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Purchasing A Trusty Horse Trailer

By Paul Clipper

There are certain characteristics in new horse trailers that you may like or find objectionable but you must at the very least recognize which of these dislikes you can live with. And in the case of used horse trailers, you must also know the parts that must be fixed to prevent deadly incidents at any cost.

If it so happens that you are searching for a second hand trailer for your horse, you have to have a good look at the surroundings of any supplier that you call upon. If the seller’s fences and barns are in bad condition, most probably the trailer they are selling is in exactly the same condition as well. On the other hand, if the place is well-maintained and in good order, the trailer will likely have been well-maintained also.

It might be a good idea to look for evidence that the trailer has been used frequently too, because trailers that have been parked for a very long time, particularly in grassy spots will have a greater chance of having dry and rotted tires: dampness will hasten the decay of wood elements and the rusting of metal apparatus. So, it is important that you find out if the trailer has been used of late and how frequent the uses were.

Determining A Good Quality Trailer

Allow me to share a few tips for you to help you to determine the qualities of a quality horse trailer.

You must bear in mind that the frame is the most important component of the trailer, and is the thing that you need to look at first. Have a look at the trailer’s underneath parts. Make certain that the metal frame does not “give” and that it does not disintegrate.

It is also most important to safety check the floor if you are buying a used horse trailer. If manure and urine have not been properly cleaned will damage the flooring. Look beneath the mats for areas that seem weak and if the floor is made out of wood, look for signs of rotting. Any welded areas must also be given high consideration.

Look at the fiberglass coat of the sidewalls; if they have holes, splits and cracks you may want to steer clear. Also look out for leaks that might require fixing.

Look out for for faulty hangers as they could trigger the axle to go out from under the trailer.

Take a test drive to ensure that you can see if the brakes are performing perfectly. The electricity from the vehicle should be coming into the trailer and engaging the brakes.

The trailer coupler also needs to be given particular attention. The hitch-ball should make a perfect attachment to the towing vehicle.

Trailer ramps needs to be thoroughly inspected to be certain that the hinges and latches work freely.

Consider the comfort you can have from the kind of trailer you would like to purchase. Check the escape doors, ventilation, and stall dividers to see if they are detachable or fixed.

Finally, make sure that the trailer is completely documented because you may require certification for inspections in particular if you are traversing over state lines. A certified letter of transfer provided by the seller is good, but having the trailer in your name is a smarter idea.

Paul Clipper is the webmaster of numerous 3 horse trailer sites. His recent work is a review of Calico horse trailers.

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