Originally Posted by Dan Camann
I'm very new to this site and don't even have a trailer yet. ....Any thoughts on how we can get started?....
The BEST place to get started is to become intimately acquainted with the "Search" button in the upper left hand pull-down at the top of the Forum Page. Use it to search "getting started", "what size trailer", "which tow vehicle", etc....it is not a very "smart" search tool, but it is honest - you may have to ask the same question several different ways to get all of the hits from the Forum - all of us came into these pages with some basic questions.
Since you can work with your hands you might want to consider a "rebuild" - hundreds of threads on that subject, also - just remember - time and money.
Arm yourself with LOTS of information on costs and just what needs to be inspected (and how) before you plunk down any money - fully understand just what it is you are looking for, then wait for the "right" deal to come along - it may take a while, but the wait will be worth it.
Don't forget that the cost of inspection and retrieval trips need to be built into your cost of purchase - a trailer that is one or two thousand bucks more expensive, but is located in the town next to you, may well be "worth" more to you than an identical unit located clear across the country.
Don't start too small...lots of people "trade larger" after a year or so of ownership - many more than who "trade smaller".