When you’re looking for a used trailer, you can save quite a lot of money on your purchase if you know which features to check. You need to get value from the trailer, but you also need to know that the trailer will last for a long time after you buy it.
The vital features listed below will help you make an informed purchase, and you can go through the whole checklist when you go to see a trailer for the first time.
Walking floor trailers are made from a metal frame that will support the walking floor, wheels, axles, and every other important part of the trailer. If you buy a trailer with a rusty frame, it could begin to break down as soon as you buy it. You need to know that everything is connected as it should be, and the walking floor portion of the trailer should be stable.
The Motor for the Walking Floor
The motor for the walking floor needs to be in good condition. Yes, you could have this motor serviced or replaced, but that does not mean that you want to spend more money on these things just after buying the trailer. It makes sense to buy a trailer that has a good motor that is preferably still under warranty and runs well when you switch it on.
The Walking Floor
The walking floor itself must be set upon wheels that are in good condition, and the floor itself should be free from damage. Again, you may replace any part of the walking floor that you like, but most companies do not want to spend extra money on the walking floor after buying the trailer.
Wheels and Brakes
The wheels and brakes on the trailer should still be in good condition. You do not want to drive away with a trailer that has wobbling wheels, bad brakes, or a combination of the two. You can check for rust around the wheels, and brakes, and you can take a short test drive to listen to the brakes.
When you’re satisfied that everything works as it should, you can buy the trailer.
Does The Hitch Work?
There are many trailers that were cast aside because their hitch stopped working. There’s nothing more terrifying than driving on the road and realizing that your trailer has been dislodged from your truck.
Inspect the hitch carefully, bring a truck along that you can hitch to, and check the connections that will attach for the brakes and lights. When these items are in good working condition, you can drive the trailer with confidence.
Check The Vehicle History Report
You may think that you need to read the vehicle history of a car when you are buying it to drive your family around, but the trailer itself has a registration that you can check for accidents or recalls.
When the report is clean, you can buy the trailer knowing that there is nothing wrong with it or it does not have any active recalls. If the report comes back with accidents, you need to ask how all that damage was repaired and review the repair work yourself.
Buying a walking floor trailer does not need to be a difficult process. You can check off each of the items on this list when you are buying a used trailer, and you can save money on your purchase. You can buy a trailer that is in very good working condition, and you will not be surprised by problems that the trailer has because you checked for yourself.