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Choosing the Right Size Utility Trailer: A Guide for Beginners

Choosing the Right Size Utility Trailer: A Guide for Beginners

Buying the right-sized aluminum utility trailer makes it more functional for you, but that’s not the only reason to consider what size to buy. Buying a trailer that is too big for your needs can increase your fuel costs because you’re towing added weight. Here are some tips to help you choose a trailer that fits your needs and goals.

What Will You Use Your Trailer For?

Aluminum trailers come in many types, sizes and classes. Dump trailers are great for hauling soil or other items that you want to push out of your trailer easily. A flatdeck trailer is a great utility trailer because it can haul a wide variety of items. Landscape trailers make sense if you have outdoor equipment that you need to organize. You can also find tilt trailers that have powered decks to help load cargo. Gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailers are great for extreme loads with higher weight categories. Think about what you plan to haul and how much weight your trailer needs to carry to get the right trailer. At Millroad Manufacturing, we can add custom features, like adjustable winches or toolboxes, that make your trailer fully fit your needs.

What Type of Vehicle Is Hauling Your Aluminum Trailer?

Every vehicle has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) that gives you the amount of weight the vehicle can handle. The GVWR is the total amount of weight that the vehicle can manage, the weight of the truck, trailer, passengers and cargo. If your vehicle weighs 6,000 pounds with a GVWR of 7,500 pounds, you only have 1,500 pounds left over for passengers, trailer and cargo. If you plan on hauling heavy loads of gravel or dirt, you may need to consider buying a larger vehicle and trailer to manage the weight. Our customer service team can help you understand what size trailer you need to haul different loads with your truck.

How To Understand Trailer Dimensions

Trailers are measured width by length, but the numbers can be confusing because the units are not the same. A 77×18 trailer means that the trailer is 77 inches wide, or about 6.5 feet. The 18 refers to the length of the trailer, in feet. Trailers come in widths 48 inches up to 96 inches. The length of trailers can be 6 feet up to 32 feet. Trailers are also rated by axle weight and payload capacity, to help you understand what the trailer can safely haul. We can also make sure you have the right hitch to safely haul the trailer.

Where Do You Plan on Storing Your Trailer?

You may also want to consider where you plan to keep your trailer. Most trailers will fit into a garage without any problem, but not all trailers get stored in a garage. Before investing in an aluminum utility trailer, make sure you get one that fits where you plan on keeping it when it isn’t in use. Checking out this detail will save you some headaches when you get the trailer home.

Where Will You Buy Your Utility Trailer?

There are a lot of things to consider when buying an aluminum trailer, from hitch sizes to brakes, not just size and what you plan to do with it. When you talk to the customer support team with Millroad Manufacturing, we can help you make the best decisions for your needs and goals. We explain each aspect of the trailer to help you learn more about the features to determine what fits you. If you’re not sure that a utility trailer is right for your project, we can personalize a trailer to fit your needs. Contact us to learn more about buying an aluminum trailer.