Trailer - What To Look For?

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  1. jac-in-a-box

    jac-in-a-box Read Only Funster

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    A few words of wisdom please...

    Hoping to view a trailer for my Smartie in the next few days, a Woodford Smart car trailer to be precise.

    Having never bought a trailer before, I want to make sure that I buy something that's up to the job. While I know the Woodford trailer is suitable, but what should I look for on the trailer specifically apart from the obvious like electrics and tyres?

    Seen a couple of photo's and it looks fine, just need to be sure!

    Thanks:)
     
  2. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    If it's on rubber block indespension units check the units for severe rust.

    I had one split and lost a full hub, suspension unit and wheel.

    If it's on leaf springs check the spring hanger rubber bush's for splits and disintegration.

    Other than that I can't think of anything else
     
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    Make sure it has the manufacturers plate on the Woodford it is on the inside of the A frame, left hand side. Apply the Handbrake, make sure the wheels lock, and also check that the hydraulic damper seals are good, (no leaks).
     
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  4. Gromett

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    Check your license allows you to tow it as well I presume you want to tow behind you MH?

    Even though I took my C1 test I still can't tow more than 750KG behind my 3500KG motorhome.

    Sorry if you already know about this.
     
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    had one took it down to Spain with a clio on the back no problem ,just sold it john
     
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    Wheel bearings.
    These are often not well protected on trailers and pressure washing can ruin them.
    Having said that, they are usually fairly cheap and easy to replace.
    Can be a good haggling point on price of trailer if everything else is robust.
     
  7. jac-in-a-box

    jac-in-a-box Read Only Funster

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    Thank you all ...there's a few things I hadn't considered!

    Gromett - towing weights! Haven't got my licence to hand, but I passed my test prior to 1979...so I assume I'm fine to tow something over 750kg, I hope so as my m'home is over 3500kg!

    This tracking down a trailer is a nightmare; well it seems to be if you're in Scotland. Recently missed a Brian James micro-max trailer that was spanking new for £600. Just hoping the Woodford trailer is still there and doesn't get sold before I get there.

    Just in case, if anyone in Scotland has got something that needs a new loving home, I've got a fistfull of the Queens finest pounds to offer in exchange:)
     
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