In NE OH. NW PA, it's so d*** wet all the time that anything parked on grass or dirt will rust out just sitting. One of my friends built a parking pad for his trailer which is stored outdoors: Slightly excavated, put down railroad ties, used cement blocks to fill in the gaps where the ties were a little short for the width of the trailer.
Tires: 8 or 10 ply truck tires (10 ply are E rated, I think) and also watch the age of them. They have a date code on them. See tirerack.com for more info on decoding it. 5 years is about the safe life of tires on an outdoor trailer. 6 is what Europe has actually legislated, if I recall w/o looking it up.
I lived in Charleston, WV, for a number of years. Vehicles there don't rust our or get eaten up by salt as bad ad they do up here. If I were buying, I think I'd search Craigslist either in Southern or Western states where it's drier, for an older trailer that's not all corroded. Paint can be redone. Mechanical stuff can be replaced, as can electrical. But structural probs are the end of the line.
I intentionally bought a Chevy Duramax regular cab and 8' bed + gooesneck hitch, so that I have options for serious towing. And if I don't do that, it makes a fun sport truck platform, lol. I put an Extang SolidFold (TriFold is vinyl) tonneau cover on it, and that can be folded and secured and left on the bed and a gooseneck trailer just hitched up w/ the cover still on the truck. I have the TriFold on the beather truck. TriFold weighs 45-50# and I can lift it totally off that truck if I need a full 8' bed to haul. I can't move the SolidFold by myself -- it's too heavy.
Last edited by Tack Collector; 12-07-2009 at 09:34 AM.