Benefits of Enclosed Cargo Trailers vs. Open Utility Trailers

Categories: Trailers

Which Trailer Is Best For You

So, you’ve decided it’s time to buy a trailer for work or recreation, but which type should you get? An open utility trailer or an enclosed cargo trailer? Both will make it easier for you to haul cargo, tools, belongings, machinery, and outdoor toys. Both come in a variety of widths, lengths, and styles. And, both can be a boom to your business.

So, what’s the difference between the types of trailers besides being open or enclosed? We lay out the main benefits of each to help you decide which one is right for you.

Enclosed cargo trailers:

Exposure. The biggest benefit of an enclosed cargo trailer is that it protects your cargo from the elements. If you’re traveling long distances or regularly need to haul your belongings on a specific day—regardless of weather—enclosed cargo trailers are your best choice.

Security. You can lock up an enclosed cargo trailer, meaning what’s inside is more secure. This feature is especially helpful if you need to leave your trailer on a worksite—or even in your driveway—while loaded.

Customization. You can outfit the interior of a cargo trailer with shelving, benches, sinks, desks, etc., by choosing options from the dealer or customizing it yourself. Your trailer then doubles as a mini office, workshop, hobby room, or vending area.

Shelter. Whether you’re at a worksite or out camping, a sudden rainstorm is no problem if your trailer is enclosed. Ride out the weather or continue working inside. You can also use a properly customized enclosed cargo trailer as a sleep area onsite, when camping, or anytime you need alternative sleeping arrangements.

Open utility trailers:

Lighter weight. Square footage for square footage, open utility trailers are generally lighter in weight than enclosed trailers, making them easier to maneuver with your tow vehicle. Plus, it makes them more fuel efficient than enclosed trailers. Also, a lighter trailer means you can usually carry a heavier payload.

Height is not a problem. With an open trailer, you never have to worry about whether your cargo is too tall for the ceiling clearance. This feature is helpful if you tend to haul furniture or other types of cargo of unpredictable heights.

Better visibility. Unless you regularly carry a load of very tall cargo, an open trailer gives you greater visibility when towing. This is helpful when backing up as well as being able to see other vehicles while driving.

Perfect for outdoor endeavors. Landscapers often use utility trailers, and it’s easy to see why. Their cargo—mostly plants, hardscaping, and lawn debris—holds up even if it rains. And tools and machines like mowers can be easily protected with tarps, if necessary. An open trailer is easy to clean and offers easy access from the sides as well as the ramp. Many outdoor enthusiasts also prefer an open trailer to haul snowmobiles and dirt bikes.

As you can see, the decision to choose an enclosed trailer or an open trailer has a lot to do with how you intend to use it. Fortunately, Formula Trailers carries both open and enclosed trailers, and your local Formula Trailers dealer can help you decide which style—along with model and dimensions—will work best for you.