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Old 12-02-2019, 05:33 PM   #1
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Frame rust on cargo trailer

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New guy here. Looking to purchase a used cargo trailer. I am looking at a Kristi cargo trailer. Anyone has a review on that brand? One i am looking is pretty nice inside and out, but it has general surface rust on the frame underneath. Is it bad? It is about 6 yrs old.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:35 PM   #2
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Looks about normal for something sitting outside. My car trailer springs and mounting look like that and its from 2012.
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:22 PM   #3
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You should see my 1995 cargo trailer frame, very rusty, still in good structural condition.
If you want to stop all that rust, paint with POR15. It turns rust back into sound metal.
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Old 12-02-2019, 11:57 PM   #4
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So how bad before it would be cause for concern? I know about poking it with a ball peen. Should it be removed? How?
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:40 AM   #5
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Looks about average for a trailer. They don't' paint the under side and f they do it's not painted much. You can wire brush it then coat it with a rust converting primer if you want. It's about $30 a gallon at our Lowes. I just got one for my utility trailer.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:39 AM   #6
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I am new to cargo trailer, so bear with me. What should i look for when inspecting a 5x8? The owner states that he has done custom work such as putting in new cent, put in shower plastic liner as insulation?, carpeted. Exterior seems good, asking for 2300. Is it reasonable? I just havent seen many this brand trailer on the road to compare quality of workmanship and value.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/t...029156055.html
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I am new to cargo trailer, so bear with me. What should i look for when inspecting a 5x8? The owner states that he has done custom work such as putting in new cent, put in shower plastic liner as insulation?, carpeted. Exterior seems good, asking for 2300. Is it reasonable? I just havent seen many this brand trailer on the road to compare quality of workmanship and value.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/t...029156055.html
Trailers like that are very common on Craigslists. I see the price is now $1900
the condition from the pictures looks used but usable.

If you factor in that you will be spending a day with a wire wheel on a right angle grinder, cleaning up all exposed metal and painting with some gloss black rustoleum, then it will look good underneath for quite a while. The top just look for water leaks and related damage to the plywood. And that the hinges are greased and lights all work. Ideally LED lights for durability.

Tractor Supply (TSC) has the paint products inexpensive. You can buy a cheap spray gun from Harbor Freight. Hopefully you have a medium sized compressor already. With the tools, then the paint is cost effective. You can use a Home depot rustoleum rattle can too. Buy half a dozen.
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I wouldn't worry about that amount of rust!
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putting in new cent, put in shower plastic liner as insulation?, carpeted.




What is a cent? And it looks like a plain ole job trailer in the pics. i don't know what they run new but trailers used for construction like this seem to live hard lives. Is that a big dent in the front of it at the top? I can't tell if it is or just a glare.
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If it bothers you go buy a couple of cans of rust inhibitor paint and paint it.
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Sorry, new VENT... i have no idea what is the purpose in lining the trailer with plastic liner as insulation either. I believe it was used for moving cross country, and used as a camping storage unit

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putting in new cent, put in shower plastic liner as insulation?, carpeted.




What is a cent? And it looks like a plain ole job trailer in the pics. i don't know what they run new but trailers used for construction like this seem to live hard lives. Is that a big dent in the front of it at the top? I can't tell if it is or just a glare.
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