Small Cargo Trailers
Let's face it; as much as we'd like to hope so, not everything will fit in the back of a pickup truck. There comes a time in everyone's life when they'll need to move something that a full-size pickup truck bed just can't handle. Small cargo trailers fill a much-needed niche. They can haul everything from furniture and appliances to your favorite weekend toys such as jet skis and ATVs. Whether you just need to move your child into the dorms his freshman year of college, or you need a cavernous space to store products between flea market runs, a small cargo trailer may be just what you need.
What Sort Of Trailers Are There?
Small cargo trailers come in many configurations. Low-side models are ideal for moving small vehicles, such as cars or ATVs. Their low sides prevent the cargo you're hauling from being scratched too badly, and they allow easy loading and unloading over the sides. Many of these low-sided small cargo trailers have inserts that can be put in place to allow the hauling of taller, more top heavy items. These inserts can be made of wood, aluminum, or even steel.
Fully enclosed small cargo trailers are some of the most valuable, useful pieces of equipment on the market. They allow cargo to be shielded from the weather and can be secured, so your cargo doesn't go wandering off in the middle of the night. Many small cargo trailers that are fully enclosed are being insulated and used as makeshift refrigerated vans. These fully enclosed trailers come in sizes ranging up to 28 feet in length, and many are being used by emergency first responders, both as equipment storage and as on-site command posts.
Who Makes Small Cargo Trailers?
While there are many manufacturers of small cargo trailers, a few stand out as being exceptional. These companies are bringing to market an extensive mix of economy and quality. They are producing trailers of exceptional quality, while keeping prices low enough that they are accessible to the average consumer. Since the consumer market for small cargo trailers is extensive due to people hauling motorcycles for shows or competition, people hauling their goods to market, and even people who are hauling band equipment for their child's high school marching band, it is important that the trailers be not only sturdy, but affordable, as well.
Carmate™ trailers are designed and built in western Pennsylvania. After having been in business for 25 years, Carmate™ trailers are sold in 16 states throughout the northeastern U.S. and two Canadian provinces. They are responsible for not only constructing their own trailers, but designing them, as well. They employ engineers at their factory, so they may maintain control over the production processes and fabrication methods. Carmate™ trailers are called "Trailers That Work For A Living."
Haulmark™ Trailers is one of the largest producers of small cargo trailers in the U.S. They are part of Universal Trailer Corporation™ and have been producing quality trailers for nearly 30 years. Headquartered in Bristol, Indiana, Haulmark™ prides itself on producing quality small cargo trailers at a reasonable price.
What Features Are Important?
Regardless of the type of trailer that you need, there are a few features that every owner should seek as a "must-have.” Certainly, trailers must have accessory lights attached to the rear end, to be used for brake lights. Many even have lights along their roof in order to make them easier to see in the dark. However, changing these lights is a time-consuming process. As a result, many manufacturers are offering to put LED light fixtures on their trailers. LED bulbs have a life span of nearly fifty-thousand light hours, meaning that it's likely that you'll never have to change them.
Of course, it isn't enough just to have a trailer; that trailer must be easy to load and unload. A trailer with a hinged ramp on the rear end can make loading and unloading a snap. A ramp doesn't just make it easier to walk on and off the trailer while carrying cargo; it makes it possible to actually drive your cargo onto the trailer, assuming it has wheels and a motor. These trailers, similar to the Roll-On Roll-Off cargo ships being used worldwide to transport cars, make it far easier to transport automobiles and other motorized cargo, such as motorcycles.
No matter what type of trailer you need, there are a few things that you must know before you buy. First, how much cargo can it hold? How sturdy is the floor? How much will it affect your gas mileage if you're towing it, and of course, whether your vehicle will tow it at all? Never buy a trailer that you aren't absolutely sure your vehicle will handle, lest you end up with nothing but a very expensive, very handy yard ornament.
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