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Used Trailer Buying Checklist

NOTE: For more information about a particular checklist section, see the same-numbered section in the Buying a Used Trailer article.

1

Trailer Size

___2 Horse: ___Std 6íW 7í6ĒH ___XL 6í 6Ē 7í8Ē,

 

 

___3 ___4 ___5 ___6 ___8 ___10 Horse

 

Tack/Dressing Room

___Good Condition ___Poor Condition ___None

2

Outward Condition

___Excellent ___Good ___Fair ___Poor

 

Tires

___Excellent ___Good ___Cracking/Dry Rot ___Flat

 

Owner's Assessment

___Excellent ___Good ___Fair ___Poor

 

Trailer Jack

___Works Well ___Works OK ___Doesnít Work

 

Trailer Brakes

___Work Well ___Work OK ___Donít Work

3

Hitch Type

___Bumper Pull ___Gooseneck ___Fifth Wheel

 

Coupler Condition

___Good Condition ___Poor Condition ___None

4

Loading/Gate

___Ramp ___Step Down

5

Floor Condition

___Excellent ___Good ___Fair ___Poor

 

Floor Material

___Wood ___Steel ___Aluminum

6

Inside Condition

 

 

Dividers

___Work Well ___Work OK ___Donít Work ___Missing

 

Butt Bars

___Work Well ___Work OK ___Donít Work ___Missing

 

Padding Condition

___Excellent ___Good ___Fair ___Poor ___Missing

 

Hay Ring Condition

___Excellent ___Good ___Fair ___Poor ___Missing

 

Water tank

___Good ___Leaks ___None

7

Ventilation

 

 

Windows

___Open/Close ___Stuck ___Parts Missing ___None

 

Fans

___Work Well ___ Work Poorly ___Donít Work ___None

8

Undercarraige

___Good ___Dented ___Corrosion ___Damaged

 

Bolts

___OK ___Some Loose ___ Some Missing

 

Wiring

___OK ___Frayed, Exposed, or Broken

 

Axel Housing

___OK ___ Leaking Oil ___Cracked/Broken

 

Frame Members

___OK ___Damaged

 

Frame Members - Qty

__________

 

Floor Underside

___OK ___ Some Holes ___Unacceptable

 

Tires - Inside View

___Excellent ___Good ___Cracking/Dry Rot ___Flat

 

Hitch Underside

___Excellent ___Good ___Fair ___Poor

9

Spare Tire

___Good Condition ___Poor Condition ___None

10

Hookup

 

 

Hitch Coupler

___Works Well ___Works OK ___Doesnít Work

 

Hitch Coupler Height

___Good Match ___Mediocre Match ___Wonít Work

 

Hitch Chains Condition

___Good ___Rusty ___Too Short ___Missing

11

Electrical Connectors

___Mate Properly ___Donít Mate Ė Adapter Needed

 

Parking Lights

___All Work ___Some Work ___None Work

 

Running Lights

___All Work ___Some Work ___None Work

 

Stop Lights

___All Work ___Some Work ___None Work

 

Signal Lights/4-Way

___All Work ___Some Work ___None Work

 

Inside Trailer Lights

___All Work ___Some Work ___None Work ___None

 

Ventillation Fans

___All Work ___Some Work ___None Work

12

Driving Test

 

 

Pulling

___None ___Pulls to a Side ___Fishtails ___Drags

 

Brakes

___Work Well ___Work Poorly ___ Donít Work

 

Breakaway Brake

___Works Well ___Works Poorly ___ Doesnít Work

13

Transferable Warranty

___Yes ___No

14

Will Owner Negotiate?

___Yes ___No

15

Best Price

$ __________________________________________

 

OVERALL IMPRESSION

___WANT IT BADLY! ___Itíll Work ___Forget It

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Besides being an avid trail rider, Jerry Tardif is a technology consultant and a horse and nature photographer in SE Connecticut — see his work at: www.jerrytardif.com. He is also co-founder and President of QueryHorse.

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