Motorcycle Trailer Safety and Legal Issues
A trailer is basically an unpowered motorized vehicle towed behind a powered vehicle by a transmission. It is most commonly used for the transportation of raw materials and goods. The term ‘trailer’ comes from the German ‘rufer’; it also denotes any other form of motorized transportation that is not wheeled. In North America, the most common trailer is a 18 wheeler semi-trailer.
The utility trailer family contains many types and sizes of trailers. The most common types are a flatbed trailer, a utility trailer, a travel trailer, and a Class A motorcycle trailer. The most well-known trailer in the United States is the bicycle trailer, which was made famous by bicycle manufacturers during the 1960’s. Since then, the popularity of non-powered trailers have declined, but there are still many uses for them.
Flatbed trailers are designed to be towed behind larger vehicles, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles. A flatbed trailer can be specialized to carry heavy loads such as furniture, or to haul personal belongings or luggage. The utility trailer type, on the other hand, can be used for towing a boat or to transport smaller trailers and other objects. Travel trailers are designed to be towed along by automobiles, motor cycles, and other vehicles.
In addition to being used to transport goods, most trailers are used for recreational reasons as well. One example is a travel trailer, which can be used to drive anywhere without a vehicle for long distances. If you live in an area that has a limited number of roads and an even fewer number of truck routes, a semi-trailer could be your best option. These trailers can be made to tow almost any kind of vehicle, and can even be fitted with a hitch for an easy to handle, low-cost trip.
Many people who live in the country find it necessary to transport their recreational vehicles and other belongings by means of a semi-trailer. Of all trailer types, these are the easiest to load and to drive, since there are no restrictions on how you pull a trailer. There are some dangers to using these trailers, however. The greatest danger is that the trailer could topple over if the tow vehicle is not careful or if the tow vehicle itself is not strong enough to support the trailer. Flatbed trailers are often very lightweight, but they lack the strength of other trailer types. In addition, flatbed trailers are designed to be hooked up to the back of vehicles, rather than to the side of the vehicles, as with semi-trailers.
The information in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only. It should not be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional financial or legal advice relating to the purchase, sale or lease of a vehicle, motor cycle or RV. For additional information or to receive an estimate on the cost of a used or new motorcycle trailer, contact a consumer reporting agency such as Equifax, Trans Union or Experian. For more general information on auto or motorcycle trailer buying or selling, consult the National Automobile Dealer’s Association (NADA) or the Better Business Bureau (BBB). For questions about motorcycle trailer financing, including interest rates, use the internet to search for BBB Franchise Solutions, NADA Auto Financing, or CIT Auto Loans.