One of the factors you should consider when buying a trailer is Strength. Strength is important especially for utility trailers because they are frequently overloaded, and unevenly loaded. Utility trailers are used in different ways, thus the trailer should be strong so it can serve its intended purpose no matter what the requirement.
Things to Consider:
Determining the size, shape, weight and weight distribution of the load you’re going to carry is important for the design and appropriate materials to be used for your trailer. It will determine how strong the trailer should be. Judge the trailer strength with respect to its load capacity.
Be comfortable that materials and construction techniques are adequate when it comes to trailers. There are different types of trailer design and it can be difficult to judge the trailer strength. Think about the materials being used and the size of the trailer.
Examine the flooring material and spaces between flooring support members. This area is often overlooked but it is very important. Even distribution lessens the required strength as compared to the loading point.
Beams and cross members should be checked for rust. Excessive rust can reduce the trailer capacity. It also shows lack of trailer maintenance or shortcuts in finishing during construction of the trailer.
Aluminum or Steel? These two are usually the top pick materials when constructing a trailer. Every material has its own perks. For example, aluminum is lighter compared to steel and steel can carry heavier objects compared to aluminum.
Construction is a big factor in terms of Trailer Strength. If the trailer is bolted together, trailer joints will act differently. In our opinion, frames and structural parts should be welded and not bolted together; we’ve seen trailers that are bolted and is inherently inferior to welded trailers.
- Examine all welded joints if it is sufficiently fixed. Small short welds may cause weakness or indicate shortcuts during construction.
Look for reinforcements or additional material in the axle spring area. Since these points of attachment are high-stress areas, extra reinforcement is important.
- Torsion axles add a lot of stress on the frame at the attachment point. The trailer builder should be able to anticipate this to accommodate added load. If the frame is not reinforced where the torsion axle mounts, it’s a sign of weakness.