A Guide to Purchasing Used Trailers

by TJ on February 23, 2008

A Guide to Purchasing Used Trailers

Purchasing used semi trailers is an affordable option to buying new.  Trailers can get very expensive for new equipment and purchasing used is a money saving alternative.  Used trailers can be found in every make and model available at a significantly lower cost.  However, there are many factors one needs to decide before purchasing used.

Researching different manufacturers will give an idea as to the type of semi trailer needed.  Leading manufacturers such as Great Dane, Wabash National, Fontaine, Fruehauf, Utility, Trailmobile, Wilson, Strick, Dorsey, Reitnouer, Lufkin, Stoughton and Dragon are just a few.  Each manufacturer designs a variety of trailers suitable for various needs. 

The condition of the trailer should be excellent especially if using the semi trailer to haul heavy equipment.  Safety is always of prime importance, so ensure the tires, brakes and floor type are suitable.   These pieces of equipment are meant to be sturdy so most late year used models will be in good shape.  Late model trailers can be highly affordable but make sure they are thoroughly tested for safety and reliability.  Upgrading or replacing parts can make the seemingly inexpensive investment much more expensive.

Determine the type of trailer by considering what its use will be.  Gauge the type of equipment or supplies that will be transported, how it will be loaded and how it will be unloaded.  Consider where the machinery or items will be hauled and if special features will be needed to account for field conditions.

The size and capacity is highly important.  Depending on the cargo, there are different styles to meet the need.  Ensure the weight capacity is suitable for the type of load.  To safely transport items and safely secure each load, the size must also be appropriate.  Determine what conditions will be found when transporting and whether the cargo needs to be enclosed or protected from the elements. 

Shopping online for used trailers is a great way to get an idea of the type of trailer needed.  The Internet provides valuable resources for researching and purchasing used semi trailers.  Purchasing used equipment is an affordable alternative to purchasing a new or custom made trailer.  With a little research and quality assurance, used trailers are a viable alternative and will save a lot of money. 

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February 23, 2008 at 10:38 pm


Emil Merusi January 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Greetings! We are looking for a used “reefer” trailer to be converted into a portable materials laboratory. It will not be putting on many miles,but needs to be reasonably straight and safe. 40′ would work well. The cooling system does not need to work or even be installed. Thank you!

TJ January 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Hi Emil,
A few suggestions,
Place a want to buy ad here (free)

Look here too,

Here are some brand new boxes without units at a very reasonable price,

Solos Moyo April 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Looking for a 30 ton Trailler

TJ April 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

contact TNT Sales 877-353-2962

Philip October 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

Dear Sirs and Madams,
My name is Philip.
My company’s name is “Right” LLC, Moscow, Russia.
I’m looking for fridge semitrailer for meat 2005-2007 year to supply to Russia.
My e-mail is filq3@mail.ru
My Phone No +7-925-019-2222
Thanks in advance and best regards,

TJ October 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Hi Philip,
Place a want to buy ad at Trucker To Trucker..http://www.truckertotrucker.com/want-to-buy.cfm

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