Tips For Choosing And Using The Flatbed Trailer Versus The Car Hauler

17 November 2015
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When it becomes necessary to haul your vehicle, two common options are the car hauler and the flatbed trailer. While they are both useful in a variety of situations, it is important to note that there are different aspects of each that you should consider before choosing how to secure and move your vehicle. By choosing the most appropriate method to safely move your vehicle, you can be sure that your cargo will arrive at its destination in the same pristine condition it was in when you started the trip.

Understanding The Flatbed Trailer

The flatbed trailer is typically an open unit, without walls, that connects to the back of your vehicle. It is crucial to be aware of the towing capacity of whatever vehicle you will be attaching it to. In general, you do not want to get too close to the maximum weight limit for your vehicle's towing ability, as it is a good idea to avoid accidentally overtaxing your towing vehicle. Although it seems obvious, do not forget to allow for the weight of the trailer and the vehicle you will be moving.

How To Load A Flatbed Trailer

Your flatbed trailer will require attention to detail when securing your vehicle, due to the open walls. Therefore, it is crucial to use four effective tie-downs that are at least two inches wide and rated for the weight of your vehicle. Ratcheting tie-downs provide an easily adjustable amount of tension, so that each corner of your vehicle can be connected to a corresponding corner of the flatbed trailer.

Learning About Your Car Hauler

Your car hauler is different from a flatbed trailer in that it provides four walls around your vehicle and therefore, it is often a more secure area for your car. Plan to connect the axle points of your towed vehicle to the corresponding anchor points located on the floor of the trailer. A tension bar is often useful at this point, if you choose to use chains to connect the car to the hauler.

Conversely, you could also use the ratcheting tie-downs previously mentioned with the flatbed trailer.  Regardless, the important factor is to remove any flex in the devices that connect and secure the vehicle within the item hauling it.  

Loading Your Car Hauler

You will need to first drive the towing vehicle in reverse in order to get it as close to the vehicle being transported as possible. Reduce the hauler's load ramps. Drive the vehicle up the ramp until it is in the middle of the car hauler, and immediately activate the parking brake after turning off the car. 

In conclusion, assuring the safety and non-mobility of the vehicle you are transporting on either a flatbed trailer or car hauler is easier when you are aware of the above tips. Although both transportation options are useful, it is important to consider the usability of both choices before making any final decisions.