Easy Trailer Review

I needed a trailer to replace my XF falcon ute. To be flexible enough to replace the ute, I wanted a flatbed with removable sides. That would let me carry longer loads, larger loads, and store it where I wanted. I did not want a box trailer – too many limitations for my needs.

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I own a large heavy car trailer, so this was to be light and simple instead. Up to the legal un-braked limit of 750kg. As I am legally limited to this weight, it made sense for the trailer to be as light as possible. This would leave more room for payload. Making it extra heavy duty wouldn’t let me carry any more load. I wasn’t planning on using it off-road.

The flat bed with sides would let me use it in more ways. I also wanted to store it winched up to the roof of my carport, over my cars. This would get it out of the way when not needed and keep it out of the weather.

Shopping around at various trailer manufacturers offered almost nothing in the way of flat trailers with removable sides. Several quotes where well over $2000. I considered making my own using an alloy ute drop-side tray, but the cost was still up there. Several manufacturers actively laughed at me when I said I didn’t want a  “heavy duty” trailer. I laughed at them when they said their trailers weighed 200+kg, leaving less for payload.

Then I came across Easy Trailer. A company that gave me lots of options, made a lightweight trailers, and encouraged their customers to customise their trailers. They order over the web and deliver to you.

They specialise in folding trailers, but for me that wasn’t a critical feature. Mine would be stored on the roof, not folded against a wall.

What I wanted would cost me about $1000 from them, and about $400 in extra bits. With rego that’s under $1500, not bad.

Options

I selected a 8ft x 4ft trailer that could tip as well. I added a spare tyre and tie down loops. I recommend 8 tie down loops.

The floors have an option of steel or ply. Aluminium is not an option. Plywood is very good as it gives a “softer” surface that won’t damage what you are carrying. I had 5mm alloy checkerplate at home, so didn’t need a floor supplied.

The sides are the optional heavy duty sides. The front and rear gates double as loading ramps for anything you want to roll onto the trailer. They can come open or with a steel skin. No aluminium option.
Again, for weight and corrosion reasons, I went with 2mm aluminium from a local supplier.

The jockey wheel they have as an option didn’t do what I wanted, so I grabbed a lightweight folding one locally from Repco.

Electrical

The lights supplied are conventional bulb types – that means unreliable. I threw them in the bin and bought better sealed LED lights from eBay. Lights on trailers are a constant source of problems and I hate chasing dodgy light peroblems on my trailers.

To mount them properly, the LED lights I used do need a small backing plate made up to cover the rear. 1.6mm alloy is fine for this. You’ll also probably have to move the number plate and get a light for it. Whilst most conventional lights have a number plate light built in, this is uncommon for LED lights.

As far as I could find, on this size trailer, clearance lights are not required. Despite this, I fitted a set of low profile LED clearance lights to replace the clearance lights supplied with the trailer.

The wiring supplied uses the trailer as an earth – a likely problem spot. As such I used some of my own wire to run a full earth, ensuring all connections where sealed. I don’t solder vehicle connections anymore, finding a soldered connection less reliable than a well sealed crimped connection. The heat causes more fatigue on the wire and corrosion seems to get into the wire further.

Assembly

The trailer comes in lots of bits, with a lot of bolts. Plan on 4-6 hours to assemble it for a first time user. It’s easy enough, just a little tedious.

My assembly tips would be

a) Watch the direction of the C channels, it matters

b) Don’t fit the brackets for the timber stakes, you’ll just have to remove them later.

c) The tie downs replace bolts, figure out which ones as you assemble to save re-doing it.

d) Consider fitting nutserts / captive nuts to hold the sides on. Much less tedious than nuts and bolts.

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Sides, Ramps, Tie Downs

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Flatbed stored under carport roof (with safety tethers)

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Nicely loaded

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Sits nicely

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Replaced loose nuts with captive Nutserts
They can be installed with no special tools
if you are careful.

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LED lights are a great improvement

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Brackets and backing plate for LED lights

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LED Clearance lights

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Swing up Jockey Wheel from Repco

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Lightweight frame

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Spacer for sides

Review

The trailers are imported from Taiwan, and in some ways it shows in the quality. They are obviously sold worldwide, as I saw one used on the tyre throwing rig on episode 80 of  mythbusters.

The powdercoat finish is ok, but the corners are sharp and will rust there where the coat is thin. I personally wouldn’t leave it out in the weather for too many years, but I say that about any trailer that isn’t hot gal dipped.

The frame is folded U channel steel, bolted together. This gives some flex that should relieve some point strain issues. Unlike a welded trailer, it is unlikely to crack from fatigue. The nuts are all nylocks, so it shouldn’t rattle apart too easily, although it would pay to check the bolts every so often.

The axle is folded steel, not solid bar. It would not stand overloading well. The drawbar is also C channel, so I wouldn’t overload it.

The compliance plate on mine was for 500KG. I spoke to Easy Trailer and they sent me another one for 707kg, the advertised max weight. The design is clearly for a distributed load, so if you are planning on carting large rocks or engines, be careful where you load them.

The wheels are 12” cross ply tubeless tyres on cheap steel rims. This is good for me as they keep the trailer low to the ground and keep the overall weight down. Cross ply tyres have a much heavier load rating, – these are a small narrow tyre.  The studs on the hubs weren’t drilled particularly square, my only complaint. Some people worry about small tyres at highway speeds. Mini’s work just fin on 10″ wheels at much higher speeds than this trailer will ever see. A wheel bearing’s RPM has nothing on a tailshaft.

I added an extra brace for the spare wheel to stop it twisting when stood on. I also added a swing up jockey wheel and extra tie down points. I tend to modify my stuff though.

The assembled trailer with sides on weighs in at just over 100kg, leaving 600kg of payload.

I have used it to transport my 200kg motorcycle, mates bikes, mulch, cane mulch bales, timber and other random items so far. I would not overload it badly. I would not take it over 1000km of corrugations and expect it to survive.

I like it, I love the lightweight design, I like the suppliers attitude to customising it, and I like the price. It tows well and is very flexible.  It’s unfortunately invisible behind the Landcruiser, I’ll need a reversing camera to see the thing.

7 Responses to “Easy Trailer Review”

  1. Mark says:

    Hi

    I am thinking of buying an Easy Trailer and foudnyour reveiw. First up thaksfor thereview it does give me some confidence inthe product and confirms some of my expectations.

    So to the questions. Do you still have the trailer and are you still happy with it?

    I am looking for a motorcycle trailer for two bikes and three every now and then. Just finding a trailer is an issue never mind a light weight one. My use will be for trips to thesouth west of WA of about 350 kms each way.

    Thanks again for publishing the review.

    Mark

  2. Scott says:

    Gday just like Mark I am really considering an Easy Trailer same question do you still have and are you happy with it? I would also love to know where you bought the tie down loops from (great idea). I noticed they are not an option with trailer.
    Any help appreciated Cheers Scott

  3. Choy says:

    Hi Mark,

    As per previous comments, I am interested in getting this trailer, and found your review.

    Doesn’t seem like you’re a Melbournite. I’ve been to the Easy Trailer showroom in Bayswater, Melbourne and talked to one of their staff, and I agree they are very accomodating with customising the trailer to suit.

    My main requirements is as a motorbike transport and for its small footprint when folded for storage.

    Your photos and your customization will be helpful when I get one. Thanks for your review.

    PS. Did you purposely mispelt ‘peroblem’?

  4. Mark says:

    Hi Paul,

    Great review and it let me to purchase one. Just a quick question do you remember what size nutsert/rivnut you used for the box sides and did you install using the proper tool or just use a DIY jig?

    Cheers

  5. Rhys A says:

    Personally I think these trailers are way too expensive. They flog them off from China for $130.00 Au dollars plus shipping. While these trailer are great for light work you can buy an Aust made 6×4 galvanised trailer for a lot less even with personalized options.
    In America they flog the small off off for around $395 au dollars and here its $500. Bit of a rip off. The first review seems to be written buy a seller rather than a buyer. I might be wrong but the phrases are all wrong and the photos were all from American adds. There is a lot of bullshit in the advertising such as being made especially fo Aust roads. They are mass produced and sent all over the world. A handy man could build the small trailer for around $250 with high quality Australian made steel. Axel kits are cheap as chips on eday. Please read reviews from America before buying. There are a lot of for and against. Check if yhey suit you needs. I wouldn’t mind the little 4×3 but I won’t buy one at easytrailer price. If the won’t come down I’ll get as Aussie made galvanised trailer that will last a lifetime. Also easy trailers are prone to rust if left outside. Also who is goona undo all the bolts to fold up the larger trailers. Once you have it set for your needs why would you ? Poor selling point in my opinion. They also say you can tow these trailers at 130km on the highway. Gez get bloody real. Those cheap tyres would blow out in a heart beat. They are not for that sort of speed especially with a load on.
    Remember these trailers are very cheap and without a doubt would not hold up to max load on the highway. Notice all the adds with a car on the trailer show it pullin up and removing the load, never on the highway sppeds.Chinese C Section stell is not that strong not to mention the fact that it is thin light material used. If they sold these off at realistic price and the buyer has realistic expections for their use it would be ideal. I sue as hell wouldn’t be putting a Harley on one thats sure. If you do get one make sure you packe the beaings with good quality grase. There have been a lots of breakdowns on the highways due to poor quality grease.
    Well, you get what you pay for and in this case it’s a very overpriced average quality trailer. If you need a strong trailer buy somethin Australian made. Do not buy Chinese made trailer that have been hot dipped. The steel cannot stand the heat and becomes brittle and unsafe. Please beware.
    Ps, I have seen these trailers and given my opinion. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have one. If the right needs and a realistic price I would by one but Carlex price is too unrealistic for what you get for your money. I’d rather save money and but Australian made.. NSW & Victoria trailer are very reasonable prices and better value for money.

  6. John Klumpp says:

    I own both the 850TAB (8×4) and a modified for motorcycle towing 830TA. The smaller trailer is cut down to 86cm (34″) wide and has its axle riding underneath the now single leaf spring each side. Of course the axle is 6″ reduced in wheeltrack.
    Higher mounted mudguards made from 166 litre plastic drum base, and an extended drawbar measuring now 185.5 cm from coupler to axle.

    The 850TAB (8×4) has been used to carry a 1000cc sidecar outfit when fitted with a small outboard platform at the Left-Rear position behind Left Mudguard. This addition carried the sidecar wheel. I would however advise any considering loading sidecar outfits to just select the 958TC which is 5 foot wide instead!

    Currently the 850TAB is set-up to carry my Rideon Mower, with custom cross-trailer wheel chock pine beams. Standard Aussie 6×4 steel box trailers are not all that suitable for Sidecars, or Rideon Mowers wider than 4 foot!

  7. John Klumpp says:

    Correction- I should have posted that the 830TA axle now rides OVER the single-leaf spring, and current tyre inflation is around 20-22 PSI. This mod makes this trailer sit lower to the road. A NZ-made swiveling coupler is bolted to the drawbar, and a custom switch allows the running lights to be disabled during daylight hours. Motorcycles have their Head + Tail lamps illuminated Day & Night, while I do not believe trailers need to be.

    This trailer allows me to tow my kayak behind my 650cc Burgman. Have carried items like a 56V push mower, and a 48 cm television on separate occasions.

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