Equipment trailers come in many different sizes and configurations and can move different machines and other items between jobs. Load ratings, sizes, and the construction of the trailer are all important, so taking some time to talk with a retailer or dealer about the options is an essential first step.
Determining Your Needs
When you start looking at equipment trailers, you should begin with trailers that are large enough to hold the equipment that you need to move regularly. If you move lawn equipment, a lightweight aluminum equipment trailer could be a good option.
Aluminum trailers are strong and durable, but they are also considerably lighter than a steel trailer of the same size. The weight difference can help reduce the amount of weight you are towing and may save you some wear and tear on your truck, while potentially improving the gas mileage.
The amount of equipment you need to put on the equipment trailer is also essential. Not only does additional equipment take up space, but it also adds to the weight of the trailer, so it is crucial to get a trailer that can support the load. Sometimes that means going to a two or even three-axle trailer to ensure that the suspension and tires can carry the equipment safely.
Once you decide how large a trailer you need, selecting the design and material is the next step. You may want to look closely at an aluminum equipment trailer to reduce the maintenance on the trailer. Aluminum is corrosion-resistant, so the trailer will not need scraping and painting every few years like a steel trailer does.
If the trailer gets dirty, you can hose it off and let it sit to dry without damaging the trailer. Many aluminum equipment trailers have wood decks on them, but the wood is treated and should last for many years.
You might also want to consider whether you want a tailgate on the trailer or a set of ramps to drive equipment on and off the trailer. If you are loading smaller equipment, the tailgate means not having to line up the ramps for the small machines and then move them for a larger one. However, if you are moving a larger tractor or machine daily, the ramps may work better for you.
Some equipment trailers also have side gates that you can use to load smaller equipment near the front of the trailer. Combining the side gate with ramps on the back of the trailer could be a perfect solution for your situation. Work with the equipment trailer dealer to get an idea of what is available. A company that provides equipment trailers can provide more information.