Home Owner Utility Trailer

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Hi everyone.  Have you ever thought about purchasing a utility trailer for around the house, cottage or small business?  We would like to help share some information on what to purchase.  Typically the trailer that you buy really needs to suit your needs.  There are a lot of small utility trailers on the market and choosing which one to buy, sometimes can be a tricky event.

 

Bolt Together Construction.

Some utility trailers are bolted together (they come in a box).  For the average user that is hauling the lawn mower a couple of times a year,  or heading to the dump this trailer should do the job for you.  Bolting the frame together isn’t as strong as welding it together, but for the average user a bolted on trailer may be what you are looking for.

Welded Structures.

Most utility trailers are welded together to provide a stronger structure to outlast the bolt on versions.  Trained professionals weld the frames together to ensure that the trailer is going to last. Welding bonds both metals together, really turning two pieces into one. This will make the trailer frame stronger,  hopefully making it last longer than the bolt on types.

Material.

What material that is that used is something you should look for.  If you can,  find out what the trailer weighs empty.  If one trailer is two or three hundred pounds lighter, it would be a great question to ask.  Why is it lighter?  Typically trailer manufacturers try to get the trailers as light as possible to put more payload in them.  This may not be the case with smaller utility trailers.  Take your time before buying one,  sometimes less is not more, especially with some of the smaller trailers.  You want to make sure that the trailer will be strong enough to get the job done.

Lighting.

Imagine heading back home Sunday night from the cottage and it’s starting to rain.  You head out to get the trailer hooked up to haul home and the lights don’t work.  Now what?  Lighting is the most difficult thing to troubleshoot and if you are like most folks lighting problems  happen in the rain or snow, and at dark.   Before you buy,  a great thing to look at, is if your lights are enclosed. Enclosed lighting offers better protection, from backing up, and hitting things.  This little bit of extra protection goes a long way on that dark rainy night.  Also get underneath the trailer before you buy it.  Take a look at the wiring harness.  Here is where you want to have a quality job done.  Think about how the wires are fastened to the frame and how much wire is hanging.  Hanging wire is asking for problems. Typically when you are backing your trailer up there is a greater chance of catching those loose wires and ripping them out.  By having your wiring harness tucked away and fastened well to the main frame will save you every time.

SMALL TRAILER

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Summary:

When going to purhace your new utility trailer,  remember these couple of steps to get you years of trouble free hauling.  Check to see if the trailer is bolted together, or welded.  Next crawl underneath it.  Take a look at that wiring harness to find out if its tucked out of the way and if it fastened properly to the frame (preferably with welded on washers that allows the wiring harness to go through).   Last but not least,  trust your instinct.  If you feel the trailer is made too light, it probably is and it may get you into trouble.  Shop around, find the right trailer for you that will do the job for you for years to come.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please let us know at     dwayne@linklettermfg.com

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