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Trailer values?

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by Sledgehammer, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. Jun 9, 2006
    Sledgehammer

    Sledgehammer Sure, I'll try it

    Ellery, Il
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    I saw a 1/4 ton military trailer sitting on a farm today. It has very little rust, blackout tail lights, and military tread tires. Does anyone have a rough guess of the value on one of these? The farmer hauls a welder around in it.
     
  2. Jun 9, 2006
    Kodiak12060

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    Round or square fenders? Are the grab bars verticle or horizontal?
    Is there a tailgate or a handbrake in front?
     
  3. Jun 9, 2006
    Sledgehammer

    Sledgehammer Sure, I'll try it

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    Round fenders, horizontal grab bars, I think I saw a hand brake.
     
  4. Jun 9, 2006
    Chris Insull

    Chris Insull All roads lead me back to the beach... 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    I paid $275 for my '46 BT3-C. Restification is inwork, but at a minimum I will replace: floor, springs, shackles, bearings and wiring. So "worth" is directly related to how bad you want it IMHO. It's not uncommon to see restored trailers sell for well above 1K...
     
  5. Jun 9, 2006
    MOP

    MOP Active Member

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    I paid $250, but I did not need to replace the floor or springs.

    I wouldn't exactly call it cheap in the end though, after replacing all bearings, nuts/bolts, powdercoating (the rims, axle, hitch parts, and spring mounts), media blasting the tub, painting, undercoating, and new wiring and lights. Ok, so I got a little carried away.
     
  6. Jun 9, 2006
    sparky

    sparky done Staff Member Founder

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    $500 for my 416 (square fenders) pulled it home, put a tarp on it. That's it. Floor isn't perfect but it's not going anywhere.

    Then, that was from another board member here, so I got a bit of a deal. Hi Kevin! :)
     
  7. Jun 9, 2006
    atavuss

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    I paid 850.00 (owner originally wanted 2000.00 for it!) for a clean and original one family owned 46 T3-C Bantam Civilian trailer. replaced all the bearings and grease seals, installed 3 new 7.00x16 NDCC military type tires, sandblasted and powder coated 3 wheels is all I have had to do to it. still have to bang out a few dings and paint it. total invested is around 1300.00 or so.
    I am also adding upper shock mounts from a M100 and shocks to it to keep the trailer from bouncing around so much when it is empty or lightly loaded.
    just before I found the Bantam I had located a pristine M416a1 that looked like it had never been used. price was 1350.00 for that trailer. I ended up with the Bantam mainly because of the factory tailgate and the Bantam was 15 minutes away from my home instead of a 2 hour drive for the M416.
     
  8. Jun 9, 2006
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I started with a $75 trailer...don't want to know exactly what I have into it...
     
  9. Jun 10, 2006
    Kodiak12060

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    It appears to be a WWll trailer. Does he have a registration/title? Should have no tailgate and have bolt together combat rims. Make sure it has the data tag w/ serial number and front brake. If all is correct w/ a correct/working wiring harness could be valued $1200-$1800 maybe more depending on condition of everything.
    That does not mean you cannot offer less. I bought a jeep easily valued at $5000 for $1200 because I told the guy up front that is all I had and I didn't even have storage room for it. Is it sitting outside? That should tell you something right there.
     
  10. Jun 10, 2006
    H8PAVMNT

    H8PAVMNT Rub his head for luck

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    600.oo for my Bantam #725.
    It's been all over the South East since I bought it (Thanks Billy & Linda!).

    b.
     
  11. Jun 10, 2006
    Sledgehammer

    Sledgehammer Sure, I'll try it

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    It is sitting under a lean-to. I will probably be back there again soon so I can take a better look and maybe some pics. I know the guy and he would probably trade it for any little trailer that would haul his welder around the way this one does. He doesn't have a jeep, and probably bought it for a song or traded for it years ago.
     
  12. Jun 10, 2006
    Walldog

    Walldog New Member

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    Good deal if he would. A local fellow I met on my search for a 1/4 ton did just that for 1 of 4 his trailers. The old fella just said "get me another trailer and I'll trade it". He went to a local Home Depot and purchased one of those Snow Bear trailers.

    Oh yes, I did say 1 of his 4 trailers. This fellow has 2 restored BT3-Cs, 1 restored T3 and another T3C w/ a rusted tub for parts. He wouldn't part with any of them. :mad:

    Good luck on the trade!!
    Wally
     

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