What Type of Cargo Trailer Is Best Suited to Your Needs?

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If you go camping frequently, sell things at travelling fairs, or own a horse or other livestock, you probably need some type of cargo trailer to haul your animal or the items you need while you're away from home. However, there is no one-size-fits-all type of trailer. There are a variety of cargo trailers, each designed for a specific type of hauling.

Four common types of cargo trailers

1. Flat-bed trailers. As the name implies, these are platform trailers with no permanent covering. Such trailers are commonly used for things like hauling hay or landscaping plants as well as heavy items, such as vehicles, ATVs and motorbikes. You can cover the load with a canvas or vinyl tarp to prevent water damage or having items blow off of the trailer, and you can secure items with ties like straps or bungie cords.

2. Enclosed trailers. Enclosed trailers have the advantage of enhanced security, both from burglars and from the elements. An enclosed trailer also has a door (generally at the rear of the trailer) and is large enough for a person to stand inside. Enclosed trailers can be fitted with locks and can function as a portable warehouse at vendor shows or street markets. However, enclosed trailers have more drag when moving and will generally require more fuel to pull than a flat-bed trailer.

3. Specialty trailers. Specialty trailers include those adapted for horses, pigs, and cattle. Such trailers are equipped with safety features to keep the animals secure in transit. These trailers also provide adequate ventilation, loading ramps, and compartments for feed and water.

4. Open trailers with fixed sides. Another type of open trailer is a flat-bed, uncovered trailer that's fitted with permanent sides. Such trailers make it easier to keep your cargo contained in transit. You can choose either solid sides or sides with openings to allow air flow and ventilation. Some open trailers have removable sides, such as wooden slats that can be inserted and taken away as needed.

Within each category, there are additional accessories that can be added, such as loading ramps, interior lighting (for enclosed trailers), separate trailer brakes (required by some states), and tie-down hooks.

Choosing the right type of cargo trailer for your needs can be a little confusing. Make sure to look at all of the options and weigh the pros and cons of each before making a final decision.


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