There are many different types of trailers on the market, and without some key terminology you may become confused while doing your shopping research. To best understand the difference between utility, sport, and cargo trailers, and what your vehicle is capable of towing, familiarize yourself with the following key terms and definitions.
Vehicle Tow Rating - Knowing a car or truck's tow rating is important, because it indicates how much weight that automobile is capable of hauling. This, in turn, will tell you what type of cargo trailer you can get, and how much equipment you can carry.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating - The gross vehicle weight rating is the magic number when it comes to safely loading your trailer with cargo. The GVW is the maximum weight capacity that the trailer itself can handle.
Hitch Weight - Hitch weight is another important number to know because it tells you how much pressure is being placed on the ball hitch by the trailer's coupling. This number will indicate the type of heavy duty hitch you will need to buy.
Open Trailer - An open trailer is one that is not completely boxed in. These can be used for hauling sports equipment and bikes, automobiles, or small machinery.
Livestock - A livestock trailer is one that is created with cows and horses in mind. They have internal walls and dividers, windows, and ramps.
Gooseneck - A gooseneck is a type of utility trailer that attaches inside the bed of the truck, rather than to a hitch in the rear.
Trailers are useful tools when it comes to hauling cargo via car or truck. There are new and used trailers available that easily transport equipment, livestock, other vehicles, and more. Each model has its own towing capacity, so it's important to know how what is going to be towed to find a trailer that can handle it.
Dealers have gooseneck, boat, livestock, and heavy duty trailers for sport utility vehicles, trucks, and cars. Ramps are available to make it easier to load and unload the equipment, horses, or cars from the trailer. Enclosed, utility cargo, and dump trailers all have their specific purpose. Trailer jacks, extensions, and other accessories can be bought from dealers that sell trailers.
To find what type of trailer dealers have for sale, it's easiest to visit the location and browse their selection and see what works best with the automobile the trailer is to be hooked up to. Trailers are made with different materials, such as aluminum and steel.
Speaking with a dealer can help customers learn about the benefits of hauling different types of cargo via utility cargo, enclosed, or open trailers. Each type of automobile has a different towing capacity, so it's important to find a trailer that works well with the type of car or truck that is doing the towing. Tying down pieces of equipment, furniture, or other items securely on the trailer prevents them from falling off. Buying accessories to keep the cargo and other drivers safe while on the road is very important.