OUR HEAD DESIGNER
Our Motorcycle Trailers are inspired, designed and engineered by our founder Ed Heard. Ed has years of experience designing the unique trailers of Ironhorse. Once the inspiration is translated into a tested design they are then realised by our talented and experienced craftsmen. This means you always get the best of both worlds, a well thought out, strong motorcycle trailer, built in the USA by USA trademen and women.
Behind the Brand
In our factory in Mcminnville Tennessee you will find our team of craftsmen building your trailer. We invite you to come on a factory tour and see the skills the fine men and women of Ironhorse Trailers have and how they make every trailer with care and precision, as if each one if they build is their own.
All our craftsmen have been with us for years.
Because craftsmanship outlives every trend
Welcome to Ironhorse Trailers, the home of America’s best Motorcycle Trailer
Ironhorse Trailers was founded in 2002 in Lavergne, TN, near Nashville. Our first home was a 4,000 square foot building. During that time, all our fiberglass parts were supplied by one subcontractor and all our chasses were supplied by another. By 2005, we had discontinued the original fixed top model, replaced it with two new flip top models and outgrown the building. After a two year search, we relocated to a new building about six times the size of our former one, on a four lane highway, and only about seventy miles away.
After we started motorcycling in the nineties, it quickly became apparent that the distances to some of the places we wanted to ride were well beyond the distances we enjoyed riding. So, like many others, we trotted over to our local trailer dealer and plunked down a few thousand dollars for an enclosed metal trailer with square corners, the classic metal box cargo trailer. Then I spent the rest of the day, including three trips to the hardware store, getting the trailer ready to carry bikes.
When my 1970 Chevy pickup had trouble pulling it, I speculated that the motor was just old and tired. So the next thing I tried was a 98 Ford Explorer with a V8. When that didn’t work either, I bought a 2001 Lincoln Navigator, hitched up the trailer, loaded our motorcycles and took off for AZ. Twenty minutes and six hills later I finally realized it wasn’t the tow vehicle. Rather the weight of the loaded metal box trailer just didn’t work well with modern high horsepower, low torque automotive motors. But as I soon discovered, the weight was only half of it. What made me realize how much shape mattered was having to hang on to one side of the steering wheel with both hands to keep from being blown off the road by crosswinds in AZ, NM and west Texas.
All in all, the AZ trip convinced us that there had to be a better way—an enclosed, streamlined, lightweight motorcycle trailer. As long time manufacturing management consultants, we knew that whatever the better way turned out to be, we were qualified to develop the necessary manufacturing processes. Since we were already fed up with extensive air travel and ready for a serious career change, starting a manufacturing company seemed almost like a predestined segue.
Julie is perhaps THE key player. The ultimate multi-tasker, until recently, she was the sole salesperson while also handling the marketing, finance, human relations and administrative duties. I, Ed, am the product designer, product engineer, and operations strategist. We are the co¬owners and founders of Ironhorse Motorcycle Trailers.
Mick is not an employee, but we think of him as part of our team. A former ad agency owner and motorcycle racer, he regularly turns our rough draft marketing messages into the polished, visually effective marketing materials that appear on our website, on our FB page, in email and/or telephone responses to inquiries, and as hard copy brochures. He monitors our FB traffic and calls our attention to issues and suggests solutions as well as pointing out opportunities to maximize the effectiveness of our FB page. He also prepares press releases and uses his motorcycle magazine contacts to selectively place them in the most appropriate magazines.
Chris is another non-employee critical to our success. An Australian by birth, he currently commutes from the U.S. to India where he is Chief Pilot for a large Indian corporation. Several years ago, he designed and developed our Ironhorse Trailers web site while working in the U.S. and continues to keep it fresh and readily accessible to those searching for motorcycle trailers. It’s a sign of the times that we while we have rarely meet face to face, we are and will be eternally grateful to him for his efforts on our behalf.
Victor has been with us since July of 2005 and is our top gun in the shop. Not only can he do any and every production job in the shop, he also builds plugs and molds, maintains the chopper and gelcoat guns, and does most of the tasks usually reserved for plant and manufacturing engineers. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it involves electricity, carpentry, plumbing, welding or fiberglass fabrication; if I can think it, Victor can do it. When we started the company, none of us knew anything about fiberglass fabrication or plug and mold building. We’ve all learned on the fly with Victor leading the way most of the time.
Gus joined in September of 2009 and is second in command in the shop and the other person we really rely on. He preps the chasses, keeps up with VIN numbers and the schedule and like Victor, can do any and every job. He takes great pains to build flawless chasses and makes improvement suggestions which are typically implemented immediately. Always quick to help in other areas as needs change, we had to discourage him from running to do so in the interest of safety.
Medi and Roque have been with Ironhorse for six and four years respectively, and they live in their own world do about the most critical and demanding jobs. They shoot the gelcoat and fiberglass, and the fiberglass body the world sees is the result of their diligence and good work. It sounds so easy–just pick up a “gun” and shoot. But the critical element is rolling, a demanding job that insures that the lamination is good and there are no “air pockets” between layers. They do a fabulous job!
Kim joined us in September of 2013 to beef up our sales effort and provide administrative support. Although she’s not a biker, she relates well to those who are and does a wonderful job of helping people decide which of our Ironhorse Trailers will best meet their needs.
Jonathan has been with us a couple of years and is our metal/aluminum working go-to guy. He has an extensive background in fabrication, and plant and vehicle maintenance. He runs the metal shop that builds the chasses, manages the aluminum and steel inventory and keeps our vehicle fleet rolling. He excels at trouble shooting, fabricates my latest brainstorm from the skimpiest of sketches and independently designs, develops and maintains our welding fixtures.
A number of other employees all play important roles too—in general we have very little turnover among our entire team. We value their learning ability, their skills, their work ethic, the work that they do and their willingness to help one another. Most of all, we value their loyalty and do our best to live up to the example they set.
TOUR OUR FACTORY
It all starts here, the chassis
Our skilled metalworkers precisely measure each part, and weld each part of the chassis using the skills gained over many decades or working in the field.
The chassis nears completion
After the initial build the chassis is sent for build and installation of the accessories and the motorcycle trailer starts to take shape.
Quality Control is important
At each and every step a Quality Control Inspection takes place. Each and every section of the buildup of the motorcycle trailer is checked, critiqued and approved.
Building with precision
Our craftsmen and women build your trailer with precision and skill.
From perfect cuts to perfect welds, you wont fault our motorcycle trailers
Our staff skills have developed over many years of work experience.
Our crew work in teams, where they synchronize the build of up each and every trailer.
The trailer takes shape
All our trailers are build on precise molds, the craftsmen build up the perfect trailer each and every time.
Our trailers are made with the best materials, resins, aluminum and glass. We pride ourselves on our Made in America by Americans badge of honor.
Ready to assemble
The chassis is built and tested, ready for the body.
Body and frame work is completed
The body shelss of a Widebody sit ready to install on the chassis.
GET IN TOUCH
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forward to hearing from you
GET IN TOUCH
We are looking
forward to hearing from you
916 Red Rd,
Phone / Email
info (at symbol) ironhorsetrailers.com
+1-888-793-6184 (USA and Canada)