Whether you’re gearing up for off-road season, moving your household belongings, or operating a small business that requires transportation, enclosed cargo trailers can be a valuable asset. Knowing how to choose the right model is key to making the most of your trailer, and at Factory Outlet Trailers, we’re happy to help you find the best fit for your purposes.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of the top considerations to keep in mind when choosing your enclosed trailer. Read on to learn more.
- Size and Capacity
The first thing you’ll want to keep in mind when trailer shopping is size. Different cargo will have different needs in terms of space and weight (more on that in a moment), and the last thing you want is to squeeze your motocross bike, snowmobile or equipment in its new ride…only to discover that you have barely any room left to maneuver it out. Be very clear on the dimensions you need to work with, assess if you want extra room for occasional extra variables (wiggle room never hurts), and consider the quantities of cargo you’ll be hauling regularly. As a general rule of thumb, remember that it’s best to have extra space to remove the risk of overloading, which can lead to safety hazards, damage to the trailer, and even accidents on the road. Check the trailer’s interior dimensions and ensure they align with your cargo needs.
2. Don’t Ignore Weight Limits
As we mention above, knowing the payload capacity of your prospective trailer is paramount to finding the right fit. Payload refers to the maximum amount of weight a trailer can safely carry, including the cargo itself. Exceeding this weight limit opens the door to excess wear and tear, strain on the towing vehicle, and in commercial cases can even lead to costly fines if you’re pulled over by roadside inspection.
When calculating the payload needs of your loads, consider both the weight of your standard cargo as well as all additional equipment, tools, and items you’ll be hauling. In short: plan for the heaviest load you anticipate hauling, and make sure the trailer you select is up to the task.
3. Durability and Construction
Durability and construction of your enclosed cargo trailer are critical factors that give you the best ROI and ensure a trailer is equipped to offer optimal longevity and performance. There’s no denying that buying an enclosed trailer is a sizeable investment for most individuals, whether purchasing for personal or business purposes. Select a trailer that is constructed from long-lasting materials like steel and aluminium, both of which are able to stand up to corrosion making them ideal for the winter conditions of the prairies in particular.
In addition, conducer the thickness of the trailers roof and walls. Thick enclosures do a better job of keeping the elements out and providing better insulation during temperature fluctuations to protect your cargo. It’s also important to bear in that, while higher quality trailers may cost more upfront, those who haul regularly will greatly benefit from a longer life cycle and fewer costly repairs in the long run.
4. Security Features
Security is a top concern when transporting valuable items. Ensure that the enclosed cargo trailer you choose comes equipped with comprehensive security features that keep your load safe. Look for robust locking mechanisms for doors and windows, as well as sturdy hinges that resist tampering. Certain models include built-in locks, while others offer options for adding extra security features such as padlocks or security bars; consider the needs of your specific cargo and ensure that your chosen model is able to provide adequate protection accordingly.
5. Towing Vehicle Compatibility: Hitching Safely
Before finalizing your choice, confirm that your towing vehicle can safely and legally tow the trailer you’re considering. Provinces like Alberta and even BC have strict rules when it comes to hitch safety, and to avoid costly fines (as well as poor performance), you’ll need to examining your vehicle’s towing capacity, and consider both the empty weight and the loaded weight of the trailer, as well as the tongue weight (the weight applied to the hitch) for any prospective models. It’s essential to stay within your vehicle’s towing limits to ensure safe and legal towing, so selecting an appropriate model should be a top priority for selecting your enclosed trailer.
6. Ventilation and Climate Control
Depending on the nature of your cargo, consider ventilation and climate control options. Some enclosed cargo trailers come equipped with vents or even HVAC systems to ensure proper airflow and temperature regulation. For those hauling temperature sensitive cargo, or argo that may emit fumes, such systems can be extremely helpful.
Find Your Best Fit With Factory Outlet Trailers
At Factory Outlet Trailers, we know how valuable it is to have the right trailers accessible for haulers across Western Canada, including in Langely and Vancouver, BC. Whether you’re looking to haul for personal or professional cargo needs, our extensive inventory of steel & aluminum enclosed cargo trailers, flatdecks, goosenecks, pintles, dump trailers, open & enclosed car haulers, ATV trailers, snowmobile trailers, motorcycle trailers, utility & landscape trailers each of our locations makes it easy to stay on the road with peace of mind.
Contact us today to learn more about our most up to date selection of enclose trailers and more!