Toy Hauling 101: 3 Simple Tips For Buying The Right Trailer

22 May 2017
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A recreational toy, such as a UTV, requires a trailer in order to be moved. If you are looking for a double-duty trailer, a utility trailer may be a good choice. With the ability to tow anything from your beloved UTV to household goods, these trailers offer versatility at a low price. Unfortunately, shopping for a utility trailer isn't as easy you'd think. However, with these three tips, you can make your shopping process much easier:

1. Know Your Towing Capacity

Perhaps one of the most important things you'll need to know when shopping for a utility trailer is your vehicle's towing capacity. Each vehicle is different, so look at your manual to determine your vehicle's maximum towing capacity. Alternatively, you can look at your tow rating. Either way, you'll need to have this information handy. So jot this information down and keep it handy while you shop.

In addition, make sure you know the weight of the item you intend to tow. For example, have your UTV (or other item) weighed – or look at its manual. This might not seem like an important thing to know, but it will impact what type of trailer you get. Remember, a heavier object (along with the trailer) could put you over your towing weight limit.

If you do not know how to calculate how much you can reasonably tow, ask for help. A dealership (or even a friend) can help you determine how much you can safely tow.

2. Measure Your Object

You'll also need to determine what size utility trailer you'll need. Ideally, you'll want a trailer big enough to accommodate your item with a little wiggle room. After all, this will make loading and unloading much easier. You'll also need the trailer to be tall enough to accommodate your item if it is an enclosed trailer. So if you don't know the size of your item, break out the measuring tape. Measure the size of your item. To ensure it fits properly and easily, consider adding a foot to all of your measurements. This will ensure there is enough room to accommodate the item – and then some.

Generally, a small to mid-size trailer is big enough to tow toys such as snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs, and dirt bikes. Additionally, these trailers are a bit easier to move – since they are on the smaller side. So they are definitely worth considering.

3. Enclosed or Open

Finally, determine whether you'll want an enclosed or open utility trailer. While both can tow your items, an enclosed trailer might be a better option. If you plan to tow items in the snow, rain, or wind, an enclosed trailer will keep your items and safe and protected. However, an open trailer allows for a little more wiggle room as there is no roof. If you do opt for an open trailer, definitely keep a tarp in your vehicle. You can use the tarp to cover your items should the weather turn bad. While it won't offer as much protection as an enclosed trailer, it will certainly protect them better than nothing.

A utility trailer can make moving your toys, household items, and even camping equipment much easier. However, you'll need to use these tips to ensure that you purchase a trailer that can handle your items. Additionally, you'll need to know information about your vehicle and hitch to ensure you are towing safely. If you still need help, don't hesitate to contact a local dealership like Ace Trailer Sales. These professionals can help steer you in the right direction.