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1090 lb. Capacity Utility Trailer, 40-1/2 in x 48 in
Trailer Spare Tire Carrier
1-7/8 in., 2 in. Double Ball Hitch Mount
Overweight Item subject to $44.95 additional Freight Charge.
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Awesome trailer for the money!
I just built this trailer. Haven't used it yet. But, I'm very pleased. I intend to make a stake/rail side out of 1x4 stakes and 1x2 rails.First, people...Read complete review
I just built this trailer. Haven't used it yet. But, I'm very pleased. I intend to make a stake/rail side out of 1x4 stakes and 1x2 rails.First, people have said this is the same trailer as the 1000lb trailer except for the tires. I don't think this is true. The heavier-duty trailer says it has a 5mm axle. The thickness of steel on this trailer is 3.5mm. Also, people have complained about dust caps. I believe SKU 93833 is the dust cap.Assembly hints: You start upside down, laying the bars on 2x4s. Don't tighten those first components (the frame). I would tighten the axle hangers and shackles. Then (after doing the bearings and wheels), turn it right-side up, and tighten the frame. After tightening the frame, stand over the center bar and eyeball the alignment of the axle. I had to loosen the shackle and nudge it a little so the axle was parallel with the center frame rail.When tightening the frame rails, do it slowly and spend a lot of time checking for square. Measure corner to corner (like an X), and use a rubber mallet to tap the frame into square. Also measure laterally to make sure it's the same width front to back, and side to side. Tighten the bolts down a bit and measure everything again. Making it square will contribute to squaring the axle (using the center frame rail as a visual alignment, mentioned in the paragraph above). When I had the frame and axle square, the tongue came out about 1/8" off to one side (measuring from a corner of the trailer to the end of the tongue). I could have enlarged a bolt hole on the tongue to give it more adjustment. But, 1/8" doesn't bother me. There's that much slop of the ball in the coupler (not installed yet).I used blue (medium) locktight on all the bolt threads. I used red (permanent) on the bolts holding the coupler to the tongue. I figure it's a theft risk for someone to remove the coupler. So, I used red, and will round off the bolt flats using a grinder.The manual doesn't tell you how tight to torque the nuts. I did about 20 ft lbs.One of my spring hangers had the holes drilled off center, crooked. I installed it at the rear where the leaf spring only hangs on the bolt (unlike the front where it passes through a nylon bushing, and would have caused an alignment problem). One axle castle nut had a misaligned slot cut into it, preventing the cotter pin from passing through. I used a cutoff tool to enlarge the slot.You'll be surprised when all done and you discover the lighting system depends upon ground running through the frame. For that to happen, you'd need to grind away the paint where the frame rails connect *at the beginning* of assembly. I used some 18 gauge wire to create my own isolated ground. Even if I knew at the beginning, I don't think I would have taken the trouble to grind paint. I wouldn't trust all those steel surface matings to maintain conductivity over the years. I think dedicated wire is the most reliable way to do it. (You'll have a challenge attaching a ground wire to the side marker lights. It's hard to explain. But, you'll see it when you take the lense of the marker light.).The instructions say to mount the 90-degree angle bar in a way which causes the tail lights to protrude 1-2" past the end of the trailer. I want to stand my trailer on end when not in use. So, I flipped those mounting bars the other way (extending toward the front, not the back). Now they're recessed 2 inches behind the rear edge of the trailer.Trailer comes with a document which looks like a title. Store manager gives you a signed receipt of sale. Take both to DMV for your license (if required by state).The bearings come heavily packed in something resembling grease. I think it's "cosmoline," a cheap preservative used when storing or transportig metal. The instructions say to clean and repack the bearings. I did the outer bearings. The inner bearings are pressed in. I didn't feel like going to the trouble of removing them to clean and repack. I'm only using the trailer for short errands. If I were hauling at highway speeds (for long distances), I'd do it.
Most Liked Negative Review
Be ready to paint it!
Went together well, but after 9 months outside, paint went from red to bright PINK! Will paint with Rustoleum bright red. Same thing happened to 1700 lb trailer I have from HF, Rustoleum...Read complete review
Went together well, but after 9 months outside, paint went from red to bright PINK! Will paint with Rustoleum bright red. Same thing happened to 1700 lb trailer I have from HF, Rustoleum holding up fine on that one. Would recommend painting this thing when you assemble it. Otherwise, this is a pretty good trailer.
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great little trailer
By American Vacationer....
from Sacramento, Ca
Comments about Haul-Master 870 lb. Capacity Utility Trailer, 40 in. x 49 in.:
Just got back from a 3000 miles vacation. No problems what so ever. No hot bearings, speeds around 70-75 mph. 500-600lbs of camping and suitcases. A lot of times we forgot it was behind us. Towed very well. No tire problems either. I just greased the bearing very well. We painted the trailer charcoal and put expanded metal as a floor, also made a stake bed also. The only improvement I did for the trailer, was to put on all LED lighting. (My personal preference). Very quite surprised the overall of this small, but durable little trailer. Also it was towed behind a Toyota Yaris. It also traveled trough 5 states.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I love this little trailer .
from near phenix,va
I bought(1)just to see how decent it would be---went back bought another, Now I have(3)added 1/2" outdoor Plywood makes a great hauler.one of them has my generator, 1,chipper shredder on it,third one, 2 small water tanks on it,---I camp out on my place & these trailers are the perfect item to own.move stuff around. behind my mower or Tractor,not going on the highway so I can't rate that possibility.love this item.I also have the fold up 4'X 8' Fold up trailer,but don't fold it---solid sheet plywood on it---Love them all. Thanks HF for great items.
Amazing... Love it.
About Me Education Oriented, Thrifty
I used to own a ford escort. This trailer turned the Escort into a fantastic truck that can haul anything. I Love this trailer. Small enough to fit in really tight places, stores upright in my garage, and yet... moved a ton of stuff out of my garage in a single load. Takes our 2 kayaks to the river and our bikes all over town. The Escort handles the trailer easily. Don't know how I lived without it.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
You can't go wrong
from Douglasville, Ga.
About Me Thrifty
Over the years I have purchased three trailers like this one and two that were 5 X 7 units. They are easy to assemble and they take a lot more punishment than what they are designed for.While I don't recommend this, trust me, they are sturdy little trailers. While I am careful to distribute the weight correctly I have more often than not exceeded the load limit three fold without flattening out the springs. These units have good race bearings, sturdy frame work and fairly good tires. I've actually added an axel to a 5 x 7 making it a 6 x 10 once I extended the width and length of the frame. I hauled 4000 pounds from Charlotte North Carolina to Atlanta Georgia without incident.For the money you can't beat these little rascals. Obviously, tweaking the size or suspension automatically voids any warranty but if that is not a concern, tweak away.
Good Value, Excellent for Jeep Trailer
By Apple Orchard
from North of San Francisco
About Me Farmer, Off-roader
Bought one at HF in 1997. And a second, used one, recently. Both are excellent.This makes an excellent jeep trailer.With 3/8 plywood floor/sides its under 150 lbs. This is light enough to unhitch and turn around by hand, if you get to an impassible point making your own trail down in a steep canyon offroad (always with a frightening side slope!) and you have to back out to a turnaround site then come back for the trailer. BTDT. I wouldn't want a heavier trailer there.There's room underneath to lash on two spare tires with rubber tarp straps. (For highway speed towing install better tires and carry the originals as spares).It tows on the highway like it isn't there. Tip: study a tire chart and inflate tires only to the psi needed. It will bounce badly if max psi/ empty trailer. I run 28 psi, as recommended in tire chart for 580 lbs on axle. The usual lightweight camping gear doesn't weigh nearly that much.Study all the reviews here as assembly instructions before starting. I recommend buy a 2" ball coupler for it when you buy the trailer. That's a more universal size to standardize on. And get the swing-away tongue jack.Recommend run plywood front & sides down outside the chassis then bolt the plywood to the chassis for maximum cargo volume/ minimum weight. Using the included stake pockets steals too much volume from this tiny trailer.Only Con is its so short and narrow that its difficult to back up. (like backing a cement mixer). It changes direction instantly and its so narrow you can't see where it went. No big deal, just a PIA.Second trailer: I bought another, used (1985), shabby condition, and put a tank on it for irrigating new orchard trees. 2600 lbs starting out, on a trailer rated 900 lbs. I pull this one behind the tractor over plowed very rough terrain. Nothing has broken in two seasons of this terrible abuse. (But I wouldn't take that one on the highway again!) Summary - tougher than it looks.Overall: Recommended, if this size trailer is useful for you.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Not a bad buy...
By Terminal Frost
from First Coast, FL
This review is for the trailer only and not how well it works. Haven't made it that far yet because it's going to be towed behind my motorcycle. So I am adding this review based on the assembly of the trailer. It wasn't exactly explained in the assembly manual but it wasn't a complete mess.First unbox and lay everything outscrew all your nuts and bolts together as i had 3 stripped nuts but I had extra's...then assemble it completely(besides the wheels/hubs/fenders)only screwing the nuts and bolts only finger tight. disassemble down to the main box ( 3 cross beams, 2 frame rails). Snug everything and square the trailer up as you go(very important) Now as you install the tongue, spring perches, spring and axle, make sure you check for square every step. If not the trailer will dog track and eat tires.Next, be careful knocking the already installed grease seals back out(my only complaint) because you need to clean and properly pack the bearings with grease if this trailer is every going to hit the road !!!The wiring is all on you because I did mine completely different ( 5 wire for my motorcycle) and I have years of experience doing trailer wiring. I did use red lock tight during assembly.I did use basic hand tools I did not use the provided lights but if you are going to stand the trailer on end for storage reasons, flip the brackets around so you don't break the lights off.I had no issues with fitment, so if you are, check and make sure you have it oriented correctly.I did remove on leaf on the springs but once again, I am using it to tow behind my motorcycle and I cannot haul 900 pounds anyways so I removed one leaf for a little more suspension...As for performance/towing. Give me a week or two and then I will offer my insight. I am in the process of building my tow hitch assembly...So as for ease of build - 3 stars as it's not easy to build. You must be thurough.Quality of components/finish - 5 starsCustomer service after the sale - 5 starsPaper work/title ease - 5 starsDisclaimer: Everything I did was because of the way I am using the trailer and is not endorsed or supported by Harbor Freight. I am just a guy from the First Coast of Florida reviewing a product that I modified to fit my need...
12 years old and still rolling!
from Austin, TX
I've hauled everything from washers, dryers, Refrigerators to an entire kid's bedroom set (that was a sight to see!)not to mention yard waste and Jet Skis. Got way more than my money worth out of this little trailer.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Big Buck
from Ozark Mountains, Missouri
About Me Ozark Redneck
I welded on a steel mesh bed and now this trailer is ready to work. I purchased a 5/8" shank, 1 7/8" tow ball for the lawn tractor and this baby hooked up perfectly. I would recommend this to anybody who is looking for a lawn trailer but is not satisfied with the flimsy trailers out there!
(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
from Tempe, AZ
About Me Casual Driver, Diy Home Improvement, Small Car Owner
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