Went out to Liberty Hill and picked up my trailer from Larry at Capital Area Pipe and Corral.
And, just like last time, I was not disappointed. Here are the pictures from today, which speak for themselves.
When I got it home today, I did the floor myself:
Which was a cattle floor before. It had planks with hog panels stapled to it like this:
So, for about 1/3 the cost of a used trailer in comparable condition, I got new wiring, new lights (inside and out), new reflectors, new trim, new hinges, latches, vents. DOT stickers. Brakes checked, wheel bearings packed, diamond plate, rock guard around the bottom. Sandblasted, primed and painted. New floor.
Remember, it looked like this a month ago:
I’m not going to lie. It’s still rough. You can’t see it in the pictures. For example, if you look closely–the wheels don’t match. Maybe hubcaps to solve this? Also, the bottom front edge is pitted from rust holes. The fenders a little wonky. But it is sound, the sub floor is strong, and it is road worthy. If you have the patience to wait, and the money, a partial restoration may be a better option than spending fifteen thousand bucks on a new trailer.
Used 27 foot cattle trailer: $1000
Resto-mod by Larry: $3200
Floor materials (DIY): $250