When purchasing a utility trailer, there are several practical factors to take into consideration. If you're looking for a utility trailer, here are a few tips to help you find one that will meet your particular needs.
Check the Trailer's Weight
First, you'll want to limit your search to utility trailers that are the right size for your vehicle. Look up your vehicle's maximum towing capacity, and then check the weight of any utility trailer you're considering buying. Subtract the trailer's weight from your vehicle's towing capacity. The result will be how heavy a load you're able to put safely put in the trailer.
It's important to first check a trailer's weight so you don't end up with a trailer that's too heavy to actually fill with items. Having a big utility trailer isn't useful if it's too heavy for your vehicle to tow.
Choose a Front Design
Utility trailers can be categorized into two groups according to how their front is designed. Some trailers have a flat or square front, and others have a pointed front. Both designs have their advantages.
A flat or square front maximizes how much room there is in the trailer to stow items. The corners aren't angled at the front, so there's more room inside to put things. The downside is that a flat front isn't very aerodynamic.
A pointed front is much more aerodynamic, and the resulting improvement in fuel economy can be significant. What you sacrifice when getting this type of trailer is the amount of interior room for putting items.
Which design is better will depend on how you plan on using the trailer. If you'll be moving large items or lots of things around town, a flat-front trailer will serve you well. There will be more room for the things you're moving, and you won't use too much more fuel since you'll primarily be driving only short distances and at lower speeds. If you're going to be towing things long distances on the highway, an angled front will be a better choice. At highway speeds, the fuel savings will more than make up for the sacrificed space.
Get a Ramp
To make loading items easier, get a utility trailer that has a ramp. Even if you don't think how you'll use the trailer calls for a ramp, it's still wise to get a model that comes with a ramp. You never know when you'll use the trailer for a one-off project that's much easier to do with a ramp.