Obviously, you will not be buying a trailer just to get your ATV home. You will need a trailer at various times, and it just makes more sense to buy one. But before you buy one, there are many things that need to kept in mind. In this article, we give you some tips that will help you buy a trailer according to your needs.
Things to Lookout for Before Purchase
Of course the first thing you will need to do is carry out research on the various models and types available in the market. Reading reviews will also be helpful, as when you finally go to buy a trailer, you will know what the salesman is talking about, and won't be fooled by his sales talk. Once you are fairly sure what you need, you can proceed to the next steps.
The first step when buying an ATV trailer is making sure that your current vehicle has the capacity to pull the extra weight of the trailer along with the ATV loaded on it. Once you are sure that this is not going to be a problem, you can start looking for trailers. Most people don't know where to buy one from and generally end up going to used lots where camping trailers and other outdoor RVs are sold.
While this is okay, do not let yourself get sweet talked by the salesman, as he will try his level best to sell you a trailer that is pricier than you can afford. As long as you've done your homework thoroughly and chosen the right trailer beforehand, then you don't really need a salesman conning you.
Make sure that the trailer of your choice, whether used or brand new, is in good working condition. Check that the tires are not too worn out, and that the wheel bearings are in a good condition. It is worth noting that these bearings need to be checked at least once a year. Next, check to see if the trailer lights are working. Ask someone to help you check it out―and make sure the turn signals and brake signals work as well―you surely don't want to be giving hand signals when pulling your trailer behind your vehicle.
Things to Consider After Purchase
When pulling the trailer, make sure that the load you are carrying is carefully tied down. The biggest mistake most people tend to make is to use lashings to tie down their cargo, this can loosen or stretch during transportation, making it an awfully dangerous situation. While buying your trailer, also buy appropriate tie downs that are available in different weight-bearing capacities. Always opt for something stronger than the weight you are going to be carrying.
Don't simply assume that by tying down your cargo it will remain intact during the journey. Most loads tend to shift while being transported, and external factors like wind and speed can loosen the straps when you are driving. Keep checking on the straps every now and then.
Have you checked if everything is all right? No, there is still one more item that needs to be taken into consideration and that is of course the brakes! Check to ensure that the hydraulic fluid reservoir is full and the brakes are in good working condition before you load your trailer and hit the road.
It would be wise to ease yourself into driving your truck or car with the trailer attached. Carrying so much weight in the back can really throw you completely off balance. So, practice before you take your trailer out. Within no time at all, you will have mastered the art of driving your vehicle with an ATV attached to it.
Once you've made sure that the tools and accessories are all well maintained and in exceptionally good working condition, then it's time to take your new ATV trailer out!