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    A fellow hunter loaned me his meat trailer to haul out a caribou which saved me hours of wear and tare...His trailer was hand made and he was using a RubberMaid tub, 71 gallons I think he said...There is no way I could afford one of those aluminum meat haulers..I see that there is an outfit in Wasilla that sells trailer kits with plastic tubs....? I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions on this matter..I'm gettin on in years lookin for some easier solutions...thnx
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    Mike's welding of dipnet fame in Sterling fabricates a real neat meat hauler.Give him a call for details at 262-1232 tell roland sent you.

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    The RV section of craigslist has lots of options. use the search term "meat" and you will get lots of results.

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    You can buy them on craigslist or you can make one of your own. Six Robbles(trailer craft might as well) sells a meat wagon kit that comes with the axle, spindles, hubs, tires, and wheels for $350 or close to that. You still need to buy the steel and rubber maid container or build your own container plus weld up the steel.

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    Oneriver,

    Shoot me a PM with your contact info and I will give you the name of the fellow who built that trailer. He still builds a few trailers and is very reasonable. I'm glad the little meat wagon worked out for you.

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    I heard that Greer tanks makes trailers to for about $500. Havent priced them myself but check them out

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskabliss View Post
    I heard that Greer tanks makes trailers to for about $500. Havent priced them myself but check them out
    Greer makes a great meat wagon...but your cost estimate needs to double...and add $100. If I were going to spend money on one- that's what I'd get.

    I don't know why meat wagons tend to be so pricey, found a couple scrap iron/plywood homebuilts used locally and the guy wanted $500.
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    Heck for the price of that Greer one you can wait and scope out craigslist for a used Pacrat and pick it up for $1200-$1800 for a 4 tire model which is a lot better than a 2 tire trailer. More flotation and travels across uneven terrain way better than 2 tires do.

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    Also check out Otter Trailers. The trailer is similiar to what you posted but a bit more low profile. For $600 (total) we bought the kit that allows you to use it as a snowmachine sled tow behind. When summer rolls around, you bolt the tub to the trailer kit and now it is a dump bed wheeler trailer. Had it about 8 years and love the set-up.
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    I have one with a HD frame with a 100gal Rubermaid tub. My buddy and I each bought one at the same time. I've used it hard for 10 years. It works great. My buddy made himself a dbl axle one a couple years ago that has a 150gal tub on it. These things are practically indestructible, watertight and with a tarp and ratchet strap they keep meat dry. Here's a few pics of them in action over the years.










    Quote Originally Posted by Oneriver View Post
    A fellow hunter loaned me his meat trailer to haul out a caribou which saved me hours of wear and tare...His trailer was hand made and he was using a RubberMaid tub, 71 gallons I think he said...There is no way I could afford one of those aluminum meat haulers..I see that there is an outfit in Wasilla that sells trailer kits with plastic tubs....? I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions on this matter..I'm gettin on in years lookin for some easier solutions...thnx
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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    I don't know why meat wagons tend to be so pricey...
    I don't know why people think that it's so cheap to run a shop full of metal fabrication equipment that costs a small business guy $200,000 to build and outfit, plus the outrageous prices for steel and aluminum stock and the outlandish prices for axle hubs, wheels and tires, plus the expendable costs of wire, gas, electricity, saw blades, grinder wheels, more electricity, natural gas, paint, etc. And on top of all those bills, we're supposed to put in an 8 or 10 hour day building you a trailer, but you only want us to pay ourselves about $2.50 per hour for the labor?

    Standard metal fabrication shop rates are in the $80-100 per hour range to cover the expenses and labor costs. Trailers don't just magically appear. It takes several hours of labor to build a trailer. Small business owners generally can't work for free, either.

    If you want a cheap trailer, build it yourself. The concept isn't too hard, but it does take the right equipment and a bunch of manual labor to get the job done. Until we've gone over to a completely socialistic society (well on our way), it's neccessary for the laborer with those tools to charge a fair price for the use of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOAT View Post
    I don't know why people think that it's so cheap to run a shop full of metal fabrication equipment that costs a small business guy $200,000 to build and outfit, plus the outrageous prices for steel and aluminum stock and the outlandish prices for axle hubs, wheels and tires, plus the expendable costs of wire, gas, electricity, saw blades, grinder wheels, more electricity, natural gas, paint, etc. And on top of all those bills, we're supposed to put in an 8 or 10 hour day building you a trailer, but you only want us to pay ourselves about $2.50 per hour for the labor?

    Standard metal fabrication shop rates are in the $80-100 per hour range to cover the expenses and labor costs. Trailers don't just magically appear. It takes several hours of labor to build a trailer. Small business owners generally can't work for free, either.

    If you want a cheap trailer, build it yourself. The concept isn't too hard, but it does take the right equipment and a bunch of manual labor to get the job done. Until we've gone over to a completely socialistic society (well on our way), it's neccessary for the laborer with those tools to charge a fair price for the use of them.

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    Well said. It is the same for many businesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOAT View Post
    I don't know why people think that it's so cheap to run a shop full of metal fabrication equipment that costs a small business guy $200,000 to build and outfit, plus the outrageous prices for steel and aluminum stock and the outlandish prices for axle hubs, wheels and tires, plus the expendable costs of wire, gas, electricity, saw blades, grinder wheels, more electricity, natural gas, paint, etc. And on top of all those bills, we're supposed to put in an 8 or 10 hour day building you a trailer, but you only want us to pay ourselves about $2.50 per hour for the labor?

    Standard metal fabrication shop rates are in the $80-100 per hour range to cover the expenses and labor costs. Trailers don't just magically appear. It takes several hours of labor to build a trailer. Small business owners generally can't work for free, either.

    If you want a cheap trailer, build it yourself. The concept isn't too hard, but it does take the right equipment and a bunch of manual labor to get the job done. Until we've gone over to a completely socialistic society (well on our way), it's neccessary for the laborer with those tools to charge a fair price for the use of them.

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    Wow dude- never said a guy doesn't have a right to make some money running a shop. I've been involved with small business most of my career so I get the machinations of it....BTDT. I guess my comment is more oriented toward the overall inflation of said goods in general, not an individual producer of the product.

    I guess I'm getting old but $1500 for a plastic tub on a angle iron frame with a couple lawn tractor tires just seems excessive by my '80s wired sense of economics.
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    Hodge, didn't really mean to burst a gasket on you specifically and I agree with your sentiment about a plastic tub bolted to a flimsy frame. It was more of a general burr under the saddle that you kind of got in the way of. My gripe is actually with the complaints that I frequently hear about quality merchandise that is hand-built by local businesses. With that "$1500" aluminum meat hauler behind my wheeler, folks will talk about going to wally's world or other such big-batch, out-of-state stores to save themselves half the price on what I know is a piece of junk that will be left in a ditch within 2 years. "How can you charge so much for that thing?" Well, quite frankly that is what it costs and metal fabricators are by no means getting "rich" off of their work. It's a good month just to make the bills and be able to eat. Heck, just be thankful that we don't charge Union wages or the going shop rate would be about $200 an hour.
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    Ya, just the materials alone cost a bunch. I seem to remember adding up the cost of 2" steel, axle, bearings, wheels, tires, hitch, 100gal tub, etc. and it was close to 500bucks and that was a few years back. I paid 500 for mine 10 years ago. An aluminum T-Box was 8 or 900 I think at that time.
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