Whether you plan to haul horses, a boat or loose materials like soil or rock, you’ll need the right trailer. You must first decide between a gooseneck trailer that attaches inside your pickup bed or a bumper pull trailer that’s towed behind your vehicle. If it’s your first time owning a trailer or you don’t have a pickup, you should look into a safe, light, and easily maneuverable bumper pull trailer.
Safety of Bumper Pull Trailers
A bumper pull trailer attaches to a ball that’s mounted at the rear of the towing vehicle. You may hear negative opinions about bumper pull trailer safety, but there’s no difference in roadworthiness between gooseneck and bumper trailers. Most accidents happen because the trailer is not properly attached to the hitch, making the accident the fault of a careless driver, not the trailer.
Advantages Over Gooseneck Trailers
Bumper trailers are often lighter than gooseneck trailers and shorter since they don’t have the long connection mechanism at the front. A smaller, lighter trailer is easier to store and less likely to exceed 10,001 pounds. Trailers over that limit must be declared commercial, which makes licensing harder. Additionally, you can tow a bumper trailer with a Jeep, some cars, or even an RV.
Not all bumper pull trailers are the same, so choosing a good brand is important. You may want to select a trailer from a small maker like Top Shelf Trailers over a large national brand to save money and have more modification choices. At an independent company, you may even be able to speak with the owner about any concerns you have. For example, Top Shelf Trailers, which makes dump and roll-off trailers, is owned by a second-generation maker who is available by phone and email.
Great for New Trailer Owners
New trailer owners often find a bumper pull trailer less intimidating than a gooseneck, which can be difficult to connect and changes the turning radius of the towing vehicle. A bumper trailer follows the towing vehicle during a turn instead of pivoting on a bed-mounted hitch. A bumper-mounted hitch can also be installed easily and inexpensively. If you bought your vehicle used, it may already have one.
Gooseneck trailers have their uses, including for heavy and unstable loads, but bumper pull trailers are perfect for many purposes and are easy to use too. Keep safety, brand, and your level of experience in mind when looking into the right trailer for your hauling needs.