It’s amazing that something so mobile can be so reliable in terms of durability, reliance, and quality. Trailers are perfect for hauling products, equipment, and other items from one place to another. And because there are so many options out there, it helps to know what you are looking for and what to expect when shopping for a trailer. If you’re interested in buying a new trailer but don’t know where to start, this guide can set you on the right path and get you the product you need.
While shopping for a new trailer, try to keep the following questions in mind:
- How much weight can my trailer carry?
- What’s the maximum weight my tow vehicle can handle?
- What’s the size of the trailer’s coupler?
- Does my new trailer need tie-downs? Do I need a spare tire or a spare tire carrier?
- Do I want a utility trailer or an enclosed trailer?
Open Trailers – If you need extra space for items, an open trailer is a great option. Open trailers come in various sizes ranging from 4 x 6 ft., 6 x 12 ft., and some as long as 30 ft. Open trailers are great for dealerships, garages, and vehicle distributors, and they are ideal for loading and hauling all kinds of vehicles.
Enclosed Trailers – An enclosed trailer, which varies in size like an open trailer, is perfect for someone who needs the extra space with a little more security, offering equally as much convenience as well. Similar to open-style units, you can leave your equipment in a designated space with less worry.
Check Trailer Tires – Tires for trailers come in six-, eight-, or ten- ply; know how much of a load you intend to carry, that the tires you choose can carry it, and that they have the correct amount of air pressure. Tires should be inflated to the pressure recommended for the trailer. Underinflated tires cause most blowouts.
Trailer Gross Vehicle Weight Rating – Before buying a trailer, check the trailer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), which is the trailer’s weight plus the payload capacity. Select a trailer with a higher GVWR than you intend to carry. If a trailer is overloaded, the brakes may not be substantial enough to properly slow down the vehicle.
Handling Weight – Check your vehicle’s maximum towing weight by checking the owner’s manual or phoning your dealer.
Loading Equipment – Some trailers are already equipped with ramp gates for you to lower by hand or a side-ramp that flips or folds up.
Be sure that you are adhering to your state’s regulations when licensing and registering your new trailer. When you buy the trailer, you will receive a manufacturer of origin (MCO). You’ll need your MCO and your bill of sale to receive the trailer’s title, but remember that laws may vary with each state.
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