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post #1 of 14 Old 11-12-2012, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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First-Time Trailer Buyer

Any tips for the first-time trailer buyer?
Must haves, red flags, et cetera?

We're in the market for a 2-horse bumper pull.
We're still saving up, and we can borrow our friend's trailer whenever we want, but I'll be happier when we have our own.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-12-2012, 10:25 PM
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make sure the floor is not only good but pressure treated structural wood. Make sure its not got structural rust. I just sold my 2h ww bumperpull trailer and I was kind of shocked the woman didn't even look at the underside of the trailer, luckily, my trailer was in basically new condition...

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post #3 of 14 Old 11-17-2012, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Excellent tip! I never would have thought about the underside. Thanks!
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-17-2012, 07:04 PM
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also make sure it's not tugging you and it hauls STRAIGHT Also be make certain it has functioning power breaks. So for sure hitch it up and tow it before you buy it and also check the lights and read up on the mandatory light requirements. For example in co you need to have your trailer license plate illuminated by a designated plate light or a tail light. Also trailers wider than like 63" or something like that idk exactly off of the top of my head have to have the three overhead lights but narrower than that they aren't required.

life has no remote control hitch them up and drive them your self
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 11:50 AM
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Excellent tips for buying used. I would also check tire tread and whether 10ply. Also trace wiring from plug throughout trailer for potential issues. However, for a basic 2 horse bp, I'd try to save up to buy new, unless you are prepared to deal with surprise issues with brakes, wiring, tires, or flooring.

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post #6 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 11:12 PM
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I wouldn't not look at used trailer... Just bring someone who you know and trust with things like cars or even maybe a horse friend who has experience buying trailers.

life has no remote control hitch them up and drive them your self
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-18-2012, 11:29 PM
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You might find it best to develop a check list of features you want in your trailer, follow that up with a inspection check list. When you're going to look at a trailer, whether new or used, don't be afraid to haul out the lists that way you don't forget something crucial at the time (and it's easy to do, believe me, when you get in a sales pressure situation). You've got some good hints so far and if I'm not mistaken there are some older posts on this site with excellent information on trailers that are worth looking at. You'll be very happy when you finally get your own trailer. Keep us posted on how the hunt goes.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-26-2012, 10:23 PM
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We were first time trailer buyers in October. My mom has one, but my grandpa was the one who picked it up and fixed it.

Look at the floor boards, look under the trailer, check all the lights, check the tires, open/close windows/vents and make sure it pulls right. Those are the big ones!
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-30-2012, 08:48 PM
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For tires, even if the tires appear to have plenty of tread left, make sure to ask how old they are. Tires wear out after about 5 years regardless of how many miles you put on them. Especially in colder climates where they sit all winter on the frozen ground.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-02-2012, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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All excellent advice! Thanks!
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