Questions to Ask When Buying an Enclosed Cargo Trailer
The decision to purchase an enclosed cargo trailer is a pretty big one and can represent a significant investment. Like any other large purchase doing a little research and asking a few questions could save you from potential hassles and expenses down the road. Every potential buyer should perform a complete inspection when choosing an enclosed cargo trailer that can meet their budget, and requirements. To make the best choice, here are some questions to think about before you buy your next trailer.
How Will You be Using the Trailer?
The first important question to ask is how you plan to use your new trailer. This on question will help you to eliminate many trailers by size, load capacity and features like door type, ramps, etc. If you plan to use the cargo for a handyman business, it may be best to choose a 5-foot wide single cargo. However, if the trailer is meant to haul machinery or vehicles, then a larger and wider trailer that has a ramp door or treads plates will be a much better fit.
Should you Choose Aluminum or Steel?
To ensure the durability of your cargo trailer, it is essential to pick the correct construction materials. If your primary concern is a low cost, you may consider an all-aluminum trailer. Although trailers made of aluminum are more expensive upfront, the maintenance, and upkeep costs are usually lower than what you might see with steel trailers. It is easier to make an aluminum trailer look newer once you apply an acid bath it may even higher price down the road when you decide to sell it or trade it in.
For durability, it is better to consider a steel trailer. To give it a pristine look, one may need to strip down the trailer’s zinc layer, and repaint the cargo.
Should I Consider a Screwless Trailer?
Although most manufacturers of trailers use screws during trailer construction, some are offering screw-less options. Cargo trailers that are screwless have an attractive flat surface to apply decals and wraps since there are no screws creating pumps. These trailers also have aluminum sheets that are able to contract or expand depending on the temperature variations. Screwless trailers also have reduced noticeable wrinkles.
Cargo trailers with screwed surfaces are not able to contract or expand; this may cause them to suffer from cracks and vibration when traveling. Cracks create openings that can allow water into the trailer, which may result in issues over time. Although considering screwless trailers may appear beneficial, trailers that are assembled with screws are much more easily be repaired and will be more economical.
To avoid rust, one can opt for a stainless trailer built using screws. However, both screw and screwless cargos can work well in all conditions, as long as they are bought from a trusted dealer.
How Do I Choose the Right Trailer Size?
The common widths of cargo trailers are 5, 6, 7, 8 and 8 and a half. On the other hand, their lengths range from 6 feet to 32 feet. Before making a choice, consider what the purpose of the trailer is, and if the items you plan on hauling would fit with a little room to spare, you may also consider a trailer that is higher to avoid any damages. Manufacturers can always customize on the needed capacity, as long as it does not exceed a six-inch increment.
Which Axle Type Should I Consider?
A cargo trailer always comes with either a torsion or a leaf spring axle. Torsion axles have rubber springs, which usually take up less space and are lighter. Torsion axles are recommended for lighter loads. Leaf spring axles, on the other hand, are bulkier because they are made of metal, but this makes them better suited for carrying heavy loads. When it comes to repairs, torsion versions can be more difficult to repair, while leaf spring axles are simpler and a little easier to repair.
What Type of Doors Should I Choose?
A cargo trailer either comes with barn doors or ramp doors. When using a hand truck to remove items or rolling out weighty equipment, you will likely want to consider ramp doors. However, you will need an additional space of 6 feet to extend the ramp outward. When the square feet are limited, it is better to choose a barn door.
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