I used $400 as an example, I don't know what they cost off hand. But you're right. I would love to have a Northern Tool here. Bought from them online and loved it.
Saw the weather forecast today. For Saturday when I'm planning on going after this boat. High of 37* but clear. Possibly really windy too.
Northern is a tad bit more classy than Harbor Freight and they do have a bigger selection in the trailer department. I recently went through the exercise of pricing out axles and the $400 is low to mid price at a trailer shop for a 2,000 lb axle where I live and since most no longer stock them they are made to order and there can be very long wait times.
In the area around Tampa Bay Florida we have multiple Graingers, Harbor Freights, Notherns, etc plus we are the home of Hake, Seaward, Island Packet, ComPac, Catalina, etc plus boat designers such as Clark Mills, Charles Morgan, John Mckay and more so we have a lot of history along with options. Not as good as where I lived North of Boston (I would launch my 1958 HiLiner SeaStar out of Glouster) but not too bad for the South.
It's been breezy and swinging from the high 40's to mid 70's here so a mixed bag but still prime sailing weather. The Nacra race teams have been practicing here for a few weeks now and its been really nice to see sailboats that are faster than many power boats. We have had to caution a number with the foils about the sandbars though as they are masked by sea grass and some keep losing track of where they are. The sudden stop is a reminder that you won't soon forget at those speeds.
Hope you get your Super Duty back in working order and that its something simple. My 10 ton with the V10 scares me with cost anxiety whenever it gives me trouble. The last time it gave me trouble is was bucking and backfiring every time I got it over 5 mph. Even though it would start it turned out the battery would short out when you got over 5 mph as the alternator went into high charge so I got out of that one for the price of a battery however it took a while to figure out that it was just the battery. Having to replace a number of the 10 coils on the plugs at almost $100 each for OEM or the ECM can get a bit pricey.