Published on August 6th, 2019
When you are in the market for an enclosed cargo trailer, whether it is for hauling vintage autos, ATVs, or materials for your landscaping business, there are certain things that are a must.
Of course, you will want a trailer that is dependable, sturdy, and long-lasting as well as a few other things that can affect quality and performance.
1. Floor And Interior Material
The type of wood used on floors and interiors will tell you how well the trailer was built. Plywood is used in many enclosed cargo trailers. The floors should be 3/4” plywood and the walls should have a lining of 3/8” plywood.
There are some manufacturers that use particle board in an effort to save money. This material can be prone to cracking and breaking when loading and hauling.
2. Aluminum Skin Thickness
Another area of cargo trailers that benefit from greater thickness is the skin. Ask the salesman to show you specifications for the trailer or trailers you are considering.
Better built trailers have a 0.30 skin thickness. Some are built with .024, but if you want it to hold up better and last for many years, go with a thicker skin.
3. Construction Of The Roof
How well the roof is constructed and the materials used are very important for several reasons. If the roof leaks it can ruin anything you have inside as well as promote the growth of mold inside the trailer.
The best roof is constructed of a single piece of aluminum that is wrapped around the sidewalls. It will help to keep your trailer watertight.
4. The Ramp Doors
Some trailers have a spring assist mechanism on the ramp doors and some do not. The door on your trailer is quite heavy. Without the springs, you will soon find that this is quite a workout, particularly if you are in and out of the trailer several times a day.
Spring assist can also provide safety when you are opening the door because it could fall on you and cause a serious injury.
5. Spacing Of The Wall Studs
The spacing of the wall studs on the majority of trailers are either sixteen or twenty-four inches apart (on center). This directly affects their strength.
Walls with studs that are sixteen inches apart are stronger. Stronger walls do not flex in and out as easily when the trailer is being pulled. Over time, flexing can cause damage to the walls.
6. Choose A Trailer With A Top-Quality Axle
Depending on the type of cargo trailer you choose, there are some options for your trailer axles. The axle should be highly rated, so it is less prone to breaking. This will reduce the chance of breakdowns or problems that could cause more damage or even an accident.
7. The Right Size
There are a variety of sizes when it comes to enclosed cargo trailers. You will need to ensure that the width, length, and height are going to be right for whatever you are going to be transporting. Take some measurements before going shopping, so you are certain of the fit.
8. Will Resist The Elements
Since your cargo trailer will be subject to the elements constantly, you will want to make sure the paint is quality, and it is sealed. Many buyers are impressed by the color, but the paint can help to protect the trailer from leaking.
9. The Warranty
Read the warranty, and make certain the manufacturer believes in their product enough to provide a guarantee that they will take care of any problems. There should not be a lot of exemptions. Coverage of the axle under the warranty is a plus.