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While the photos in this trailer are red, I took a gray trailer that was too dirty for photos after I finished using it.

Lynn Blamires, Special to Standard Examiner

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While the photos in this trailer are red, I took a gray trailer that was too dirty for photos after I finished using it.

Lynn Blamires, Special to Standard Examiner

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Lynn Blamires

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Having towed trailers with ATVs for 30 years, I love a good trailer. It doesn’t take much to see that a lot of people love trailers, even people without pickup trucks.

I am amazed at the variety of trailers available and what I see being loaded onto and into them. Travel trailers, fifth wheels and an endless array of utility trailers are available in all sizes. I even have a garden trailer that I pull behind my ATV. Just writing this article has made me more aware of utility trailers – they are everywhere.

I have a 22 foot by 8 inch trailer that I use to haul up to six ATVs. The twin axles are under the trailer, so it is raised. However, now that I have UTVs, I no longer need width or height.

I went to Wasatch Trailer Sales in Layton. Jake told me they were introducing a new utility trailer with some really nice features and offered to let me try a 14ft by 83in trailer for this article.

The decking is made with Blackwood rubber infused wood. Rubber is infused all over the top of each piece of treated wood, solving some age-old problems with trailer decks. The rubber has a rough surface to prevent slipping, especially in wet weather. It really is a maintenance-free deck.

A heavy duty single axle trailer, it comes with a 3ft drop down door. The end of the trailer drops into what is called a dovetail which makes it easier to load low clearance equipment like lawn mowers. The door lifts into place and locks in the upright position to help secure the load.

The rugged tag comes from the fact that it has a 5,200-pound axle. This means that by subtracting the 1,720 pound trailer weight, 3,480 pounds can be safely loaded and hauled. The wheels are mounted on the side of the deck instead of below, which lowers the center of gravity. Radial tires mounted on 16-inch rims are also a plus. A spare is mounted on the side.

Another feature of this trailer is that the railing can be removed for those times when you want a flat bed. It also has a front-mounted lockable tool box and a 7,000-pound trailer jack. It is available in red or grey. I chose grey, so what does that say about me?

PJ trailers are also equipped with Ready-Rail. This is a rail system that allows the trailer to be customized to specific needs with bolt-on accessories. The rails have holes to add items such as a vise, cooler stand, tie down rings or bed divider.

Loading my Kawasaki Teryx4 S LE UTV was easy with the spring ramp feature. We were heading to the San Rafael Swell and having fun at the Swell Jamboree in Huntington.

The trailer cruised down Interstate 15 with ease and up the dirt roads to the trailheads in the Swell. It was also easy to maneuver in parking lots.

I was amazed at how much grip my tires had on the Blackwood Rubber Infused deck. Even though the tie-down straps came loose, my Kawasaki didn’t slip at all.

After riding for two days on the amazing trails of the Swell, we fueled up and headed home. I put just under 600 miles on the trailer and struggled to get it back on. I was so impressed with the Blackwood Rubber Infused deck, especially after having to replace a deck on one of my trailers.

Picking up the trailer, I needed to ask a few questions to write this article. I had the chance to see how customers were treated.

Wasatch Trailer Sales is a busy place representing 22 different trailer manufacturers – you can get any type of trailer you want. In the 15 minutes I waited to speak to a sales rep, three trailers were sold and documents were delivered. Customers were asked to wait outside while their trailers were brought in and hooked up to their vehicles. Also during this time, the receptionist took four calls for sales to call back.

Customers had to wait, but when it was their turn, they got all the attention they wanted. It’s easy to see why they succeed. When you leave, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down, and when you need a trailer, talk to Wasatch Trailer Sales.

Contact Lynn R. Blamires at [email protected]


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