Tips for buying a Trailer
Given the amount of trailer manufacturers and different types of trailers
available in the market, choosing a trailer now-a-days can be quite baffling.
First of all be clear about your requirements. There are many factors which
should be considered while purchasing a trailer. One of the first considerations
is to buy an established brand from a well-known dealer. As is true for everything,
you usually get what you paid for, so try to choose the best trailer that
you can afford.
Type of Trailer
Deciding on what type of trailer you need for your application will help in
narrowing down the manufacturers. There are trailers for almost every conceivable
type of cargo, from motorcycles to horses to concessions. Depending on your
hauling need, we would have at least one that can easily be converted to do
After choosing a manufacturer, figure out what size trailer you'll need. Trailers
come in several different widths and lengths.
The next step in choosing a trailer is figuring out whether you will need
an open or an enclosed trailer. An open trailer is one which exposes the cargo
to the outside elements. If your cargo is something which is not affected
by the weather, then an open trailer may be the most economical choice. Open
utility trailers can range in price from about $900 to $2500 new.
Open Utility Trailers
utility trailers are well suited for many
applications including small landscaping businesses that are just starting
out and need a way to haul their landscape equipment. As your business grows
and you decide to move up to an enclosed trailer, the open utility trailer
will still be incredibly useful to you for hauling all sorts of material such
as mulch, rock and plants.
Another plus for open trailers is their weight. Open utility trailers tend
to be lighter and provide less aerodynamic drag than enclosed trailers.
open trailers are economical and very useful, they do not provide the protection
from the outside environment that an enclosed trailer will. Enclosed cargo
trailers also offer an added measure of security because the trailer functions
as a portable, lockable storage building.
If it is an enclosed trailer that you decide to buy, you'll also need to consider
the height of the interior. If your trailer towing needs require that you
spend very much time inside the trailer, choose one with enough interior height
to keep you from bending your neck or back when standing.
Enclosed trailers tend to be heavier and less aerodynamic than open trailers.
Enclosed trailers usually cost in the $1600 to $5000 range new, but can go
Single or Tandem Axle
Once you've decided on either an open utility trailer or an enclosed cargo
trailer, you'll need to decide whether the trailer should have a single axle,
dual axle or possibly even three to four axles.
axle trailers have just one load bearing axle. Trailers with single axles
come with and without brakes, but as a general rule of thumb, most single
axle open and enclosed trailers come without brakes. If you plan on hauling
more than 3000 lbs, trailer brakes need
to be considered. In fact, it's a legal requirement in most states.
Anything heavier than 3000 lbs should be hauled on a dual axle trailer, be
it an open or enclosed trailer. Dual axle trailers use two load bearing axles
and usually feature either leaf springs or independent torsion bar suspensions.
Brakes are recommended for dual axle trailers and again may be required depending
upon where you live. Also, dual axle trailers tend to track more accurately
than single axle trailers over varying road surfaces.
Rear Ramp Door
you decide on an enclosed trailer, next you have to decide on either a ramp
rear door, double rear doors or one single barn-type door. Choosing the type
of rear access will greatly depend on the cargo you intend to haul. A ramp
rear door will provide the easiest loading and unloading method for your motorcycle
trailer or a race car trailer or
any other type vehicle. Be sure though when purchasing a trailer with a ramp
door that the ramp is spring assisted as some of the ramp doors can be very
heavy. Ramps are also nice for hauling furniture or other heavy items where
you'll be using a dolly to load and unload them.
Double Door Trailers
If you will be using the trailer quite often and will be in and out of it,
then a ramp can become rather cumbersome. Enter double door trailers. It is
much easier to open the doors, step in and get the tool or item you need and
then step out and close the door than it is to drop a ramp every time you
need access. Too, you have to consider the clearance needed for opening a
ramp rear door.
Single barn type rear doors are usually found on smaller enclosed trailers
and are comparable in convenience to double rear doors.
Trailer manufacturers are aware of the ramp issue and most now add a side
door for access to their enclosed trailers giving those that require a ramp
the best of both worlds.
The most important aspect of buying a trailer is to be an informed buyer.
Ask lots of questions. Any reputable dealer will be glad to answer your questions
and in fact, should ask you a lot of questions regarding your intended cargo
load. Ask about the warranty. Does the manufacturer stand behind its work?
Most established manufacturers offer a very good warranty program and will
go out of their way to satisfy a customer.
To help you in your search for the perfect trailer for you and your cargo,
try to visit all the pages of our website. Familiarize yourself with variety
of trailers and the options and take your time to take an informed decision.
Through our nationwide network of dealers and manufacturers, we are into selling
any and all types of trailers that you can think of. Cost of delivery from Savannah, Georgia is $1.35 per mile one way, prepaid in advance. We have over 200 trailers in stock
at all times and all trailers are available in a variety of colors.
We can also design and build custom utility
trailer to suit your requirements. Call toll free 800-841-1102
or contact us today.
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