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Old 04-14-2009, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Open Car Trailer: Econo Trailer (Dively), Bri Mar, or other?

I'm looking at 18' open deck trailers...

Econo Trailer - $2,000.00
http://www.econotrailer.com/Open.html

Bri Mar - $2,500.00
http://www.bri-mar.com/trailerdetail...&categorysid=4

I know a few local guys that have the Econo Trailer and I think they have been happy with them. The only down side is I have to go to PA to get one directly from them.

There is a dealer in Frederick, MD that has the Bri Mar for that price.

Is there something else I'm missing out on in that price range that I can get within 150 miles of zip code 20904?

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Old 04-14-2009, 05:57 PM   #2
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Do you have the truck? Pics?
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:20 PM   #3
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Do you have the truck? Pics?
It honestly looks 100% identical to the last set of pics I posted. The truck was in the exact condition as described. It was a long but smooth ride home. The transaction could not have gone any smoother.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:21 PM   #4
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It honestly looks 100% identical to the last set of pics I posted. The truck was in the exact condition as described. It was a long but smooth ride home. The transaction could not have gone any smoother.
Right on.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:29 PM   #5
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Right on.
Except the truck is about 11ty% bigger than it looks in pictures.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:39 PM   #6
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Except the truck is about 11ty% bigger than it looks in pictures.
That's what I thought. Especially with Jard driving! `
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Old 04-14-2009, 05:59 PM   #7
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Are you stuck on new?

I found a lot of 3-5 year old trailers on Craigslist when I was looking. I ended up getting one w/ 5K axles & dual brakes for $900.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:11 PM   #8
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Are you stuck on new?

I found a lot of 3-5 year old trailers on Craigslist when I was looking. I ended up getting one w/ 5K axles & dual brakes for $900.
That's awesome!

I'm not stuck on new, but also haven't found that kind of deal. There is a guy up in PA with a 2002 Bri Mar that wants $2K for it. I can go the same distance and pay the same money and get a new Econo Trailer.

edit: I've been watching racingjunk and craigslist. If anyone else is in the market for a used trailer, I'm sure some smoking deal will pop up right after I buy.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:16 PM   #9
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from the experiences I've had and from what I've seen, a new open trailer is generally a better buy. With used, you generally end up paying enough in maintenance that it makes up the (relatively small) gap in price from new to used.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:23 PM   #10
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Man, when I was trailer shopping I was looking for an open deck and simply couldn't find one that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg extra to get it shipped to me. Those look like pretty nice, and very easy to load/unload.

I ended up going with a new 18' dove-tail steel deck for around $3500 from a local place here in Reno. Dual axle brakes, and built like a tank... it weighs just a little less than the car I tow on it, (I'm glad I have a diesel truck to tow with). What sucks is the ground clearance in the rear of the trailer (that's where the ramps are stowed) when backing up driveways, and the relatively short ramps (w/o the dovetail, I would have had to get longer ramps made up).
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:23 PM   #11
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Depends how much and how far you are towing.
I went with a Featherlite for my rally car - yes it was more money to get an aluminum trailer - but it tows SO much better.
Especially since I have to cross the Rockies to get to 3 events per year.

This one
http://www.fthr.com/bumper-pull_car-trailer/model3110/

I went for the 22' one - - lots of room up front for tires and such
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:26 PM   #12
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Depends how much and how far you are towing.
I went with a Featherlite for my rally car - yes it was more money to get an aluminum trailer - but it tows SO much better.
Especially since I have to cross the Rockies to get to 3 events per year.

This one
http://www.fthr.com/bumper-pull_car-trailer/model3110/

I went for the 22' one - - lots of room up front for tires and such
With the truck I bought, I shouldn't have to worry about trailer weight. There are plenty of events I can do on this side of the country. Salt isn't a big issue here in MD either...maybe if I go to Sno*Drift some year...
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:25 PM   #13
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So do you guys see anything that makes the Bri Mar worth an extra $500?

The only thing I noticed is it looks like the lights are better constructed?

The Bri Mar also mentions a 2 year warranty...
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:29 AM   #14
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So do you guys see anything that makes the Bri Mar worth an extra $500?

The only thing I noticed is it looks like the lights are better constructed?

The Bri Mar also mentions a 2 year warranty...
Day crew bump, need help with this. ^^^
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:01 AM   #15
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Day crew bump, need help with this. ^^^
I don't see a reason to spend 500 extra dollars. The lights on the econotrailer are LED, and I never had an issue with them, even after two years. As far as a warranty, there really aren't any wear parts on a trailer other than the bearings, brakes and tires, all of which are inexpensive to replace.

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Old 04-14-2009, 07:13 PM   #16
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:15 PM   #17
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Yep, $300 more expensive than the dealer in MD for Bri Mar. I get a bad vibe from Hillwood for some reason. They also stopped carrying the Dively stuff...
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:36 AM   #18
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road trip
this one is for sale for $1800 up here

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Old 04-15-2009, 08:43 AM   #19
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this one is for sale for $1800 up here

Yours?

Got more details?
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not mine, guy that runs in COM.

I have an 18 foot Bri-mar open trailer, diamond plate deck, open center, dual axle electric brakes, front storage box with winch mount, removable fenders...
It is a top of the line 7000# gvw trailer (powder coated so it still looks quite nice).
$1800 firm
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:47 AM   #21
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not mine, guy that runs in COM.

I have an 18 foot Bri-mar open trailer, diamond plate deck, open center, dual axle electric brakes, front storage box with winch mount, removable fenders...
It is a top of the line 7000# gvw trailer (powder coated so it still looks quite nice).
$1800 firm
Oh cool...

CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME ****ING CONTACT INFO?!?!?!?!
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no email or phone listed....

here is the link

http://www.comscc.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2233
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:57 AM   #23
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no email or phone listed....

here is the link

http://www.comscc.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2233
mmmkay there is a phone number farther down...

Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:59 AM   #24
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http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...123211977.html

Hillwood Sales in Gainesville, VA. I've seen them post up in Craigslist before with some relatively competitive prices. I'll keep an eye out.

Hillwood Sales
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800 754 4202
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:00 AM   #25
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http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...123211977.html

Hillwood Sales in Gainesville, VA. I've seen them post up in Craigslist before with some relatively competitive prices. I'll keep an eye out.

Hillwood Sales
Gainesville Va.
800 754 4202
www.hillwoodsales.com
That same trailer is $2,400.00 in Frederick, MD.

http://www.hillsidetrailers.com/item.aspx?i=31
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