When considering the purchase of a cargo trailer or hauler,
answer these questions:
am I going to typically transport?
are the dimensions and weights of the typical load?
vehicle will I use to tow the trailer? Make sure the vehicle is rated to
pull the trailer with the expected weight of a typical load.
do I plan to store the trailer—inside or outside? If you live in northern
climates snow loads can be an issue.
- Do I
need any special options/accessories for this typical load such as:
downs, D rings, track to provide optimal security/prevention of movement
during transport (again, think of a typical use. D rings work best with
some thought of what is going to be secured.
lighting, power, work surfaces, storage, etc., if you plan to work in the
If you frequently tow or trailer on non-paved surfaces (example:
construction or off-road), a radial tire may be desirable. You may also
order a spare tire—a small price for peace of mind.
height if you plan to work in the trailer or just want to avoid bending
over to get equipment in or out.
of purchasing from a quality manufacturer which has numerous dealers
nationally with the ability to take care of your needs while you’re away
Here are some additional points snowmobilers might want to
consider when thinking about purchasing a trailer.
front ramp on the road side if you usually park near roads where snow is
piled up or plowed on the curb side.
that loads are secured properly before moving.
tires, lights, safety chains, hitch, etc., before towing.
lug nuts or bolts for proper tightness and tires properly inflated.
sure mirrors are properly adjusted for unobstructed views.
pulling the trail for 30-50 miles, check the connections again.
allow more passing and stopping distance with a trailer (especially on
snow and ice). Passing distance with a trailer is four times the passing
distance without a trailer.
a lower gear for city driving and ascending and descending grades.
care with your brakes. “Riding” brakes can cause heat to build up rapidly.
Avoid braking in curves unless mandatory. In either case, loss of control
(This information comes courtesy of Pace American, www.paceamerican.com.)