If you want to invest in a trailer but have a small budget, you can go for second-hand trailers. However, buying trailers that are not new needs more attention. You have to consider a lot of things before you invest in second-hand trailers. You don’t want to buy a trailer that is not in a good working condition. When buying trailers that are old, you should keep these things in mind:
You should properly inspect the wood floorboards for signs of softness or rot. You should also check the number of steel cross members. Higher the number of cross members below the floor, the stronger it will be. Consider checking the wood floor’s frame for rust or deterioration, and inspect the aluminum floor for any signs of corrosion.
Wheels and Tires
It is important to check the wheels and tires for signs of wear. An uneven tire wear indicates bent axles or improper inflation. Also, check the electric brakes and pads. In old or second-hand trailers, wiring is a common problem. You should check if the tires are trailer-specific and not automobile tires. Check pressure with a tire gauge to see if it’s even in all tires.
Inspect a gooseneck or tag-along coupler for any visible damage. You should make note of the size of the coupler so that you use the right ball. You will also have to check the gross vehicle weight rating that is mentioned on the sticker of the trailer.
Doors and Dividers
You should check if the interior dividers, breast bars, and butt bars work properly. Also, inspect the interior surfaces to spot any signs of damage. You need to ensure that all the doors are in proper working condition and their latches work efficiently too.
You should make sure that your tow vehicle is capable of hauling the trailer when it is fully loaded. If you are buying a gooseneck second-hand trailer, you should make sure that it clears at least 8 inches of your truck bed. Before buying trailers, you should ask the heavy duty dealers if you will be able to hitch the trailer to your vehicle.
If you are unsure about the condition of the trailer you are looking at, you should get in touch with professional heavy duty dealers. We have well-maintained, high-quality used trailers which may be beneficial to you.