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Cut Costs--Buy A Used Trailer

Are you in need of a new trailer but just do not have the funds to get the one you need? If you are willing to put in a bit of work of your own, consider the benefits of buying a used trailer.
Of course, when you pick out a trailer you are going to want to keep in mind the type of horse you will be transporting. Different breeds make different sized horses, which need different sized trailers. For larger horses, you want to stay away from the slant load type, but for horses under fifteen inches a slant load will do in cases of a straight one.

In the matter of what type of hitch you will need for your trailer, think about the vehicle you will be using to tow the car. Larger cars can pull larger trailers, but smaller cars cannot pull the

Hollywood-style trailers they are making out there these days.

Once you have figured out exactly what you want, you are in great shape. Now it is just a matter of finding it. You can find used trailer ads at the feed store, in the newspaper want ads or around town. It is important to inspect the trailer yourself before you make a purchase, and make sure that things are in order and purchase the trailer that fits your needs most and will cost the least amount of labor to put in.

First off, check out the wheels and axels of the trailer. Ensure that they are all straight and that the wheels are properly aligned, and htat the tires are in good shape. IF this is not right, the trailer wonít pull correctly or in a straight line and that creates problems for you.

Take a look at the drums, the rims, the springs, and the whole undercarriage of the bottom of the trailer. Make sure that the tires are worn evenly to reduce the amount of jostling and shaking and unevenness of the trailer. Many trailers are prone to dry rot and damage from oxidiztion, or even rust so be sure to check for these.

Most importantly when inspecting prospective used trailers, check the floors. If the floor cannot support the horse, you have no need for the trailer so be sure to check for rot and rust in the floor as well, not to mention racks that may weaken the floor.

Donít forget the hitch, another integral part of the trailer. Makes ure that the hitch can lock down well, and be sure to check the wiring. This is not always a hard repair, but it is best to know what you are working with from the beginning.

Also, if there is a ramp this is something you want to take a good look at too. Ensure that the springs are in working order and all there. Look for a real ramp rather than a step up ramp if possible, to eliminate accident problems when loading horses. However, with some old trailers you may not always be able to find a good, sturdy ramp, or at least the one you want.

Before you make a purchase, please be sure that the trailer is going to fit the horse; with used trailers this cannot be stressed enough. The trailer has to be a comfortable size for the horse, and make sure it has windows. Ventilation is important, and plexiglass or safety glass is always best.



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