Sometimes, the space you have in your vehicle just isn't enough to carry all your loads, which may range in sizes and weights. You may have to use a trailer assembly to haul your cargo with ease. Through the ball and hitch, a trailer can be easily attached to the rear of your vehicle.
Trailers can usually be purchased as a set. The set is complete with nuts, bolts, other hardware, and some accessories. Though the design of the trailer may look the same, there are some things you have to keep in mind in order to find the right one for your vehicle. Here's a short guide for those who are in the market for a new trailer:
When shopping for a trailer assembly:
- Know the classification of the trailer (whether it's Class I, II, III, or IV) and the size and type of hitch ball used (for instance, the assembly may come with a 2-inch hitch ball) so you'll have an idea about its requirements and capacities for cargo hauling.
- Take note of the load capacity or maximum weight limit. You should know how much weight the trailer can carry (up to 2,000 lbs., for example) so you won't exceed the limit when you haul some equipment or luggage. Find a trailer assembly that best suits your cargo hauling needs, making sure that it can accommodate the total weight of the stuff you'll put on the trailer and tow with the vehicle.
- Check the measurements such as the deck area, maximum length and width, as well as the height and depth. By knowing the actual size of the trailer, not just the weight limit, you'll have an idea how much space is provided for the equipment, tools, and other stuff that will be loaded into it. You'll know what kind of cargo will fit into the trailer, with deck area, length, height, and width in mind. You can choose the right trailer kit depending on your cargo hauling requirements.
- Consider other product details. In the long list of product features and description, the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and empty weight, as well as the tire size and type, might be indicated. This will let you know what kind of tire to use in case the tire of the trailer suddenly blows out or becomes flat. The weight rating can also be your guide to choosing a trailer assembly that best matches your vehicle as well as your towing needs.
- Shop around for the best prices. Trailer assemblies cost thousands of dollars. Prices vary according to the brand and type of trailer used (according to classification, maximum weight capacity, size, etc.). To get the best deal, don't be afraid to search for lower price ranges. Some sellers offer discounts and have special promos that you can take advantage of.
When using the trailer assembly, follow the instructions carefully for the right setup and proper use. Make sure that all hardware and accessories are secured for your own safety and convenience.