Utility trailers are infinitely useful and you can end up using them for things that you never thought you would. No matter what your needs are there is a utility trailer to suit you. They come in a huge range of sizes, colors, and you can customize them with the facilities and features that suit your needs. They also come in a range of prices so you can find one that fits your price budget.
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When deciding to buy a utility trailer the first thing to do is decide what you need it for. Think of all the possible things that your utility trailer may be required for, including in the future when perhaps you may be moving house or helping a friend move house and might need the utility trailer. Once you have decided on your requirements you can decide how large you want your utility trailer. Does it need sides? Does it need a ramp? Will it fit in your garage? All these questions need to be answered before choosing your utility trailer.
Another factor to consider is what car you will be using to tow your utility trailer. If you only have a small car it will limit the size and weight of the trailer you can purchase. All vehicles have a towing capacity which will be written in your cars manual. It is important to check this before purchasing your utility trailer. To be able to tow your trailer you will also need a receiver or tow bar to be able to attach the trailer to your vehicle. Many already have them, but if your car does not, make sure it is possible to attach one.
As we mentioned briefly before, you must also consider where you are going to store your utility trailer. If you want it to be stored in your garage you need to ensure it will fit inside, and if you are storing it outside do you have a good place where you can shelter it from the wind and rain?
Many people choose to build their own trailers instead of purchasing one. Some of the benefits of this are that you can create it exactly how you want it and it can also be a fun project to complete either by yourself or with the kids. However, it is usually cheaper to buy one than to build one, as factories bulk buy their materials so as to minimize the cost of the product for their customers. If you want something very specific and customized though it can work out cheaper to build it yourself if you know how.
Trailers come in all different shapes and sizes, and if there’s something specific you need to tow then chances are there has been a trailer designed for your needs. Whether it be a horse trailer, a motorcycle trailer or just an every day utility trailer you will be spoilt for choice.
Utility trailers can either be enclosed or open. Open trailers are the cheapest option, however they do not have an protection from the elements such as wind and rain so you need to decide whether you want that protection or not. Often this depends on the type of cargo you will be hauling. Landscape businesses often use open trailers to haul equipment to jobs, as the rain won’t largely affect these. They can also be used to transport bricks and other materials. Open utility trailers are also usually a lot lighter than enclosed ones making them easier to control when driving. Open utility trailers usually range in price from around $900 - $2500.
Enclosed trailers are slightly more expensive, but are essential if you are transporting goods than can not afford to get wet or affected by the sun or wind. It also provides a safety element if you will be leaving your utility trailer unaccompanied for any amount of time. Enclosed utility trailers are lockable and safe. They are usually a lot heavy and less aerodynamic on the road. Enclosed utility trailers range in price from around $1600 to $5000.
You will also need to consider the braking system for your utility trailer. Most utility trailers have electric braking systems that are connected to the brakes on your car. When you brake on your car, it will also activate the brakes on your trailer.
Another type of braking system is the hydraulic surge brake system. These are generally more expensive and harder to install. These work by using an actuating cylinder that is installed into the utility trailer and when the tow vehicle brakes, the surge of the trailer towards the tow vehicle causes the actuator to compress and subsequently slow the trailer down.
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