Compare Us with the Competition

We bet you won't see a comparison like this on the OTHER guys' pages! Here's why our trailers stack up and whip the competition every time!
One Good question we get over and over is... why are we so cheap? Well, because we can be.

I know that sounds somewhat facetious, but it is true in all aspects. We started with cash, have no debt, keep our overhead stupid low (as you will see from our 'Palatial office', inside the little Red Shed here in Braddyville), and we know that if you do keep your price right, you will sell so many that the volume more than makes up for it.

At the same time, I have been hearing competitors (ALL of whom got into the trailer business through CRAIG to begin with) taint the water with mentions of how their trailers are superior somehow. So.... no bull. Let's go down the list of what other companies are calling superior for their extra $500-1000 per trailer and then YOU make up your mind.

The biggest Lies in the trailer business!

 A compendium of false truths being perpetrated throughout the trailer industry and the facts that debunk them, from someone who would know. - Us.

Lie #1. Powdercoat Finishes are superior.

When done properly, powdercoat is a wonderful system for small to medium sized parts but it has a hard time laying down properly and maintaining a good adhesion over larger areas. And most trailers have some pretty large surface areas. But... here is the real ringer. The powdercoat being used by trailer companies today is actually HALF the cost of applying a good multi-stage paint system on the same trailer. Half us much money? But they charge you $500 more for it? Really?

My one answer to the powdercoat question is the same I had when the powdercoat guys were pitching it to me years ago.

"If powdercoat really is the superior coating system, then why doesn't GMC, Ford, Dodge or any other major company powdercoating their trucks?"

Nobody could give me an answer, so we still choose to acid wash, phosphate, prime and paint trailers. It's good looking, durable, REPAIRABLE and proven technology.

Stage 1: Hand Prep.

You'd be surprised how many companies bypass this step and think that a quick wash, some blast sand and a run through a powder coat booth can fix anything. Not so. As a very smart and talented old car painter told me years ago. 99% of a good paint job is before you pick up the gun.
So, each unit is wheeled to a prep area where two dedicated guys will spend an hour or two just going over every trailer. Smoothing out welds, taking the rough edges off of a corner here and there and hand sanding the unit.

Stage 2: Acid.

By coating the entire trailer with a Sulfuric Acid solution, it assures us that there is no leftover oil or contaminants to cause any issues when the top coats finally go on.

Stage 3: Steam Cleaning

By using extremely high heat and high pressure water, we flush the acid back off of the chassis and then coat the entire trailer in a very thin film of white iron phosphate coating.

Stage 4: White Iron Phosphate Coating.

This phosphate acts as the first step to bond the primer and topcoats to the steel underneath. Think of it as a chemical 'middle man' that gives the steel what it needs and also the topcoats what they need to get along.

Stage 5: Chlorite Resin Prime.

In the last few years, the advances made in the chemistry around industrial and automotive finishes have made some pretty severe leaps and bounds! The best kept secret lately is the development of new Group M Chlorite based Aliphetic, or A class primers. This custom designed primer system falls in love with the white iron phosphate and 'intermarries with the phosphate base coat' (There words not ours).

Stage 6: Carbon BTXE Top Coat

Once the primer and white iron phosphate have attached and flashed properly, we then lay on more coats of a newly designed top coat called Carbon BTXE (Butoxyethelene) Resin. Two to three coats of this and you have a pretty darn good paint job for the money and one that will take a little more of a beating than the average paint job while doing it's best to stay where it was sprayed to begin with.

All of that being said. It is still doomed. Sitting just 5 feet behind a pair of tires throwing rocks mercilessly at it for the rest of it's life. It's a death sentence for anything that ends up there, but we do our best to create something that will hold out for many years to come.

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Lie #2: Theirs is the only trailer with good wiring!

Sorry to say it, but some people really just grasp at things sometime to get things sold. The entire concept of an enclosed wiring loom came to I and my brothers back in the 1990's when the need to create better units for the far North and Canadian Oil fields came into play. So, we adapted 1/2" seamless black PVC tubing that is actually intended to be used as underground waterline for your house or business and reversed the concept. We figured that if it kept water in, it would definitely keep water out! And it does.

(Note about this photo: See that shiny metal plate? That is one of many access boxes built into this trailer chassis so that you can always get in and access your trailer wiring in the future. It's weather tight, tough and built to run for decades and it is standard on all units we build!)

Lie #4: They are the only people with a nice floor.

At our place nice floors come standard... and with a 10 year warranty too!
We ORIGINATED the concept of a warranted wood floor way back in 1999. Now everyone touts it like they thought up the idea.. you gotta laugh sometimes. Anyway. All of our units come with a #1 grade ACQ treated wood floor that is fitted and bolted in place at multiple points and it comes with a 10 year replacement warranty against rot! Yes... we have the SAME floor they do and in most cases a little BETTER floor... for less money!

My one answer to the powdercoat question is the same I had when the powdercoat guys were pitching it to me years ago.

"If powdercoat really is the superior coating system, then why doesn't GMC, Ford, Dodge or any other major company powdercoating their trucks?"

Nobody could give me an answer, so we still choose to acid wash, phosphate, prime and paint trailers. It's good looking, durable, REPAIRABLE and proven technology.

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But Craig, What makes your trailer so much better?

Well, read on and learn the why of trailer engineering and how it applies to what you will be using your trailer for.

Being the lower priced trailer also carries connotations of being of lesser value than other trailers, which we believe is just NOT the case. And we think that once you see our trailers for yourself, you will agree. In that light, let's start doing some comparisons with other trailers you may find out there and let's talk about what is really, truly important to you, when it comes to a good, usable trailer.

#1: The Frame.

Let's face it, all the whiz bang goodies you may see on a trailer don't mean squat if the frame won't take a serious pounding for a seriously long time. That's why we are very happy to always use the good stuff on all models. Let's take the M/T Tilt Speedhauler for instance. We know that there are others out there... heck! We know that because we originated this design and if you asked ANY of the companies who build this trailer if Craig Hull was involved in the design or manufacture of it, you would get a yes each and every time. So, yes... we are the originators of this unit and just about every feature on this unit you can point at.

All M/T tilt Speedhaulers have a 6 plus lb per foot rated 5" channel steel frame. (If I were a guy who had never been in the trailer business, that might as well have read strawberry monkey pretzels... so.. let me explain what we are talking about here.)
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From the photo above, you get a pretty good comparison of the size difference between different channel steel sizes, but that is not all you have to look for. Though our standard M/T Tilts come with a strong, thick web, 5" channel steel frame and tongue, they are also built with 6.7lb per foot A36 channel steel. What this is telling you is that each foot of channel (in linear length) was built using a full 6.7lbs of A36 grade steel.

Did you know that there are 7 different sizes of 5" channel steel generally available from mills? The only way you can tell them apart is to measure the thickness of the channel at four separate points. We choose 6.2lb per foot because it gives you a full 30,000lbs of load bearing within any foot of length of just one channel. In other words, it is stout stuff!

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