An Aussie Trailer

I have an old trailer that has seen better days (and a fair few of them), and am at the point that I am seriously considering upgrading.

I know what I am interested in (with some flexibility) – 8×5 to 9×5 galvanised, 300 or 400mm sides, 800-1000mm high removable flat storing cage, dual axle, possibly hydraulic brakes (if not too cost prohibitive), otherwise standard cable brakes.  I want to be able to carry a full 2440 x 1220 sheet in the bed of the trailer, and slide it out (rather than lift it over the tailgate opening).

Thought I had found what I was looking for too – a company promoting itself as an Australian manufacturer, and all their trailers that are on their home page (continually changing images) all promote that they are built in Australia, and built tough for Australia.  Cool.

So there was a delay in getting the trailer I was after – they didn’t have any of the size I wanted ready to go.  No problem – after all, when they make some more, weld them up, get them galvanised, then I should be ready.

Got the phone call today – trailers are now back in stock – new shipment arrived.

Shipment? Uh, what shipment?  Of the trailers of course. Turns out that only a few of the range are made here (custom builds, self tippers), the rest are imported, already made.  From f****ing China.  WTF.

If I wanted the same thing made here, it would cost about 50% more.

Not sure if it is a deal-breaker for me, but it has significantly dampened my enthusiasm.  Anyone know of a decent trailer manufacturer (IN AUSTRALIA) that makes, rather than imports trailers?

 

 

4 Responses

  1. Hi Stu, These guys make in WA (yes i know it’s a long way away!!) and have a good reputation. http://www.papastrailers.com.au/

    Good luck Andrew

  2. You could try Eureka Trailers in Ballarat

  3. That’s a shame to hear. They shouldn’t be allowed to do that! I’ll be watching closely. I may need to buy a trailer in future (if I can ever afford one). I remember reading about a trailer manufacturer in Traralgon, not sure of details though. They may be doing the same thing, custom made in Aus, the rest from off-shore.

  4. Brooks Trailers in Rosebud make them on the spot, but he may be a bit out of the way for you.

    http://www.brookscustomtrailers.com.au/index.html

    Cheers

    Richard Fyffe

    PO Box 260

    Blairgowrie Vic 3942

    Tel: 0431 091 108

    http://www.bookkeeping.fyffe.net.au

    http://www.boxmaking.fyffe.net.au

    http://www.facebook.com/boxmaking

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