Things To Look For In The Perfect Trailer
Buying a new, or new-to-you, trailer requires a bit of research. Whether you are hauling feed out to the pasture or transporting equipment longer distances, choosing the right trailer is key. Make sure your search goes deeper than just price or size, though. The following are some other key features you should keep in mind as you check out trailers.
Check the Trailer Weight
Your vehicle has a maximum tow load capacity, which means that the combined weight of trailer and load can't ever exceed this limit. Opting for a trailer with lightweight yet sturdy construction means it won't be eating into the load capacity limit. Aluminum is generally the material for choice when it comes to trailers, since it's lightweight, durable, and able to carry a heavy load. You can even opt for trailers with steel and aluminum construction if you need a bit more strength but still want to shave pounds off the trailer weight. If you anticipate heavy loads, avoid trailers with wood decks, since the wood can add a lot of weight to the trailer.
Look for Load Helpers
Nearly every trailer design comes with some built in tie-downs to help anchor your load. The trick is finding a trailer that has them where you need them. Generally, you want to make sure there is a space to tie-down your load every foot or two, along both the ends and sides, to ensure you have anchor points where you need them regardless of the size of your load. Another load helper to consider is a side rail that can drop down, so you have it available when needed and out of the way when necessary. Tailgate ramps or fold away ramps can also make loading and unloading easier.
Check Out Road Safety Features
The trailer isn't the only concern, but also how it hauls. Begin by inspecting the wiring harness for the break and safety lights. This harness should be sealed in a weather-tight box. Wires should run through conduit so they aren't exposed to the elements. You may need to get down and look beneath the trailer to ensure it isn't just the insulated wires bracketed to the underside of the frame.
The suspension is another concern. Many trailers are equipped with leaf springs, which will bounce your cargo all over the place if you spend a lot of time on dirt roads. Instead, opt for rubber torsion suspension systems since these are smoother and better able to handle rough conditions.
For more information on finding the right trailer, contact a local used and new trailer dealer like Colorado Trailers Inc.