Thinking of starting a local hauling business or need a trailer to haul your business equipment in? Buying a utility trailer can accomplish both of these.
Two types of utility trailers
Open Utility Trailers – Just like the name suggests, these are open, open to the elements. You see these a lot when companies are hauling equipment from one location to another.
They are also good for hauling recreational vehicles. Trash removal and moving. Open utility trailers are also lighter as compared to enclosed trailers.
Enclosed – Enclosed utility trailers provide protection of your cargo from the elements. They are also heavier and lockable, which makes them a good choice if you are hauling expensive items. Or anything you don’t want to be stolen!
Enclosed trailers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be used for anything from helping people to move, to hauling livestock.
Other types of trailers include:
- Livestock Trailers
- Box Trailers
- Flat Bed Trailers
- Motorcycle Trailers
- Gooseneck Trailers
As you can see there are many types of trailers that can be used in numerous business ventures.
Things to keep in mind when buying a trailer
When choosing your utility trailer, think about what you will be using it for. Do you need an open trailer or enclosed?
What size do you need? 5×10 utility trucks are used for general usage. It’s a safe option for small jobs or moving equipment.
What do you anticipate hauling?
How versatile is the trailer? Can you use it to haul a variety of things? What is the maximum payload it can handle?
Is the bed height a factory? Will you need a tailgate or a ramp? How will you load and unload your loads?
Based on what you plan on doing with the trailer, can you buy one straight from a vendor or would you need to have one custom made? Having one custom made may sound great, but remember a customized utility truck can be a lot more expensive than picking one off the lot.
How is the weather in your area? Do you have strong winds?
What about your local area? Is it hilly?
What will the trailer be attached to? Car? SUV? Mini van? What is the towing capacity of that vehicle?
How will you store your trailer? Will you have it in a garage, or will it be left outside exposed to the elements? If outside, how will you protect your utility trailer from the elements? Will a tarp be enough?
Is the storage location easy to access?
Will your trailer need brakes? Hydraulic or Electric? Each state has its own rules regarding trailers. You need to see what your state requires. Just remember as you shop for your trailer, that if your trailer has brakes, you can carry bigger payloads, which if you are doing this for business purposes, can mean increased profits!
Do you need to title and register your trailer
Title and registration laws vary from state to state. Click here to see what your state requires
Need financing for your utility truck? Our equipment leasing programs are designed to help small business owners obtain the financing they need. Our minimum lease amount for trailers is $2500. Click here for more information.