• How to Choose the Best Trailer

    Bikes on a Trailer
    Choosing the best trailer includes some objective criteria and some subjective criteria. Depending on your intentions for the trailer, you will want to get a certain model and certain material. But for most trailers, there are certain necessities or nice optional accessories that will be helpful no matter what model you choose. Here's a short guide to choosing the best trailer for your needs.

    You Need to Haul a Boat or a Car

    With car haulers, you have a lot of choice when it comes to versatility. While with boat haulers, you have fewer choices.

    You Need Something for a Little of Everything

    canoe trailer

    You need the classic junk yard hauler. Get an open flatbed with dual axles. If you're going to be dealing with a lot of greasy parts, use a wood floor. Get a winch and a lifting hoist if you are going to be lifting heavy things into it or if you don't want to add stress to your truck.

    You Need to Carry Heavy Loads

    If you're going to be carrying heavy machinery, equipment or other cargo, you need a trailer that allows the load to be carried closer to the ground. This way it's easier to get the cargo loaded and the center of gravity is closer to the ground. This is helpful to alleviate sway. You need to make sure that your section height is large so that the trailer won't flex with a heavy load.

    You Need to Protect Your Cargo

    If you don't want your cargo to be exposed to weather or other random debris flying around on the freeway, you'll want to get an enclosed trailer. If you have nice equipment that could easily rust if exposed to rain or if you are carrying cargo that you don't want others to see, an enclosed trailer is ideal. One of the cons to an enclosed trailer is that you have to plan the loading and unloading accordingly. You won't be able to grab something from the back without taking out what's in the front.
    Once you've chosen your ideal setup, you'll want to make sure you choose the best material for your needs. Some of the setups will dictate your material, but if you have a choice, consider these quick tips.

    You Prefer Flexibility

    Trailer with bails of Hay
    If it's more important that you be able to replace all or part of your trailer, you should go with wood. Wood is also useful for carrying metal parts that could get slippery and bang around without traction in a metal trailer.

    You Have a Weak Trailer Truck

    If you don't want to invest in a bigger truck with a bigger engine, but you need to be able to haul, you should go with aluminum or fiberglass, which are very lightweight and won't add a lot of pounds to your load.

    You Prefer Longevity

    If you're the kind of person who buys things that are meant to last, go with steel. Steel trailers are heavy, but even though that adds to your tow weight, you may find that the weight also makes the tow drive more stable and predictable.

    Whether you need a lightweight car hauler or a sturdy cargo carrier, the exact thing you need probably exists or could be custom made for you.

    Dan Nielson recommends having a trailer winch on your truck for easy hook ups.

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