The Ultimate Guide to Open & Enclosed Trailer Sizes

Whenever someone is in the market for a new cargo trailer, one of the first questions they usually ask is what size trailer they are going to need for their purposes. Our customers have come to know they can count on Renown for some of the toughest, longest-lasting, and most well-made trailers on the market today, but narrowing down just which size trailer will work can be a little tougher to discern. That’s why we’ve taken the time to provide this ultimate guide for both open and enclosed trailer sizes. 

We’ll cover common applications by trailer size and of course, our team is always here to discuss your needs if you want to talk things over with our dedicated trailer pros.

8.5x22 enclosed trailer

Enclosed Trailer Sizes

The best news with any enclosed trailer is the absolute plethora of options customers have in order to find the right size for their application. To narrow down the scope of different trailers, we can segment enclosed trailer sizes into three different widths – 6’ wide enclosed trailers, 7’ wide enclosed trailers, and 8.5’ enclosed trailers

  • 6’ Wide Enclosed Trailer Sizes – don’t let the smaller size enclosed trailers fool you, these 6’ wide enclosed trailers can handle thousands of pounds of cargo and are ready to roll for personal or business use. 6×12 enclosed trailers are available in both single and tandem axle models, depending on the cargo carrying capacity needs of the customer. 

6×12 trailers are fantastic options for smaller landscape operations that may have a single walk-behind mower and a small complement of equipment, handyman who need a mobile tool crib and materials shed, snow cone, and concessions trailers, and a million other applications. Their small size means they are easier to maneuver, back up, and store than a larger size trailer while still being quite capable in terms of payload.

  • 7’ Wide Enclosed Trailer Sizes – whether you need a 7×14 or a 7×16, these middle of the pack enclosed trailers meet a lot of different needs simultaneously. You’ll be able to carry more cargo within these larger trailers, while still retaining a lot of maneuverability when your operations have you in some tighter places like urban streets. For one of the baddest, most aggressive trailers out there, you have a great option with the 7×16 tandem axle blackout special
  • 8.5’ Wide Enclosed Trailer Sizes – 8.5’ wide trailers provide the greatest diversity of sizing options within the enclosed trailer lineup. You can get smaller 8.5×14’s all the way up to monstrous 8.5×32 enclosed trailers, with tons of options in between. When you are hauling a prized antique around to different car shows or have a massive amount of gear, the 8.5’ wide options afford the most amount of cargo space available. Our 8.5 foot wide enclosed trailers have been employed in a crazy diverse lineup of different situations. Whether that’s as a dynamo food truck trailer or as a snazzy race car trailer at the track, we can help you get the perfect set up with these very versatile enclosed trailers. 

With any of the above, you are going to get a great baseline trailer that actually comes loaded with a lot more options than you would probably expect from a “stock” trailer. There are proprietary Thermacool® roof liners, premium-grade plywood floors, ATP stone guards, Z-Tech undercoatings, 5-year factory warranties, and so much more. 

However, the good news gets even better because there are almost endless combinations available when you start looking at your different custom options available. Add a ladder rack to your construction trailer, beef up the ramp door, even increase the interior height of the trailer. Talk to our trailer pro’s about getting every bell and whistle you could ever want or need to be installed on your new dream enclosed trailer.

Open Trailer Sizes

Open trailers are just that, open-air and open skies with nothing between you and your cargo. These offer a very easy way to get your cargo on and off, simply by providing 360 degrees of access. Now, even in the open trailer realm, you have a ton of different open trailer sizes and types to choose from. We’ll narrow it down between two distinct categories – dump trailers and utility trailers

Sizes and Dimensions for Dump Trailers 

7x14 dump trailer

Dump trailers are great for construction and landscaping purposes where you can dump materials quickly and easily wherever they need to go. You have two great options with a 7×16 and a 7×14 dump trailer available. Both of these sizes of dump trailers provide plenty of cargo room for all your equipment while also providing the utility of hydraulic lifts to lift the entire bed of the trailer so all those tree limbs or landscape debris never have to be unloaded by hand again. 

Utility Trailer Sizes

7x16 utility trailer

Utility trailers are by far the most popular type of outdoor equipment hauling trailer we carry. That’s because these trailers are built extremely tough to withstand the elements but are no-frills and ready to be put to work immediately. You can get the perfect 6×12 utility trailer, 7×14 utility trailer, or 7×16 utility trailer to best meet your needs. 

One of the best parts of a utility trailer is its ease of towing. The relatively lightweight of the trailer itself means you can pull with a wider range of vehicles. So if you’ve got a landscape company with a zero-turn mower and need equipment racks for weed wackers, edgers, and blowers, these trailers are super easy to outfit and get right to work. With easy-to-use top wind set back jacks, you can hitch and unhitch a utility trailer really easily. For all of these reasons, the utility trailer truly offers some of the best utility of any trailer out there.

Jumbo-Sized Enclosed Trailers for the Largest Cargo

It’s pretty well known that we offer a tremendous level of the most popular enclosed trailers, dump trailers, and utility trailers out there. But sometimes even the biggest 8.5’ enclosed trailer options just don’t cut what our customers need to haul really heavy cargo. That’s when absolute monsters in our Gooseneck trailer line-up come into the picture. 

Renown’s Gooseneck trailers are available in sizes from 8.5×22 all the way up to 8.5×52! Goosenecks also come in both tandem axle and triple axle options. With the beefiest of the beefy payload capacities around, Goosenecks are your ideal choice when you need to haul really heavy loads over greater distances, offering greater stability by way of couplers installed directly in the tow vehicle’s bed. 

Can You Change Sizes of Enclosed Trailers?

As we’ve hinted at, the sky really is the limit when it comes to all of the customization options you have for your new trailer and size really is no different. You can, in fact, change the size of your enclosed trailer simply by choosing from the different heights available. The standard height of an enclosed trailer is approximately 6’ 3” but you can get 6’ 6”, 7’, 7’ 6”, and even 8’ tall interiors added to the height of your new trailer. If you’ve got tall, bulky, hard to maneuver gear, or just really appreciate a lot of headroom, adding height is a great way to expand the space within your trailer and is an easy add-on in the order process. 

There are other ways to add additional cargo capacity without changing the size of the trailer, however. If you choose to upgrade the axle, you can really ramp up the payload capacity in short order to haul heavier loads. There are also options like ladder racks which help you make greater use of the exterior of the trailer for tools and equipment. All of these customizations are things that our trailer pros can cover with you in more detail when we meet to discuss your needs. In the end, you can have an enclosed trailer, dump trailer, or utility trailer that’s the right size, with the right equipment to perfectly mary up with everything you need from it.

Getting the Perfect Trailer to Meet Your Needs, Period.

One of the hallmarks of Renown is that we are absolutely not into pushy sales. When you come in, we will take the time to get to know you and the wants and needs of your new trailer before recommending a single product. While it’s pretty rare with our huge selection of top-notch trailers, if we don’t have what you need, we will gladly send you to another dealership that can best suit what you have in mind. That’s the Renown difference. 

We treat every customer like a long-time friend and guarantee you’ll get our very best before, during, and especially after the sale. You can count on us to be there no matter what. Give us a try and come see why so many come in as customers and leave as friends. Contact our team and get a quote for your new enclosed trailer.

Weight Distribution Hitch Guide | How Does it Work?

8.5 x 18 enclosed trailer

If you’ve been around enclosed cargo trailers enough, you will have experienced or seen that terrible moment when back and forth sway occurs on the roadway. A weight distribution hitch is an incredibly useful tool for trailer owners to employ to help combat the dreaded “trailer sway” that can occur at high speeds. 

In this issue of our enclosed trailer guide series, our trailer pros are laying out all the ins and outs of a weight distribution hitch and covering why these safety devices are essential for anyone hauling heavy cargo.

How Does A Weight Distribution Hitch Work?

Anyone hauling enclosed cargo trailers can tell you that proper weight distribution is a must. Especially with heavy cargo, having an unbalanced load can mean less control, more wear and tear on specific components, and can even lead to an accident. Balancing the load around the axle is key. 

A weight distribution hitch acts under that same principle as loading up your cargo in an evenly distributed way. When a trailer hitch is connected to the tow vehicle, there’s a lot of weight on the center, at the point of connection. So instead of all this weight hitting dead center on a standard hitch, a weight distribution hitch is going to take the stress and distribute it evenly throughout the plane of connection between the tow vehicle and trailer. This results in less stress at the rear of the vehicle and conversely at the front of the trailer. 

A Closer Look at the Mechanics

Also known as a load-equalizing hitch, a weight distribution hitch relies on adjustable spring bars and the physics of tension in order to create a uniformly distributed weight throughout the enclosed trailer up to the tow vehicle’s axles. 

You’ll see three main components inside of a weight distribution hitch that provides the inherent benefits of the system. These include the ball mount, the hitch receiver, and the spring bars.

All of these clever design mechanics of a weight distribution hitch simply make it safer and more efficient to haul heavy cargo wherever it needs to go. 

Benefits Weight Distribution Hitches Provide Trailer Owners

At their core, weight distribution hitches rely on providing balance between two key trailer measurements every owner should be very familiar with in the gross weight of the trailer combined with that of the cargo, as well as the tongue weight rating. When these two figures are imbalanced in either direction, the trailer hitch can sink, raise, or cause sway. 

We already know that an imbalanced trailer can be very dangerous so in walks a weight distribution hitch to make sure the trailer is in zen-like balance with the tow vehicle at all times. 

The key benefits to employing a hitch with weight distribution are many, including:

  • Evenly distributed weight – okay, so this one is a given but it’s absolutely crucial to the mission of a weight distribution hitch. This dramatically helps reduce motion up and down.
  • Drastically reduces swaying tendencies – with a trailer that’s been loaded properly and that has a weight distribution hitch, occurrences of that terrible back and forth sway should be virtually eliminated. 
  • Can increase the tow capacity of the trailer – without as much of a tongue load to account for, you may be able to get safely closer to the actual payload capacity of the trailer. Helping to haul heavier loads is definitely the hallmark of a weight distribution hitch.
  • Easier to maintain control – not having the nerve-rattling sway or up and down that can come with hauling a heavy cargo trailer means smoother sailing for long hauls. When you need to stop and turn, you’ll notice a far better degree of responsiveness than what you may have experienced with a fully loaded trailer that didn’t have a weight distribution hitch installed. 
  • Increased stability – sway can occur at the most terrible moments, like from a passing semi or a sudden gust of wind, the weight distribution hitch helps to absorb these external forces to give you better stability throughout the trip.
  • Decreased wear and tear – both your enclosed trailer and your tow vehicle will thank you a thousand times over for installing a weight distribution hitch. The uneven distribution can really do a number on a variety of components, so they’ll simply wear out faster. Decreased wear and tear means the investment in a weight distribution hitch really pays off over time. 

Whenever our customers ask us about options like a weight distribution hitch, we always focus on the value received for the investment made. With a weight distribution hitch, you’re getting a safer ride, a more efficient trailer operation, and less wear and tear. 

Two Different Types of Weight Distribution Hitches

In the wide world of weight distribution hitches, there are two distinct kinds of hitches, each with its own advantages. The main difference between the two types lies within the unique spring bar system that comprises each weight distribution hitch.

Trunnion Bars Weight Distribution Hitches

Trunnion bars help to provide a great leveling system for the overall towing operation you have running. Most trunnion bars handle capacities running from 5,000 to 15,000 lbs. The trunnion bar weight distribution hitch has a pre-torqued trailer ball, as well as sway control. Trunnion bars are best used when you have heavier cargo that needs to be transported.

Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitches

Round bars have spring bars that attach to the bottom portion of a ball mount. These systems are great for a nice, smooth and stable towing experience. Round bars have slightly less weight capacity with ranges hitting typically from 5,000 to 14,000 lbs, depending on the manufacturer. 

How Do You Know If You Need a Weight Distribution Hitch?

While it can sometimes just be a personal preference for a smoother ride and easier control, there are some telltale signs that you can be cognizant of that can mean it’s time to look at weight distribution hitches. If you experience things like a gross trailer weight rating that’s greater than 50 percent of the overall gross vehicle weight rating. 

The gross vehicle rating is the total combined weight of the fully-loaded trailer and tow vehicle and is something that’s specified by your vehicle’s manufacturer. As a good rule of trailer-hauling, you should always know exactly what your GVWR is and never push the limits of what your vehicle can safely handle. Additionally, feeling any kind of loss of control or swaying in the course of your normal activities hauling an enclosed trailer are pretty good indicators that a weight distribution system should be on your radar. 

Lastly, once you load up your trailer and have everything hooked up to your vehicle, take a step back and physically look at the setup. Do you notice your trailer dipping down at the tongue and the rear of the tow vehicle sagging or the front of your vehicle pointing up? If so, you most likely need a weight distribution system.  

Best Situations to Use a Weight Distribution Hitch

Weight distribution hitches to be used with enclosed trailers are usually employed when heavy cargo needs to go longer distances but they can be just as useful in everyday situations. 

A few of the situations where it can be especially beneficial to employ a weight distribution hitch can include:

Of course, anyone looking for a safer and easier ride may find it really beneficial to go ahead and install a weight distribution hitch. If you’ve ever seen or experienced trailer swaying, this alone can be enough to convince you how much it’s worth to have this system in place before your next towing adventure.

Weight Distribution Hitches and Towing Capacity

When you have a weight distribution hitch, you will in some cases increase the amount you can tow. That’s because the weight distribution hitch lets you tow to the actual capacity of the hitch. This isn’t so much increasing the overall towing capacity as simply letting you take advantage of the limits already there. 

Always, always check your vehicle’s hitch rating to know what the towing capacity is. Most will list two limits – one with a weight distribution system and one with a standard ball mount. Class III, IV, and V hitches are designed to work with weight distribution to create a safe tow operation. It’s important to know all of your vehicle’s ratings as no matter what, the lowest-rated component will be the safe limit.

Talk Weight Distribution Hitches With a Renown Trailer Guru

For hauling those heavy-duty loads, a weight distribution hitch can be a real lifesaver. Interested in learning more about how a weight distribution hitch system can make your life as a trailer owner easier? Call, click or come on in to our trailer dealership in beautiful Douglas, GA. Our seasoned trailer professionals can answer all of your questions and review your options for having this vital safety and performance system installed on your enclosed trailer.

Where to Buy a Deck Over Trailer

When you start looking at your trailer options, a wide variety of factors affect the final purchase decision. What type of trailer do I need? Where do I intend to go with this trailer? What’s an enclosed trailer vs. open utility trailer vs deck over trailer? Whenever we start the process with a new customer, our trailer pros take the time to walk through everything you need out of a trailer and then steer you right to the trailers that will work for you. 

Today’s trailer deep dive is pointed at a type of trailer you may not be as familiar with in deck over trailers. We’ll answer questions like “what is a deck over trailer?” and how to spot the best deck over trailer for your unique hauling needs. 

What is a Deck Over Trailer?

An enclosed trailer is just that, a trailer with a completely encapsulated storage area to keep sensitive cargo dry and locked up. Conversely, utility trailers and deck over trailers are open-air, ideal for a cargo that’s not weather sensitive and/or for short hauls around urban areas. With a lot of utility trailers, the deck is between the wheel wheels. These are also called flat deck trailers. 

On the other hand, a deck over trailer utilizes a deck that goes directly over the wheel wells giving the trailer a maximum amount of cargo area. The deck over trailer also gives you access all around the trailer without having to bend over to retrieve an item. Cargo can be slid on and off from more sides making the deck over trailer a very popular option in the skilled trades field. 

Construction crews and professional landscapers especially love the deck over trailer because of its ability to handle bulky, odd shapes with ease. If you are hauling a load of lumber to the jobsite, the pallets can be easily placed by a forklift just about anywhere on the trailer without fear of damaging the fenders.  

How to Pick The Best Deck Over Trailer For Your Cargo

Helping our customers choose the perfect deck over trailer to match their needs and their budget is what we do best at Renown. Whenever you’re trying to decide between one trailer over another, run through a few quick questions centered around cargo hauling with towable trailers. 

  1. What Kind of Cargo Are You Hauling?

Being in the market for a new deck over trailer, you probably have a good idea of what you’re looking at hauling around town. Whether that’s new palm trees to the clients house or heavy appliances for a local delivery service, deck over trailers are the versatile tool businesses and individuals need to get loaded and unloaded with ease. 

If you already have a set up as with a landscape or contractor crew, take a quick inventory of what you’ll be putting on the trailer. Having an idea for the actual space requirements is your first step towards selecting a trailer with enough room to handle everything you need it to. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself a few extra feet around the trailer so that everything remains accessible, maintaining the advantage for ease of loading and unloading inherent to a deck over trailer. 

Lastly, is the weight of what you are planning to carry around. An important measure with trailer cargo hauling is the deck over trailers’ payload capacity. The payload is set by the trailer’s manufacturer for how much cargo the trailer can safely hold. Exceeding this figure puts extra stress on the trailer’s components which can lead to premature wear and tear and even failure. 

  1. Where Do You Need to Take Your Deck Over Trailer?

Deck over trailers are not only versatile in the size and shape of cargo they can handle but also in where they can go. Because of their unique design, deck over trailers tend to have more ground clearance than enclosed trailers or utility trailers. This extra clearance can make it easier to get somewhere where the terrain is rougher. 

Along with what you are hauling goes where you are hauling it to. As we’ve said, the deck over trailer is an open-air trailer so anything being hauled is going to be subject to the elements. Renown’s beefy deck over trailers are made to last by some of the best names in the business so if the cargo can take it, you have plenty of capability for long-hauls. However, many find deck over trailers the ideal trailer for shorter runs in a localized area. The deck over trailer is the ultimate in ease of loading and unloading making it ideal for so many different loads. 

  1. What Your Tow Vehicle Can Handle

An easily forgotten consideration in your trailer purchasing decision needs to be a review of what your tow vehicle can handle. Knowing the measurements and safe limits your tow vehicle can handle are key for a safe towing experience. The first on the list should be your vehicle’s tow capacity. The tow capacity is a limit set by the manufacturer for how much the trailer can safely tow. But you shouldn’t stop there, the Gross Combined Weight Rating is a more holistic measure which takes into account the weight of the vehicle and the weight of the trailer to specify how much your tow vehicle can handle all together. 

Advantages of Deck Over Trailers

By now, you have already gotten a feel for the many advantages of the deck over trailer but these versatile haulers keep the beneys rolling with a plethora of perks. We’ll dive a little deeper into each of the benefits to deck over trailer ownership.

  • Open Design for Easy Access: The most notable advantage lies with the completely open design. The ramp is generally longer for big cargo which can make loading in tight spaces a little trickier, but on the whole, getting things on and off a deck-over trailer is super easy because you can do it from multiple angles and not just the ramp. 

Think about it this way, you have just purchased a bunch of fence panels and fence posts from the hardware store. When you get to the job site, you and your partner can access these without having to bend over, sliding each component right off the trailer. Saving your back and some time may seem like a small advantage, but time and effort savings can add up big for businesses—not to mention your back will be thanking you!

  • Handles Odd Shapes: without having the walls like you do with a utility trailer, the deck over trailer can handle bulky and/or odd shapes a lot easier. The cargo can lay flat on the trailer deck which means getting it on and off is a breeze. 
  • No Fenders to Damage: with a utility trailer, you are putting all of the cargo inside the fenders of the trailer on the decking. This means loading and unloading cargo often means pulling over the wheels, resting the cargo on the fenders for a minute, and generally doing a lot of other things that can damage the wheels and wheel wells of the trailer. Deck over trailers are built right over the fenders so there’s very little risk that unloading or loading cargo could lead to damage.
  • Greater Ground Clearance: the unique design of deck over trailers also makes them a little easier to get in and out of rougher terrain. When your jobsite does not have the best of roads, you will be very thankful for the extra clearance that keeps the trailer’s underside from taking more abuse.
  • Anchor Points Directly to Trailer Deck: with a utility trailer with walls, it can be hard to get an anchor point directly to the trailer deck and you may have to settle for the top bar. There are some situations where you just want absolute surety that your cargo is bolted down as tight as it can go. For example, if you are hauling a pair of motorcycles cross country, having heavy duty tie straps and solid anchor points directly at deck level is an absolute must.

Deck over trailers offer the perfect solution for a wide variety of applications. Still, we absolutely understand that going with one trailer over another can seem like a tough decision. Our knowledgeable and friendly team of trailer professionals stands ready to help you find the perfect trailer to meet your needs and your budget. 

Start a Deck Over Trailer Order

One of the coolest aspects to how Renown is set up for new deck over trailer sales lies in our ability to get your new trailer to you just about anywhere in the U.S. You can look over all your options for a new trailer, chat with a trailer associate, select custom options, check out, and schedule delivery all right from our site. Of course, if you would rather come and see us in beautiful Douglas, GA, we would absolutely love to have you!

Open Trailers vs. Enclosed Trailers: Pros and Cons

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blackout package on an enclosed trailer

Open utility trailers and enclosed cargo trailers are each incredibly useful tools in their own right. These trailers are relied on by everyone from construction crews to homeowners to get the desired cargo wherever it needs to be. So how do you decide which is right for you? 

Today our trailer pros are breaking down everything you need to know about cargo vs utility trailers in the matchup of the century. We’ll cover the pros and cons of each to help you decide which trailer best suits your needs.

Benefits of Open Utility Trailers

Utility trailers are so-named for their extreme versatility. The open design means you can haul large and odd-shaped pieces of cargo with relative ease. Without walls and a roof, a utility trailer is generally lighter than its same-sized enclosed trailer equivalent. This means that more tow vehicles will be able to handle a utility trailer, giving you more choices. Because of their size, utility trailers are also easier to maneuver and you have completely open sight lines at all times so you know what’s around you. 

Most smaller utility trailers can be loaded by hand although a jack does make the job a lot easier. Utility trailers also afford the ability to access cargo from all sides with the ramp down. This can simply make it easier for loading and unloading by not having to go up and down the ramp every time. With rails all around the trailer and with several built-in anchor points, utility trailers give you plenty of options for tie straps and other cargo-securing methods. 

The open design also makes for an easier access to wiring and structural components. This can make maintenance and upgrades a lot easier with a utility trailer. All in all, utility trailers are an excellent choice for cargo that’s being transported around the city or on quick trips.

Drawbacks of Utility Trailers

The downside of a utility trailer is also its greatest benefit, it’s open. This openness means your cargo will be subjected to the elements. This may not be as big an issue with a full complement of landscaping equipment that can take getting rained on, but for other items like furniture or bedding, this can be really inconvenient. 

There’s also a limited number of ways you can secure your cargo beyond tie straps. While generally secure from falling off the trailer while underway, this only provides limited protection from theft. Utility trailers also don’t usually have the same payload capacity as their enclosed trailer equivalents. As well, if a utility trailer doesn’t come preinstalled with a floor, you’ll be limited in how much weight the trailer can hold. 

Advantages of Enclosed Trailers

Enclosed trailers are like a mobile storage unit on wheels. You have a thick aluminum skin, framing, walls, roof, and a floor all encapsulating your cargo. This makes for a safe and secure means for getting what you need from A to B. 

With Renown’s trailers coming standard with things like Thermacool® roof liners, the advantage of an enclosed trailer are many including: 

  • More Secure: Locking doors and ramps means your cargo is safer from theft. With expensive cargo like a prized racing vehicle, you really want as much protection as you can get from the elements and those with less-than-savory moral inclinations. Enclosed cargo trailers tend to have higher payload capacities than utility trailers, giving your more wiggle room for heavier loads. 
  • Easier to Customize: Customization options are also more plentiful. You can increase the thickness of the aluminum skin, add ladder racks up top, add storage cabinets within the trailer, or any one of a hundred other options. These options make it a lot easier to outfit an enclosed trailer just how you want it and how it’ll best serve you going forward. 
  • Branding Opportunities: Enclosed trailers also provide a huge mobile billboard for your brand. You can get the perfect color to match your brand identity and add custom embellishments to really make it pop. This is great for construction companies, landscape crews, and other companies that want a clean, professional look when appearing on job sites. This is also ideal with concession and food trailers that really want to entice customers in with a sharp-looking trailer and then win them over with their great food. 

Enclosed trailers can be configured in a myriad of ways, as office trailers, pet grooming trailers, construction trailers, race trailers, and more, all depending on the needs of the job. We even offer many of these in pre-designed packages to make it easy for our customers to choose a great new enclosed trailer for their purposes. 

Drawbacks of Enclosed Cargo Trailers

Enclosed trailers are completely encapsulated meaning you’ll be limited in your sight lines when driving. You’ll also generally be limited to one or two points of ingress and egress with a single ramp door and access door up front. The shaded interior can make it harder to see your cargo without additional lighting and especially at night. 

Enclosed trailers are also generally heavier than their utility trailer counterpart so you’ll be more limited in which vehicles can handle the extra load. Enclosed trailers require more head space for parking inside which may require additional consideration depending on your facilities. The wiring for the trailer also runs under the floor which can be a little more difficult when it comes time for maintenance or with desired upgrades. 

Enclosed Vs. Open for Landscaping and Other Trades

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is from landscapers wondering whether an enclosed vs open is ideal for their operations. The answer is always a little underwhelming in that it depends. It depends on what kind of crew you’re running, where you’re travelling to, and how you conduct business. Let’s break it down. 

  1. What’s Your Equipment Loadout?

If you’re a smaller landscape crew with one zero-turn mower, a small push, a couple weed whackers, edgers, and a backpack blower making up the bulk of your tools, you really can get by very well with a utility trailer. You’ll be able to get everything on and off quickly, your crew has full access to all their tools at all times, and you’ll have more room to load up branches or other yard debris that needs to be transported off-site. 

That being said, if you really want to protect your equipment from the elements, an enclosed trailer is your best option. But the one ramp door does add more time to loading and unloading when you get to your next job. 

  1. What’s Your Business Needs?

Even with a Thermacool® liner, the inside of an enclosed trailer does get mighty toasty, especially in the middle of the summers like we get here in Douglas. A utility trailer doesn’t offer any shade, but at least it doesn’t swelter like an enclosed trailer can. As we’ve mentioned, an enclosed trailer does provide a better opportunity for branding and marketing. You have huge walls that you can add your logo and contact information to, which can really come across as more professional than a utility trailer. 

Still, utility trailers are favored by many for their extreme versatility. Equipment racks can easily be added to the side of your utility trailer to hold equipment like edgers, weed whackers, and blowers which make it really easy to get to a job and get going immediately. 

  1. What Kind of Jobs Are You Doing?

If you want to offload your equipment and run a landscape crew for the day, you can easily load up sod, mulch, or other loose materials and bring it right to the jobsite. You can also have a completely open space for hauling debris off-site. If you combine a utility trailer with a dump trailer, you’ve just made life so much easier on your crews by adding the ability to drop material wherever it needs to be. 

When time is money in landscaping and other services, consider the options that will save time and conserve effort. Your crews will thank you and you should be able to get more done. 

Getting into Your Perfect Trailer

At Renown, all we do is hook up the right trailers for our customers needs—whether that’s an enclosed trailer or an open trailer we’ll take the time to understand your needs. This starts with taking a listening-first approach to every sale. We’ll help you walk through everything you need this new trailer to do for you and then show you the options that will do just that. If we can’t, we’ll never push a trailer that isn’t perfectly suited for your needs. 

Next Steps: Ordering a Trailer Online or Picking Up in Person

Start an online trailer order now, get financed, and even have your trailer delivered most anywhere in the US. If you’d rather come see us in person, we’d love to meet you at our dealership in beautiful Douglas, GA today. Contact our trailer pros with any questions you may have.