Some companies claim their trailers are “built just like Towmasters”. We’re flattered, but chances are they aren’t. Towmaster isn’t just a welding shop in a garage. We are a full-fledged trailer and truck body manufacturing plant with an engineering staff and professional craftsmen cutting and welding steel and forming it into a high-quality product. There are differences in how a product is designed and built, and Towmaster makes sure that its products are built tough.
To really compare our trailers to the competition, look for the subtle differences. Even if from the outside they look the same, they may not be. Some competitors may use similar components, but Towmaster trailers are built stronger. The old adage “you get what you pay for” also holds true with trailers. If a trailer is priced significantly less than a Towmaster, it isn’t built like a Towmaster no matter what they say. They are saving somewhere by using thinner metal, less quality components, or putting less labor (and therefore less welding) into the trailer. A cheaper trailer can be a “get by” trailer, but it isn’t a Towmaster.
|Towmaster uses heavy-duty frame materials and thicker steel. Some manufacturers may use components that look similar, but are thinner. Towmaster also uses I-beam for most frames and crossmembers while others use angle-iron. I-beam is more expensive and harder to work with, but it is also stronger.|
|Towmaster uses heavy-gauge material for its fenders. We also form the inner panel for a seamless design. Others use thinner gauge material that is susceptible to rust-through in a few years. Their inner panel is stitch-welded leaving gaps where rust can start and run down the panel.|
|The standard suspension Towmaster uses on their drop-deck and some deck-over trailers is the torsion design. This design offers a smooth ride and is easy to pull. It also has virtually no maintenance. It’s a little more expensive, but adds to our quality product. Other manufactures utilize a spring suspension. While a decent suspension, it is susceptible to more maintenance and wear parts and needs adjusting more often. If they offer the torsion suspension, it will likely be at a premium cost.|
|Compare the trailer frames of a Towmaster and our competition. You’ll notice a much stronger frame design with more welds and more steel. If the competition uses less weld and less steel, that reflects in their price. It may save some money, but their frames are not as strong or as safe as a Towmaster frame. For Towmaster, there is no price savings that justifies reducing safety.|
“We Build Hundreds of Trailer Models”
Some trailer manufacturers claim they build hundreds of models. That may be true, but what do they consider a “model”? Are they lumping all models for all markets into this huge number? Just because they build hundreds of models, doesn’t mean they build hundreds for a specific market. It also doesn’t mean they build a quality product. Quantity doesn’t always equal quality.
Towmaster builds trailers for the construction equipment market. We offer over 50 different models in 8 family categories and in several deck lengths with numerous options. We don’t count every trailer we build with a certain deck length or option as a separate model. If we did, we’d have hundreds as well.
“Have it Your Way”
Some claim they will build a trailer any way you want it. It’s a great marketing tag line, but in reality there are so many physical and regulatory limitations that “having it your way” doesn’t make sense or simply isn’t possible. When it comes down to it, you just need to haul equipment. Towmaster trailers will do it safely and for a long time because they are built to. They won’t fall apart after a few years of use. With our numerous options, we can also configure a trailer for your specific needs. We can even custom design something to haul specialized equipment.
Made in the USA means something at Towmaster. While we can’t always control all of the parts that go into components we put on the trailers, we do control where the trailers are built. They are built right here in Minnesota in the USA. From design to fabrication to welding to decking, these trailers are built tough, and built in America. That keeps jobs here and helps boost the economy. Some areas of the country take advantage of cheap labor and that may save you a couple hundred bucks, but they also sell a sub-par product compared to a Towmaster trailer. Is it worth spending a few more dollars to keep jobs in the US? We’re doing our part, can you do yours?
This is why we say that Towmaster is America’s Best Trailers. How can you argue with that?
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