I have wanted a gooseneck trailer for some time. So about a year ago I found a used 24ft Kaufman rated at 14,000lbs. It was an older one and is what they call a "light duty 7 ton" pictured below.
A guy decided this week that he wanted it worse than I did so I let it go and had to get another one in short order. I think I came out pretty good, because the floor was getting weak and I wanted to put a new set of tires on it (old ones had some cracks from age). If I add up what I sold it for, plus a new floor and new tires, I could go buy one just like it from Kaufman new!
The only problem is that the Kaufman "light duty 7 ton" trailer wasn't stiff enough or heavy enough when it came to loading logs on it. It had 8 inch I-beam frame with cross members on 24in centers and only weighed about 3,000lbs and had a lot of flex.
So today I went out and bought a brand new Gatormade 16,000lbs, 25ft gooseneck.
Boy what an upgrade!!! This trailer is much beefier and stiffer than the old one. It has 12 inch I-beam frame, cross members are around 18 inches on center and it weights about 6K! The best part is that it was only a few hundred more than a new Kaufman "light duty" trailer. It was hard me to believe that I could upgrade to a much heavier trailer for the small cost.
I did have to drive a 700 mile round trip drive to get it though. There was a closer Gatormade dealer, but his prices were higher. Go figure.
Anyhow I am super stoked and can't wait to bring some logs home with it!