Monday, August 14, 2017

4 Things to Ask Yourself When Choosing A Cargo Trailer

With so many different models and styles of cargo trailers on today's market, it can be overwhelming to try to find the one that's just right for you. To help you find the perfect cargo trailer for your needs, start by asking yourself the following questions.

1. What do I need it for?

The first thing to consider when shopping around for a cargo trailer is whether or not a particular make, model or style will meet your needs. But before you can determine that, you must determine what your needs are first.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Featured Product - 5 x 8 Single Axle Enclosed Trailer

This month's featured product is our 5 x 8 Single Axle Enclosed Cargo Trailer. This compact yet versatile cargo trailer is part of our Tail Wind Series and is custom built to order in our Elkhart, Indiana facility. Priced at only $2,090 and available with a ton of optional upgrades and equipment, it's not surprising that the 5 x 8 Single Axle Enclosed Trailer is among our most popular models.

Whether you're in need of a way to transport small equipment for your own personal use or for your business, the 5 x 8 Single Axle Enclosed Trailer is sure to exceed your expectations. And when you customize the trailer to suit your individual needs, you'll be sure to have the right trailer with all the features you need - and not have to worry about paying for features you don't!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Buying a cargo trailer? Here are 5 reasons to choose custom.

Why buy a custom cargo trailer? Well, we can think of a few reasons.

1. Why settle for "almost" what you want?

When you purchase a cargo trailer off the lot, you're getting the features and equipment that come with that particular trailer. If you have very specific needs for your cargo trailer, trying to find one on a lot that has the exact specifications you're looking for will be a challenge. You may have to travel to other cities or even other states to find what you need. And if you're going to go to that much trouble, why settle for "almost" what you want, or "good enough," when you can get a custom cargo trailer built to your specifications?

2. Never spent a day sitting on the lot.

Custom cargo trailers are made to order, following the specifications outlined by you, the customer. Once your custom cargo trailer is constructed, you are notified and are invited to come pick it up from the manufacturing facility. Your custom cargo trailer won't spend time sitting around on the lot, being exposed to the elements.

3. Designed to your specific needs.

Many of our customers appreciate our ability to make customizations based on very specific needs for their business. When you work with us, we'll help you design a cargo trailer that will serve your needs and help you achieve your goals.

4. Don't pay for features you don't need.

Buying a cargo trailer is a fairly large investment, especially if you're buying it for your business. Why spend precious resources on equipment and features you don't need? When you choose custom, you can pick the equipment and special features you want and leave out what you don't.

5. Support American-made products.

Custom cargo trailers from The Trailer Showroom are constructed in the USA. We have several manufacturing facilities throughout the country, from McGregor, Texas to Independence, Oregon to Douglas, Georgia - and we're growing every day! When you buy from us, you're supporting American-made business and local jobs in these communities. With many other companies, the cargo trailers are mass-produced overseas and simply sold in American lots.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Featured Product - 8.5 x 28 Economy Aluminum Car Hauler, Lightning Series

8.5 x 28 Economy Aluminum Car Hauler from The Trailer Showroom
This month's featured product is our Lightning Series 8.5 x 28 Economy Aluminum Car Hauler Trailer. This custom-built car hauler features an all aluminum frame, making it lightweight and durable, and with a price tag of less than $9,000, this enclosed aluminum trailer is a great value. Plus, if you order soon, you can apply our current special - $245 off any 8.5 foot width enclosed trailer - to this product, making it an even better deal!

Here are a few key points about the 8.5 x 28 Economy Aluminum Car Hauler:

  • Priced at $8,903 ($8,658.00 after advertised discount)
  • $850 deposit required when placing order
  • Custom-built to each customer's specifications
  • Built in our Elkhart, IN facility
  • Overall length - 32' 6"
  • Outside width - 8' 6"
  • Interior width - 8' 0"
  • Interior height - 6' 5"
  • Rear ramp door
  • Side entry door
  • 2" x 7" Tube aluminum frame
  • Trailer GVW - 9,900 lbs.
  • Empty weight - 3,625 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity - 6,275 lbs.
  • 3/4" plywood floor
  • .030 aluminum sides
  • V-nose
  • Optional equipment packages and upgrades available

To see a complete list of this product's standard equipment, click here. To see what other upgrades and additional equipment you can include in your custom build, check out our Master Options List.

Remember, all of the products from The Trailer Showroom are manufactured here in the USA, so when you buy from us, you're helping support local jobs. We also pride ourselves in using high-quality materials to custom build your cargo trailer and pricing our products reasonably. We invite you to browse our selection of custom cargo trailers and feel free to reach out to us with any questions: 1-877-458-7245

Monday, June 19, 2017

Open vs. Enclosed Trailers - What are the Benefits?

When it comes to finding the right cargo trailer, would an enclosed trailer work best for your needs? Or does an open deck trailer make more sense? In today's post, we'll review the basic pros and cons of each to help you make an informed decision.

Enclosed Trailers - Higher Cost, Higher Value?

In general, people assume that because something costs more, it must mean it's more valuable. Well, that's certainly true in many cases. But it's not always that simple. Value is relative. Features that one person finds valuable, another person may not care about. In regard to enclosed cargo trailers, the value lies in the following main benefits:

  • Additional storage/more versatile space
  • Equipment and other items can be securely left in the trailer, eliminating the need to frequently load/unload
  • Can double as sleeping quarters/living space for customers who travel with their cargo (race car owners are usually big fans of enclosed trailers for this reason, among others)

Monday, June 5, 2017

June's Featured Product - 8 x 14 Tandem Axle Enclosed Trailer from Indiana

This month's featured cargo trailer is our 8 x 14 Enclosed Tandem Axle trailer from our Elkhart, Indiana facility. This trailer offers an excellent value, considering the space it offers and the versatility of upgrades and customizable options.

Starting at only $4,610, the 8 x 14 Enclosed Tandem Axle trailer  is made to order right here in the heartland of the USA and comes with the following standard options:

Over all length: 17'10"
Outside width: 8'6"
Over all height: 8'6"
Interior length: 14'7"
Interior width: 7'6"
Between wells: 81"
Interior height: 6'7"
Rear door type: double
Rear door width: 7'
Rear door height: 5'11"
Tongue weight: 245 lbs.
Hitch height: 24"
Ball size: 2 - 5/16"
Floor height: 24"
Trailer GVW: 7,000 lbs.
Empty weight: 2450 lbs.
Cargo capacity: 4,550 lbs.
Axle rating: 3,500 lbs. x 2
Axle type: leaf spring
Brakes: both axles
Break away kit: yes
Tires: ST205/75D15C
Floor: 3/4" plywood
Side walls: 3/8" plywood
Cross members: 24" on center
Wall members: 16" on center
E-Z Lube hubs: yes
12V dome light: 2 with switch
Sides: .030 aluminum
Tongue jack: yes
Exterior lighting: DOT approved
Door latches: cambar
Roof: galvanized
Roof vent: yes
Side entry door: 36"
Stone guard: 16"
Door hold backs: yes
White mod rims: yes
Black center caps: yes
Undercoat frame: yes (Z-Tech)
Safety chains: yes
Frame: 6" I-beam
Tag holder: yes, with light
Rims: 5 Lug

To order this trailer, all you need is to make a $650 deposit (which will be applied to the purchase price). You can place your order on our website here, or you may give us a call and speak with one of our team members to place your call over the phone. If you have any questions about the 8 x 14 Enclosed Tandem Axle cargo trailer, we will be more than happy to answer them.

Need a little more room than 8 x 14?

Looking for a great deal on a trailer with a little more room? Right now we're having a $245-off special on all of our 8.5 foot trailers! Check out our 8.5 foot trailer options from the same facility in Elkhart, IN right here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cargo Trailer Cleaning Tips and Videos

Keeping your cargo trailer looking great is part of maintaining its value and, for business owners, reflecting your company standards. In today's post, we'll cover a few basic tips for keeping your enclosed cargo trailer clean and looking its best.

1. Remove built-up grime.

Use a pressure washer or power sprayer to remove dirt and grime that has accumulated over time. Remember to follow safety instructions and use the washer or power sprayer only as directed.

2. Buff, wax and polish to give it a nice, clean sheen.

Applying a good coating of wax after a thorough cleaning can not only make your trailer look great, it can protect its graphics and paint from the elements. Even if you store your trailer indoors (which is a great idea, we highly recommend it if you can), adding a coat of wax at least once a year can prolong the exterior condition.

Want to add a really nice shine with less effort? Some people have had good results from using teak oil to polish their trailers. Just remember to do a little research before you apply anything to your cargo trailer. Some products may not be intended for your trailer's exterior materials.

Here's a video we found on YouTube of using the teak oil method:

3. Inspect regularly for rust and oxidation.

Check for signs of rust or oxidation and do what you can to remove them and prevent them from appearing in the future. You can find lots of helpful videos and articles online for more information and details on the steps to take to remove rust and oxidation. Depending on your trailer's exterior materials and the level of rust/oxidation present, some methods may work better than others.

4. Store your cargo trailer indoors or under shelter.

If you have a large enough garage or carport, it's best to keep your cargo trailer stored there. Providing shelter from the elements like sunlight, rain, hail, snow, ice, pollen, fallen tree limbs, and so on, can help your trailer maintain its appearance for a longer period of time.

Want a few more tips? Check out these videos we found online:

This one is for a RV with aluminum siding, but the methods could easily be used on an aluminum cargo trailer:

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