Tips for Buying a New Utility or Cargo Trailer

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Buying a utility or cargo trailer is a significant investment and there are many reasons you may need one. Whether you’re transporting your snowmobiles, motorcycles and other toys for a weekend getaway, or using your trailer on a daily basis as part of your business, you need to have the right trailer for the job.

Fortunately, there is a trailer for sale for almost every conceivable purpose and you will be able to find one that suits your specific needs. The choices range from basic open flatbed to fully customized enclosed trailers, and pretty much everything in between. The downside to this is that with so many options, choosing a new trailer can be difficult. The upside is that with proper advice from experts like McFarlane’s, you will be able to make the right choice.

Here are some pointers that you need to consider when looking for a suitable trailer.

What is the towing capacity of your vehicle?

This will determine the size, type and weight of the trailer that you will be able to purchase.  When determining towing capacity, the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of your towing vehicle is important. The GVWR defines the maximum combined weight of cargo and passengers you can safely transport. GVWR is determined when the vehicle is manufactured and remains constant, regardless of what you tow. This means that a pickup can tow a far heavier trailer than a small sedan. It is no good buying a trailer that suits your cargo needs only to discover you have to go out and buy a new vehicle to tow it. That is a very expensive exercise which few of us can afford. Fortunately, you don’t need to work out the towing capacity of your vehicle on your own. Consult your owner manual to see what size trailer your vehicle is able to tow and ask a trailer expert for advice. Mcfarlane’s has every size trailer to meet any need ranging from a 4’ x 6’ up to a 8.5’ x 28’ bumper pull trailers.

What will you be doing with the trailer?

The intended use of the trailer will influence the size and type of trailer that you need to buy.

Size of the Trailer

The size and weight of the cargo play a vital role in determining the specifications of your trailer. Trailers come in many different sizes and you want to buy a trailer that can hold everything you need it to. When determining trailer size, it is important to consider the weight and size of the biggest and heaviest objects you will be hauling on a regular basis. If you’re mostly transporting small goods, and only occasionally need space for large items, then it makes sense to buy a smaller trailer and hire a bigger one on the odd occasion that you need it. It is not cost effective to be hauling around a huge trailer that is half empty most of the time.

Type of Trailer

Cargo and utility trailers come in two basic categories, open or enclosed. Which one you choose will depend on your budget and cargo. Open trailers are less expensive than enclosed ones but enclosed trailers are more secure and offer better protection for your cargo. If you’re mostly transporting garden cuttings or soil then an open trailer is perfect but if you’re transporting tools and expensive equipment then the enclosed trailer is better. Also, keep in mind that enclosed trailers require a higher towing capacity vehicle than open trailers. If you’re using the trailer on a daily basis, it will need to be far more robust than if you’re only using it occasionally.

Single or Tandem Axles

A single axle trailer has one set of wheels and a tandem axle has two. The number of axles a trailer has will determine its maneuverability, the terrain it can operate on, and the weight of the cargo. Single axle trailers are more maneuverable but can carry less weight. Tandem- axle trailers can carry heavier loads and perform better over rough terrain. Single axle trailers usually have a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) rating of 3500 lbs which means, 3500 lbs subtract the curb weight equals the payload of what you can haul. Tandem axle trailers can have a GVW rating of up to 14,000 lbs or greater. If you don’t see what you want McFarlane can customize the exact trailer that will suit your needs.

There are many trailers for sale out there and at McFarlane’s we make the choice easy by offering expert advice. Visit us today to make your next trailer purchase the right one.