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Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« on: November 18, 2018, 09:04:47 PM »
I still need to clear about a trailerload of stuff out of my parent's home. Bad timing, really - it would be perfect to store in my barn that's not built yet.

I also need to take some furniture to South GA, maybe get some fryer oil, several different things.

I thought "maybe I can get an older trailer just to have a backup trailer and not have to reconfigure my camper - also something with a ramp".

Been looking on Craigslist and it seems like at least half the ads for enclosed trailers are fake. Two word descriptions, silly prices, pictures don't match. One thing they all have in common is that there's contact info printed on the picture. But there are several different contacts.

I can't imagine what the end game is, here, unless it's rob you of your trailer money when you get there.

Anyone been through this - anyone know what scam is going on out there?
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Re: Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2018, 09:06:11 PM »
I would try an app like OfferUp or Letgo on your phone i have never had a bad experience on there.
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Re: Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2018, 10:12:31 PM »
not really what you were asking, but new trailers are very affordable in south GA

https://www.plainoltrailers.com/

I got one from here to move my parents, we saved move than enough to justify the day trip to pick it up


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Re: Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2018, 05:09:28 PM »
I tried the mobile apps. Thanks.

I know about the Douglas, GA trailer connection. It's how I spec'ed and bought my current trailer/camper.

If you want something super basic in predefined specs, you can get pretty break even around town. Like a base 6x12 V-nose I can get within $200 of factory - half of that is fuel and the other one is not driving 8 hours.

The problem is I think is that that's such a good deal, people are selling comparable used trailers for as much or more.

I kind of want a "beater". Something for occasional duty.

There are two kinds of scams - the super obvious and the less obvious. The less obvious are the ones that aren't specifically stupid, but borderline too good to be true - and they never contact you back. Why even bother? Still haven't figured out that end game.

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Re: Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 06:31:45 PM »
Starting to get into some opportunities now - people who don't think their used trailers are worth the same as new trailers

This could be a fun project. Wondering what to do with the hole. Maybe use it for a deer blind. Or spray paint "FREE MAMMOGRAMS" on the side LOL

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Re: Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2018, 06:38:14 PM »
Just scrape the "S" off of "Shoes" and you'll be fine.
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Re: Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2018, 07:10:38 PM »
Now that you mention it, I would feel compelled to scrape off everything but "HOES" and the Recycle symbol and drive it around for a little while.

I'm kind of pulling for this one partially because of how eerily identical it is to mine.
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Re: Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2018, 10:19:01 AM »
I bought a trailer off of craigslist and got a pretty good deal. Remember, if the deal is TOO good, it’s probably too good to be true. I got a GREAT deal on a twenty feet, dual axle trailer that I bought sight unseen from an individual. The deck was rough but it seemed to pull well. After I got to looking at it at the mill, I realized two of the crossmembers were broken at the welds (I don’t weld) and wiring harness was all wrong. It’s been sitting in my back clearing for six months. I can’t use it until I strip the decking and haul it to town to be rewelded. Then I have to rewire and put on a new deck. In the end, I will have save about two hundred bucks vs buying a new one. You can probably find a deal, but look over and under it really well. Check the axles to make sure they’ve been greased.
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Re: Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2018, 02:45:25 PM »
I bought a 16' flat trailer off Craigslist years ago with no problems.      I added some ramps.

You're welcome to borrow it.

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Re: Anyone ever bought a trailer on Craigslist?
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2018, 03:29:06 PM »
Thanks. I'm looking for an enclosed trailer, in part for storage.

I might wind up buying a new one. The ones here in Tucker aren't much more than the ones down in Douglas, and no one EVER returns a message about a used trailer that's not priced as high as a new one. Heck. I might buy one, use it for six months, and sell it for what I paid.

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