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Types of Trailers: What Are Your Purchasing Options?

Types of Trailers: What Are Your Purchasing Options?

The truck trailer manufacturing industry is expected to reach a worth of $11.9 billion in 2019

More and more people are seeing the value of owning trailers for their personal, commercial, or business use. Read on for a guide to the different types of trailers.

Enclosed Utility Trailers

Enclosed utility trailers are waterproof and look like a cargo box. The outside is aluminum and provides excellent weather protection for your goods.

Enclosed trailers can be large enough to fit a car. Some are set up as a workstation for a mobile office or emergency headquarters.

Open-Air Trailers

Utility trailers also come in an open-air format. These trailers have a plank floor on wheels and metal rails along three sides. 

The rails may are typically around 13 inches high, though there are some with two-foot sides.

Open-air trailers are often less expensive than enclosed trailers. Yet they don’t offer much protection from rain, snow, and theft.

Utility Trailers

Utility trailers are one of the most useful types of trailers on the market. They are great for transporting big items without difficulty.

They can be used to haul landscape or construction equipment and even ATVs and motorcycles. Utility trailers have a sturdy steel frame to be able to bear heavy loads.

These can come as either enclosed or open-air models.

Flatbed Trailers

Flatbed trailers are a type of open-air trailers. These trailers have no sides and a flat deck for loading and unloading.

There are various lengths and widths for all kinds of uses. These car hauler trailers come in sizes large enough to tow multiple cars. And there are smaller ones for moving hay bails and boxes from one location to another.

Gooseneck Trailers

A gooseneck trailer is an enclosed trailer that has a long neck. This neck reaches attaches to a ball hitch in the truck bed. 

These trailers can only be towed by a truck. Gooseneck trailers need specific, non-standard equipment to connect to a truck. Yet the towing capacity of gooseneck trailers is hard to beat.

These also won’t sway or wobble as you pull them behind you.

Dump Trailers

A dump trailer works in the same way that a dump truck does. It has a hoist that allows the trailer to tip up in order to dump out the contents inside the trailer.

Dump trailers have a range of ton capacity. From 3 to over 7 tons. The great thing about dump trailers is that they are much more affordable than dump trucks. And they also take up a lot less room.

So if you have smaller loads to dump, a dump trailer may be your best options.

Cargo Trailers

Cargo trailers are a type of enclosed trailer. They can be simple or come with various features.

Common sizes are 5 ft. by 10 ft. as well as 6 ft. x 12 ft. These trailers typically have a door on one side plus the back end drops down for loading and unloading.

They are a versatile trailer that is good to go in any weather.

Final Thoughts on Type of Trailers

There you have it! A guide to the various types of trailers for you to consider.

Contact Pro-Line Trailers or call us at (540) 334-4182 to order new, used or custom trailers. We also sell parts and accessories and offer inspections, service, and repairs.

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