What is a Utility Trailer, and What is it Used For?

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What is known as a “utility trailer” can refer to a number of different kinds of trailer, usually, it refers to a trailer that is has no means of power and is either pulled or towed by a powered vehicle like a car, van or truck. Trailers have wheels and can be built in design as a flat-bed open-air trailer or as an enclosed trailer with shelving units for special equipment built in. This sort of trailer is made to carry various kinds of cargo, either for business or leisure purposes.

The utility trailer is attached to a vehicle by way of a tow bar. There are a number of types of tow bars, but the most commonly used one is the two inch (5 cm) ball type. Usually, the trailer is attached to a vehicle with sufficient towing capacity to manage a significant weight load; and so, it is in most cases common to see a trailer attached to a powerful vehicle. In the United Kingdom, all trailers being used on any road will have to have functioning brake lights and the appropriate license plates.

Styles

Utility trailers from Indespension, come in a range of styles, lengths, widths, and weight capacities. People who are involved with recreational motor sports, make use of utility trailers to carry their motorcycles, watercraft, or ATVs. These utility trailers are usually single axle units with two wheels, but there are the larger type of trailer in a two-axle version with four or more wheels to give support for heavier weights and balance out the load. Some trailers have sides so as to protect the items being carried from weather, debris, theft and from falling out.

Many utility trailers do not come with an active braking system, and speed up and slow down along with the towing vehicle. However, trailers which go past a certain weight and length, require a braking system so as to work in coordination with the towing vehicle. 18-wheeler trailers are an example of a trailer with a built-in braking system.

Attaching and Handling

With the attaching of a utility trailer to your vehicle, it will certainly affect both the stability and handling, so you should be prepared for a different type of driving. Due to the trailer alone adding extra weight to the vehicle as a whole (Along with whatever is being carried), the braking distance of your vehicle will be definitely be increased. Plus, the handling of your vehicle can also be affected by different weather conditions. You will also be careful when driving around corners, to prevent the trailer from swinging too far in either direction, which may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

So, if this is your first time, take these factors into consideration. Reversing will also be a new challenge and make sure to grant some extra room during turning and ensure that you have clear visibility in your rear view mirrors at all times while towing a trailer.

Look after your trailer and your trailer will look after you!