If you’re thinking about buying a trailer to transport your two- or four-wheeled vehicles, this motorcycle trailer buying guide and all terrain vehicle (ATV) trailer buying guide will get you on the right track.
Pick your manufacturer
Do your research and ensure you pick an established trailer manufacturer. The saying “you get what you pay for” really does ring true when it comes to a large investment like a motorcycle or ATV trailer. It’s best to get the highest quality that you can afford.
Next, figure out what size trailer you need. If you’re after an enclosed trailer, consider its height. Also think about towing weights and whether your towing vehicle can handle the load. Larger ATV trailers can transport two or more ATVs and are often wider or longer than a single ATV trailer, requiring a larger hauling vehicle. Consider a multi-purpose trailer, which can carry ATVs provided they’re properly secured.
Open or enclosed
If weather isn’t a factor for your motorbike or ATV, then an open trailer is a good economical choice. These trailers are also lighter and provide less aerodynamic drag than enclosed versions. Enclosed trailers are heavier, but offer security – it’s like a portable, lockable storage space.
Getting in and out
Ramp doors, double doors or single door are all options when it comes to an enclosed trailer’s rear door. A rear ramp door will provide the easiest loading and unloading method for motorbikes and ATVs, but ensure it comes with a spring-loaded ramp, as the doors can be heavy. Double doors are easier to open if you intend to be in and out of the trailer a lot. Single doors are found on smaller enclosed trailers.
Electric braking systems are the most common type of braking systems found on trailers. These systems connect the brake systems of the trailer and tow vehicle via a controller installed in the tow vehicle. This controller senses the tow vehicle braking and activates the trailer brakes.
Breakaway systems help if the trailer becomes disconnected from the tow vehicle, applying the trailer brakes before it endangers you and other road users.
If you’re not in the market for a trailer that you can also use for general purpose, there are some specially designed trailers offering aerodynamic shapes that are lightweight, handle well and are easy to reverse into tight spots. They are more expensive but are ideal if you’re after something specific.
When you’re in the market to buy a motorbike or ATV trailer, make sure you ask lots of questions, ask about a warranty, and do your research before making a purchase.
Need more space? Then you may need to consider buying a hauler or check out the tow vehicles that are appropriate for your trailer.