Monday, December 27, 2010


When someone tells you that they are selling to you direct, at factory cost, they are lying to you. Every trailer sold has to have a dealer license # on the Certificate of Origin. The factory is not set up as a licensed dealer and is not set up to handle sales tax issues. They might have a dealer located in the factory or a dealer that is working from home and  you go to the factory to complete the transaction. Direct to the factory, where you never see the person that sold you your trailer. You then find yourself at a distinct disadvantage if you encounter problems with licensing or warranty. Our most notable factory direct seller has 13 unresolved Better Business Bureau complaints against them. A reputable trailer sales group has a presence in the community and a permanent location to serve you. DO NOT BE MISLEAD...EVERYONE PAYS A DEALER!!  Be sure and check out the direct sellers with the Better Business Bureau. Shop safe.

Tim Woods
Colony Cargo, LLC

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Smooth Sided (Screwless) Trailers

When buying your new trailer you expect durability, dependability, and good looks and today's smooth sided trailers give you exactly that. No matter what you haul, your trailer should be sturdy, weather resistant and a pleasure to look at. As a buyer you have choices as to color, size, and many other options. Many buyers are unaware of the smooth sided option. The smooth sided trailers offer the unmatched benefits of appearance, reliability, and the most advanced science in trailer manufacturing. Proving ground tested to simulate 100,000 miles over extreme road conditions, the smooth side trailer finished with no seam popping,no gaps, and weather tight when water tested. Changes in temperature makes the trailer sides expand and contract, causing a quilted distorted look with the screwed sides. The smooth sides designed with a flexible foam core can handle the expansion and contraction and retain the smooth appearance. Logos and wraps are easier to install and have a better finished look. The smooth sided trailer gives you a quieter ride because there is less vibration and you have the added benefit of not having to tighten screws. For more information go to

I hope this helps you decide whether or not a smooth sided trailer is for you.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Colony Cargo has partnered with one of our Manufacturers to bring you an all tube, solid wall constructed trailer. We are always searching for new ways to raise the bar on quality and this is it.

Manufacturers usually use one of three frames or combination's of the three, with each frame suited for it's use and purpose.

Most manufacturers have very few problems with the base frame and there will be very little difference in the materials used. The difference in manufactures is in the wall and floor construction. Differences to consider are:

1. The distance between the wall posts are important. Most manufacturers build using a sixteen on center plan, although inferior manufacturers may go to twenty-four on center to reduce costs. This will sacrifice the structural integrity and cause the wall to flex, possibly bending. In addition to the structural issues, it is more than likely for the fastening system to degrade over time due to this movement. This means screws enlarging their holes and coming unfastened and being unable to replace the screw because of the enlarged holes. On the smooth sides, the panel is more likely to become unattached from the post.
2. Manufacturers are split on the materials used for all construction. The best built products are constructed using box steel tube. The lesser brands will use a hat post and some will even use "z" channel mixed with hat post.("Z" channel is a hat post cut in half). Due to reduced strength and rigidity of hat post and "z" channel construction, all the problems outlined in item one can occur.
3. Normally sixteen on center is used for the floor, but some lesser brands will use a twenty-four on center to reduce costs.
4. Most manufacturers use three quarter inch plywood for the flooring, but some lesser brands will use one half inch. The better brands use three quarter inch treated plywood.
5. Most manufacturers use Z-Tech undercoating to keep the moisture off of the plywood and undercarriage.

We at Colony Cargo hope you found this article useful and informative. We are an established internet dealer, selling in excess of 700 trailers a year and want you to rely on our experience to get the trailer that fits your need. As a volume dealer we can offer a better price and service.