3 Questions to Ask When Buying an Enclosed Trailer

3 Questions to Ask When Buying an Enclosed Trailer

Buying a custom made enclosed trailer is exciting, especially if you’ve always needed one or if it can help you grow your business. But with the wide variety of trailers on the market, choosing the right one can feel overwhelming.

Here are three important questions you need to consider before you commit to a trailer.


  • What is the primary function of the trailer?


Custom made enclosed trailers are designed and purpose-built to do a specific job. The primary function of your trailer will determine its size, style, axle configuration, accessories, and features. You’re not going to buy a custom made enclosed trailer with lockboxes, tool hooks, and storage for landscaping material if you want to use it to transport your motorcycle.

If you need a trailer to haul cars, then it has to be at least 8.5 feet wide and 16 feet long and should be a tandem axle trailer with a ramp door. Moving companies usually have a variety of trailers that vary in size from 12 to 38 feet. Contractors prefer something between 12 and 16 feet but may need to add extra height to accommodate oversized cargo. A 5ft wide, single axle trailer, with interior racks and shelves for tools, is ideal for a handyman business. And of course, every landscaper in town has a trailer. In this category, there are an almost endless array of features designed to suit every conceivable need.


  • How much work will the trailer do?


Is your custom enclosed trailer a business purchase that is going to be used daily, or is it a hobby purchase that will only be used to transport your sports equipment or a vintage car on weekends? How far will you need to travel with your trailer, and how many hours will it spend on the road? These are important considerations when deciding on a custom made enclosed trailer? If you’re only going to use your trailer around town for landscaping, contracting or handyman business, and it will spend most of the day parked while you work, then the standard exterior will be sufficient. If, however, you intend to tow your vintage car on a cross country show tour, then the quality of the trailer’s bodywork is crucial. Look for a trailer with a thick aluminum skin, studs that are 16” apart and a single sheet aluminum roof.


  • What is the budget?


Big or small, everyone has a budget and needs to adhere to it. Yes, you can fantasize about the ultimate custom made enclosed trailer with all the bells and whistles, but at the end of the day, you need to buy what you can afford. You don’t want to overspend on accessories you will never use, but you also have to make sure that the trailer will suit your long-term needs. Buying a custom made enclosed trailer is a big investment, and you don’t want to have to replace it after a year because it no longer works for you. If you currently only have one quad bike but you know you’ll be buying another one in a few months, then buy a trailer that can haul two quad bikes.

The cargo in your trailer will most likely be valuable to you personally, or to your business, so don’t skimp on the material and build quality of your trailer. Doing so may save you a few dollars in the short term but it could end up costing you a lot more in the long term. Do your homework, choose the right accessories and buy the best trailer you can get for your budget.

Buying the right custom made enclosed trailer may seem daunting but it actually is not that difficult. If you do your research, and buy your trailer from a reputable business, like McFarlane Trailers, you will be able to get exactly what you need.