Planning to buy a horse trailer, cargo trailer, motorcycle trailer, etc., but have no idea which trailer to buy? Nowadays, choosing a trailer can be confusing. It is not surprising considering that there are many trailer manufacturers and types of trailers out there.
It is important to consider several things when purchasing a trailer. First of all, you have to choose a reliable and established trailer manufacturer.
What Type of Trailer Do You Need?
To help you narrow down your options, you have to decide what type of trailer you require for your application. There are specific trailers for every type of cargo, whether horses, motorcycles, equipment, or concessions. So regardless of what you are hauling, there is always a trailer made to carry it.
Once you have chosen your manufacturer, the next thing to do is figure out the size of the trailer that you need. Trailers come in various widths and lengths. If you require an enclosed trailer, then you also need to determine the height of the interior. If you need to spend more time inside the trailer, make sure that its interior height allows you to stand.
Should You Choose Open or Enclosed Trailers?
Figure out if you will need an open or an enclosed trailer. With an open trailer, you can expect that your cargo will be exposed to the outside elements. If the harsh weather cannot affect your cargo, the most economical option would be an open trailer. Open utility trailers will likely cost between $900 to $2500.
Open utility trailers can be used for various applications, including landscaping businesses. You can use it for hauling landscape equipment and multiple types of materials such as rock, mulch, and plants. Another benefit of open utility trailers is that they are lighter than enclosed trailers.
Although open trailers are very useful and economical, they cannot protect your cargo from outside elements. On the other hand, enclosed trailers can provide security because they can also be used as portable, lockable storage space. However, they are heavier than open trailers, and their cost can range between $1600 and $5000 or even higher.
Determine The Rear Access
If you choose an enclosed trailer, then the next thing to consider is whether you want a single barn door, double rear door, or a rear ramp door. Again, your choice will likely depend on the type of cargo that you will be transporting. For instance, if you are hauling cars, motorcycles, or other vehicles, a rear ramp door would be appropriate to easily load and unload the cargo.
Ramp doors are also great if you are hauling furniture or any other heavy items, and a dolly is used to load and unload them. However, if you are going in and out of your trailer more often, a ramp can be a nuisance. Hence, a double rear door would be more appropriate. All one needs to do is open the door, get inside and take the item or tool that you need and then go out and close the door.
Single barn rear doors are commonly used on smaller enclosed trailers. However, when it comes to convenience, they are much the same with double rear doors. Today, trailer manufacturers are well aware of the issue of ramp doors. That is why they are now adding a side door to their enclosed trailers aside from the ramp.