Buying a utility or cargo trailer is a big investment! Whether you need it for transporting your motorcycle or ATV, hauling landscaping tools and materials, there are many reasons you may need to purchase a trailer. Whatever the case may be, it is a good idea to do your research beforehand so you know what you’re looking for when buying a new trailer.
There is no doubt you will be able to find the type of trailer you need; ranging from open flatbed to a fully enclosed trailer, there is a trailer out there that will suit your needs. But this can be a double-edged sword when it comes to making a decision. There are just so many options that deciding on a single one can be difficult!
Advice from the experts here at Beothuck Trailers will have you pointed in the right direction in no time! Here are things to look for when buying a new trailer:
Thickness of the Aluminum Skin
The thicker the skin, the more durable the trailer will be. Most trailers are built with a 0.24 aluminum skin, but one with a 0.30 skin will be more durable. You will need to ask your dealer for the specs for each trailer they are trying to sell, as you won’t be able to tell with the naked eye. However, this is one of the most important aspects of buying a new trailer because you want your investment to last a lifetime and be able to weather the elements. Having a thicker outer layer will act like armor around your trailer.
Wall Stud Spacing
The more studs a trailer has, the more integrity its structure will have. Some trailers come with studs that are 16 inches apart, and others with studs 24 inches apart. Those with 16” studs on the center will be much stronger than those with 24” studs. Ask your dealer what the spacing of the wall studs are. The more studs there are, the sturdier the trailer’s structure will be.
Water leakage is one of the most damaging things that can affect the integrity of your trailer and your belongings inside of it. Not only water damage, but mold can also pose a dangerous risk as well. A roof that has been well-constructed is another important factor when buying a trailer. You should look for a roof that is made from one piece of aluminum, and if the trailer roof wraps down around all four sides, that’s even better than one that is just sealed on all four sides.
These three things are just some of the things you should be looking for in a new trailer. Along with these, you should take a look at the warranty offered. If the trailer is high-quality, the warranty will reflect that.
After you’ve decided on the style of trailer, and determined what you need it for, you are well on your way to purchasing a trailer that’s right for you. Here at Beothuck Trailers in Edmonton, we can make the decision an easy one with our expert advice!