Good Trailer Design – Introduction

Good Trailer Design  –  Introduction

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What Makes A Good Trailer?
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There are three general categories of “Good” trailer design. They are:  Strength, Stability, and Versatility.  This article discusses each of these topics on the following pages as they relate to trailers in general, and to utility trailers in specific.

Generally, a utility trailer is simple — perhaps a flat bed, or flat bed with sides — that rides behind a vehicle and carries all sorts of “stuff”.  More specific versions will have options like tall sides, a tailgate, built-in ramps, or a top — thus adding Versatility.  That’s important, but first, there are a lot of basics that make the trailer pull well, so it can carry the required “stuff”, and last for years.

It is key to note that not all items discussed on these article pages will, or even can, be present in every trailer.  Also, some of the items discussed may not be desirable for your particular application.  This article is not the end-all in trailer design.  The intent of this article is to give a better understanding of some of the things that make a difference in the pleasure of ownership, longevity, and usefulness of your trailer.

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  1. Trailer Strength   –  Factors in determining a sufficiently strong design.
  2. Dynamic Stability   –  Why are some trailers stable, while others wander all over the road?
  3. How much Versatility?   –  A look at trailer function and some optional features.

After learning about things that make a “Good” trailer, you may also like to read our guide to Choosing The Right Trailer.

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Concluding Thoughts …

Trailer design includes much more than just the cool options you want.  A “Good” trailer includes more than nice looks.  Check out the following pages, and you’ll know a lot more when you go to build or buy your next trailer.

Continue Trailer DesignNext Up:  Trailer Strength  –  Factors in a sufficient design.

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