What to Look For When Buying a Box Trailer

When talking about buying box trailers, everything comes down to the mechanical features. Those are the ones you should focus on. You surely want the best for you, so if you are aiming that high, then you should concentrate all your attention on the features that are about to be presented in here. Trust us, the next time when you are going to look for trailer boxes for sale, these tips will come in handy.

If this is a first for you, before going out and buying a box trailer, you should keep in mind a few principles:

  • You will have it for many years
  • You will overload it at least once
  • You will borrow it to someone else who will haul it with God knows what
  • You might encounter some problems with tailing and wiring if it is not made of iron

Knowing these, here are the main things you should be looking for:

  1. The frame – This makes the difference. Box Tubing, Channel Iron or Angle Iron, these are all frames to choose from, but the best one is the first, since it has the possibility to resist to many flexing and twisting activities.
  1. The tongue length – This is an important feature that basically dictates the stability of the trailer. The longer this element is, the easier it will be for the vehicle to steer the box trailer. Backing is also easier when the tongue is longer and the weight is placed upon the box trailers, instead of placing it on the vehicle.
  1. The coupler – It’s also an extremely important element to take into consideration. This is how the box trailer will be attached to the vehicle. Make sure it is not bent or twisted and that it can be easily attached. If it gets damaged, it will be harder to be replaced and it will also be more expensive.
  1. Wiring – The wires that are attached to the trailer taillight should pass through the frame. Make sure that those wires will be protected from chafing onto metal by grommets. If they are not protected, then a short circuit is most likely to take place.
  1. Taillights – They need to have an extra protection, or else they will be damaged. They are superior to the incandescent ones, as they are brighter and last longer.
  1. Axle – Check and see if they are used. If they are, run away. Also, make sure that it is being attached to the suspension system and not just to the frame. Check the spindles. They should be equipped with a grease fitting for lubrication.
  1. The wheels and tires – You should make sure that both the wheels and the tires have a combined capacity that is equal or even bigger than the GVWR of the trailer.
  1. The fenders – Check them and see if they are being attached securely. Weight will be placed upon them, sooner or later, so they should be able to support it.
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