation for brand?

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4 years 6 months ago #549308 by lsbloke
Hi Lindseyjane

We ve had our KEA trailer for 12 year now and its been great - like you we use it for just about everything

Moving stock (with a KEA stock crate) hauling gravel, compost, hay, rubbish to the tip, firewood - its about 150kgs tare weight and is very easy to tow and reverse

I've made plywood sides for it to raise the sides to about 1metre for compost and soil - that works well!!

whatever you buy keep it in a shed (or tarped) if you can and look for a good wiring loom and decent LED lights and stout plug - they end up taking a bit of biff over the years.

cheers and good luck
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4 years 6 months ago #549317 by muri
I saw a Fair Go programme on trailers once.
I would only buy NZ made and not a cheap import.
Wooden trailers are fine as well and there can be lots found second hand.
If you buy second hand, take it in for a warrant, that is the best way of knowing if you are getting something good as they will check it for rust etc on the chasis
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4 years 6 months ago #549336 by Benjamin
We bought an open trailer with a cage.
Then a year or so later had a nice canvas cover made for it which is worth it's wieght in gold.

Transportation of animals or hay in the rain....
We didn't consider it when we bought the trailer new but if you can have the option of a cover it's well worth the extra.

All the best
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4 years 6 months ago #549344 by Sitest
I bought a paxton cage trailer 8 x 5 with ramp tailgate, also brought a full tarp to cover cage and all. 3 years down the line, done its share of donkey work, plus lives out in the field through snow and sun. Paid for itself 10 fold, can easily carry 20 hay bales with tarp on, much more if sunny. Only problem being in the field when not in use, the sheep have eaten the wires to the indicators every so often, other than that no work needed at all and no rust and has done about 4000 miles, 3000 of those loaded to the max.
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4 years 6 months ago #549346 by johals.raman
Hi,
Believe me, buy a nz made trailer. Please dont go for a chinese import. The reason for that vhibese import trailer's quality is not good at all . Down the track if you need to get any parts, its really hard to find. Go for Briford trailers. Best trailers locally built. After years and years you can still find the parts.
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4 years 6 months ago #549368 by Baroque
Kea make great trailers with a decent range of accessories. We got the stock crate for ours and it has been really useful for all sorts of things including shifting stock.

Breeding & training quality Spanish horses - THE horse of Kings! Also breeding Arapawa & Pitt Island sheep.
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4 years 6 months ago #549376 by max2
We have two Prescott trailers from Te Puke, one that goes behind the quad, and the other as a stock trailer, dual axle. Both have removable cages and both have served us extremely well in tough conditions.

Mid price range, not as cheap as Kea or chinese imports.

The best place to compare trailers is at field days and stick your head underneath and compare the under gear and the like. A drive behind one fully loaded on the motorway is another place to see how the trailer is handling weight.

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4 years 5 months ago #549463 by tonybaker
I would go for a Bunnings or Mitre 10 trailer, that way you have a good warranty and if you have a trade card at Bunnings, you will get a good deal. Don't be over concerned about "Chinese" trailers, most of the parts of "NZ" trailers are made in China anyway!

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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