A utility trailer is a must-have for any person that wants haul stuff with their car that cannot fit inside the vehicle. Whether you are a tradie or you simply enjoy engaging in DIY home improvement, getting a custom trailer to suit your individual preferences can save you a considerable amount of money in transport costs. But if you have never bought this add-on before, you may not know what you should take into account. Granted, you may consider basic elements such as a tailgate, sides around the trailer, an inbuilt ramp and much more. However, these qualities are not what make a custom trailer that will be functional for you. So what should you look for when purchasing your vehicle's first custom trailer?
The first quality to prioritise when in search of the right trailer is strength. Although trailers are designed for haulage, the weight that one trailer can bear can vary vastly from another. Thus, when discussing your needs with your mechanic, ensure that you indicate the different types of items that you will likely transport with your trailer. Whether you need a trailer for you to ferry your boat to the marina on occasion or you will be employing it for the haulage of mulching, fertilizer and other landscaping supplies, the trailer should be capable of carrying the heaviest item on your list of loads.
The great thing about purchasing a custom trailer is that you are involved in the design process. Alternately, if you are purchasing a pre-made trailer, you should still have design considerations in mind so that you are guaranteed that the trailer can accommodate your items. It would be meaningless if, for example, the trailer can carry the weight of a boat but it is not designed to fit a boat on it, which renders it useless for your primary needs. Identify what you will be loading the trailer with and then deliberate on design specifications that would make it easy for you to load, haul and unload the items.
Have you ever been driving and notice a trailer wobbling on the road? This teetering is caused by instability. If the centre of gravity of the trailer is off, it will not tow on a straight line. As a result, the risk of the load falling off the trailer and acquiring irreparable damage is high. In addition to this, the wobbling puts the motorist at risk of causing an accident, as the trailer could come off completely and injure pedestrians and other motorists on the road. Before you take the trailer with you, test it out and have any tweaks and adjustments done by your mechanic to ensure stability.