Possible weak points??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mcwlandscaping, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Tomarrow or monday i will be going to look a used landscape trailer. Not sure of any specs on it yet as my dad saw it when he was working. My question is are there any parts of the trailer i should check more than others for things that might be wrong with it?
     
  2. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is it single or dual axle? Electric or surge brakes?
    Look at the shackles that the leaf springs are attached to. They wear out, but is an inexpensive fix. If it has electric brakes, see what shape their in, and the obvious- tires. Need more info on trailer first.
     
  3. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    make sure the hubs are in good shape
     
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    Don't forget to pull the pin on the battery box for the brakes. A dead battery for electric brakes makes them useless if the trailer comes unhooked. It can also get you a ticket.
     
  5. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
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    Are the tires dry rotted, have him show you that all lights and signals work.
     
  6. Magnum Services

    Magnum Services LawnSite Member
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    Open or enclosed trailer?If enclosed spray with a hose to make sure it doesn't leak when it rains.
     
  7. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it is an open trailer I would check for broken welds and weak joints where iron is connected/intersecting. Sometimes angle iron trailers get rattled apart with use and welds break. You might also check the condition of the ramp gate, wood floor boards( are they rotting yet), and axles.
     
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    Look at the tires and see if they are wearing normally. If they show signs of bad side wear the axle may be bent or out of alignment.
     

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