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Old 03-10-2019   #1
 
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Help rebuilding trailer

I'm going to check out this trailer this evening. I'm getting it for $500. What are some things that I should look out for before buying it?

Assuming that it checks out, where do I start in making this trailer raft worthy? I have an LED light kit that I bought on ebay for my drift boat trailer thst I'll probably put on this instead. Planning on stripping all the wood, cleaning and sanding down the metal and repainting with rustoleum or something like that. Going to get a roller bar, maybe make 4, and get a winch. Pretty sure the tires are 15 inch, will make sure they are in good shape as well as a spare.

I'm thinking of using wood planks with a gap so water drains easy vs plywood as this trailer will live outside.

My budget is $500 for trailer and $500 for rebuild. Where would you start?

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Old 03-10-2019   #2
 
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Make sure the axle isn't bent.
Make sure to check to see what weight the trailer is rated to hold.
Check the condition of the tires (if you don't have the budget to replace them if they aren't great).
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Old 03-11-2019   #3
 
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Check the condition of the tires
Wear patterns on the tires could indicate that the axle is bent or that the trailer is crabbing (pulling crooked).

Also, make sure to check that the hubs are good as well by giving them a vigorous shake. They should not rock back and forth on the hub.
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Old 03-11-2019   #4
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if your in CO, check to see if it has a VIN#. It make registering it a lot easier.
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Old 03-11-2019   #5
 
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Get a bill of sale with all the sellers info. It will make registration easier, especially if there is no VIN. I didn't have a VIN on my trailer, it wasn't too terribly difficult, just a few hoops to jump through.
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Check the welds. Any issues would point to either abuse by the previous owner or generally poor construction. I've had a trailer break on me...it sucks. In my defense, it was a home made trailer given to me by a relative. It was fine, until it wasn't.
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What kind of mechanical ability do you have? Most 500$ craigslist trailers are a clap trap pile of shit. Unless you have a welder and other tools to modify it the way you want you'll just end up with some micky moused POS.
Got any pictures of the trailer?
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Jw were are you located. There is a 2 month wait for a VIN assignment here.
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SERE Nate, I have a trailer I am looking to sell or rebuild then sell. Leaning towards selling it right now. Just put new tires on last season and had bearings replaced. Shoot me a PM if you want more info. Located in denver.
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I'm located in Whitefish MT. Denver is a long ways away!
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