Cargo Trailer Decisions – Selecting Your Next Trailer

When selecting your new cargo trailer, you need to make up your mind on what it is that you need it for. For example, some people need a cargo trailer for transporting animals and livestock (in which case you’d need a stock or a horse trailer), while others simply need it to move goods or furniture.

Depending on your needs, there are numerous cargo trailers out there that will serve your purpose. That being said, you can choose between a utility trailer, cargo trailer, horse trailer, ATV trailer, stock trailer, or car hauler. So before you actually buy one, think everything through so that you make the right choice.


Aim for the quality

When talking about the quality, we primarily mean materials being used. Today, aluminum is considered a much better alternative to steel for a number of reasons. Firstly, aluminum cargos are more durable and can withstand corrosion much better than the steel ones. Secondly, they are lighter and therefore are easier to transport goods. In addition to that, aluminum ones are resistant to the usual wear and tear. That being said, aluminum cargo trailers hold more value and can also save you on fuel because they are lighter.

All in all, aluminum trailers are easier to take care of and apparently more valuable in case you’re planning on reselling them some day.


Pay attention to the trade-in value and the warranty

As a soon-to-be trailer owner, you want your trailer to be covered by a warranty, as well as to hold certain trade-in value in case you decide to upgrade some day. As far as the warranty is concerned, you should aim for an 8-year warranty. In terms of its value, you should check the potential trade-in value of the cargo trailer you’ve set your eyes on before you make a purchase.


Open or closed cargo?

Depending on what you’re going to transport, you’ll need to choose between a closed and an open cargo trailer. If your cargo is sensitive and needs to be protected from harsh weather conditions, then you’ll probably want to choose the closed one. If you’ll be pulling a lot of weight than open cargo is probably a better choice. Open cargo trailers are lighter and therefore easier to pull. Of course, the prices may vary depending on the type of trailer. With that in mind, if your cargo isn’t sensitive to weather then you’ll save a lot by buying an open cargo trailer.


Do your homework

At the end of the day, it’s all about the research. When shopping for a cargo trailer, don’t limit yourself to the first lot that you see. If you don’t see what you’re looking for right away, make sure you look elsewhere. Many manufacturers are willing to go the extra mile in order to get you what you need. Find the manufacturer that will personalize your cargo trailer for you if necessary. You’d be surprised what you can find when you’re persistent.

4 comments on “Cargo Trailer Decisions – Selecting Your Next Trailer

  1. Thomas Pindall on

    Thank you for the tips on how to select a good trailer, and the quality that it needs to have. It’s good to know that aluminum trailers offer a lighter load, and are durable to last a long time with little maintenance. This information will be helpful if I ever need to buy a trailer for any reason.

  2. Ashley Maxwell on

    Thank you for your comment about choosing your trailer wisely based on the materials used. I did not know that aluminum is a better option than steel. My husband and I have been thinking about purchasing a utv trailer for our move to California.

  3. Scott Adams on

    I like that you talked about choosing a trailer based on what material is used. I have been wanting to buy a new trailer, but I wasn’t sure how to decide on one. I can see how it would be smart to choose one that is aluminum, because my truck can’t tow as much weight.


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