Top Tips When Buying a Trailer

Do you want to purchase a trailer? It might be that you need extra space to carry your camping gear, ATV or boat. The excerpt below discusses the various considerations you should make when buying a trailer.

Types of Trailers

Choose a trailer that suits your needs. Below are some types of trailers: 

  1. Flat-bed trailers are an ideal choice for people that want to transport earthmovers, ATVs and bikes.
  2. A utility trailer has sides and an open top. It is suitable for carrying farm equipment and light construction materials.
  3. A dump trailer has a hydraulic system that tilts the deck to enable you to offload the trailer. It is ideal for a landscaper or contractor that needs to transport gravel, concrete, soil or construction waste.
  4. Refrigerated trailers are designed to carry perishable products such as meats, vegetables and medical supplies.  

Size and Towing Capacity

The trailer should have adequate size and towing capacity. Think about your future needs. For instance, if you need to transport your boat, what would happen if you purchased a larger and heavier boat? 

What is the hauling limit of your truck? Consult your user manual to know how much weight you can tow. You risk causing an accident if you exceed the trailer's towing limits. 

Build Quality

Thoroughly examine the trailer's build quality. For example, aluminium trailers are lighter than steel trailers. As such, you can haul more weight without exceeding your vehicle's towing limits. Galvanised trailers are rust-resistant. Examine the braking system. Disc brakes are more efficient and easier to maintain compared to drum brakes

Used Versus New

Your budget will determine whether you can purchase a new or used trailer. Below are a few tips to help you inspect a used trailer. 

  1. Inspect wooden floorboards for signs of rot. The cross members should be in their original shape without any bends or signs of welding.
  2. The trailer's wheels should have sufficient tread.
  3. Inspect the connecting parts, such as the hitch, coupler and safety chains for signs of damage.
  4. The electrical components, such as the lights and braking system, must be fully functional.

When buying a new trailer, work with a reputable dealer in your locality. Other than the purchase price, beware of extra costs such as insurance and transport costs. Preferably, work with a dealer that provides warranties and guarantees. 

When buying a trailer, decide what type of trailer you need and check its size, towing capacity and build quality. Also, observe the recommended tips when buying used trailers.