Most people don’t give a second thought to flying down the road at highway speeds until they are towing something that holds considerable personal or cash value. While it’s possible to load up your lawnmowers, ATVs, snowmobiles and other landscaping or powersports equipment into an open-air trailer, you’re going to regret doing so when a piece of road debris does considerable damage. A dented gas tank, ripped fuel line or shattered headlight lamp could all easily be caused by a flying stone kicked up by another passing vehicle that unfortunately bounced right into the bed of your trailer. In the face of this possibility, motorists who need to transport valuable equipment should consider an enclosed trailer for all of the many benefits they offer.
Enclosed trailers come in a wide variety of sizes and purposes, from 28-foot-long trailers used for transporting cars and trucks to smaller 10-foot-long types that will comfortably carry a riding lawnmower. Other varieties of enclosed trailers will offer owners interior work stations for mechanical maintenance or office space, while those seeking something for race day at the track can even find taller trailers with a lift already installed. While a mechanical lift isn’t for everyone, it sure beats having to work on your motorcycles or other powersports equipment in the blazing sun or pouring rain. When transporting goods, it’s advisable to check out offerings from trailer parts companies so you’ll have the tie-downs, straps, bungee cords and winches require for proper powersports equipment towing.
Given the weight of such loads -- a snowmobile can easily weight 500 lbs while a riding lawnmower can tip the scales at 600 lbs -- maintenance can’t be overlooked. Regular wear and tear on anything mechanical is best addressed before it breaks at the critical moment, so shopping for items like a trailer hitch, mounting bracket, hitch pins and balls, winch hooks and so much more. While there’s no motor to maintain on a trailer, there are clearly plenty of other moving -- and non-moving parts -- that will require regular inspection and replacement. Of considerable concern should be your trailer hitch. You may need only a basic ball mount to carry around a lightweight trailer or you could be in the market for a bolt-on hitch for heavier loads. Even basic ball hitches can wear out, so be sure to give your trailer a visual inspection before heading out on any trip to avoid a roadside disaster.