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Unread 03-12-2015, 04:49 PM   #1
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Tractor Supply vs. Lowes Utility Trailers (WJ)

OK Folks! Bit torn here. I have a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with the 4.0 L (WJ). I recently put a hitch on my WJ. With that being said, my wife and I have been in the market now for a utility trailer to tow with the WJ. Looking for the 5 x 8 with mesh bottom. Not looking for hardwood flooring because I can have that done for lil to nothing. Save some money in the long run. Now, I've searched craigslist and to be honest with you, I haven't found anything close nor appealing to drop the hammer on.

The trailer we purchase won't be used extremely hard. Recently moved from an apartment to a house and we now have a major need for a utility trailer. *Moving from the City to the Country was the most gratifying change* Basic use for the trailer will be for yard work, moving trash, etc.

Earlier this week, my wife and I went to the local Tractor Supply and Lowes and looked at trailers. I like them both. But I'm a bit partical for Tractor Supply. I love the 13'' tire and bigger fender walls.

What are the perks of each and which one would be beneficial to get now and for the long run.

The specks for each place are below.

Thanks folks!


Tractor Supply -
5 x 8 Utility Trailer, 1,600 lb. Payload Capacity, 2,000 lb. GVWR
Open mesh floor trailer
1-7/8 in. standard coupler
1,600 lb. payload capacity
13 in. tires
4 ft. rear ramp gate

Lowes -
Carry-On Trailer 5-ft x 8-ft Wire Mesh Utility Trailer with Gate5-ft x 8-ft Wire Mesh Utility Trailer with Gate
Payload capacity: 1650 lbs
12" Tires rated 990 lbs each
1- 7/8" Coupler with safety chain
Made in the USA

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Unread 03-12-2015, 05:24 PM   #2
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If TSC isn't made in USA I'd go with Lowe's. Otherwise I'd say either will be fine.
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Unread 03-13-2015, 10:14 AM   #3
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The Lowes in my area has very good customer service. I would buy from them, all other things about equal, becasue of this. I know if I had a probelm with the traielr they would stand behind what they sold.
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Unread 03-15-2015, 09:26 AM   #4
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Ended up getting the 5 x 8 mesh trailer from Lowes yesterday. Pulled very nice with the WJ.

Looking forward to yard work and house work with warmer weather being here now.
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Unread 03-21-2015, 06:15 PM   #5
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I purchased a 5x10 from TSC about 6 years ago. I sold it when I bought a truck. I sold it for about $200 less than I paid. I was very happy with my purchase.
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Unread 03-21-2015, 06:21 PM   #6
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Maybe flip the axle so it rides right.
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Unread 03-25-2015, 11:58 AM   #7
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Y would I flip the axle? It rides fine. For no more than the 5 times I'm going to use it a year, what is the point?
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Unread 04-03-2015, 11:16 PM   #8
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Trailers should be level or lower at the front. That attitude means the load will slide forward as you drive. When the trailer is lower at the back the load wants to slide back with every bump. Proper attitude makes the need to tie things down redundant. You always want to secure the load but if it will push into the front rack it just adds a safety margin. The way your trailer is sitting the load will want to slide back. The outcomes are far worse when things go wrong.

Flipping an axle is Saturday morning stuff.... coffee at 10am.
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Unread 04-07-2015, 10:56 AM   #9
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I did a spring over on my trailer so it would ride right.
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Unread 04-08-2015, 11:41 PM   #10
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Me too..
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Unread 04-09-2015, 01:38 PM   #11
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Getting 6 yards of mulch on Saturday. All back roads to my house from where I'm getting it from. Nothing over 40 mph. OD on or OD off?
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Under 40 mph, towing? I'd say OD off but try both.Let us know what you like.
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Unread 04-13-2015, 04:39 PM   #13
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Hauled nine yards of mulch over two trips with this trailer this weekend... The ol 4.0 didn't have a problem at all.
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Unread 04-18-2015, 09:34 PM   #14
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Flipping an axle vs going to spring over axle (SOA) are quite 2 different things but the results of height is the same.

For the basic angle utility trailer, its obvious that there is a slight convex curve to the axle tube. By flipping that axle, the curve is now concave and easier to bend when loaded. With these light weight trailers, the springs are not necessarily the only suspension component. The axle tube will flex as well.
With the design of convex curve, the load does not effect the curve to where it won't 'spring' back. With the axle in a concave position, the axle is more to stay bent for the same load.
I would suggest you get a local welder (muffler shop, 4x4 shop etc) to place spring perches on top of the axle tube. You could also get them to weld on taller spring mounts off the frame to gain even more height.
Now the issue comes as to finding wheels/tires to fill the fender...LOL
To remedy the taller tire, this may require a 'bigger' axle capacity as it leads to wheel surface mount to wheel surface mount measurement and leaf spring center width. The lighter capacity axle is not designed for this. That's why they are offered with 4.8 and 5.2 -12 tires/wheels.

In addition, the head of the leaf spring center pin is designed to be placed into the spring perch on the axle. It would be best to flip that in the leaf. Not too hard to do with a large c-clamp and basic hand tools.
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Unread 04-19-2015, 12:34 AM   #15
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Or, just, you know get a drop hitch. That's what I use when towing my small utility trailer.
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