You may have recently purchased a horse or perhaps you own a farm or ranch and are in need of a livestock trailer to transport your animals to markets or fairs. If you are in need of a new trailer but haven't bought one before, you might be wondering which one is the best option for you. Livestock trailers come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, so it might be difficult to determine which one is best for your needs.
Here are some tips on how to choose the right livestock trailer for your needs.
The Livestock You Are Transporting
Your first consideration when looking through livestock trailers for sale is what type of livestock are you transporting and for what reason. The type and size of a livestock trailer will depend greatly on the size and type of your livestock.
For example, do you have one horse you are taking to an equestrian event, or do you have sheep or cows you are taking to a fair or to the market? If you only have small animals or are only hauling one or two animals at a time, then a bumper pull trailer might suit you best.
Bumper trailers or tagalong trailers are smaller trailers that hook up to your truck's bumper easily. They are lightweight and are best for short drives. They are less likely to affect your vehicle's fuel efficiency, so if you don't need to take your animals a far distance, they could cost you less in the long run.
If you are hauling multiple or larger animals, then a gooseneck trailer might be a better fit. They are larger with a long gooseneck-style front end that connects to your truck bed. This makes them more sturdy than a bumper pull or tagalong trailer for longer distances. They are capable of carrying heavier loads like horses and cows or multiple animals.
There are some livestock trailers that have small living quarters attached to them as well. You will find these mainly on a gooseneck or larger livestock trailers. It's possible to find simply a bed and storage on the upper portion of the trailer. You will also find that some have a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom within the trailer.
If you find you are hauling your livestock longer distances or perhaps you are staying onsite at a fair or market, then you might want to have a livestock trailer that has a living space included.
For more information on livestock trailers, contact a supplier.