Shopping for a New Trailer Look for This!

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Buying a new trailer is similar to purchasing a home – it’s a big investment that you want to last for years to come. But how do you know if the cargo trailer, Econoline trailer, utility or equipment trailer you’re considering is rock-solid or total junk? When it comes to trailers, an exterior appeal only gets you so far. At, we pride ourselves on developing a customer-first business model, and that means providing easy and affordable trailers, but also equipping our audience with a wealth of knowledge.

Here’s a basic guide on what to inspect on your potential new trailer to ensure it’s a good investment.

Evaluate the Thickness of Aluminum Skin

The thicker the aluminum skin, the more durable the trailer will be now and in the future. Most standard trailers are built with .024 aluminum skin. However, a trailer upgraded to the .030 Aluminum Skin (more rigid, thicker), while not a necessity,  will hold up better over time.

How can you evaluate the thickness of the aluminum skin when purchasing online? You buy a trailer through a trusted website like that lists the specs for each trailer they are selling. We know that a robust outer layer is one of the most important things to look for in a new trailer, and that’s why we provide a variety of options with explicit detail.

Look at the Material of the Roof

Water leakage is one of the biggest factors that can sabotage your trailer and the precious cargo inside. Relatively new trailers have been known to have poor construction and because of water leakage, mold grew on the inside of the trailer. A well-constructed roof made of quality material is the most important factor towards keeping your trailer watertight.

Ensure the Trailer is Painted and Sealed to Resist Weather Elements

To ensure your trailer is a good buy, it needs to withstand all weather and natural elements. The paint on the outside of your trailer has a much bigger job than just looking pretty. As we just mentioned, water can destroy trailers and their framework. Like a well-constructed roof, the paint that’s used can serve to protect the trailer from the elements

Assess Wall Stud Spacing

A strong structure is a sign of a well-built trailer, and the spacing of the wall studs in a trailer is indicative of sturdiness. Studs that are 16 inches apart (16” on center) and studs that are 24 inches apart (24” on center) are most common. Trailers with wall studs that are 16” on center will be stronger than trailers with wall studs that are 24” on center. For an even stronger structure you can upgrade to 12″ on center.

When browsing the various selections on, remember that the more studs, the stronger the trailer. Consequently, the further apart the walls studs are, the weaker the sidewalls of the trailer are. Consider the load you’ll be carrying and assess the wall stud spacing to your unique situation.

Consider Plywood Interiors and Floors

The most reliable trailers are built well from the inside and out. One of the biggest overall clues to a trailer’s quality is the interior. While it’s hard to examine the inside of the trailer online, we make it easy for customers to determine if a trailer offers a real plywood interior — for both the walls and the floor. Plywood is far sturdier than cheaper material like particle board. However, sometimes OSB on walls may work great in areas of high heat and humidity. We provide the facts on the thickness and type of material used on floors and walls of all enclosed trailers.

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If you are looking for a trailer that goes above and beyond, we know you’ll find one through our website. Prices advertised are for orders placed online for your pick up after your trailer is built to your specific order. All online orders are processed through our Arkansas dealer, no matter which factory location you will be picking up from. See all our dealer’s contact information listed on our Contact Us page.