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#1 LTD OFFLINE  

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Posted November 13, 2013 - 06:12 PM

  I am looking into getting a small trailer to pull with my pickup truck. 5' by 10' or bigger. It won't be a homebuilt. Some of the things I am wondering: Do I need insurance on it? How much ,approximately, are they to register? Any feedback is appreciated.


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 06:20 PM

Costs on stuff like that vary so wildly rom state to state, I advise you call a notary and see what the costs are.
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Posted November 13, 2013 - 06:36 PM

MH81 is correct that they vary by state. In CT your car insurance would cover the trailer. Registration is about $10 per year. You need to check you states motor vehicle department web site. I have 4 registered trailers and feel that they are a bargain. Do your homework and do not overload your hitch nor the tow capacity of your truck. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted November 13, 2013 - 07:01 PM

MH81 is correct that they vary by state. In CT your car insurance would cover the trailer. Registration is about $10 per year. You need to check you states motor vehicle department web site. I have 4 registered trailers and feel that they are a bargain. Do your homework and do not overload your hitch nor the tow capacity of your truck. Good Luck, Rick

boyscout is right. Don't overload the trailer and tow vehicle or hitch. Make sure you have adequate safety chains and working running lights. Contact your insurance company about insurance. They will know best. Make sure that you have at least 13" tires on the trailer. Good luck. Roger.


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 07:11 PM

Try calling your Division of Motor Vehicles, they should be able to answer all your questions.

 

 

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Posted November 13, 2013 - 08:21 PM

Oh, and ask your DMV if the trailer should be inspected. Many states do have that.

Also, check with your truck Inspection guy, maybe he can suggest what kind of hitch.
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Posted November 13, 2013 - 08:52 PM

In New York your trailer is covered under your vehicle insurance,  it has to be inspected .  my trailer, two axles  with brakes and 14000 gvw  8' X 16' w/4' beavertail is about  $110 a year.  I would expect the fee for a trailer the size you want would be less than  $25.   Plus whatever they get for changing the title these days


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 11:00 PM

In New York your trailer is covered under your vehicle insurance,  it has to be inspected .  my trailer, two axles  with brakes and 14000 gvw  8' X 16' w/4' beavertail is about  $110 a year.  I would expect the fee for a trailer the size you want would be less than  $25.   Plus whatever they get for changing the title these days

Or save some money and license it in Maine. My 16ft NY reg was same a year Maine is $ 75 for 5 yrs. with a permanent  plate.  Also putting Maine plates on the 28ft enclosed. It's kinda funny all the out of state plates when we have a garden tractor pull in NY LOL


There's been a couple nice small trailers on Craigslist lately A 14ft on Binghamton list for $600 tandem with ramp

 


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Posted November 13, 2013 - 11:26 PM

I agree with eveything said exccept I was told by our insurance guy as well as others that NY trailers over 1000lb empty weigt must carry insurance.
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Posted November 14, 2013 - 05:15 AM

In Indiana the trailer is covered by your vehicle insurance for property damage and liability.

My 5' X 10'  plates cost around $27 per year. The cost is partially based on the weight class of plates you purchase, and mine are the lowest (3000#)).

 

I agree with the other comments and suggestions of the previous members.


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Posted November 14, 2013 - 10:00 AM

If you are buying a new one, I'd recommend that you find one with the Bulldog Hitch.  Very easy to latch and unlatch, and once latched and locked they are VERY secure.
 
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I use this setup for locking it. It's nice and secure, and easy to use.
 
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I bought a new trailer in Jan this year with one on it.  It's a 7'x14' built buy PJ Trailers. I have towed that rascal all over a good part of the Eastern US (17 states) since then, and it's been great.   I went with the 7' wide because that allows me to put two tractors side by side, or a LOT of implements/attachments.
 

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Posted November 14, 2013 - 01:52 PM

Or save some money and license it in Maine. My 16ft NY reg was same a year Maine is $ 75 for 5 yrs. with a permanent  plate.  Also putting Maine plates on the 28ft enclosed. It's kinda funny all the out of state plates when we have a garden tractor pull in NY LOL


There's been a couple nice small trailers on Craigslist lately A 14ft on Binghamton list for $600 tandem with ramp

 

Even that could get one in trouble? Maybe license on a trailer would not be that bad?

But it seems many Iowans were registering Motor Homes and Campers out of state. I do not remeber what state in the NW it was, to evade taxes and licensing fee.  About 6 months ago the State Attourney General put out a bulletin that people had 4 months amnesty to correct their registration or face prosecution for Tax Evasion. I suspect the registration would cost less than a lawyer??

  An insurance Agent or County Treasurer should be able to answer your questions.

I operate on the theory forwarned is fore armed. It's better to be safe than sorry.


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Posted November 14, 2013 - 05:49 PM

Thanks for all the input. I looked on the N.Y. DMV site. From what I was reading, 1,000 pound and down trailer's don't need insurance.

I won't be trying to register out of state. For now, I am looking on Craigslist for a used one.



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Posted November 14, 2013 - 08:12 PM

I'm not sure what kind you had in mind but I bought this LoadRite trailer last year and am very happy with it . It's galv. 5x10  2999 lb so in Pa it doesn't need state inspection . I like that it has a full drop down ramp and there is a pin at the tongue that lets it tilt like a snowmobile  trailer. That really helps when loading.

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Posted November 14, 2013 - 10:06 PM

Thanks for all the input. I looked on the N.Y. DMV site. From what I was reading, 1,000 pound and down trailer's don't need insurance.

I won't be trying to register out of state. For now, I am looking on Craigslist for a used one.

Sure that's not 10,000 lb ?   My truck insurance covers my trailers.   Check Utica C list one guy has 4 smaller trailers listed


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