I've got a Cape Dory 22 (3300#) and I'd like to upgrade the trailer to something more distance-worthy.
I'm looking for a used tandem axle trailer, and will then install screw-pads
, a bow stop, and a big galvanized channel across the cross-beams to support the keel. Sound good so far?
I'd like something with good brakes, and I'm wondering whether people with more trailer experience would recommend trying to buy a used tandem with everything in good shape (seems like a scarce find), or try to buy a good frame, with no regard for brakes (or possibly even the axles), and plan to rebuild it with new parts. Parts seems fairly reasonable to buy new (disc brake kits for $300 for one axle, surge coupler for $300, etc). Even brand new axles are a couple hundred.
So what I'm wondering, is how easy is it to tell whether the brakes on a used trailer are in good shape, or is it most likely that brakes on a used boat trailer are most likely in need of major work or replacement? In that case, maybe I'll buy the cheapest trailer I can find with a good frame, and plan to replace all the components. Just looking for some more experienced advice.