What Are The Different Types of Utility Trailers?
Utility trailers come in many shapes and sizes. Some are enclosed, while others provide the ability to easily dump your load onto the ground.
Before you choose the right utility trailer to build, you'll want to consider what you will use it for. Many of the types of utility trailers will provide multiple functions. However, some are better for certain types of jobs than others.
Let's look at each of the different types of utility trailers to help make your decision easier.
The Basic Utility Trailer
Offering multiple sizes, the basic utility trailer will provide a platform, a tailgate, two wheels and guardrails around the outside. These trailers are great for moving equipment, hauling supplies, and general construction needs.
One of the major benefits of a lowboy trailer is the ability for the trailer to be adjusted to a very low deck height. This makes loading and unloading heavier equipment much easier.
Often, lowboy trailers are used for moving equipment, such as backhoe loaders, excavators, bulldozers, and other heavy items. When the equipment doesn't fit onto a flatbed trailer or a single-drop trailer, it will likely be hauled with a lowboy trailer.
A car hauler trailer is just what it sounds like; it's designed to move a vehicle. These trailers can range from a heavy-duty car dolly to a hydraulic car carrier trailer. Make sure to choose the right trailer plans based on the vehicle size you plan to move.
From small single-axle to high capacity dump trailers, you can build a dump trailer to fit your specific needs. These trailers work much like a dump truck with the ability to lift the platform and dump the load out of the trailer easily.
If you plan to move dirt, gravel, mulch, or anything else you will dump onto the ground, building a dump trailer is a great option.
Enclosed Utility Trailers
Similar to a basic utility trailer, but enclosed, this type of trailer is often called a cargo trailer. Enclosed cargo trailer plans are also commonly used for tiny house building.
When you need a bit more protection from the elements, an enclosed trailer makes quite a bit of sense. These utility trailers can be built in many different sizes for many different uses. They can be used for moving animals, equipment, supplies, and more.
Flatbed Utility Trailers
Unlike a basic utility trailer, a flatbed trailer won't have the guardrails around the outside edges. Instead, it's a flat surface, making it a bit easier to load and unload certain types of equipment.
These trailers can be built to suit many different needs with multiple configurations. Whether you need a shorter or longer platform, you can find the right step-by-step plans to build your own flatbed trailer.
Along with these common utility trailer types, you may want to build your own boat trailer or a smoker/pit & grill trailer. At The Trailer Parts Outlet, we provide trailer plans and trailer kits for many different types of utility trailers.