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The Trailer Buying Checklist

Feb 23, 2014

When you go to the grocery store, do you make a list beforehand? Anyone who has ever gone to the grocery store without a list can attest to the fact that this will usually result in a cart full of chips and an angry spouse. There are just too many choices out there. Now let’s put that same idea on a much grander scale and talk about trailer buying. If you’re in the market for a new or used trailer in the New Year, it’s important to construct a checklist beforehand to find the best trailer for you.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Trailer

Here are some things to include:

  • Type: The first thing to do is to ascertain your needs. What will you be using the trailer for? A car trailer is far different from a cargo trailer, for example, so determining what you will exactly be using the trailer for will help you pinpoint your search.
  • Budget: How will you be buying your trailer? Many people will require some financing of some sort to purchase their trailer. Do you know your credit score off the top of your head? When was the last time you received a credit report?  By knowing how much trailer you can afford, you can take that into account for the next bullet point.
  • New or Used: Obviously a new trailer is going to cost much more than a used trailer, but a new trailer will offer you the latest in innovations as well as a more favorable warranty. Trailers do depreciate, though, so a used trailer will be much more affordable and still should offer many of the same amenities as new models. Your budget will help determine which makes the most sense for you.
  • Choose the right dealer: No matter the type, budget or condition of the trailer you’re looking for, you’ll need to find an experienced trailer dealer who can help you pinpoint your search and one that you can trust. Once you do, you can outline what you need out of a trailer, so they can help you find a reliable one that meets you needs.

Equipment & Cargo Safety Considerations

Buyers must also weigh the importance of sheltered protection to their load, as well as the overall weight that both types of trailers can add to your tow vehicle. While enclosed trailers can keep your tools and equipment protected from the elements, they are also typically much heavier and less aerodynamic that their open flatbed counterparts. Keep in mind that some manufacturers try to promote lighter types of enclosed trailers; however, this is often done at the expense of the durability of the “protective skin” being used. The standard siding and roof aluminum skin used in the industry is .025-.035″, but tests have proven that a .030″ skin trailer can realistically be cut through with a pocket knife.

Therefore, choosing a thinner skin than the standard one could drastically increase the risk of durability issues, break-ins, and weather damage. Experts claim that opting for higher quality trailers and sacrificing weight for a .040″ aluminum that offers more security and stability can be worth it, depending on your cargo.

Other Considerations When Choosing a Trailer

Keep the additional industry expert points below in mind during your purchasing process, as well:

  • Slipper spring suspension is considered better than double eye
  • Radial tires are widely known as the “best option”
  • Treated hardwoods are considered the best “decking option”
  • Drop foot jacks are more convenient than top wind types
  • Fenders are best made with Channel or diamond plate
  • Make sure the welding is strong, as certain manufacturers do not regulate this aspect of the trailer enough.

Buy Your Next Trailer at Trailer Superstore

For nearly thirty years, the staff at the Trailer Superstore has helped customers find new and used cargo, utility and car trailers for sale. Our inventory is constantly changing, and we offer trailer customization services as well. Located in Central PA, the Trailer Superstore has trailers of all kinds that will meet all of the things on your list. Contact a representative or visit us today to find that one perfect trailer for you.

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