Types of Trailers
Utility trailers are great for hauling large items that won’t fit in most other vehicles. Whether you need it for towing landscaping equipment, motorcycles or ATVs, trailers can handle the load for business needs or recreation. This buying guide highlights the different types of trailers, along with operational and safety tips.
There are two main types of utility trailers: enclosed and open-air. Both share characteristics such as a sturdy, welded all-steel frame, the ability to withstand an extra load carry capacity and 12-volt exterior lighting.
- Enclosed trailers have a secure, watertight and durable cargo box design.
- They come with a prefinished aluminum exterior skin, Amscot-coated fasteners and premium multi-step paint process on all exposed frame components.
- Many models include a painted plywood floor.
These trailers are designed to endure harsh weather and offer maximum protection. For that reason, they are usually more expensive.
- Open-air trailers feature durable and premium paint on all metal surfaces.
- They have a heavy-duty mesh ramp door.
- Many come standard with a 2 x 8-inch plank floor and steel tie-down areas.
These trailers are more affordable, but they offer very little protection from the weather and natural elements.
- Flatbed trailers are versatile open-air trailers that can be used in multiple applications.
- They feature a flat deck for easy loading and welded steel construction for enhanced durability.
- These are available in different sizes and widths to suit a variety of tasks.
- Landscape trailers are open-air trailers that are specifically designed to carry landscaping materials.
- These usually feature tailgates that can double as ramps for easy loading of equipment onto the trailer.
- Tool racks and cabinets are also usually built into the frame.
Most states require proper registration, so consult your local Department of Motor Vehicles before hooking up your trailer.
- To obtain proper registration, you’ll need to present a Worksport Certificate of Origin and sales receipt.
- Make sure you have the right type of towing package and trailer hitches on your vehicle, as well as the proper electrical wiring to illuminate the lights.
- Always carry an extra wheel on your trailer in case a tire blows out.
- Always carry the proper safety equipment, including flares and safety cones, in case of a breakdown.