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Purchasing a Cargo Trailer

Cargo trailers can be expensive so it’s always wise to do some research and consider each purchase carefully. A carefully chosen and good quality cargo trailer will provide you with reliable performance and last for a long time, which can help save money in the long run. There’s ample information regarding trailers available online but here is a clear and concise guide to help you make the purchase:

Enclosed or open trailers

Both enclosed and open trailers have a similar load carrying abilities but they serve different purposes. Enclosed trailers are ideal for cargo that needs to be protected from the outdoor elements. You might need an enclosed trailer if the cargo is sensitive to rain or snow, if the cargo can bear the outdoor weather conditions, open trailers can be a good option. One of the biggest advantages of enclosed trailers is the level of security. The door can be easily locked and secured, which is a great option if you want to leave the trailer unattended for a while during the journey.

Open flat-bed or open fixed sides trailers

Open flat-bed trailers don’t have any solid sides so there’s nothing stopping the cargo from falling off if it’s not secured. However, flat-beds are easier to load because they provide direct access to pallet jacks, forklifts, and other such equipment. The fixed sides protect the cargo and ensure nothing slips out of the trailer. The sides also give haulers the option to cover the cargo with a tarp to protect it from the elements. These trailers are a great option if you aren’t certain about the size and shape of the cargo.

Decide what kind of cargo you want to ship

Before you make a purchase, consider what kind of cargo you’re going to haul in the future and how much of it you need to carry in one haul. This information will help you choose a trailer of the right size and capacity so you don’t have to purchase additional trailers down the line to meet your requirements. Carefully read the load capacity of every trailer and check the sizes in person. A direct visual inspection will give you a better idea of how much cargo the trailer can actually carry and if it’s suitable for you.

Single axle trailers

These trailers are suitable for small home and business applications. The trailer load is supported by a single axle so it can’t handle loads that are too heavy. The maximum load capacity of the trailer can range from 2,500 to 3,000 pounds. It’s still a good idea to check with the manufacturer to ensure it can bear these loads before committing to a purchase.

Multiple axle trailers

Weights that exceed 2,500 to 3,000 pounds will require dual or multiple axles depending on the amount of load you need to transfer. Dual axle is sufficient for upwards of 3,000 pounds but if you need to transport twice the weight of that, it’s a good idea to consider multiple axle trailers. The manufacturers will provide approximate load bearing details so you can make the right decision.

While dual or multi-axle trailers are more expensive compared to single axle trailers, they can carry larger loads and are more resilient. The axles are more capable of handling rough road conditions with higher load. The trailers will have a lower cost of ownership and won’t require as much maintenance and repairs.

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If you want to know more about purchasing a trailer, don’t hesitate to contact us at Brinkmans Trailers or give us a call at 763-972-3932.