Friday, June 1, 2012

Shopping for the Best Enclosed Trailers

You're shopping for enclosed cargo trailers and want to make sure you get the best enclosed trailer for your needs.  Here are some tips to help you know what to look for when you're shopping.

If you're shopping online or at local RV and trailer dealers to find the best enclosed trailers, there are some specific things you want to look out for to ensure you're getting the best quality and price for your needs.  We put together these tips on shopping for the best enclosed trailers to help you know the right questions to ask or red flags to look out for during your shopping and research.

Enclosed trailers are available in a wide variety of sizes, models, and structures so there are some key things you will want to determine before you even start shopping.  This includes the purpose for which you will use the trailer - will it be a car trailer or a motorcycle trailer, or will it be used to haul equipment and cargo?  Also, how big will you need the trailer to be in order to sufficiently fit your needs?  Enclosed trailers range in size from 5 feet to 8.5 feet wide and from 8 feet to 53 long.  So there is a lot of room to work with here.
Once you have your basic needs established, you will want to consider some of the following details to be sure you're getting what you want and need:

1. Aluminum or Steel Construction - Enclosed trailers can be built with all aluminum or a steel frame.  The benefits of all aluminum are that it will be more lightweight so you can haul heavier cargo and there's less strain on the tow vehicle.   Additionally, it will be more durable and corrosion resistant, and it will generally be of a quality associated with race cars and other valuable cargo.  The single largest benefit associated with buying a steel frame enclosed trailer is that it will be considerably less expensive than an all aluminum trailer.  Be sure you know what you're purchasing so you get the best price and know best how to care for it.

2. Delivery or Pick Up - If you're shopping for an enclosed trailer online, then you'll want to pay close attention to the terms.  Where can you pick it up, can it be delivered, how do they handle delivery and how much will it cost?  How far away is the trailer manufacturing facility and is it more economical to have it delivered than to pick it up?

3. Method of Payment - Purchasing an enclosed trailer can be a big investment.  You may or may not be able to purchase the trailer outright.  What methods of payment will the trailer company accept and how are you able to pay?  Will you need financing to purchase your enclosed trailer and does the company have trailer loan recommendations?  Are they accommodating for customers who require financing?

4. Online Trailer Purchases - As with any online purchase, you'll want to make sure that the website where you're buying the trailer is secure, especially in the section where you provide your credit card and billing information.  Look in the URL address bar on the specific page where they ask you to enter your credit card number and make sure you see "https://" (without the quotes) and not just "http://" because the "s" in that address stands for "secure." Since this is an important investment and you want to be sure you're getting exactly what you want, it would also be good to get on the phone with a salesperson from the online company and confirm all the questions you have about the purchase.
We understand that shopping for the best enclosed trailer can be a challenging task given the many options you have.  We hope that the tips and questions we have provided for you here help you to narrow down your choices to ones that best fit your needs and your circumstances.  We hope you enjoy the best enclosed trailer once you make your choice!

About the Author:
Rick McKeithan is owner of, an online store for enclosed trailers and cargo trailers, all custom manufactured from hundreds of sizes and options to each specific order and sold at discount prices.  Learn more at or call 877-45-TRAILER.

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