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    Replacing a boat trailer

    don't want to chance my '99 any longer, lol.
    I'm sure that Mike (Montauk Highway, Copaigue) will steer me right, but to look less ignorant, just what am I doing with the registration and license plate on my old one ? Can he (or I ) simply go to DMV and switch the plate to the new trailer or do I get a new reggie and plate and turn in the old stuff myself ? I don't really care that much about the 5 months credit, not with what these trailers cost, but just wondered what options I have, if any, in the paperwork nonsense that this godawful state requires.

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    My advice is to buy your new trailer and register it in Maine

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      #3
      Nope, bought a new trailer but won't do that. Next ?

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        #4
        Originally posted by disturbed0013 View Post
        My advice is to buy your new trailer and register it in Maine
        Barring that, you take the title to DMV and transfer the existing regi to the new trailer. If your trailer registration is not current, you check the box that says "DO you have a plate" or something like that and enter the plate#
        Take a young person shooting.... Take 2 or more if you can...

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          #5
          Registering a trailer in Maine is much much cheaper. You can still keep the NY Title. and NY DMV won't give 5 months credit. NY charges you for every 500lbs of GVWR. If your trailer is rated for a heavy boat, you'll be paying for it. Where as Maine is $20 / year. My NY trailer would have cost me $100 / year. I got a Maine 5 year reggy for $100. F_NY.

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            #6
            What's wrong with a 1999 trailer? You can repack the bearings, replace the tires, and it's like new.

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              #7
              Thanks, fellow grumpy old fart.
              I think that is what Mike is doing for me. He is an authorized state inspection poobah as well as a LoadRite dealer so I wondered whether he can issue a temporary reggie while I simply take my old but current trailer plate and place it on the new trailer and sign over the old but current trailer registration to him. (He can cut it up and sell if for scrap, whatever.) Yes, aware of fees. BTW, this guy is quite a character and a real 2A supporter as well.

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                #8
                Originally posted by The Blur View Post
                What's wrong with a 1999 trailer? You can repack the bearings, replace the tires, and it's like new.
                Been there and did that already. Too much surface rust, making noise, one bearing seems shot again, no working lights. Simply don't trust it if I start making the tow up to Oyster Bay ramp again. You can buy mine back from Mike LOL.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by pequa1 View Post

                  Been there and did that already. Too much surface rust, making noise, one bearing seems shot again, no working lights. Simply don't trust it if I start making the tow up to Oyster Bay ramp again. You can buy mine back from Mike LOL.
                  Surface rust is just that. Surface rust. Start worrying when it rusts completely through... or you see holes. Bearings are $5 each. No lights are most likely the connector. All very easy to fix.
                  "Making noise" ???? Seriously, get some WD40.

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                    #10
                    at least informative posts don't disappear on THIS forum...
                    Take a young person shooting.... Take 2 or more if you can...

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                      #11
                      Blur,
                      go to Mike's Trailers and pick it up, lol. Monday when wife and I were launching at the boat ramp a mere 2 blocks away to facilitate the switch, we did not think we would make it with the racket it was making. And it felt like it had square wheels !! Lights ? Totally rusted out with bare wire showing in spots. Connector was probably its only operable part. Lights haven't worked consistently in six years but with a two block ride to the ramp didn't care. Bearing buddy on starboard side missing. Was there a week before. Replaced two rollers over the last two years but had to secure them with wood screws as the pins were frozen. Already had replaced the leaf springs and both fenders as well as the bearings and light set. Whatever. Not about to throw more good money after bad. Saving a few hundred was not worth dropping my boat on its outboard on Merrick Road, and now I can take the trek up to Oyster Bay without a worry. I did save the winch which I had only replaced last year. Twenty five bucks to first caller !!
                      I do admit having to get used to a bunk trailer vs. rollers but with my truck's tires just in maybe three inches, the boat did float.
                      Last edited by pequa1; 07-20-2016, 07:36 PM.

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