Buying trailer from private seller
A while back I posted that I was unable to find a lightly used flatbed trailer. For whatever reason, now I'm finding several possibilities out there. Trying to avoid the price of a new flatbed. That said, if I have to, for safety or other reasons, I'll bite the bullet. We're looking to go mostly full time next year so I want quality, but also because of that our "income" will be limited so looking to save as many pennies as I can. Looking on Craigslist, I've found several that look interesting and where I can save $1000 or more over the dealer price.
Being new to the flatbed world (yes I can ONLY use a flatbed), what should I be looking for. I'm so new to this, I don't even know what tie downs to use. Should the seller have those? What are electric brakes? Shouldn't the trailer have a brake connection with the coach, or am I misunderstanding how that works (strong possibility of that)? Tandem axle--what should I look for there? Is a winch helpful at all or just a waste of much needed space? Is steel better or worse than aluminum? Anything to know about the tires?
I appreciate any assistance, as I want to go fully armed with as much knowledge about this as possible when dealing with a private individual (or a dealer for that matter). If you don't want to answer questions, and have a good link, that would work as well. Either way, thank you in advance.
2013 Fleetwood Expedition 36M "Scarlet B"