Reviewed By Adulttricyclereview.com
Trailmate Hefty Hauler Review on February 5, 2019
Trailmate have been building quality adult tricycles since 1977 in
Bradenton Florida. I know the Harry, the owner at Trailmate, very well
and talk to him on a regular basis. About ten years ago, Trailmate was
making some upgrades to their factory and adding a new paint line. I
asked Harry why he would go through all that trouble rather than just
have his tricycle made in Taiwan or China like so many other companies
do. Harry said that he did not want to live with a suit case in his
hand. If you have your products made somewhere else, you have to be
there all the time to monitor the quality.
Harry went on to say that sure, you can make more money by having
your products made in China, but that’s not what he wanted to do and not
what Trailmate is about. Harry is easily at the age that he could
retire but he is an entrepreneur and business is in his blood. I think
he really enjoys working and making trikes, and I think it gives him a
purpose in life.
Frame: The frame on the Hefty Hauler is TIG welded
together in Florida and has a 500 Lbs. capacity. It’s easily put
together by bolting the rear section to the front by using four bolts.
The Hefty Hauler set itself apart in many ways from other Industrial
Tricycles. The Hefty Hauler has the largest rear cargo platform area of
any Industrial tricycle and the frame on the Hefty Hauler is also
longer than other brands giving riders more room between the seat and
Paint: Trailmate has it own paint department. The
standard colors for the Hefty Hauler are Industrial Yellow and Gloss
Black. Trailmate can do custom colors for an up charge on the Hefty
Hauler. The paint is a powder coat and is applied extra thick on the
Hefty Hauler, the quality is equal to better than other Industrial
tricycles on the market.
Gearing: The stock drivetrain on the Hefty Hauler is
a Coaster Brake. Most factory and industrial users prefer the Coaster
Brake because it adds a level of safety for the rider. Trailmate also
offers a three speed coaster brake kit which is a nice addition if you
have to ride up a ramp or hill.
Braking: The Hefty Hauler uses a “V” style front
brake which is welded to the fork of the trike. The “V” brake comes
with oversize brake pads and can stop the trike more than sufficiently.
Seat: Hefty Hauler’s seat is a huge oversize seat
with a rear support bar that bolts directly to the frame. For large
heavier riders this is the best option for a seat.
Ride: We like the ride on the Hefty Hauler. The
cranks are positioned a bit farther forward which gives the Hefty Hauler
a more recreational feel and adds stability. While moving the cranks
farther forward helps stability, it also makes riding the trike standing
a bit more awkward. The Hefty Haulers most popular wheel size is the
26” but it is also available in 24” wheels.
Wheels: Trailmate uses heavy duty wheels that the
spokes are welded directly to the hub and rim. Trailmate has been using
these wheels for years and have proven to be very reliable. A popular
option is a tire liner to help prevent flat tires or solid tires.
Other Stuff: The Hefty Hauler is available with the
largest rear cabinet on the market. It is made of diamond plate of
aluminum so it does not rust and has a lockable clasp.
Pros: The Hefty Hauler is safe, durable and stable
it provides a confident reassuring ride and is a well built trike. The
Hefty Hauler features a reliable one piece crank, Sealed Pillow block
rear axle bearings, extra wide seat with a support bar. Its frame is
longer than other brands and is TIG welded together. The paint is high
quality and will look good for years. You also got to love that it is
made in USA.
Cons: Even though the Hefty Hauler has a 500 Lbs weight capacity the rear axle is not as thick as some other brands.