When buying an equipment trailer, it’s important to find the right size for your needs. Doing this, however, isn’t always as straightforward as it may seem. Here are four things you should consider to get the right size trailer and avoid problems with limited space going forward.
Figure out What You Need Right Now
The first step in deciding on trailer size is figuring out how much space the equipment you need to move regularly takes up right now. This calculation should start with your largest piece of equipment, but also include the possibility of moving two smaller pieces on the same trailer under some circumstances. This will give you a basic idea of your current needs.
Consider Future Growth
If you’re apt to move more or larger pieces of equipment in the future, a larger equipment trailer will obviously be in order. Taking future growth into account is one of the most important steps for ensuring that you don’t have to turn around a year or two from now and buy another trailer. If you don’t think your hauling needs will increase, of course, you can stick with a trailer that fits your current requirements.
Take Your Budget into Account
Needless to say, your budget will also inform the size of the trailer you should get. Equipment trailers are major investments, so, understandably, you may need to limit your spending on one. Decide what you can afford and what you need, then shop around to find the best price. You should also look at used trailers, especially if you’re working on a budget.
Err on the Side of a Larger Size
If you aren’t sure what you need but can reasonably afford a larger trailer, it’s a good idea to go ahead and get it. A trailer that is too large will cause considerably fewer problems than one that is too small. At the end of the day, the bigger mistake will be buying a trailer that isn’t big enough to meet your needs. So, if you’ve considered all of the factors and are stuck between two options you can afford, choose the larger of the two.
With these things in mind, you should have no trouble picking the right size of equipment trailer. The right one will depend on your needs and what you’re using it for, but the basic process of figuring out what you need is essentially the same for everyone.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.