Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
It takes a lot of looking but it is very possible. Just as there are a lot of owners that are selling their horses, many of them are selling their gear as well.
The most important things to look for are structural (frame, axles, flooring) and tires. Many trailer owners try to save money by mounting passenger tires. Passenger tires can not safely carry the load so avoid them unless you figure the cost into the purchase price.
Last summer I was able to buy several trailers that I did some cosmetic work to and resold. I was able to get some nice ones under a thousand. I got one aluminum trailer with nearly new tires, a solid floor, WB size (7'6" height) that needed a whole rewiring, 2 axle bearings, and fresh paint on the inside. I paid $1250 for it, put ~$150 into it and sold it 3 weeks latter for $2,500 with a waiting list of buyers.
The problem you may have is that it is the time of year that everyone is looking but there are bargains out there - look in the daily papers, Craigs List, Penny Savers, and auctions.
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