When you want to transport heavy goods or materials by yourself, without having to contact a professional company, one of your best options should be to use a trailer. Trailers come in all shapes and sizes. Moreover, depending on their type, they will be able to carry heavy loads.
General overview of trailers
A trailer is mainly used for the transport of any materials, goods and sometimes livestock or animals such as horses. It’s an unpowered vehicle being coupled by a powered vehicle in order for the first vehicle to be pulled and moved around. The trailer can be connected to the other vehicle in various ways such as : a rope, a bar, a chain, a hitch, a drawbar or by an integrated platform. Every one of these features will help in keeping the trailer and the powered vehicle together while in motion. There are several types of trailer that a person can choose depending on how they want to use it and why.
Difficulty of driving with a trailer
Driving with a trailer is a very efficient way to transport animals, goods or materials. However, if you decide to attach a trailer to your vehicle, it is of the utmost importance to not underestimate the difficulty of driving with it. Trailers can be pretty big and heavy depending on your needs. As such, when having a trailer towed to your vehicle, it is recommended to drive slower and pay extra attention especially when you have to turn or stop on the road. Be aware of your surroundings, and take into consideration the fact that the amount of blind spots that you have while driving with a trailer is increased.
Also see: Gooseneck lights
Types of trailers
A gooseneck trailer gets its name from the shape of its hitch. This particular hitch is highlighted by a long and arched ”neck” section situated at the front of the hitch that looks like a gooseneck. Gooseneck trailers are known to have superior strength and maneuvering compared to most of the other trailers. After installation of a gooseneck trailer, the only visible parts will be the two safety chain anchor points and a ball. The coupling point and frame rails of gooseneck hitches are generally put in place underneath the bed of the truck that will tow this type of trailer. Gooseneck trailers can carry more than 30,000 pounds without compromising their stability. Additionally, this type of trailer can be as long as 40 feet.
6×12 enclosed trailer
Enclosed trailers generally refers to flatbed trailers, similar to open air utility trailers, built with a roof and walls in order to entirely contain the goods or materials inside. Some of them might have different features such as a gate or a door on one side of the trailer in order to facilitate the access to the contents inside. These enclosed trailers will be connected to a vehicle thanks to a trailer hitch that will help stabilize the trailer and put it in motion with the vehicle that it has been towed with. Moreover, the hitch will allow the trailer to freely move side to side independently of the towing vehicle. The 6×12 enclosed trailers are enclosed trailers with special dimensions. This type of trailer can carry up to 13,100 pounds.