Whether you’re preparing for a big move or hauling heavy equipment from one destination to another, a utility trailer is your most viable option. Cargo, utility and transport trailers for cars/motorcycles are an affordable solution to any moving needs. Prior to renting, it’s important to consider the different trailer types to determine which is most suitable for your needs.
Here’s Beothuck Trailer’s guide on the five tips to consider before renting a trailer:
Consider All of Your Transport Trailer Options
There are many different types of transport trailers. This includes differing features, sizes, styles and more. Prior to booking, consider what type best fits your needs. Here are the common trailer types:
- Cargo Trailers: Many cargo trailers are enclosed and the inside floor and wall tie-downs have D-rings or tracking. They are often lightweight which saves gas and allows them to transport easily behind any vehicle. Enclosed cargo trailers protect the belongings inside of it from most weather and from the road during travel.
- Utility Trailer: Utility trailers tow oversized cargo or landscape and industrial materials. They have an open access top which allows you to move tall and large items. Utility trailers are great for furniture deliveries, home improvement projects and towing. Easily attachable to almost any car, this trailer makes loading and transporting items convenient.
- Flatbed Trailer: This type of trailer is typically used to haul various types of freight for various industries. They can handle any job from small to large to haul machinery around attached to the back of a truck. These trailers are extremely durable and keep the equipment placed securely.
- Gooseneck Trailer: This type of trailer has increased stability and can accommodate more weight than other trailers. There is also more room for any haul to be placed on. You can’t haul a gooseneck trailer with anything less than a pickup truck however and they require special hitching installation.
Know Your Towing Capacity
Towing capacity refers to the maximum amount of weight your vehicle is able to tow when pulling a trailer. You need to find out your towing capacity prior to booking the trailer to find out how heavy your trailer can be. Towing more weight than your vehicle is extremely dangerous. Here’s how can you find out your vehicle’s towing capacity:
- Find the vehicle manufacturer’s weight ratings and compare with the gross weight of your trailer.
- This can often be located in the owner’s manual or consult the vehicle’s manufacturer.
Take Pictures of the Rental
When you’re ready to pick up your trailer rental, be sure to take pictures of its state at the rental location. A representative will often go over the trailer and it’s safety measures before you leave as a thorough inspection, however, doing your own final look over is a good preventative measure.