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Time is Worth More
Do yourself a favor and just go buy an already assembled trailer. Took my Dad & I about a day and a half to complete the assembly. Wasted $6 on extra wiring harness after reading reviews, but what came with the trailer was plenty long. After assembly we had to loosen some bolts in order to square up the bed and install the plywood. If you do decide to buy and assemble this item then you should also buy an air gun and sockets, I bought a cheap $20 one and it was worth every penny plus some.
October 20, 2014
Booklet says Part No. is stamped on frame which it was not making it difficult to tell if the part was oriented correctly.
Use inches when describing the bolts sizes.
October 6, 2014
Good product, challenging instructions
The trailer is solid and well-built when put together. Like other reviewers, I was dismayed that the instructions seemed clear but the parts were not labeled. The instruction manual seemed to show labels on the parts, but there were none. Twice I had to take portions apart to reinstall them in the correct orientation. And the diagram showing the location of holes for drilling the deck are completely unreadable. I tried enlarging it, but that made no differencel
October 5, 2014
Good Trailer / Horrible Instructions
The trailer is a good product and fits nicely against a wall of my garage. Assembly was a major pain. The instructions were not very clear and referred to labels on the component parts. NOTHING WAS LABELED! I had the pleasure of trial and error to assemble the unit.
September 30, 2014
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