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I bought this trailer for the ability to fold it up for storage. Unfortunately no easy locking on that part. Takes 30 minutes to unbolt 8 screws to fold it. Epic fail there. Should be 123.
Arrived with broken tail light and wire harness wrong size by 3 feet. On back order too. I bought wire at hardware store and lights don't work properly. Bad ground somewhere cant figure it out. So I have a trailer with non-working lights.
Also instructions lie not a 3 hour job. Parts not labeled either caused extra delays and problems too. Its a full 10 hour job unless you build these for a living. Even then I think it still takes 6 hours.
Also had to drill hole for one screw that bolts it down when in use otherwise back flops up on bumps. Pre drilled hole was off by half a inch.
Also they don't tell you need it weighted and inspected at cost of $125 above $125 for plates and registration being home built. So figure another $250 costs after purchase.
September 15, 2014
Good product. The manual has many problems.
The three major complaints found in prior reviews are all justified. Yes, the parts do come unlabeled. Yes, pictures in the the printed manual are inadequate. And yes, the wiring harness supplied is seriously too short.
So, that's the downside. The upside is that it is a solid, sturdy trailer at an excellent price. The folding feature is nice. Be aware that the trailer when folded is still 115 inches tall. Also be aware that there are four carriage bolts that must be removed in order to fold the trailer. Those bolts are structural; I would not attempt to haul the trailer without those bolts in placed. The manual does not include any warning about this.
I'm satisfied with the purchase. It is clear to me that Northern Tool's commitment to quality is highly suspect. The compaints made above go back at least a year, yet it is clear that Northern Tool has done nothing about working with their supplier to address them. That is downright shameful.
Be sure to use the PDF manual available on this website. Put it on your laptop or tablet and have it handy while you work on the trailer. Be prepared to spend the time required to sort out and identify all the parts thoroughly. Focus on the basic frame parts. Once you have them correctly laid out, the rest are much easier.
Be aware that all the hardware is metric. You'll want sockets of the correct metric sizes, and you'll want deep/long sockets that will allow you to drive a nut down on a long bolt. An impact driver or drill is very helpful, but there are some places where you will need your manual wrenches; I used crescent wrenches and had no trouble, so I didn't buy any metric wrenches.
Leave all the frame-related bolts wiggly the first time around, then go around and tighten everything once the assembly is complete. The manual advises you do do that and it's good advice. If you do this, making sure the frame is square and aligned is not a problem.
Be on the lookout for the fact that some parts have changed since the manual was created, particularly the caster bases.
The list of tools required that appears early on the manual is not complete. Read through the entire book before you start and make a list of the extras, which include a grease gun, a rubber mallet, a small pry bar and a torque wrench.
There are discrepancies in terminology between the parts list in the back of the manual and the terms used in the text. In particular, the "safety chain" is described as a "safety pin." No sewing skills are required to assemble this trailer.
There are a couple of cases where the text or the figures refer to incorrect part numbers. Be on the lookout for that.
The manual refers to a non-existent tail gate at least twice. It also refers to a figure, 11-2, of the tail gate; no such figure exists.
I spent about three hours with the manual before I started, and then spent about eight hours very slowly and carefully assembling the kit. The time and care paid off handsomely. I'm sure it could be done faster, but I would recommend that in this case, slow is good.
Bottom line: good product, lousy manual. Take your time and deal carefully with the manual and you'll have a nice trailer.
September 9, 2014
Quick delivery, seems like a good trailer
I generally agree with most previous reviews, so I'll keep this short. It arrived quickly and seems like a solid trailer, although I have yet to use it because of the hurdles to get it registered. The assembly instructions were barely adequate to get it put together. I would say that the novice mechanic might have some trouble, because I had to use some measure of interpolation based on many years of mechanical experience to get it done. If I use it and it falls apart, I'll come back and update this review, if that is allowed.
September 3, 2014
Get what you pay for
Not a very robust product. Paint gets knocked off easily and rust shows up in no time. About 4' short on the wire harness, and directions were tiny and difficult to read.
Would work on well maintained roads, but the city roads are full of bumps and holes so the trailer can be heard a mile away. Should get the job done though.
August 14, 2014
Putting the trailer together?
The directions are so bad and not labeled that I would give to an enemy as a gift. You`d think they could have placed a number "sticker" on each item but nothing? As a result I put it together and now it will not fold as I placed a part where it should not have gone so I left it as is because it would have been too much trouble to take it apart. I installed a sheet 4 foot by 8 foot piece of plywood on it and secured the plywood. Then I took a piece of black carpet and let it overhang the side of the plywood about 1 inch on all sides and secured it with roofing nails every 6 inches all around. If I wanted to store it I still can only it will be 8 feet tall and not folded to 4 feet
July 22, 2014
All instructions say is refer to illustration. None of my parts were labeled and illustrations were the size of a postage stamp. Wiring harness is 6 feet too short on both sides. I had to get the manual on line and blow it up until I could see detail. If you don't mind a jigsaw puzzle, the final product is OK. I,m still working on decking and siding. More later. SC
July 14, 2014
Ordering: excellent website
Shipping: extremely fast. Courier was professional. Extremely satisfied with free shipping
Product: instruction set easy to follow. Assembly a cinch for persons with basic knowledge.
Researched many suppliers online before settling upon Northern Tool. Overall highly satisfied with my dealings with Northern Tool.
They have become my first go-to provider for all my future hardware needs.
July 12, 2014
Ok, but be aware of the issues.
The trailer parts shipped in three boxes. One of the boxes was lost by the shipping company, but they later found it and delivered it. Two of the three boxes had come open during shipping and had been taped back together. There is minimal padding, so every single painted piece came with several scratches. I was only missing one screw.
The instructions list part numbers, but be aware that not one part is labeled. Getting the right frame pieces in the correct place required some trial and error. I would recommend just barely getting the bolts and nuts together and double check every step before tightening anything. With regards to all the bolts, I would recommend a socket adapter for your impact driver/hammer drill so your arm doesn't fall off.
Based on the wiring allowances listed in the instructions, you would need an additional 3-5 feet of wire. As it was, I could barely run the wire from front to back leaving no slack. I will have to rewire as I can not fold the trailer without breaking the wire. So, I needed an extension. There is one on the Northern Tool website. I would just order it with the trailer.
The instructions refer you to the diagram in the booklet for measurements to drill holes for attaching a plywood base. The picture looks like a mimeograph was faxed onto heat activated paper and photocopied a dozen times. You will have to measure it out yourself.
Taking all that into consideration, I would still buy the trailer again. It is compact and good for many home projects. I have apartments and have hauled all manner of construction materials, cabinets, toilets, and flooring. Yes, the weight limit is a factor, but since I do most of the work myself, I don't know if I would want to move more than 1000 pounds of stuff at one time anyway. Once I fix the wiring, it will fold up nicely and sit in the front wall of my garage during the winter.
June 9, 2014
Great Little Trailer
The trailer is very functional with 18 inch high sideboards. The instructions were fair. The railings were not labeled as the instructions stated and were difficult to identify from the pictures in the owner's manual. Three of the four holes in the rear frame and caster base for the carriage bolts did not line up even with all of the trailer bolts loose. This was due to poor alignment of the welded components of the spring hangers. This required drilling 2 holes and cutting another. The holes in the grounding strap on both side marker lights had to be enlarged to reach the screw holes and provide a ground. The paint around frame holes had to be removed to get a good ground. The coupling is larger than the tow bar and overtightening it will not allow it to fit on the ball. Overall alignment after tightening all of the bolts was fair.
June 2, 2014
lighting wires 5 ft short. frame coating damaged upon arrival. tow bar scraps against side rails when closing. great idea, poor execution. and there is no excuse for such poor instructions.
May 27, 2014