Shopping for a trailer can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you’re new to this kind of purchase. There are a lot of factors to consider, such as what type of trailer you’ll need and how big it should be. Even when you’ve got those aspects figured out, though, there are so many options on the market that it can be downright frustrating. Luckily, we’ve put together a trailer shopping guide to help you make the best choice possible.
Figure out Which Type of Trailer You’ll Need
This is an easy one. What will you be hauling with your trailer? A boat? Motorcycle? Yard waste or other debris? Different types of trailers are made for different loads, so what you plan on hauling will determine whether you go with. Some options include dump trailers, horse trailers, cargo trailers, and ATV trailers.
Do you need an Open or Enclosed Trailer?
Again, whether you need an open or enclosed trailer will depend on what you’re hauling. However, consider the pros and cons of each. Open trailers are less expensive and more lightweight, but they leave your load exposed to the element. Enclosed trailers provide protection from the weather as well as added security for your items, but they are more expensive, heavier, and less aerodynamic than open trailers.
Trailer length, width, and height (if you go with an enclosed trailer) must be considered. Trailers come in several different sizes, so choose a size that fits your needs and your budget.
Single or Dual Axles
If you’re hauling something less than 3,000 pounds, a single axle should suffice. Single axle trailers may or may not be equipped with brakes, which is another feature to consider the necessity of. If your load will typically be over 3,000 pounds, a dual axle is the way to go.
What Type of Rear Door do you want?
If you’ve decided on an enclosed trailer, you’ll need to consider what type of rear door you need. Options include single doors, double doors, and ramp rear doors. Again, consider what you’re hauling to determine which door best suits your needs.