A Versatile Option for Your Hauling Needs
Protecting your small business equipment, transporting precious cargo to an event, taking your favorite hobby on the road…enclosed trailers are an excellent choice when it comes to transporting cargo around town. While the decision to purchase an enclosed trailer is a significant investment, it is also a great opportunity to add a level of security and provide easier storage for your materials.
We understand that investing in a new trailer can be intimidating because of the wide range of applications. To help, we put together a list of “Things to Know” when purchasing an enclosed trailer.
Know the Size
Size matters when it comes to enclosed and cargo trailers <Link To Enclosed Trailers>. The first thing to consider when purchasing an enclosed trailer is the size of the item/cargo you will be towing. Determine how wide and deep the trailer will need to be to haul the item(s) safely. Then, estimate how much your load weight will be when the trailer is fully stocked. Consider the following guidelines when determining the size of the trailer.
- A collectible car needs an enclosed trailer that is at least 8 ½ feet wide by 16 feet deep.
- Independent contractors or a handyperson generally need a 6×12 foot enclosed trailer to carry items to and from work easily.
- A 7×14 foot enclosed trailer provides tons of space for a small to medium-sized landscaping crew, concession trailer or possible mobile pet grooming station.
For more information about enclosed trailer sizes, take a look at our article “Your Guide to Determining the Right Trailer Size”.
Know the Frame
The next thing to consider when shopping for an enclosed trailer is the ideal frame type to support your needs when it comes to space and load weight. While the outside of the trailer can be distracting because of the shiny, new appeal, the unnoticed frame is where the magic happens. Trailers can be constructed from aluminum, steel or a combination of both with different beam styles. It is imperative to educate yourself about the properties of these materials and how they work together to make a sturdy trailer frame before you buy.
Know Your Axles Needs
A single-axle trailer is ideal for hauling smaller loads/items and can be used without a heavy-duty towing vehicle. This type of trailer is best for loads or equipment that is under 3,000 pounds. A dual or multiple axles enclosed trailer help to disperse the weight, provide shock absorption and increase maneuvering ability. When researching the number of axles, consider the type of axle best suited for your cargo load. The two main designs are leaf spring and torsion axles. Know the differences and which is best for your needs.
Know Your Features
Enclosed trailers are a blank canvas ready to be customized to your specific needs. When purchasing an enclosed trailer, make sure to know the additional features available and which ones you will really need when hauling your cargo. Look for items such as
- Positioning of tie-down rings
- Style of gate
- Ramp style
- Door options
- Roof style
- Customizable options
Know Your Budget
Our experts at Pro-Line Trailers would be doing a disservice if we didn’t mention the idea of staying within a predetermined budget. When considering which trailer is best for you, create a budget based on how your income and savings compare to the overall expense. Ultimately, purchase a trailer that will provide enough space for your cargo but avoid going over the top with a trailer that is too big for your possessions.
Pro-Line Trailers is Here to Help
Pro-Line Trailers is your one-stop location for all your trailer needs. Our sales team are experts in helping you identify a trailer that meets all of your requirements and works with your budget. As one of Virginia’s leading sellers of trailers, we are proud to carry a wide selection of new and pre-owned trailers. From enclosed to utility trailers and everything in between, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you on your trailing purchasing journey.
Conveniently headquartered in Rocky Mount, Virginia, we also provide ongoing maintenance services, carry a wide variety of trailer parts and can work with you to create a customized trailer that meets your towing needs. With factory pick-up in Georgia, Indiana and Florida, we provide our excellent services across the entire East Coast.