Buying a Trailer 101

Buying a Trailer 101

Are you hauling something important to you or someone else? If the answer is yes, then you’ll want to make sure that you choose the right trailer to protect it. Trailer buyers face several decisions in selecting the trailer that will meet their specific needs. Sorting through all the potential types of trailers and their options can seem like a daunting task, but using this guide to become familiar with trailer options and features can help you make an informed decision and simplify the process of searching for the ideal trailer to make those hauling projects easier.

Some people think that a trailer is just a trailer, but that is simply not true. Just like everything else in the marketplace, when it comes to trailers, you get what you pay for. You can purchase a cheaper trailer, but beware. Cheaper models may feel better to your wallet today, but they’ll need to be replaced over and over when they keep wearing. On the flip side, you can invest a little bit more in a durable trailer that is stronger and lasts longer, which will keep you on the road and keep money in your pocket in the long run.

When buying a trailer to best fit the job(s) that you want to do, there are several things that you must consider. 

Style of Trailer 

There are an array of different styles of trailers to choose from. Here at Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales we carry a wide range of trailer styles like enclosed cargo trailers, dumps, car haulers, goosenecks, utility, and equipment trailers. Each trailer is designed with a certain set of features specific to your needs. Many can be outfitted for dual purposes and uses.

Once you have decided which style of trailer best fits your needs, you can then figure out the size and capacity you will need. Picture your normal cargo and the average weight that you will need to transport. This will help to determine the best axle size for your trailer. 

Axles On the Trailer

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is a very important detail when choosing your trailer. GVWR is typically that sum of the axle ratings; however, there are some exceptions depending on the build of the trailer and possibly the braking capabilities. This is important because GVWR minus the base trailer weight will give you the cargo capacity of your trailer. Also keep the dimensions of your average cargo in mind when making your decision.

Options & Details

There are a number of options to take into account that could be beneficial to you and the specific jobs that you will be doing. These options can help make your job much easier.

There are many options that come standard, and some that are add-ons. Which options on your trailer will work best to take care of your needs? Do you need side extensions for your dump or a tarp system? Maybe you need D-rings or e-track installed to help secure the various shaped loads that you transport. Perhaps you need ramps or a tool crib. Take a look at the many options that can make your job quicker and easier.

Be Safe!

After you purchase your new trailer, make sure your vehicle maintenance and trailer maintenance are current. This is very important because towing puts additional stress on the tow vehicle. The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers provides a handy pre-departure safety checklist to keep you & your cargo safely on the road.


If you have any questions about trailers or optional features, please contact us by email, call us at 419-298-0777, or come and see us at our facility in Edgerton, OH. We will be happy to help you find a trailer that fits your needs.

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