How to Choose an Enclosed Trailer

An enclosed trailer, whether it’s a new model or quality used model, is a huge investment in your business or hobby.  Making the right choice takes a little research and complete understanding of your needs.

An enclosed or cargo trailer can be a blank canvas to be customized for anything from tiny living, running a small business, or taking your hobbies on the road. Or, your enclosed trailer can be purpose built, ready to go to work right off the lot.

Enclosed Trailer Construction

Consider the size and weight of what you’re hauling when shopping for an enclosed trailer.  Start shopping from the inside out, starting with the trailer’s frame. Your trailer’s frame will support the weight of the trailer and its load. Trailers can be constructed of aluminum or steel; with I-beams, tubular, L-shaped, or C-channel beams.  The strongest beams will be those with the most metal. Next, evaluate how the frame is configured, looking for cross beams that are positioned to support heavy loads — at 16 to 24-inch intervals or less — if your trailer will haul big loads.

Enclosed Trailers: How Many Axles?

A single axle trailer is sufficient for hauling smaller loads.  A well-configured, single-axle trailer with springs is ideal for a small business, or for hauling smaller items. Most single axle trailers can be used without a heavy-duty towing vehicle, and smaller, simple trailers don’t require a huge investment. Plan on hauling loads or equipment weighing less than 3,000 pounds in a single-axle enclosed trailer.

If you’re planning to haul heavier loads, consider a dual or multiple axle enclosed trailer. The axles are positioned to help disperse the weight of the cargo as well as provide shock absorption and maneuverability.  Longer trailers, designed to carry even heavier loads, can be equipped with multiple axles.

Look for a trailer with upgraded suspension and independent electric brakes when hauling heavy loads over long distances on a regular basis. Check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to understand specific brake and equipment requirements for your trailer, but in general for hauling loads exceeding 3,000 pounds, trailer brakes are needed.

Enclosed Trailers: How Big?

Know your load when deciding what size enclosed trailer to buy.  Determine how wide, how deep, and how much your load weighs before choosing an enclosed trailer.  If a collectible car is your payload, you’ll need a trailer that’s at least 8 ½ feet wide and 16 feet deep, with double axles, while a farrier may find a 5-foot wide, single-axle enclosed trailer is right-sized for the tools of her trade. If keeping landscaping equipment out of the elements – and away from vandals and thieves – is motivation, look for a mid-sized trailer.

Enclosed Trailer Features

Enclosed trailers are the ultimate blank canvas, ready to be customized to meet your specific needs.

For those hauling vehicles – from snowmobiles, to mowers, to ATVs, to vintage cars – look for the positioning of tie-down rings and ask about the weight capacity of the rings to stabilize your load.  Consider the style of gate that’s right for your enclosed trailer.  While a small business owner working out of a trailer may find back double-doors the way to go, a vintage car enthusiast heading out to a string of shows, may need a fold-down ramp gate.

Opt for air conditioning and secure shelving when your bakery business deliveries exceed the delivery capacity of the family van; or look for custom built hooks and hangers to keep lawn maintenance equipment secure between jobs.

If your trailer is also your workspace, add lighting to the air-conditioning, and look for trailers that include flush-mounted sliding windows and a side entry.

Enclosed Trailers: Customization

Quality enclosed trailer manufacturers such as H&G, Aluma, Sure-Trac, Royal Cargo, Triton, Haulmark, and others offer hundreds of options that can turn an enclosed trailer into a customized work space, business or even a vacation home.

From medical trucks to mobile eateries to lake-front cottages, consider the possibilities when choosing an enclosed trailer.

Begin the process of choosing an enclosed trailer for customization from the outside. Look for sidewalls that can be wrapped or painted to advertise your business – or customized to look like a cozy cabin.

If your business is expanding, but not enough for brick and mortar construction, consider the possibilities of an enclosed trailer customized as concession truck – for hot or cold food service — or as a portable store.  Look for trailers that are sized for your business, towable by your vehicle, and ready to be outfitted to meet your needs.

When storage and comfort need to come together, consider outfitting an enclosed trailer for tailgating or quick getaways.

M&G Trailer Can Help!

For a vast selection of new and used enclosed cargo trailers from top-of the line manufacturers visit M&G Trailer in Ramsey, Minn. The experts at M&G Trailer can guide your through the process of choosing the right trailer, whether it’s for hauling a lawn mower, snowmobile or ATV; sheltering a precious collectible, or the start of a new mobile business.

Choosing the Right Trailer For You

Choosing the right trailer for your business, lifestyle, or job, is not always an easy decision. Luckily, our experts at M&G have done the research for you. Read below to find out which type of trailer is right for you.

Open Trailers

Open trailers are often referred to as utility trailers, meaning they can be used for many different things. Utility trailers are non-motorized trailers that can attach to your towing vehicle and come in all different sizes. They are also available in different materials, including steel and aluminum. Aluminum is lighter and easier to pull, but can also be more expensive. Steel trailers have a lower flex point, so they are able to keep their rigidity longer than most aluminum trailers.

Some things that can be hauled with a utility trailer include boats, lawn mowers or other equipment, furniture, motorycles, bikes, and ATVs, building supplies, trash, and more. Utility trailers are easy to use and often include LED lights, tie down loops, rails, and ramps for easy loading and unloading. M&G carries a large selection of utility trailers from one of the nation’s top manufacturers, Aluma.

Enclosed Trailers

Enclosed trailers come in a variety of types, including snowmobile trailers, cargo trailers, car trailers and aluminum trailers. Much like open trailers, enclosed trailers have many different uses, and each type of trailer is designed specifically to meet your needs. Enclosed snowmobile trailers often include things such as ski hold down bars, snow slider channels, dome lights, helmet racks, and lined walls and ceiling. While snow trailers are designed mainly to tow snowmobiles, cargo trailers are much more versatile and can be used for any precious cargo such as furniture and electrical equipment, to name a few. Cargo trailers also come in different sizes and designs, depending on the manufacturer who makes it. M&G Trailers has cargo trailers from Aluma, H&H and RC Trailers.

Another popular type of enclosed trailer is the car trailer, made specifically to tow automobiles and protect them from rain, sun and other hazardous elements in the environment. Car haulers tend to be larger than some other types of trailers, and can include features such as rock guards, v-shaped nose, ramps with cable assist, and LED lights.

Finally, M&G trailers carries a special line of aluminum enclosed trailers, made for the driver who wants dependability and carrying capacity, without the weight of a steel trailer.

Dump Trailers

When you have a tough job on your hands, a dump trailer will become your best friend. These trailers are perfect for moving heavy materials such as rocks, mulch, stone, and other home improvement or construction materials. Dump trailers are easy to load and unload and easy to tow. Some of the top manufacturers for dump trailers include H&H, Midsota, PJ trailers and Sure-Trac.

Dump trailers come in different sizes and varieties, such as utility and heavy-duty. Heavy duty trailers tend to be heavier, larger and have higher sides.

Concession Trailers

Trailers can do more than just tow cargo, they can also be used for business. M&G Trailers offers concession trailers that are perfect for athletic events, food trucks, vendors, and much more. We have currently sold some out of our RC concession trailers, but give us a call and ask about new arrivals coming in daily.

Which Trailer Should You Buy?

Deciding on which trailer to purchase all depends on how you expect to use it. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty trailer that won’t lose rigidity over time, opt for a steel open or enclosed trailer. If you need to protect your cargo from the elements, an enclosed trailer would be the best option. For more information on all the trailers M&G trailers has to offer, visit our dealership in Ramsey, Minnesota, or call us at 763-506-0930. You can also visit our website to see the great selection of trailers we have in stock.