If you are having trouble deciding between a Gooseneck or a bumper pull trailer, consider starting with the frame. It is important to look at the I-beam used for the main from when you are looking to purchase a Gooseneck flatbed. A 12-inch I-beam is the industry standard, but higher-quality trailers will feature a 19-pound-per-inch I-beam versus 16 pounds per inch. Another important factor to consider is crossmember spacing. For most trailers, 16-inch centers are sufficient, but upgrading to 12-inch centers becomes necessary when hauling more weight.
The trailer’s hauling capacity, or gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)—the combination of trailer and cargo—is determined by the size and type of axle. While most Gooseneck flatbeds are equipped with tandem 10,000-pound axles and dual wheels, 12,000-pound axles are a popular upgrade. When deciding what size axles you need, the first step is determining how much weight you will haul. It is important to make sure the VIN number with the GVWR is clearly visible as well. This is the first thing the DOT is going to look for when you through a scale. The VIN tag will tell you how much weight you can put on the trailer without overloading it.
Wiring and Lights
Wiring is another important item. We recommend LED lights and an enclosed wiring harness. Moisture can get in if you don’t have enclosed wiring. This can lead to rust and headaches later down the road. There are numerous advantages of LED lighting, including lifetime service, better illumination and less power draw.
Durability is one of the most important trailer features to consider. Choosing a heavy-duty trailer will ensure that it will be able to handle the load for a long period of time.
Brakes and Hitches
With bigger trailers, hydraulic brakes are less maintenance and much more reliable than electric. But compared to hydraulic brakes, servicing electric brakes is relatively easy. The only parts to service or replace are the magnet, wires, brake shoes and return springs, and there’s no hydraulic fluid to replace and bleed. There is no master cylinder or lines to leak either. For more information on brakes read our article: Hydraulic Brakes vs Electric Brakes. Using hitches can also provide both convenience and security.
Decking is another important feature to consider when purchasing a trailer for your small business. Depending on what you’re hauling in your trailer, having enough cross support can be crucial.