You have some heavy stuff to move from one place to the other but the load is not big enough to hire a truck. Think of shuttling between your home and a farm house and all the farming implements, fertilizer, and other stuff to be transported to the farm, and some fresh produce that needs to be taken to the market or home. Certainly, these are not stuff that you want to put into the boot of your car, for more reasons than one.
A car trailer can be conveniently towed along with any SUV and you can dump all the farming implements as well as the farm produce into the trailer and move it around according to your own convenience.
Car trailers come in varying qualities and sizes and you can choose what answers your specific requirements. Different sizes are offered to cater to varying weight limits and these car trailers are sturdy as well as durable. For those who move more materials at regular intervals, trailers having higher sides constitute a significant advantage since everything can be carried in a single trip. Some models even have a non-slip feature which is great when you expect some of the stuff to stay where they are in the trailer than roll around causing disruption and damage to other load in your trailer.
As with any other big investment you make, positioning yourself as an informed customer is essential when you start shopping for your car trailer. Let us therefore examine some of the major aspects that will impact the type of trailer that best answers your needs. More importantly, you should choose the right features while determining what type of trailer can answer your needs.
U Beaut Trailers is an Australian business with significant experience and expertise in this trade offering a wide range of trailers at affordable prices. They are happy to answer all your questions and help you arrive at an informed decision.
Let us now consider some of your options in greater detail
Open or Closed Trailers
Deciding between an open or closed trailer is among the important considerations when you are buying any type of trailer, including a car trailer. Apparently, enclosed trailers are more attractive since they afford better protection against forces of nature and can double up as a safe storage for your car itself. Enclosed trailers also protect against the risk of potential damage to the exteriors from stones and other road debris. If your trip also covers multiple states, then enclosed trailers are a great option for several reasons.
But, when you consider the cost, the closed trailers are significantly more expensive compared to open car trailers and you could be spending 30 to 50% more than the cost of open car trailers when your choice gravitates towards the closed trailers. The distance you plan to haul the car along is also another critical consideration that will impact the choice of your car trailer. Open trailers also come equipped with stone guards if blocking road debris and consequent impact to the main trailer are important considerations for you.
Deciding The Size
In the case of car trailers, the best size would depend on how many cars you need to haul in one trip and the size of the car/s. The smallest size of an enclosed trailer is 8’x16’ and that can accommodate most single cars without any difficulty. But, if you look at popular sizes, 8.5×20’ 8.5×24’ are more popular because they also give you some spare room while hauling single cars.
The designated payload and the size of the two vehicles are important considerations to determine the trailer weight. Older classic cars are generally heavier in comparison to the track-ready race car or light cars. Further, the towing capacity should also be taken into consideration while arriving at the weight of your car trailer. 9,900 GVWR and 7,000 GVWR are more popular options for trailer weight. The payload for these options is 6,000 and 3,500 respectively.
Material of Construction
You will also need to pay close attention to the material of construction for your car trailer. The more common options are aluminium and steel and both these materials have their advantages and disadvantages. The choice is generally driven by price. Aluminium is obviously more expensive but its longer life justifies the higher price and aluminium is immune to rust. But, steel trailers are equally robust and durable except that they will need some occasional maintenance to prevent rust and other contaminants. The metal you chose for construction of your car trailer will also impact the weight of the trailer. Again, you should take into consideration, the weight of the car or cars you plan to transport before deciding on the metal for construction of the trailer. Obviously, aluminium is a light weight metal while steel is significantly heavier.
Accessories For Your Trailer
There are also several accessories to enhance utility of the car trailer and you can also scout for car trailers offering upgrades when you need it. Car trailer accessories generally include the following:-
Extra Height – At times, you may find some additional headroom useful to accommodate your car and the height can be customized in such instances with taller ceiling and door opening height. If you regularly transport taller cars, this upgrade can be very useful.
Finished Interiors – In some instances, you may look beyond technical details and focus on good looks too. If this is the case, your car trailer can have a customized interior to match features of the tow vehicle or your racing colours. Some trailers are also heavily decorated to reflect the aspirations of its owner disregarding the significant investment it takes.
When you also have plans to spend significant time in an enclosed trailer, it is a great idea to opt for a built-in AC to make it more comfortable for you.