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M416 - Keep Or Sell?

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by Zoomer, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. Oct 2, 2016

    Zoomer eJeeper (walking) Sponsor

    Sep 22, 2002
    Should I keep my M416 or sell it and buy a utility trailer with 15" wheels?

    I've got a 1966 Stevens M416 that I bought when I lived in Texas over 20 years ago. I used it a fair amount back before I got a pickup, but have used it very little in the last 10 years (I don't think I've had it out of the yard in the last 4 years). I see these going (or at least advertised) for some pretty good money! I really like this trailer, but it's applications are limited without a tailgate, a little lower deck and it's pretty small. It's all original except the tires and tail light bulbs. I put a different light harness to the vehicle, but still have the original and didn't cut any wires so it could back to original no problem. Original paint, but it's starting to flake off in a few locations with only a little surface rust underneath. Floor is a bit wavey, but it came to me this way. Light harness is showing it's age and should probably be replaced at some point in the near future. Brake cable is sticking at the moment, but I bet it will free up with some lubrication. Right now it needs new tires (showing a few dry rot cracks) and a new taillight (broke off the cover bolts trying to replace the bulbs today).

    With it needing a new taillight, tires, probably a new light harness at some point in the near future and a strip and repaint would probably be a good idea for long term rust prevention, I'm leaning towards selling it and use the money towards a utility trailer that I would probably get more use out of. I know that finding a good one again, especially in the rust belt, will be difficult if I decided I wanted one again, that's one of the things pushing me to keep it. Talk me through the pros and cons of selling vs keeping. If I do decide sell, where's the best place to advertise a M416? How would I determine price to ask?
  2. Oct 3, 2016

    gunner Member

    Washington state...
    Dec 4, 2012
    Follow your instincts and sell it. Unless you want to cut a tailgate into it.
    Without a tailgate, they are far less useful. Found that with my M-100.
    I like having the M100 because it matches my M38A1 ('53 trailer/'54 jeep; same patina). Otherwise, it's not especially practical.
    Advertise on craigslist, here, the Mjeeps site, etc. Due to wiring and tires, maybe $700? They do seem to be fetching good prices lately.
  3. Oct 3, 2016
    Desert Runner

    Desert Runner Sponsor Sponsor

    Hickory, Pa
    Sep 11, 2005
    $500 - $900 Is what I was thinking, also don't forget the G503.com board.


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