Four Things to Look for in an Enclosed Trailer

Four Things to Look for in an Enclosed Trailer


Buying an enclosed trailer is a big investment and you need it to be able to work hard and last a long time. You also need to make sure that it will be able to do a variety of different jobs as required.
Before you commit to a trailer you need to evaluate it and decide if it’s the right buy for you. Here are four basic things that you need to look for in an enclosed trailer.

Body Build

The quality of the body of your enclosed trailer is crucial. This is after all what will determine how long the trailer will last for. The thicker the aluminum skin, the more durable the trailer. An enclosed trailer can be built with a .024mm skin, but a .030mm skin is much better. You can’t see the difference with the naked eye so it’s important to study the trailer specs.

The wall stud spacing is another indicator of strength, durability, and quality. It stands to reason that trailers with studs that are 16” apart are stronger than ones with studs that are 24” apart. When you look at an enclosed trailer, the one with more studs will have stronger sidewalls than the one with fewer studs. A trailer with weaker sidewalls is more likely to flex and warp than its stronger counterpart.

Obviously, you don’t want your trailer to leak, this can damage the interior finish and your precious cargo, and this makes the roof construction and material vital to the durability of a trailer. Look for a roof that is made with one piece of aluminum, this will keep your enclosed trailer watertight and your cargo safe and dry.

Interior Finish

A quality trailer is well finished on the outside and the inside. It’s important to make sure that the entire interior is clad in plywood, ideally, the floors should be ¾” plywood and the walls ⅜” plywood. It is stronger and more durable than particle board or other cheaper materials, that are likely to crack, warp or break, especially when hauling a heavy load.

Axle Strength

The axle, whether it’s a single-axle or a tandem-axle, works hard and you don’t want it to break. The axle carries the combined weight of the enclosed trailer and its load and it needs to be well built. Do some research and choose a trailer with a durable top-rated axle that comes with a good warranty.

Rear Door

The quality and design of the rear door of an enclosed trailer is very important. If the trailer has a ramp door, then a spring assist mechanism will make opening and closing the door a lot easier and, more importantly, safer. Spring assist on a ramp door is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Before you buy a trailer, make sure the ramp has spring assist and that it is in good working order.

Buying an enclosed trailer is a big decision and a big investment so for peace of mind, you want a good warranty. If a company believes in the quality and durability of their product, then they will give you a decent warranty. Before you buy, take a good look at what’s out there, study the specs and ask the experts for advice.

McFarlane Trailers will help you make the right choice and find you the perfect trailer for you, so contact us for all your trailer needs.