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Old 09-25-2013, 02:50 AM   #250 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by oil pan 4 View Post
Those trailers are kind of flimsy but they have good paint, only problem is the contact points at each bolt together point breaks the paint and causes rust to get under the paint almost everywhere.
That is why I tore mine apart and welded it together.
A northern tool trailer will last several years on the east coast with its constant rain before it gets really rusty.
Also when I welded my trailer together I welded every seam front and back so that when I go back to the east coast the rain water cant get in between joints and rust it out like before, even if the paint fails.
I have a Harbor Freight 40x48" kit trailer, and the paint sucks. Started fading immediately after putting it together and started chipping off after about a year. Has only been used a handful of times, but it is stored outside. I'm considering welding it together, or at least repainting it. The original paint was applied directly to the steel with no surface prep or primer.

I've been using it without it being registered and luckily haven't been pulled over. I decided to not test my luck and looked on the MN DMV website to see how much registration costs. It doesn't have to be titled, that's good, but I got to the registration and it says the tax is $120 a year, that's almost as much as the trailer cost. But I dug around some more and found out that trailers 3000lbs gvw and under cost $55 to register for its lifetime and only require a $2.50 sticker, no plate. So glad, otherwise I probably wouldn't have registered it.
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