If you have decided that a trailer is what you need – whether for work or for taking your luggage on your holidays, they are an incredibly useful thing to have. Buying a trailer second hand can help you to get a decent trailer for a cheaper price than brand new, however if you are new to the world of trailers then you might not know what to look for when it comes to looking for a second-hand trailer.
Some smaller repairs can be easy enough to do yourself if you are handy, and you can get trailer parts online from somewhere like Auto and Trailer, but there are also some things that you should take care to avoid when you are looking to buy a second hand trailer.
First of all, check the flooring. If the trailer has wooden flooring and this hasn’t been well looked after then there is a chance that it could be rotten. If the flooring is metal, then you should check for rust. Signs of damage to the flooring can be dangerous and there could be further damage that you cannot see.
The wheels are another thing that you need to check – check for wear on the tyres as if it is uneven this could be a sign that the axle is bent. You should also check that the correct tyres for the trailer have been fitted.
You also should hook the trailer up to check that the wiring is all working. Check the brakes work and that the lights are working correctly too. If you take your own vehicle that you will be using to tow the trailer this is the best way to check.