When looking at trailers for sale, the first thing you should consider is whether your vehicle can safely tow the trailer. There are a number of considerations, but the most important is the trailer’s weight.
Some people who have trailers for sale will downplay the issue, but it is important to have an understanding of the trailer’s weight. The weight of the trailer, fully loaded as you intend to use it, needs to be less than your vehicle’s towing capacity. You can generally find the towing capacity from your vehicle’s manual. In some cases, that number might depend on the other contents of the vehicle. In addition, the loaded weight of the trailer must be less than the maximum rated weight for the hitch, which should be stamped onto the hitch.
When considering trailers for sale, you can generally find a number of weights printed on a placard, often on the tongue of the trailer. Generally, there will be an empty weight shown, as well as a maximum loaded weight. You need to determine the amount of weight you will be carrying, and add this to the empty weight. You need to make sure this number is less than the maximum loaded weight, as well as less than your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity.
In some cases, you might need to consider cargo trailers with brakes. In some cases, a vehicle may have two towing capacities, one for trailers with brakes, and a second lower capacity for trailers without brakes. If you’re above that lower weight, then you should consinder trailers for sale with brakes. In some cases, you may be able to add brakes to an existing trailer. However, this is rarely cost effective. Therefore, if you need brakes, then you should only consider trailers for sale with brakes included.
If you follow these simple rules, when looking at trailers for sale, you can narrow down your choices to safe options.