Buying a Used Trailer Checklist

Looking to purchase a new to you trailer? What should you be looking at when you start going to check out used trailers? Here’s a used trailer checklist I have used in the past which has a number of items that I like to confirm. It’s by no means a complete used trailer checklist and it doesn’t guarantee you’ll purchase an issue free trailer, but it’s a start.


Exterior – Dents, dings, scratches, stains, or damage.
Water Damage – Looks for warped surfaces, water stains, or “soft” spots. Pay attention to corners, windows, vents and the floor.
Lighting Р Fluorescent ones should come on at full brightness.
Fans –¬†Do they need lubrication?
A/C – Run the air conditioner for at least 15 minutes and make sure it stays cool
Tires – Check the tires for wear and cracking, trailer tires should be replaced every 7 years or so.
Bearings – When were they last re-packed
Refrigerator – Takes about 3 hours, but should stay cold and freezer to be icy cold using both propane and electric. If you don’t have 3 hours you should be able to feel the cold within 15 or so minutes.
Stove/Oven – Light the oven and stove top burners.
Water – Check for leaks around the pump, water heater, and tanks. Does the water inlet have a filter before the water gets to the pump? Is there a pressure regulator?
Sinks – Check under sinks for signs of previous leaks.
Holding Tanks – Run water into them and check for leaks.
Hot Water Tank – Does it light? Run it on both propane and electric if equipped.
Microwave – Does it work?
TV/Stereo – Do they work?
Exterior Compartments – Are they dry and clean, with no rusty areas?
Roof – Check for cracking on the rubber roof, rust and loose screws on metal.
Converter/Inverter – Do the lights, outlets, and other electronics work from the battery and from shore power?
Furnace – Start the furnace and be sure that it is working smoothly. The flame should not be too blue.
Awning – Pull out the awning and check condition and ease of use.
Batteries – Check battery condition, what is the battery configuration (2x 6 volt / 1x 12 volt)?
Propane Tanks – Tanks are only good for 10 years before needing re-certification or replacement
Stabilizer Jacks – How many and do they crank easily?
Manuals – Do they have the manuals for all appliances and equipment?


Do you have any other items you would add to a used trailer checklist?

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