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Purchasing Your First Utility Trailer Here’s What You Need to Know

Purchasing Your First Utility Trailer Here’s What You Need to Know

Purchasing a trailer can be a bit of a learning curve for many who have never even hauled one before. It can also be a significant investment. But, doing your homework on landscape utility trailers can make the difference in finding the right trailer for the right price.  

What to Consider Before Buying a Trailer

When looking for a utility trailer, the first question you should ask yourself is how the trailer will provide a solution to your needs. Figuring out the true purpose of your trailer will help narrow down your search for what you are looking for.

Choosing a trailer size and type may seem like a daunting task, but you really need to focus on just a few considerations. Depending on what you are transporting, you may want an open trailer or an enclosed one. 

Landscape utility trailers come with a whole range of options and at Millroad Manufacturing, if you don’t see the one that will suit your needs, we can customize one for you.

Reasons For Purchasing A Trailer

There are many reasons why someone may want to purchase a utility trailer. They can allow you to transport more than what most vehicles can carry and prevent any damage to the interior of the towing vehicle. They are also often a lot easier to load. 

Once purchased, you can avoid the hassle and expense of renting a trailer if you regularly use it. Once you have it, there is very little expense involved in the maintenance or upkeep. You will need to check the air pressure in the tires, grease the wheel bearings, and make sure the lighting systems are working correctly. Other than those simple tasks, the trailer is ready to be used. 

Trailer Options

When looking at purchasing a trailer, there are many options to consider. You may need doors or ramps. Or perhaps you will be transporting liquids which would require you to have a special area to secure buckets. Side railings may also need to be added if you plan on carrying smaller items such as boxes or mulch. 

Again, this may seem like an impossible task to decide, but focusing on the jobs you will be performing with your trailer can narrow down the options. 

Installing the Hitch

Perhaps one of the most important things to learn when purchasing a trailer is understanding how the hitch works. You will need to choose and install the correct hitch for the trailer and tow vehicle. This hitch must match the trailer’s capacity and should not be too high or low for towing the trailer. By creating an improper balance between the towing vehicle and the trailer, loss of control could result in an accident. 

Once the trailer is attached to the ball on the hitch, make sure it is locked and the lights are connected and working correctly. The safety chain must also be attached to the tow hitch. Our experts at Millroad Manufacturing can help with any questions or concerns you may have about trailer hitches. 

Once you have decided on the proper trailer for your needs and have it hitched to your car and ready to go, the next hurdle to overcome is hauling it. For most people, towing a trailer only takes a little getting used to. Practice driving with your new trailer in an empty parking lot, and remember that your turning radius is now wider and longer because of the trailer. 

With a little attention to safety and maintenance, you can enjoy many years of using your new trailer. You will quickly learn how valuable an asset a landscape utility trailer can be in hauling a number of items, and it will often pay for itself in just a short period of time. 

Check out our website to learn more about our extensive selection of trailers. If you have any questions, one of our many local dealers will be happy to help and if you are a first-time buyer, answer any questions you may have.