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How To Choose A Utility Trailer Based On What You Are Hauling

by Jose Williamson

If you need to haul cargo around, you are going to need a trailer. A trailer hooks up to the back of your vehicle and greatly expands the amount of cargo that you can move with your vehicle. However, when it comes to purchasing a utility trailer, you need to think about what you will be primarily hauling with the trailer, as that will impact what you need.


If you are hauling around an all-terrain vehicle or a utility terrain vehicle, you will need the right type of trailer. For ATVs and UTVs, an open trailer is usually adequate, as this type of equipment doesn't need a lot of protection. For example, you don't need wheel chocks, but you will need tie-downs to keep your ATVs or UTVs secure.

It is best to go with a drive-on, drive-off trailer that has a built-in ramp that folds up and down. That way, you don't have to haul around wood planks to get your ATVs in and out of the trailer.

If you are on a budget, a single axle trailer with rear and side ramps can do the job. However, if you have more money to spend, you may want to go with a longer aluminum tandem axle trailer that will give you a little more space.

Lawn Mowers

If you are hauling around a riding lawn mower for work, you will need a durable and strong landscaping trailer. An open landscaping trailer is less expensive and makes it easy to unload the trailer multiple times during the day as you use the equipment. The downside to an open trailer is that you may want to unload the lawnmower off the trailer for security reasons in the evening.

If you want to be able to store the lawnmower when you are off the clock as well, you are going to want to go with an enclosed trailer, which will keep the lawnmower more secure. Mowers are big these days, so you will want to go with a more extended trailer.

Power Equipment

If you are moving power equipment, like a bobcat or skid steers, you will need something that can support all that weight. For large power equipment, a deckover trailer is a good idea. The trailer is located on top of the wheels, which essentially created a wider hauling area, providing you with the space you need for the power equipment. For this type of equipment, you will want to use an open trailer, as they are strong and can withstand heavy loads.

You will want to go with a trailer with a tandem axle, which will help better balance the weight of the equipment.

When buying a utility trailer, what you are planning to haul regularly matters. Let the utility trailer company know what you are planning to haul, and they will help you find the right utility trailer to fit your needs.