The Different Types of Trailers Available at McFarlanesNovember 22, 2022 by Kyle McFarlane
Get To Know the Different Types of Trailers Available at McFarlane’s
From a single-axle utility trailer to a livestock trailer, there are many different types of trailers because there are many different jobs to be done. Each type has some specializations so it can do a particular type of work. If you are in the market for a trailer but aren’t sure which kind you need, take this opportunity to learn about the different types we have available for sale.
Utility trailers range from approximately 6 feet to 20 feet in length. They typically consist of a flat deck with short walls along the sides and a rear loading ramp that can be lowered as needed and then raised to serve as a cargo gate. A single-axle trailer has one axle in roughly the middle of the trailer and two wheels in total. A tandem-axle utility trailer has two axles right next to each other at approximately the midpoint of the trailer for a total of four wheels. A tandem-axle utility trailer has more strength and stability to carry larger loads.
How much weight can a single-axle utility trailer hold? At least 1,000 pounds, and up to 10,000 pounds, depending on the trailer itself. That is the weight range for a single axle, so in theory, at least, a tandem-axle trailer of similar size can hold approximately 2,000 to 20,000 pounds.
Enclosed Utility Trailer
Enclosed utility trailers are similar in size and shape to regular utility trailers. They can also be either single- or tandem-axle and have comparable weight capacities. The difference between the two is that an enclosed trailer has tall sides and a roof over the top. It is useful when you are hauling materials that should not be exposed to the elements.
At first glance, a deckover trailer may look similar to a utility trailer, but there are a few important differences. A deckover trailer is larger than a utility trailer; the smallest size is approximately 12 feet, and they can get up to about 30 feet. Deckover trailers also do not have short walls along the edges, which makes them appropriate for hauling oversize loads. There are no single-axle deckover trailers; they have to have at least two axles.
A dump trailer has a mechanism that allows you to incline the bed so that the cargo falls out onto the ground. It is useful for hauling trash or garden materials such as soil, mulch, or fertilizer.
A tilt trailer is to a dump trailer approximately what a deckover trailer is to a utility trailer. It has a similar mechanism, but the purpose is not to dump cargo but to make it easier to load.
You cannot drive all-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles on streets, roads, or highways. It is neither safe nor legal. These trailers are designed for you to transport these recreational vehicles to areas where it is safe to ride them. They are enclosed to protect the vehicles from road debris while they are in transit.
Heavy-Duty and Livestock Trailers
Heavy-duty trailers are large, approximately 100 feet long, and designed to carry heavy or unwieldy loads. They may have a gooseneck attachment to connect to a vehicle with a corresponding hitch. A livestock trailer is used to transport large animals such as horses or cows. It has an insulated roof to protect the animals from weather and openings at the top for ventilation. A large livestock trailer has pens inside for the individual animals.
Find Your New Trailer at McFarlane’s
We sell both new and used trailers from the most trusted brand names. We can also order custom-built trailers. Browse our selection today, or contact us to find exactly what you’re looking for.