Plans pricing?

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WerkSpace
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Plans pricing?

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I really love the Sevtec design of hovercraft and appreciate the value for the money spent.
I have bought both the Vanguard and the Mariner plans because of their exceptional value.

I have wanted to buy the hovercraft trailer plans but don't see the same value for the engineering involved.
I believe that a lot more trailer plans could be sold, if these plans were more appropriately priced.

$46 for hovercraft plans. (fantastic value)
http://www.sevteckits.com/catalog/index ... cts_id=181

$99.95 for trailer plans. (questionable value)
http://www.sevteckits.com/catalog/index ... cts_id=194
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I bought the trailer plans from Bryan. Ive built a lot of stuff over the years and the trailer I made is One of the things Im most proud of...I would have never designed any thing this nice. The plans were easy to follow and the design is fantastic. Bryan built several versions of this trailer before he settled on the one in the plans. Everything is well thought out and its an easy build with the plans. I think all his work is worth something and you wont be disappointed with what you get for the price. Maybe not a "fantastic" value but a good one for sure...Dan out
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I've seen some pricing on trailer plans at Northern Tool here in Orlando. A two axle dump trailer plan set is just shy of $200 if I remember correctly. They had sever other designs there, like car-haulers, utility trailers & such. They all were comparably priced to Bryan's. I've helped Bryan build a couple of these and I've generated cut-lists for them, too. Believe me, these are DETAILED SolidWorks drawings and accompanying CD of detailed photos of the build process and components.

Consider the cost of a hover plan-set, plus the cost of a build video or two, and you're right up there where this trailer is priced. Sure, if lots of them were sold, the cost could possibly come down as the cost of production is recovered. There was a LOT of thought and design time put into this trailer. So far, mine has survived a maximum load (hovercraft, plus lots of parts, plus a whole broken-down 14' boat trailer for over 2000 highway miles from Seattle to St. Louis. Soon to be trailered its final leg to Orlando. I could not be happier about the performance of this trailer and its ability to take a fair amount of highway abuse over some fairly rough patches. The torsion axle is providing a very gentle ride to the hover and all items mounted on the deck.

To me, it is money well-spent!! I have a friend who tried to design his own trailer with similar features and he has consumed much more time on the project than he had ever imagined. Wishes he had bought the plans several times over. I guess it all depends on how much you think your time is worth re-inventing the wheel!

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WerkSpace
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John, have you seen this design?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MRpbS2harw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRRv2o15DZU

With a bit of modification, I believe that it would make an excellent hovercraft trailer.
The beauty of this design is that you don't have to hover on/off the trailer at all.
Get rid of the deck and just attach to lift points on the hovercraft frame.
The trailer is used to pick up the hovercraft when it is completely shut down.

For hovercraft that are in trouble, this trailer would make loading/unloading a breeze.
For safety, an additional cargo net could be installed underneath, after loading the hovercraft.
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I've bought many trailer plans over the years.
The price of the hovercraft trailer plan is over priced in my opinion.
http://www.trailerplans.com/
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Even with what Bryan's selling the trailer plans for, It'll take quite a number of sales for him to recoup the cost of the time he's invested in designing, prototyping, and improving his tilt/swivel trailer. He's a small shop doing small volume, so economy of scale isn't in his favor like it might be for a larger outfit like trailerplans.com. I'd be interested in the dump trailer because I have quite a road project I have to bring in a lot of material for. The jungle of a backyard I have would benefit from a large trailer like that to haul off the cuttings every once in a while, too!

To me, the highly specialized trailer plans Bryan sells is a deal. If you want 'brand-x' generic trailer plans that might need modifying to accommodate a hover, the trailerplans site may be for you.

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