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93Chevy
07-10-2009, 06:43 AM
Sorry for another boring post, but I'd like to see some opinions thrown around. Attached are some pics of the trailer my boss wants to sell. He told me he'd sell it for $500 and let me keep it at his shop as I don't have any storage area at my parent's house.

First pic is the overall trailer. The next is of a tire that needs replaced, one of a dent on the wheel well, one of some meshing that needs to be replaces, and finally a pic of the decking.

I know it needs some work, but as I don't NEED a trailer until winter, I could spend some time working on it myself to learn how to do it. That way I wouldn't have to dump all kinds of money into it at one time, I could space it out.

On another note, as next year I will only have a 48" WB plus the standard power equipment, is this too much trailer? I plan on expanding my business in the next few years with a ZTR. I've been told that it's better to have too much trailer than not enough, which makes sense.

LouisianaLawnboy
07-10-2009, 08:07 AM
Buy it. Good deal.
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93Chevy
07-10-2009, 03:47 PM
Thanks for your input.

Anybody else?

powernoje
07-10-2009, 03:52 PM
I would jump on that... Here in colorado that would go for over a grand...

mow king
07-10-2009, 04:34 PM
Yeah, jump on it. heat the fender and straighten it. Throw a new sheet of mesh on the ramp and paint it. Then trailer tires should be about $300 and you'll have a real nice trailer for ~$900 total.

2Brosmow
07-10-2009, 05:18 PM
I'd say it is a real steal especially if you got time to work on it. That trailer will always be worth $1000 minimum if it is maintained

93Chevy
07-10-2009, 05:25 PM
Thanks for reaffirming my judgment guys.

I'll talk to the boss man tomorrow and see what kind of deal we can work out.

grass_cuttin_fool
07-10-2009, 06:03 PM
yeah.....better jump on that.....just a few dollars in paint and stuff and you have a good trailer

Horsepower Lawns
07-10-2009, 10:01 PM
Make sure that rear axle gets a dust cap on it soon. A new axle would be 200-300.

93Chevy
07-10-2009, 10:03 PM
Boss said the rear axle was replaced last year.

Horsepower Lawns
07-11-2009, 11:18 AM
Running it around with out a dust cap can cause it to need to be replaced, again. If/when the grease gets dirt in it, the bearing will fail.

Last year I replaced an axle & the customer would not let us pack the bearings. That axle lasted 1 week, then it was replaced again with the hub, bearings, nut, ect. (I cut on the side & work on trailers full time)
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93Chevy
07-11-2009, 11:38 AM
Gotcha. I will look into that. Thanks for your advice.

AdvancedLawns
07-12-2009, 09:28 AM
if you were closer i found a 14' trailer for $150
http://batonrouge.craigslist.org/grd/1265578198.html

93Chevy
07-12-2009, 11:38 AM
Looks like a good deal on that trailer, but I'd rather spend 500 for a 16' with trimmer racks, blower cage, actual gate, and working wiring.

South Florida Lawns
07-12-2009, 02:44 PM
I wouldn't worry about the dent or tire. Offer him 450 cash and see what he says.

AGM Inc.
07-14-2009, 05:43 PM
jump on it asap. cleveland thatd go 4 almost 2000

93Chevy
07-14-2009, 08:07 PM
Update for those that care :laugh:

Told the boss I'd buy it for $500 cash if he lets me keep it where it sits for a while. My truck needs wired for electric trailer brakes, inspected, and some bodywork before inspection. The trailer also needs to be inspected. So I figure 4-5 weeks before I can move it.