Here's why you should purchase a Custom-Fab trailer!
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Our upright posts are four-sided, are primarily rounded corners, and are .125* thick.
The competition uses some three-sided and some four-sided posts which are .120 thick, in some cases.
Our side slats are tongue & groove, .156 thick.
The competition's side slats are not over .125 thick and in some cases are less than that.
Some eliminate side slats all together and use .030 smooth aluminum that is riveted to the side posts.
Our trailer is a totally welded construction. We never use rivets.
Our side sheets above the slats are never less than .080 thick and are always welded.
The competition, in some cases, uses .030 riveted side sheets.
Our roof bows are welded to side structures at both ends. They are rolled to a 2" arch and spaced 24" on center.
The competition's roof bows are, in some instances, 35" on center and sometimes even farther apart.
All of our trailers have a one piece 6" top rail which runs the full length of the trailer.
The front corner uprights are of the same 6" radius for front support and strength.
Our subframe on gooseneck trailers which supports our axles is built from .5" thick 4 X 6 aluminum angles with .5" X 4" flat steel bolted to aluminum with stainless steel bolts and nuts. This creates a very strong subframe which is maintenance-free.
Most of our competition use angles of steel and some are as small as 2 X 2 angle.
Our bumper-pull trailers are all aluminum except for the coupler and the .5" x 4" steel plate to which the axles are fastened.
Some of the other trailer manufacturers use steel the full length of the trailer on their bumper-pull trailers. The steel is bolted to the outer aluminum making a heavier trailer and one of inferior construction.
Our hinges are aluminum with stainless steel pins which are enclosed on the top and bottom preventing moisture from entering the hinge. These hinges are welded to the trailer and door.
The competition uses all types of hinges. Some use zinc-coated , some use chrome, and some use aluminum. In a lot of cases they bolt their hinges to the door and trailer wall.
The materials they use, other than aluminum, deteriorate over time and the bolt holes stretch allowing the door to sag. Some are riveted and in this case, rivets can work loose.
Our cross-members (under the floor of the trailer) are 2 1/2" X 4" X 1/8" I-beams which are spaced 12" on center under a .125 aluminum sheet or aluminum tread-plate floor which is welded in place.
Some of the competition uses 3" I beams and some use 3" channel. Some don't even use cross-members. They use an extruded aluminum plank running crosswise.
These look like cross-members but they are not. They are 2" lips that fasten together resembling a cross-member.
Our roofs are .040 sheet above the roof bows. They are 2' on center. The roof has an aluminum tape over the rivets caulked on both sides and has a warranty against leaking.
Some of our competition use .032 sheet placed over roof bows and in some cases, 35" on center or even farther apart.
All of the hardware on our trailers are either stainless steel, aluminum or rubber and hard plastic. We do not use chrome.
The competition uses zinc-coated or chrome. These rust becoming unsightly.
Our horse trailers are double walled and insulated. The entire horse area is rubber lined which includes the rump wall, head wall, slant wall and curb- side rear door. The highway-side rear door is also done when the rear tack compartment is made removable. The rubber comes up to the windows.
Our competition only uses rubber on the slant wall, rump wall and curb-side rear door. Some put the rubber to window height and others put it only 36" high. Some have aluminum exposed at the bottom of the wall which the horses will damage.
Our lighting is all in cable which is routed through the top rail to keep it out of the weather. All of the joints are shrink-wrapped to keep moisture out. All of the lights are seal beam for a brighter light which is long lasting.
The competition uses all methods of wiring none of which are as reliable or as trouble-free as ours.
Our axles and tires are very easy to understand. A two horse trailer has two 3500# axles, five bolt wheels and 225 or 235 R15 tires. The three horse and larger trailers have two 7000# axles, eight bolt 16" wheels with 235 85 R16 10 ply radial tires. The stock trailers have 750 X 16 tires. We will also upgrade the axles and tires if the customer requests it and we will recommend it for the larger trailers.
The competition uses various sizes of axles, some being 3500#, 5200# and 6000# with six bolt 15" wheels. This lowers their manufacturing costs but in many cases it puts the trailer and load close to capacity on the tires and wheels.
The gooseneck on our trailers is the strongest and the safest produced today due to the fact that our side slat extends the entire length of the trailer to the front of the gooseneck. It is virtually impossible to break our gooseneck loose and we never void a warranty due to a customer towing with a large truck.
The competition uses all types of gooseneck construction and none of these extend the side slat the full length of the trailer. Some have stickers on their trailers stating that no truck larger than a one-ton can be used. Some use steel through the entire gooseneck making the trailer heavy and unsightly.
Our gooseneck coupler is the strongest offered today. It is built of 4" tube steel and 1/4" flat steel plate that is welded together then is primed and painted. It is then bolted onto the trailer with stainless steel bolts and nuts which will not rust. We also use more bolts to fasten the coupler to the trailer than our competition.
The competition uses all types of couplers, none of which are as strong as ours.