Trailer Part 2


Couldn’t bring myself to buy a Chinese made trailer – just wrong on so many levels. Not the least of which because there was no mention at all that the majority were not locally made, while those that were had it plastered all over, giving the strong impression all were.

So.

I contacted J.S.T. Trailers in Dandenong after a recommendation from a family member (plus I knew their trailer was a well made, solid thing). And they had just what I wanted sitting there, ready to go. 8×5 dual axle, hydraulic brakes and cage, and even better, saved me almost $800! And made by them cut by cut, weld by weld onsite, not shipped from a factory half a world away.


Ok, so I am excited about a trailer. Looking forward to making use of it (especially if you see what I was using – an old 6×4 that I got 2nd hand for when I was doing Triton demos at Bunnings). Having one with a good capacity is going to make everything just that much easier.

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?