Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH (USA)
NEED HELP! Inspecting Used Trailer
I'm hoping to buy my first trailer this weekend! It's a Gore All Aluminum 2 horse straight load bumper pull. It has a ramp, double full escape doors, sliding windows, and a 4' dressing room.
There's only one problem...I am not a trailer expert. I don't know anyone whose knowledge greatly exceeds my own either.
I need lots of info (and pics would be great!) about how to check the condition of the wood floor, tires, bearings, axles, and anything else you think I should know.
Also, the tires are original to the trailer, meaning they're about 7 years old. Assuming that the tires appear in good condition (good tread, no dry rot, and don't have a ton of miles on them) will they be OK for an 8 hour drive home? I was planning to pick the trailer up on my way to Tennessee, so it's still 2.5 hours after I pick it up to TN, then 5.5 hours back home from there. Potentially, I could make a separate trip to get it, which would take only 3 hours.
This also means that I will have to replace the tires. Any recommendations on the brand? Estimations on cost?
Which brings me to...trailer price. They were originally asking $6500, and said they would take $5000, but now dropped their listing price to $6000. Now that I've realized I will have to replace all 4 tires, I'm looking at adding $400-1000 to the cost of the trailer and I'm wondering if it would be reasonable to offer less?
Thanks in advance!