Owning a utility trailer is a must for landscapers or any type of cargo haulers. Whether you’re transporting lawn equipment, cars, boats, furniture, livestock, or anything heavy or in large quantities, a reliable trailer will safely get you from point A to point B. But before you purchase a trailer, you’ll need to address the best type of trailer for your needs. Here are three things to consider when buying a utility trailer.
1. The Trailer’s Purpose
Nobody wants to spend money on something and then realize it can’t do what they need it to do. Before purchasing a utility trailer, think about what you want to use it for and what that requires. For example, large cargo requires more space and heavy items need a higher load capacity.
Ask yourself any relevant questions. Does the trailer need to be enclosed or can it be open? Do you need a lower bed height to help load things on and off? What about a tailgate? These are simple but essential questions when deciding on your needs for a utility trailer.
2. Towing the Trailer
Next, you’ll want to consider the actual transportation of the utility trailer. What car will you be using to tow the trailer? Every vehicle has a different towing capacity and limits that cannot be exceeded. Will the trailer need to handle fast and long-distance travel? Is fuel efficiency important for you?
The vehicle will also need to have a receiver to hitch to the trailer so, if it doesn’t have one, make sure that you can mount one. Depending on what’s being hauled, you might also need to consider adding hydraulic or electric breaks to your trailer. When thinking about sizing, length is better than width in respect to fuel economy, visibility, and maneuvering.
3. Storing the Trailer
People often overlook storage, but utility trailers can be an expensive investment and they need to be maintained in order to last. The biggest question to ask is whether the trailer will be stored outside or inside. If the trailer is being stored inside, will it need to be tipped on its side or end to fit?
If the trailer will be stored outside, how can you shelter it from the wind, moisture, or sun? Exposure to the elements can cause rust and ware, limiting your trailer’s lifespan. You’ll also want to assess whether the storage option will make the trailer difficult to access or if it violates any neighborhood covenants.
Once you’ve evaluated the needs, transportation, and storage, you’ll be all set to purchase a new utility trailer. Each of these are important things to consider when buying a utility trailer but being informed and prepared will make the buying process as efficient and low cost as possible.