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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by bird dog » Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:44 pm

"Featherlites are good if you stay on highway.. you start to take them on our washboardy dirt roads and they fall to pieces."

Thats similar to what happened on my Alum. trailer. Got caught in a sudden very heavy rain storm about as far from the gravel road as I could be with a full load of mama cows. 2WD dually. The ground was dry and hard before the rain so I figured if I got going good I could make it out if I didn't stop. So away we went. No slowing down for bumps, washouts or terraces.
It was a crazy ride but we got out. The trailer did fine but I had about 10 welds break around the bars and gates. I got it all fixed back up and still own it but seldom take off the hard top anymore.



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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by Boot Jack Bulls » Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:47 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:21 pm
Nesikep wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:05 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:07 pm
This is not advice but I just bought one. A 2018 16 foot Featherlite. The dealer just got it back in. It looks absolutely brand new. It does have a stain on the floor toward the front of the cabin (I call it a cabin because it looks nice enough to sleep in). Must have stored something corrosive on the floor. It was power washed before display but it doesn't look like he hauled cattle in it. The dang thing is so pretty, it is going to be a challenge to get it dirty. It is like pulling a giant trophy around that you got for winning a Hog Calling Contest at the county fair.
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Featherlites are good if you stay on highway.. you start to take them on our washboardy dirt roads and they fall to pieces.
Are you kidding? As nice as this baby is, I am thinking of putting it up on blocks and living in it.
LOL! You would be better off! Featherlite makes nice looking trailers. They just do not stand up to heavy use. I find 4 Star to be a happy medium between Featherlite and a Wilson for example. They are made to last, hold value extremely well, and pull super nice. We've used several different brands in the past couple of decades, for every thing from show trailers that only leave the barn to hit the interstate, to a custom heavy duty built Featherlite for daily use for commercial cattle trucking. You will likely never see anything but a 4 Star sitting in any of our driveways ever again.
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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by Bright Raven » Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:15 pm

Boot Jack Bulls wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:47 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:21 pm
Nesikep wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:05 pm


Featherlites are good if you stay on highway.. you start to take them on our washboardy dirt roads and they fall to pieces.
Are you kidding? As nice as this baby is, I am thinking of putting it up on blocks and living in it.
LOL! You would be better off! Featherlite makes nice looking trailers. They just do not stand up to heavy use. I find 4 Star to be a happy medium between Featherlite and a Wilson for example. They are made to last, hold value extremely well, and pull super nice. We've used several different brands in the past couple of decades, for every thing from show trailers that only leave the barn to hit the interstate, to a custom heavy duty built Featherlite for daily use for commercial cattle trucking. You will likely never see anything but a 4 Star sitting in any of our driveways ever again.
I am not going to use it anyway. I just like looking at it. I might pull it around on holidays.
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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by Boot Jack Bulls » Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:23 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:15 pm
Boot Jack Bulls wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:47 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:21 pm


Are you kidding? As nice as this baby is, I am thinking of putting it up on blocks and living in it.
LOL! You would be better off! Featherlite makes nice looking trailers. They just do not stand up to heavy use. I find 4 Star to be a happy medium between Featherlite and a Wilson for example. They are made to last, hold value extremely well, and pull super nice. We've used several different brands in the past couple of decades, for every thing from show trailers that only leave the barn to hit the interstate, to a custom heavy duty built Featherlite for daily use for commercial cattle trucking. You will likely never see anything but a 4 Star sitting in any of our driveways ever again.
I am not going to use it anyway. I just like looking at it. I might pull it around on holidays.
LOL! Are you sure you're not attempting to fit in the show ring crowd? Seriously though, I'm sure you will care for it well and not beat it to shyte, so it should hold up just fine for you. Keep it clean when not in use, splurge for an occasional acid bath, and don't over-load it!
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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by Bright Raven » Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:46 pm

Boot Jack Bulls wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:23 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:15 pm
Boot Jack Bulls wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:47 pm

LOL! You would be better off! Featherlite makes nice looking trailers. They just do not stand up to heavy use. I find 4 Star to be a happy medium between Featherlite and a Wilson for example. They are made to last, hold value extremely well, and pull super nice. We've used several different brands in the past couple of decades, for every thing from show trailers that only leave the barn to hit the interstate, to a custom heavy duty built Featherlite for daily use for commercial cattle trucking. You will likely never see anything but a 4 Star sitting in any of our driveways ever again.
I am not going to use it anyway. I just like looking at it. I might pull it around on holidays.
LOL! Are you sure you're not attempting to fit in the show ring crowd? Seriously though, I'm sure you will care for it well and not beat it to shyte, so it should hold up just fine for you. Keep it clean when not in use, splurge for an occasional acid bath, and don't over-load it!
I have a relatively light duty need for a trailer. Mostly delivery of one or two head, all on good surface. That is why I went with the 16 foot.

I would like to ask you, is there anything that I should use to protect the floor? Is the acid bath a protectant?
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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by CSM » Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:40 pm

I have the same trailer. I normally don't have a very heavy load and it has been perfect for me. I think it will serve you well. Enjoy.
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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by jltrent » Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:53 pm

I have this one as it lets a lot of air in, but is all I need.. It is 20' long and I usually load it not over 7k as I would rather make two trips as to stuff. I gave $6500 for it and when I got it home I took one of the back brake drums off and the pads are probably 75% or more..

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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by 1982vett » Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:57 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
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I would like to ask you, is there anything that I should use to protect the floor?
Only floor treatment mine gets is what the calves and cows have to offer..... :lol:
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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by Nesikep » Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:14 pm

Just wash it out, that's all it needs.

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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by Dave » Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:35 pm

I have a 2013 Wilson 20 foot trailer. I bought it new. I shopped for used but 20 year old used trailer were selling for only a couple grand less than new. These things hold their value. I had an old rusty Morgan built 18 foot gooseneck that pulled like a stone boat. When I picked up this Wilson I kept looking in the rear view mirror wondering if it was still there. It pulls like a dream. All I ever do is wash it out about once a year. This time of the year it gets stuffed full of cattle about 3 days a week. About 20 500 weight calves, generally 10 cows, and in the spring 40 young calves.

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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by sstterry » Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:05 am

Nesikep wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:14 pm
Just wash it out, that's all it needs.

Our roads are crap
I sure hope you don't meet someone else coming the opposite direction on that road!!! :D :hide:

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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by wbvs58 » Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:17 am

Bright Raven wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:07 pm
This is not advice but I just bought one. A 2018 16 foot Featherlite. The dealer just got it back in. It looks absolutely brand new. It does have a stain on the floor toward the front of the cabin (I call it a cabin because it looks nice enough to sleep in). Must have stored something corrosive on the floor. It was power washed before display but it doesn't look like he hauled cattle in it. The dang thing is so pretty, it is going to be a challenge to get it dirty. It is like pulling a giant trophy around that you got for winning a Hog Calling Contest at the county fair.
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That's a nice trailer Ron, I am sure it will stand up to whatever you dish out to plus a lot more. My motto when I fabricate things is that "light is good". Too often poor design is compensated by heavier steel.

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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by Bright Raven » Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:01 am

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wbvs58 wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:17 am
Bright Raven wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:07 pm
This is not advice but I just bought one. A 2018 16 foot Featherlite. The dealer just got it back in. It looks absolutely brand new. It does have a stain on the floor toward the front of the cabin (I call it a cabin because it looks nice enough to sleep in). Must have stored something corrosive on the floor. It was power washed before display but it doesn't look like he hauled cattle in it. The dang thing is so pretty, it is going to be a challenge to get it dirty. It is like pulling a giant trophy around that you got for winning a Hog Calling Contest at the county fair.
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That's a nice trailer Ron, I am sure it will stand up to whatever you dish out to plus a lot more. My motto when I fabricate things is that "light is good". Too often poor design is compensated by heavier steel.

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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by hurleyjd » Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:33 am

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20ft 24ft Or 28ft don’t need anything super fancy will be using mostly to take to sale or vet most times but I’m leaning towards 24 ft but don’t know how many full grown cows can fit on one. Will use to go pickup cows couple hrs max from my place as well. Looking for advice on what guys think i should look into?
I have a 16 foot WW gooseneck. Maybe pull it one or two times a year. I always sell at the Winnsboro Livestock Auction. Owner charges me $50 to pick up a load of calves or cows. If I was buying again I would buy a 16 foot bumper the 16 foot gooseneck is a pain for me to back up it gets out of the mirrors view pretty quickly. Has anyone installed one of the sway bars on the bumper pulls that the RV users use.
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Re: Gooseneck trailer

Post by Nesikep » Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:18 am

sstterry wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:05 am
Nesikep wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:14 pm
Just wash it out, that's all it needs.

Our roads are crap
I sure hope you don't meet someone else coming the opposite direction on that road!!! :D :hide:
happens all the time... and just with the timing of when I go to town, I seem to meet the school bus on a particularly bad stretch!
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