tips on buying your first trailer

5 Tips for Your First Trailer Purchase

Are you looking to purchase your first trailer but need help figuring out where to start? Fortunately, Factory Outlet Trailers is here to help! With 900+ trailers for sale across our eight locations, we are sure to have the trailer solution you need.

Below are five tips to consider when buying your first trailer, as they will help narrow down your options and ensure you find the right trailer. Keep reading to find out more! 

Tip #1: Know the Size and Weight of Your Load

Before purchasing your first trailer, it’s essential to understand the size and weight of what you will be hauling. Different trailers will have varying load capacities, so you want to buy one that can withstand whatever load you will be transporting. You will also want to be sure that the trailer’s dimensions fit your load.

For instance, if you’re planning on hauling a side-by-side, you’ll want to know its height and width; otherwise, you might buy a trailer that is too small to carry your unit. Once you know the approximate weight and size of your load, the team at Factory Outlet Trailers will be happy to help you find a trailer that can easily haul your items. 

Tip #2: Choose Between Gooseneck and Bumper Pull

The next tip is to decide how you’d like to tow your new trailer. At Factory Outlet Trailers, we have a massive range of trailers for sale across our Alberta locations. Meaning you have a variety of options when it comes to towing configurations. Consider whether a gooseneck or bumper pull would be best for you, your vehicle, and your hauling needs. Factory Outlet Trailers’ team can walk you through the pros and cons of gooseneck and bumper pull trailers so you can decide which option would be best for you. 

Tip #3: Steel, Aluminum, or Hybrid? Make the Right Material Choice

Another factor to consider when buying your first trailer is what the trailer is made from. Most trailers at Factory Outlet Trailers are manufactured from steel, aluminum or a combination of both. Each of these options has some benefits and drawbacks.

For instance, steel trailers tend to be heavier, meaning you’ll need a towing vehicle with a greater towing capacity. However, steel trailers are also more durable and rugged than aluminum units. Depending on your hauling needs and the types of environments you’ll be travelling in will impact what material your new trailer should be made from. Let Factory Outlet Trailers’ knowledgeable team walk you through your options! 

Tip #4: The Right Door for Your Trailer Rear

Similarly to trailer material, you should also consider the style of door you want your trailer to have. Typically, you have two options: doors or ramps. If you have plans on hauling equipment with wheels, such as lawnmowers, snowmobiles, or ATVs, a trailer with a ramp will make loading and unloading a breeze.

However, suppose you plan to use your unit as a tool trailer or for moving personal belongings. In that case, a trailer with barn-style doors is a great option. With Factory Outlet Trailers’ large inventory, our team is sure to find a trailer that works for you. 

Tip #5: Ensure Vehicle and Trailer Compatibility

Finally, the last tip is to know your vehicle’s towing capabilities. For safety reasons, your vehicle must have a towing rating that matches the specifications of your trailer. This not only ensures you have adequate engineer power, braking power, and towing capabilities but also ensures that you and others on the road will be safe.

You can find your vehicle’s tow ratings in your owner’s manual. Once you know the rating, Factory Outlet Trailers’ team will be able to narrow down your search and find a trailer that is compatible with your vehicle. 

Factory Outlet Trailers: Your Trusted Trailer Dealership

Shopping for a new trailer can be difficult. Still, we can simplify the process with Factory Outlet Trailers’ knowledgeable team, massive inventory, and various leasing and financing options. Let our team help you find the perfect trailer for your hauling needs.

Contact us today to learn more about our vast inventory of trailers, or visit us in-store at one of our eight locations! 

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