A Guide to Choosing the Right Trailer

A Guide to Choosing the Right Landscape Trailer

Using the right tools for the job makes your business more efficient and cost-effective. Whether you need a multipurpose trailer, landscape trailer, or custom built trailer to transport specialty cargo, you need to do your homework before you buy.

Utility trailers come in all shapes and sizes and are extremely versatile. But their very versatility can make it hard to choose the right one. It is important to consider your cargo, options, requirements, and budget when choosing your ideal trailer.

Type of Cargo

The first thing to consider is the cargo you need to transport. The most common cargos are ATV’s, lawn mowers, cars, bobcats, pavers, backhoes, motorcycles, and construction equipment. But basically, any load, large or small, can be transported on a trailer. But just because a certain trailer can do the job, doesn’t mean it’s the ideal option.

For example, an open trailer is a good choice for transporting ATV’s because they’re rough outdoor vehicles that don’t need protection from the elements. All you need are simple tie downs to secure the ATV in place and you’re good to go. But a car or motorbike is a different story. Then it is better to have an enclosed trailer that offers more protection for your precious cargo and prevents paint chips from stones flying off the road. If you do buy an open trailer for a car or motorbike, make sure it has a stone guard.

One of the most common users of utility trailers are landscaping companies. Almost every landscape business, big or small, owns at least one trailer. Landscape trailers usually have space for mowers, racks for weed-eaters and tools, lockable boxes, and tailgates that double as ramps. These are often open trailers but if you can stretch your budget to afford an enclosed trailer, you will be grateful in the long run.

The biggest advantage of an enclosed landscape trailer is that it is easy to secure your tools and equipment to reduce theft. The interior of the trailer can be fitted with all the racks and storage you need but you don’t need as many lockable boxes and anti-theft devices because you can simply lock the trailer. One lock, one key, just makes everything more convenient. Another advantage of the enclosed trailer is you don’t need to unload mowers and large equipment after a long day to store them securely overnight. Simply park the trailer and walk away.

Size matters

Always buy a trailer that is the right size for the job. For example, if you’re using it transport ATV’s, it is best to have one that can transport two or three ATV’s because you’re probably going to want to take friends along. The same applies to trailers for commercial purposes, buy one that can grow with your business and carry a variety of equipment.


Open trailers are less expensive than enclosed trailers. If you’re transporting power equipment or construction machinery for your company, then an open trailer makes perfect sense and is a good business decision. The trailer primarily needs to be durable and reasonably priced. The same goes for ATV’s. But almost everything else is better off in an enclosed trailer and the extra cost is worth it to protect your property from theft and the elements. A few extra dollars spent in the beginning can save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run.

If you’re currently in the market for a trailer, come visit our team at McFarlane Trailer Sales. Our professionals are here to help you navigate the different types of trailers and how the can best serve your needs.