Utility trailers are versatile, simple, and convenient trailers for any number of uses, but that doesn’t mean there’s a perfect one-size-fits-all option. Different sizes, weights, and builds can make a utility trailer better or worse for your needs, so it’s important to get the perfect fit.
We here at Canady Trailers want to help you find the right tool for the job, so we’ve put together some tips on buying the right utility trailer, below. To learn more, or to see the utility trailers we have for sale, contact our store in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, today!
Your Hauling Needs
First and foremost, you need to consider what you’re trying to haul and how much of it you’ll be moving at once. The size, shape, and weight of your cargo directly impacts the type of utility trailer you need. Size and shape will determine the length, width, and possibly wall-height of your trailer. The weight will determine how tough and durable the trailer needs to be.
Also consider how easily you can secure the cargo to the trailer. Transporting one large object requires different types and locations of hookups than moving many small items, but all of them need to be secured thoroughly to prevent movement and damage during transit.
Your Tow Vehicle
You’ll also need to think about the vehicle you’re using to tow the trailer. The trailer’s weight, combined with the anticipated weight of the cargo, needs to be considerably less than the vehicle’s GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) to avoid overloading the vehicle. Smaller trailers might be usable with just about any vehicle, but the larger they are and the heavier the cargo, the more power you need in your vehicle. If you’re limited in terms of the vehicles at hand, find a balance between its capabilities and your preferred maximum carrying capacity.
Finally, try to plan ahead for when you aren’t using the utility trailer at all. If you can’t or don’t want to store it inside a secure shelter of some kind, you’ll want to consider buying a cover to keep it safe from the weather. Precipitation, sun, wind, and extreme temperatures can all play havoc with the trailer. When possible, store it inside in a climate-controlled area like a garage.
Of course, you also need to protect the utility trailer from prying eyes and sticky fingers. A hitch lock or wheel locks can help, but again, the ideal solution is an indoor storage area. Try to find a utility trailer that will fit in a storage area you already own. You could rent a storage location, but that will increase your budget size considerably.
Ready to get started? Contact us at Canady Trailers for more information, or to see the utility trailers we have available. We proudly serve the people of Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma—let us serve you today!