My neighbor got his from his friend that passed away, who bought it new. His featherlite is mint. Only issue is a smashed left fender, from someone running it over after they took it off to load a car. Of course my neighbor is ocd about how he cares for pretty much everything he owns.I prefer the slip-collar Bulldog, completely encloses the ball, and is less loosey-goosey than every Atwood style I've come across (though none of them were "brand new"
Wood deck is cheaper to buy, still slippery when wet, and rot from the word go. Plus, 2023 lumber prices. First shop I worked at had a wood-floored 16' utility, those deck screws suck when it's time to change the decking. Maybe if you painted/sealed the deck top and bottom and kept it inside, it'd be better.i
I HATE side-load ramps, mine come out the rear
FOOD FOR THOUGHT about 15" wheels....there are currently NO 15" trailer tires made in the USA. My 9900GVW trailer has 16s on it (6 lug 5200# axles)
IMO, the shield on the front looks like it'd be a major wind drag when empty/not needed. But then again, I tend to haul less-than-perfect stuff
I know a guy that owned/pulled a Featherlite aluminum behind his half-ton, fought cracks the whole time he had it (bought it new, OKla roads suck). Sold it and bought a steel trailer and a 3/4 ton truck.