How to Choose a Heavy-Duty Trailer

Heavy hauling is no light matter. In fact, the trailer you choose to haul your heavy equipment and other materials needs to be rock solid, reliable, and, above all, high quality. Wagner Equipment Co. offers the best heavy-duty trailers from some of the most reliable manufacturers, including Load King, Smithco, and Towmaster. We've been helping our customers have the heavy equipment they need to serve their customers and improve their corners of the world since 1976. Below, we'll offer some tips on how to choose a heavy-duty trailer. Get in touch with Wagner Equipment Co. today!

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Consider Its Uses

What will you primarily be using the heavy-duty trailer for? Hauling heavy equipment and vehicles requires a different trailer than hauling materials for the most part. Many people want to find a heavy-duty trailer that can handle all of their hauling needs, but this is not often the case. Certain types of trailers are designed to handle certain types of loads better. Consider spacing, the measurements of the equipment you'll be hauling, and the quality of the D-rings.

Choose the Right Size

One of the worst things you can do as a driver is to overload your trailer. This is just a recipe for disaster, as you can blow a tire, ruin the trailer completely, or, worse, get in a car accident. It's imperative that you choose the right size of heavy haul trailer for your needs. Too small is unsafe, but too big is extra capacity you don't really need.

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wagner truck and trailer

Consider Its Hauling Capacity

All trailers, including heavy-duty trailers, are rated for hauling capacity and load. You'll want to pay attention to this number, as well as know what you will be hauling the most so that you can be sure to choose the right heavy-duty trailer for your needs. If your trailer is overloaded, you can expect cracks in the axles and frames, ultimately destroying your trailer and leaving it unsafe.

Consider Its Hitch

Consider the type of hitch you will be using to tow with as well. Will you be using a gooseneck, fifth-wheel, rear-receiver, front-mount, or other type of hitch? This is important information as some types of hitches are better suited for heavier loads than others. There are a plethora of hitches now on the market, so you'll want to do your research in order to decide which one is best for you.

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trail king trailer

Consider Your Towing Vehicle

The vehicle you are using to tow with makes a difference in the type of trailer you buy as well. The larger your vehicle and its pulling capacity, the larger the trailer your vehicle can handle and the heavier the equipment can be. If your vehicle is not made to haul heavy loads, you can do some serious damage to the engine and transmission.

Consider the Frame

When searching for heavy-duty trailers, you'll want to consider the frame type. From flatbed and utility trailers to gooseneck and tilt trailers, there are a lot of choices, and some will be better suited to your needs than others. For example, our Smithco Side Dump Trailers are best used for hauling and dumping materials. You'll find these extensively in the agricultural, construction, road building, mining, and demolition industries.

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Consider the Decking

You want to make life easier on you. Thus, you want a trailer that makes loading and unloading your loads easy. You'll want to consider the decking when choosing a trailer for your needs. For example, our Towmaster Trailers feature fixed and tilt decks. These types of trailers are great for hauling heavy equipment as you can easily drive the equipment up onto the trailer and secure it. You'll find these in use in landscaping and general construction.

PARTNER WITH Wagner Equipment Co. TODAY

Wagner Equipment Co. has been helping customers across Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas have the trucks and trailers they need to serve their customers.. Let our team help answer your questions and get you the right truck and trailer for your unique needs. Contact your nearest Wagner location today!