There are so many options of trailers around. How can you pick one that’s best for you? First off, think about your needs. Are they many or just few? Open trailer or enclosed?
If you need additional space for your items, open trailers are great. Sizes can range from 4 feet x 6 feet to 6 feet x 12 feet, or up to as long as 30 feet. Some steel rails surrounding the edge can go up to 9 inches to 24 inches. This works to keep your equipment in position during traveling.
With enclosed trailers, on the other hand, your equipment will travel while locked up. This is a good option if you want more storage. Another benefit of using an enclosed trailer is that you know the trailer has your equipment during a load shift. As with open-style units, enclosed trailers can vary widely in terms of size. Some are 4 feet by 6 feet with a single axle, going up to 8 feet by 25 feet with two axles.
Another thing you should consider is the type of hitch you’ll need. Many trailers use the popular ball hitch attached to the frame.
Inspecting Trailer Tires
A trailer’s tires are, of course, important. In most cases, they are either 6, 8 or 10 ply. Needless to say, each of your tires must be able to handle the load you need to carry and have the right amount of air pressure.
Trailer Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
With a calculator, solve for the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the trailer. This is simply the weight of the trailer on top of the payload capacity. Always pick a trailer with a higher GVWR than you plan to carry.
Maximum Towing Weight
Just check the trailer’s manual to know its maximum towing weight, or just ask your dealer.
Loading and Unloading
There are small trailers with ramp gates that can be lowered by hand, and there are those that have folding or flip-up ramp gates on the side.
Licensing and Registration
When licensing and registering your trailer, make sure you follow state regulations. When buying your trailer, you will receive a manufacturer certificate of origin (MCO) which, together with your bill of sale, you have to present to your local license bureau before getting your title. Remember though that laws can vary from one state to the next.
If you’re buying a secondhand trailer, get your bill of sale and the statement of origin or title that has been signed over to you by the seller. Otherwise, you won’t be able to register the trailer, and you won’t be able to use it – at least legally.