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Top 5 Features to Look for when Buying an Enclosed Trailer

Are you in the market for an enclosed trailer but not sure where to start? Fear not, you've come to the right place! This blog post will guide you through the top five features you should consider when buying an enclosed trailer. From understanding the importance of durability to choosing the right size, we've got you covered. So, buckle up and get ready to dive into the world of enclosed trailers together!


Consider the Frame

The trailer frame is arguably the most important part of the trailer. It is the backbone of the structure as a whole, and responsible for holding everything together and bearing the weight of your cargo. A well-built steel frame ensures durability and longevity, providing a strong foundation that can withstand the rigors of the road. This is why we use an all tubular steel frame on our trailers! Another important part of the frame is the coating applied. This can make or break the corrosion resistance of the trailer, decreasing or enhancing the lifespan. On every Walton Trailer Sales trailer, we use an industrial, marine grade paint to ensuring the maximum amount of rust prevention possible. So, when considering a trailer, pay close attention to the quality of the steel frame and the coating- it's a crucial element that plays a significant role in the trailer's performance and safety.


Pictured below is an 8.5 X 22' flat nose Walton Trailer Sales frame.


Quality of the Welds

The quality of the welds on a trailer is paramount. They hold the entire structure together, creating a strong bond between the steel crossmembers. High quality welds ensure that the trailer can bear heavy loads and withstand rough conditions without falling apart. They're the glue that keeps everything in place! Poor quality welds can lead to structural failures, which can be both dangerous and costly. Here at Walton Trailer Sales, we've seen a thing or two when doing repairs, so don't be too shy to crawl under a trailer before buying! So, when checking a trailer, don't overlook the welds- they're a key indicator of the trailer's overall quality and safety.


Some examples of BAD welds we've seen during repairs on other brands of trailers:


Siding Thickness

Thicker siding is a total game changer when it comes to enclosed trailers. It's all about the durability and protection. Thicker siding withstands harsher weather conditions, road debris, and the wear and tear of travel better than the thinner aluminum options. It's less likely to dent or puncture, which can save on repair costs down the line. Plus, it's more insulating, keeping the trailer's contents safer from temperature fluctuations. Here at Walton Trailer Sales, we use 0.080 Polycor siding, as opposed to the 0.024 industry standard aluminum. The difference is astounding! So, for manufacturers, opting for thicker siding means delivering a higher quality, more reliable product to customers. It's a win-win!


Pictured below is our 0.080 Polycor Siding.

Pictured above is the industry standard 0.024 aluminum siding.


Standard Features Included

Paying attention to standard features on trailers in relation to the price is crucial. These features, directly impact the trailer's functionality and longevity. A lower priced trailer might seem like a bargain, but if it lacks key features or uses cheap materials, it may cost you more in the long run with repairs and replacements. Conversely, a higher priced trailer with more robust features could offer better value over time. So, it's all about balancing your needs with your budget to get the best bang for your buck!


Don't compare apples to oranges!


Length of Warranty

Warranties are super important when it comes to buying an enclosed trailer. They're like a safety net, providing you with peace of mind about the quality of your trailer. If something goes wrong with the trailer within the warranty period, you're covered. It could be a manufacturing defect or an issue with certain parts- the warranty can save you from unexpected repair costs. Plus, a good warranty often reflects the manufacturer's confidence in their product's quality. So, always check the warranty terms before making a purchase. It's an essential part of the buying process!


Each Walton Trailer Sales Trailer comes with a 5 year warranty!


Conclusion

So, when you're on the hunt for an enclosed trailer, remember these top five features to look for: Frame, Welds, Siding, Standard Features, and Warranty. Keep these in mind, and you'll be all set to make a well-informed purchase- it may end up saving you money in the long run!

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