Small Things To Check Before Buying A Used Enclosed Trailer

Buying an enclosed trailer can make it easier for you to carry large objects, whether you're a contractor, an equipment manager for a youth sports team, or just someone who frequently finds himself or herself helping friends move. If you're on a budget, it makes sense to browse the used market. In many cases, you'll be able to get an enclosed trailer in nearly new condition for just a fraction of what you'd pay for a model that is brand new. It's a good practice to check on a number of things when considering a used utility trailer. Although it's easy to get caught up in the condition of the body and the hitch, for example, confirming these smaller things is also a good idea.

On-Board Light

Many enclosed utility trailers are equipped with an on-board light that will allow you to see what you're doing when you're inside the trailer at night. Flip on the switch and note the condition of the light. Ideally, you want to see signs of a strong electrical current — for example, a light that has unwavering strength. If you see that the light is flickering, it's often a sign of a loose connection somewhere, so you'll want to bring this to the attention of the sales rep so that it can be addressed before you consider buying the trailer.

Door Fit

Many closed utility trailers feature not only the large door to the rear, but also a side door meant for people. It's important to check the fit of the larger door. You want to be sure that the hinges are strong and that the door fits snugly against the frame. If the previous owner of the trailer was rough on the door, the hinges could be loose and the fit could be poor — requiring someone at the trailer retailer to address these things for you.

Window Seals

If the smaller door on the utility trailer is equipped with a window, make sure to inspect it thoroughly, rather than consider it to be an afterthought. As with any window, you want to be sure that the seals are intact; when the seals of an old window lose their integrity, the void between the panes of glass can get full of condensation, but a graver concern with the utility trailer is that the window could be loose and easy to remove. If the window seals are firm, you can feel more secure about the safety of your cargo.

For more information, contact companies like Arrow Trailer & Equipment Company.