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Thinking of buying this trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Storm the Patriot, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Storm the Patriot

    Storm the Patriot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

  2. Storm the Patriot

    Storm the Patriot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    i really would like some input before i make a decision...

    it is much appreciated.
  3. laird006

    laird006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    its a good deal for this area as long as its in good mechanical shape. about the same as i gave for my 16 footer with 2 foot sides that need cosmetic work.
  4. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    Please don't take this wrong but this is my take on this trailer.

    Rusty, tire problems, wiring problems, probably no brakes and I'll bet the wheel bearings look as bad as the trailer. Do you really need a very rough, overpriced 20' trailer that needs work before you can put legally it on the road and tow it home.

    Buy a new one with new trailer duty tires, new wheel bearings, electric brakes, new springs & shackles, heavy duty swing up tongue jack, new paint, new wiring and no rust.

    Go to a trailer manufacturer in your area and buy a new one the length and width best suited for your uses and finance it if you have to. You need a work trailer, not one you have to work on. Be sure to get a spare tire & mount that can be locked.


  5. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    I agree. After buying 2 different trailers for similar prices replacing the lights, tires and brakes on both - I would of been better off buying a new one and since then all the tires I've bought brand new.

    If your budget is tight, I still wouldn't pay more than a grand for that trailer, you could get away fixing the tires and lights for ~$50 and fix the other issues as you make money.
  6. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    If you must buy this trailer hook it up and tow it a few miles to make sure it tracks straight and get it up to interstate speeds.

    Take a person who knows trailers with you, not the seller.

  7. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

  8. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 2,313

    I agree. Nothing is sweeter than buying a new trailer, loading your equipment, and going to work. Trailers seem simple but can be really expensive with several problems. There's no way I'd give $1200 for that rust bucket-maybe $800. At least, play the game and get it as low as possible. Times are tough and I can guess he needs the beer money.:drinkup:
  9. scaglawnsnj

    scaglawnsnj LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 435

    That craigs trailer looks like a money pit. Figure tires, 480-
    brakes 300-
    paint 400-
    welding100- per hr.
    wasted time tinkering 90- hr

    Cost of fixing is around the price of almost new.
    20' trailers aren't cheap though.

    However, Im looking to off a 2006 bigtex 70tv 14' x6.3' trailer for 1800-
    let me know....


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