Trailer Types

What to Consider When Buying a Trailer

Whether you're buying a trailer for personal use or purchasing for a large company, there are many factors to weigh before making your purchase. An utility trailer may be the perfect fit for some, others may have completely different requirements.

Before you buy a trailer, consider the following questions:

What is the size and weight of the load you need to carry?
What will the trailer be used for?
What is the maximum weight your vehicle can tow?

Trailer Axles

There are two main axle options when choosing a trailer - single axle and tandem axle. A single axle trailer has two wheels while a tandem has four. Deciding between an axle type comes down to weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each against what you need in a trailer.

Single Axle Trailer

Single Axle - 2 Wheel

There are many advantages to a Single Axle Trailer:

They Cost Less
They are Lighter
They are Easier to Maneuver
They are Easier to Park

The disadvantages are

They have payload limitations
Their tires experience more wear and tear due to the weight being distributed on two tires
Tandem Axle Trailer

Tandem Axle – 4 Wheels

The advantages of a tandem axle trailer are:

They are more stable at highway speeds
They are less prone to sway
They have a better return on investment
They do not require a jack to change a tire changing tire easier
They have a larger payload capacity

The disadvantages are

They are heavier and cost more
They require level towing

Pull Type

Choosing between a Bumper Pull Trailer and a Gooseneck Trailer comes down to what your vehicle's towing capacity and your towing needs. If you have an SUV and need to tow something on the lighter side, then a bumper pull trailer may be the better choice. These trailers are typically smaller and much lighter, which leads to being less expensive. However, if you need a larger payload capacity, then you'll want to consider a gooseneck trailer.

Load Trail 83x12 Gooseneck Dump Trailer

Gooseneck Trailer

Gooseneck trailers are more commonly owned by experienced livestock trailer owners. Gooseneck trailers are larger than bumper pulls and require a special hitching system, installed in the bed of a pickup truck.

Load Trail 83x14 Bumper Pull Dump Trailer

Bumper Pull Trailer

Bumper Pull is the most common type of hitch. The name can be a little confusing as the trailer doesn’t actually connect to the tow vehicle’s bumper. In reality, the trailer’s tongue fits over a ball hitch that juts out from the vehicle’s frame at the rear of the vehicle.

Trailer Condition - Should I Buy New or Used?

When deciding between purchasing a new or used trailer, there are a handful of factors to consider.

What are the potential Repair Costs?

Like with any product that has prior use, there will be differing levels of wear and tear. Depending on the circumstance, a used trailer may require repairs sooner than a new trailer.

What's the Cost?

Often a used trailer will be half or even less of the sticker price of a new trailer.

What is the Long-Term Practicality?

While the upfront cost of a new trailer is higher, you could go years without needing any major repairs or replacements. This may not be the case for a used trailer. The initial difference may be several thousands of dollars between a new and used trailer. However, after a few years, that difference could easily even out with the repair or replacements costs of a used trailer.

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