The following guest blog entry was written by Morgan White at Nationwide Trailers. Nationwide Trailers is a Triple Platinum PJ Trailers Dealer with locations in Houston and San Antonio, Texas.
It is widely recognized that PJ flatdeck gooseneck trailers make ideal hotshot trailers. PJ Trailers demonstrate exemplary performance in every category of shipping time and time again. When you depend on your trailer for your livelihood, you want to know you’re pulling the best trailer out there, and that’s exactly what a PJ trailer is.
PJ excels in offering a wide variety of options to really get your trailer to work for you. We pride ourselves in being able to build trailers specific to each of our customers’ needs so that you have a versatile trailer that can get the job done, no matter what that job may be.
Some hotshotters are loading and hauling heavy equipment regularly. Dovetails are ideal for these situations. We have many different styles, ranging from a self-cleaning dovetail that can have anywhere from two to four spring assisted ramps. Other dovetail options include center pop-up dovetails, and our most recent design, the monster ramps. PJ’s monster ramps boast versatility. They are built with two super-wide ramps that nearly anything can drive onto, then have diamond plate steel when they fold over to keep the deck continuous and usable if you’re hauling pipe and need every inch of deck space. There’s also an aluminum option to keep the weight down as well as an HD option for the heavy duty equipment haulers.
PJ offers a wide array of axle options. If our standard 10K axles aren’t heavy enough for you, we can build you a trailer with 12K axles or even 15K and as heavy as 16K. We also offer ALKO and Dexter axles for the customers partial to those brands. Whatever you want or need to put underneath your trailer, PJ can do it.
PJ is also going to build your trailer with the best brakes on the market. When you’re putting on the miles that only hotshotters can, the only way to go is electric/hydraulic disk brakes. By eliminating the magnet and going with the disk pads, you’ve got brakes that will brake better, last longer, and are significantly cheaper to maintain. Disk brakes are the number one way to maximaze your running time and reduce your down time.
Suspension is another aspect of your trailer that you shouldn’t overlook. PJ offers true air ride suspension along with front or rear lift axles. You can also beef up your suspension with heavy duty HUTCH suspension, originally designed for semis, and comes with a 5 year guarantee that you won’t have to spend a dime on your suspension components.
Hotshotters also have a high need for a slide track with 4” ratchets to secure each load, as well as side mount wood racks to store 4X4s that are used when hauling pipe. We have a high number of customers going with the two speed jacks to make unhooking or hooking up to a loaded trailer considerably easier, as well as extra toolboxes for chains and other parts that every driver should have on him. Each of these options are added the PJ way: with an emphasis on quality and cost efficient.
Building a trailer that will work best for you can sometimes prove to be overwhelming, especially if you are new to the industry. PJ has trailer dealers and reps nationwide that are more than happy to help you find the options that best suit your needs. Don’t hesitate to give us a call, we are glad to help you in any way we can!
The following guest blog entry was written by Joe Hacker at Pete’s Trailer Sales. Pete’s Trailer Sales is a Double Platinum PJ Trailers Dealer in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
I received a Dealer Bulletin from PJ one day about a new dump trailer that the R&D department was finally ready to release to the public. It was a low profile version of the ever popular 14′ D7. The concept was to find a way to lower the deck height of the dump to make it easier to load a skid steer into it for hauling purposes. What PJ had discovered is by changing the frame to 8″ I-beam, they were able to lower the box of the dump down into main frame 4″. Then by the use of drop axles they were able to gain another 4″ for a total of 8″ and a deck height of 24″ from the ground. A standard 14,000 pound skid steer trailer (CC) has a deck height of 25″ off the ground. So the new low profile dump is actually lower than a normal skid steer trailer!
The increased ease of loading a skid steer was achieved; however it was not the only benefit to the design. Being that the trailer is lower it means the center of gravity is lower as well. This means that you will notice better handling pulling it down the road. And since the deck sits lower, so are the sides. So loading the trailer from the side has become easier as well. One good example is loading the trailer with fire wood by hand. Another is say with the limited lift height of some smaller utility tractors with loaders, this trailer would fit the bill for sure.
So as I was reading the Dealer Bulletin, I was thinking about these advantages, and found myself excited to see the new dump trailer. So I ordered a load of them to try them out. Well let me tell you, that trailer hit the floor running.
The standard height 14′ D7 was, and had been for years, the number 1 best selling dump size out of the 20 different versions that I stock on a regular basis. It took the new low-profile version only about 6 months to become tied for first place, and has been there ever since.
One thought about the standard D7 is that it is a trailer that has been king of the hill for so many years, that it will continue to do a good job for the customers who choose it. The low profile is just another way to do it.
I will share one story with you:
We have a customer who runs a lumber yard. He had the idea one day when he was listening to a contractor complain about the high cost of roll off dumpsters used for clean up, that he could rent out a dump trailer to do the job more affordably. So he purchased a standard height 14′ D7 and started making money. That led to another trailer, and another one, and another one. At the time when the low profile version came out, he had 4 standard heights in the fleet. He liked the idea of low profile so he started buying them. Now he has 8 that he rents out. Four are standard and four are low pro.
We are very glad that PJ came out with the new low profile version. It has allowed us to have more choices for our customers, and who doesn’t like to be able to have a choice. And even better yet, now the low pro is available in 12′ and 16′ lengths as well.
You asked for it and we listened! After releasing gooseneck, utility, and dump comparison pages on our site in 2012, we had requests for a tilt comparison. We have compiled over 30+ difference making features you should consider when shopping for a tilt trailer. We have even included a section specifically for our deckover tilt models (T8, T9, & TD) that highlights their differences as well. You can check it out by clicking the “dare to compare” graphic below.