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Buying A Used Boat Trailer

Depending on how you plan to use the yacht, a trailer can make or break the deal for you. Before you dive in and purchase this new boat, be sure to give the trailer a good examination. A trailer that's not roadworthy could cost you hundreds of dollars or more in renovations. 

Also, to complete the licensing and registration process, your state may require an official trailer inspection. For more information about boat trailer visit

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Capacity Plate & VIN

A trailer's capacity plate excludes the trailer's designed maximum weight and identifies the tires with which it was new. Also, a vehicle identification number (VIN) is usually engraved, mounted, or affixed to a trailer. New trailers often feature VINs on a capacity plate or decal. On an older trailer, this decal can easily be damaged or simply plain missing, causing registration problems.

Axles and Suspension

Not surprisingly, larger axles can carry more weight; If you suspect that the axle has been replaced or undescribed, compare the size of the axle cross-section as listed on the trailer's capacity plate.

For example, a dual-axle container rated to carry 3,500 pounds can have a pair of 2.365-inch axles, each good for 100 pounds. Remember, you must reduce the trailer's weight to gross capacity.

Tires and Bearings

Check the capacity plate on the trailer to ensure that the tires that are fitted are suitable. Wheel bearings should not display double or excessive play. Visible grease on the rim can cause a problem, although a bearing replacement will not break the bank.