A trailer can help you move a wide variety of vehicles. Before buying, learn about the different models on the market and the accessories you could need.
Types of trailers
We see them on the road, trailers of all makes and sizes. There are flatbed, utility, semi-trailers, dump trailers etc. Which one should you buy? It really depends on how you intend to use it.
Anyone with a car should use this type of trailer. The square or rectangular bed is enclosed by four walls, but has no roof. You can haul almost anything: firewood, bicycles, furniture, camping equipment, etc. You can install a boarding ramp to load small rolling stock, such as a riding mower. It’s very convenient and a great value for anyone without a truck.
Fully enclosed trailer
This trailer is used by builders and contractors of all kinds. It efficiently hauls cargo with the approximate capacity of moving van. Furthermore, these trailers can be customized according to your needs and specifications.
Flatbed trailers are designed to haul larger vehicles such as motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, golf carts or small cars.
Other types of specialized trailers
There are trailers for almost everything: cars, sports equipment, and even special loads including hazardous goods. Here are a few examples:
- Boat trailer;
- Pontoon trailer;
- Snowmobile trailer;
- Motorcycle trailer;
- Dump trailer;
- Bicycle trailer;
- Kayak trailer;
- Luggage trailer;
- Tow dollies.
While it’s necessary to select a trailer with adequate load-bearing capacity, you also need to check the maximum weight your vehicle can tow. It can be dangerous to exceed your towing capacity and may result in damage to your trailer or vehicle.
Depending on your load, you may need to buy additional parts and components. Some equipment is a necessity, while others are considered accessories.
- A trailer clip and a ball attachment to hitch to your vehicle;
- Towing and recovery straps;
- Signal lights;
- Reflective strips;
- A padlock for the trailer;
- A tarp;
- A connector for the light signals;
- Wheel chocks (or blocks);
- A spare tire.
Can you build your own trailer?
You can custom build your own trailer, provided it meets the conditions of your province’s highway safety rules. Visit the website the transport minister in your province to find all the information you need on safety codes and roadworthiness.
Do you have to register a trailer?
Yes. Like all vehicles all the road, you must pay a registration fee and install a license plate on your trailer. Normally, you are only subject to this fee once and it’s valid as long as you own the trailer.