How to Get a Title for Your Trailer

How to Get a Title for Your Trailer

Have you recently purchased a new trailer? If so, congratulations. You probably can’t wait to show your friends and family and get busy using your new trailer.

Before you can really begin to incorporate your trailer into your plans, however, there are a few things that need to be taken care of first. You’ll need to get insurance. Depending on your specific trailer, it may need to be inspected. And of course, you’ll need to get a title and registration.

If phrases like “title and registration” immediately fill you with dread, don’t worry. We understand that this might not be your favorite part of getting a new trailer. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to make the process as easy and pain-free as possible. Follow the information here, and your trailer will be road-ready in no time.

What Is a Title? What Is a Registration?

Let’s begin by making sure we’re all on the same page with this basic terminology. Titles and registrations are both ideas that we might primarily think of in relation to cars, but that also apply to many other types of motor vehicles like motorcycles, tractors and even trailers.

A title is a legal document that certifies you are the owner of the vehicle in question. Every vehicle being operated on the road must have a title, as this provides legal proof of who owns the vehicle.

A registration, while related, is something different. A registration is something you file with your state of residence to prove that you’ve paid them any taxes or fees required to own and operate a vehicle in their state. As proof that you’ve registered with the state, you’ll usually receive a state-issued license plate or, in lieu of this, a registration sticker. These identifiers show that your vehicle has been made known to the state, is roadworthy and that you have paid all the necessary fees associated with owning it.

Do I Need to Get a Title for My Trailer?

You may be wondering if a title is absolutely necessary for your trailer. After all, a trailer doesn’t move anywhere under its own power. One might wonder whether it truly qualifies as a motor vehicle and thus, whether or not it actually needs a title.

The short answer is yes, you need a title for your trailer. The slightly longer answer is that it depends on your specific trailer and it depends where you live. If your trailer is extremely small or not being used on the road, there may be a chance it does not need to be titled. The odds of this are slim, however, as the DMV has a broad definition of a trailer which likely encompasses anything we might think of as a trailer.

Whether or not you must title your trailer also depends on which state you live in. Different states have different rules on this matter and to be sure, you’ll want to research information on your state in particular.

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What Is a Trailer?

The DMV may stipulate that trailers must be titled and registered in your home state. Because of this, it’s worth taking a look at how the DMV defines trailers, and whether or not your trailer falls under this definition.

According to the DMV, a trailer is a unit that carries passengers or property and is either towed by or attached to a motorized vehicle. Based on this, here are several types of trailers that are included in this definition:

  • Campers
  • Farm Wagons
  • Livestock Trailers
  • Boat Trailers
  • Semi Trailers
  • Flat Beds

This list is far from all-encompassing, but it begins to give you a good idea of whether or not your trailer falls under this definition. The odds are good that it does. If you find that you’re still unsure, however, check with your state’s licensing and registration policies to decide for certain.

When Do I Need to Register My Trailer?

If you’ve decided that your new trailer does need to be registered, then it’s time to move on to the next most pressing question: when does it need to be registered by? In other words, after you purchase a trailer, how long do you have before it must be registered?

There is no single answer to this question, simply because this is not governed by any national law. Every state decides this on its own basis, meaning that the laws will be different depending on which state you live in. If you’re not sure how long you have, you’ll want to look up your state’s regulations on this matter and follow them accordingly. If you’ve recently moved to a new state, it’s especially worth looking into, as your new state’s laws are likely to be different from those of the state you previously lived in.

A good rule of thumb to remember is the 30-day rule. In many states, you’ll have 30 days after purchasing a trailer or other vehicle before it must be properly titled and registered. This window of time makes it possible for you to make the necessary arrangements and complete all the paperwork and fees, as this can sometimes be a lengthy process or may involve you making the drive to a DMV that’s far away.

Keep in mind that this is simply a rule of thumb, however, and it should not be taken as fact. Every state will be different and to be sure that you’re in compliance with your state, we recommend looking up specific information for your home state or jurisdiction.

What Happens If I Don’t Register My Trailer?

If you happen to live in a state that does require you to register your trailer, then it isn’t simply a matter of opt-in or opt-out. You must register your trailer, and failure to do so will likely result in penalties that grow more and more severe the longer the trailer is left untitled.

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What Do I Need to Register My Trailer?

Unfortunately, titling and registering your trailer or any other vehicle is not quite as simple as merely walking into the DMV, telling them you have a new trailer and walking out with the registration. For the process to move forward, there are several things you will need to have on hand when you go to the DMV to complete your registration.

1. Title and Registration Fees

Nothing comes free, and titling and registering your trailer is no different. To gain the privilege of owning and operating a vehicle in your state, even if that vehicle is only a trailer, you have to pay the state certain fees. You might think of these fees like taxes. You pay your state and county taxes for the privilege of living within their borders, and this money goes towards supporting the state and making it a great place to live in. Titling and registration fees are a similar situation.

Fees and rates will likely differ from state to state, but the principle remains the same. When you go to complete your titling and registration, you must be prepared to pay these fees.

2. Proof of Insurance

Again, this will be different in every state. Your state may not require insurance, but it will require research to make sure. If your state does demand that your trailer is insured, you will want to purchase this insurance right away. To successfully complete the titling process, you will likely need to present proof of your insurance to the state. Because you have approximately a month to title and register your trailer, and you need insurance prior to doing this, it’s important to think about insurance right away.

3. Paid Personal Property Tax

As the name suggests, personal property tax is a tax levied based on personal property. In this case, the property in question is the trailer you’re trying to register. To successfully apply for a title and registration, you’ll need to supply the receipts that show you paid this tax in full.

4. Proof of Ownership

There are a few different acceptable forms of proof of ownership. This might be a bill of sale, a previous title or even a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin. In all likelihood, it won’t matter so much what form this item takes, as long as it somehow provides legally documented proof that you are the rightful owner of the vehicle in question. This is the state’s way of making sure that you’re qualified to apply for this title, and that the vehicle wasn’t stolen or otherwise illegally obtained.

5. Signed Application

Finally, you’ll need to fill out an application for a title and registration. This will likely ask for information about you and the vehicle so that all this information can be put on record with the state. You’ll sign this application and then, provided you’ve supplied all the other necessary items, you should receive your title and registration.

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How Do I Register My Trailer?

Once you’ve gotten all the paperwork and money together, there’s only one final step left to take before your trailer is titled, registered and ready to hit the road.

We recommend taking a final look at your state’s regulations and particular laws, to make sure that you’re complying with them. The last thing you want is to think that you’ve completed the process, only to discover at the last minute that your state has a little-known requirement that you failed to meet. Do your homework ahead of time, and this shouldn’t happen to you.

When you’re certain that you know what your state requires of you, all that remains is to head down to your local DMV or other trailer licensing location and hand in the documents, fill out the paperwork and receive your license plate or registration sticker. Once you receive your title, make sure to store this in a safe, secure place.

What If I’m Transferring From out of State?

Imagine this scenario. You own a trailer in your home state and have long since gotten it legally titled and registered. Everything is in good working order, and you’ve owned the trailer for years without incident. Now, you’re moving to a different state and bringing the trailer with you. Do you need to re-register your trailer with your new state? If so, what does that process look like?

The law dictates that all vehicle owners must transfer the title and registration to their new state upon making a move. The exact period of time allotted to make this transfer will differ with each state, so it’s imperative that you research this information for the states relevant to you. A safe bet is 30 days or so, but it’s worth looking this information up to be sure. You don’t want to find that the deadline has passed and you’re driving an unregistered vehicle around in your new state.

Earlier, we addressed the topic of whether or not trailers count as vehicles and walked through a DMV-approved definition of trailers. If your trailer falls within this definition, then it will be your responsibility to get the titled transferred upon moving.

However, there is one important side-note to this. Some states will require trailers to be registered, while others won’t. This means that you’ll need to do a little bit of research with your new state’s regulations on the topic.

If your old state didn’t require you to register your trailer, you might not be expecting your new state to require it either, and you could be caught off guard in this way. On the other hand, it could be that your old state demanded trailer registration and your new state doesn’t. In this case, the change in procedure works in your favor. It’s best to do plenty of research ahead of time so as not to be caught by surprise one way or another.

The actual process of transferring a title is not terribly difficult. It’s very similar to the process required to receive a title in the first place. You’ll want to collect all the same documents as before and take them to the DMV, where you’ll apply for your new title. However, you’ll want to ensure your insurance is aware of the change in residency. Additionally, this time around your proof of ownership will likely be your title from your old state.

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Visit All Pro Trailer Superstore Today

Titling and registering a trailer might sound intimidating, but it’s nothing to worry about. If you’ve been putting off buying your dream trailer because you aren’t sure how to title it, don’t let that hold you back anymore. Visit All Pro Trailer Superstore today to get started shopping for your trailer. If you already have a trailer, we offer many other services, as well. We also do trailer repair, trade-ins, inspections, customization and so much more, making us your one-stop shop for all your trailer needs. If you purchase a trailer from us, we also offer titling services right here at our store location.

Here at All Pro Trailer Superstore, we value our customers and their experience. We may be a nation-wide brand, but we still make your experience and satisfaction a top priority for our team. Contact us today to learn more about how we can meet all your trailer needs.

How to Register a Trailer

How to Register a Trailer

Most states require you to register a trailer within 30 days from the date of purchase. Laws regarding title and registration vary from state to state, but the penalties for going unregistered are stiff in most of the states that do have this requirement. The longer you procrastinate on registration, the costlier the fines are liable to be for your untitled trailer.

Trailer Title and Registration Requirements

Before registering a trailer, you will generally need to submit a signed title to verify your ownership. Alternately, you might be able to use a manufacturer’s statement of origin. You will also need to sign and submit an application for the license and title of the trailer, along with receipts of applicable property taxes. Finally, you will need to pay the registration fees.

Research Local Registration Laws

Do some research into the laws as they apply in your jurisdiction regarding trailer registration requirements. In most states, you do need to register a trailer for personal or commercial use, though the requirements vary from state to state.

The easiest way to learn about the laws that apply in your area is to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles’ website for your state. Instead, you could make a preliminary visit to your local DMV and speak with a service agent about the materials you will need to gather to register your trailer. If you do not have a DMV location in your hometown, check online or call the DMV to get directions to the nearest location.

Gather Your Identification Cards

Before you make a trip to the DMV, make sure to have two forms of photo ID on hand to verify your identity when you speak with an agent. For example, your driver’s license might serve as the primary form of ID, and a passport could serve as the second. If you do not have a passport, you could use a military identification card instead. If your only form of photo ID is your driver’s license, be sure to have other forms of identification on hand, such as your birth certificate and the card with your Social Security number.

Gather the Necessary Documents for the Trailer Registration Process

One of the key documents you will need to have on hand to register a trailer is the bill of sale that verifies your ownership. This document should contain all the basic information about the trailer, such as the make, model and year of production, as well as the weight and ID number of the trailer.

You should also have info on the seller in addition to your identification when you go to meet with a DMV agent to register your trailer. With all the necessary documents, the process of registration should not take long to complete.

Gather Your Identification Cards

Gather the Certificate of Title

In addition to the bill of sale, you will also need to have the certificate of title on hand when you go to register the trailer. The certificate of title is the document proving you are the rightful owner of the property in question, which would be the trailer in this case.

If you do not have the certificate of title in your possession, you will need to ask the DMV about the procedures for obtaining this document. In some cases, such as when you have only recently purchased the trailer, you might not have the certificate of title.

Safety Inspections

The DMV will not register a trailer that is unsafe for active personal or commercial use. Some trailers must undergo a safety inspection before obtaining registration. Trailers that are old or that have changed hands between one or more prior owners are liable to be subject to this requirement.

Most DMV branches have onsite inspection stations to inspect trailers for safety. If your trailer does require a safety inspection, the DMV might issue you a temporary registration, pending the inspection date and test results. The allotted duration for this temporary registration will depend on DMV policies within your jurisdiction.

Pay the Registration Fee

The final step in the process of trailer registration involves fee payment. Once you have filled out the application forms, the DMV will require you to pay to register your trailer. The amount and purpose of these fees will depend on the laws of a given jurisdiction. Usually, you can expect to pay the sum of several fees, such as the registration, title, administration and license. If you live in a state with a sales tax, the cost will also include that amount.

Register Your Trailer Every Few Years

The registration of your trailer will remain valid for a set length of time before you will need to re-register with your local DMV. The length of time will depend on the laws of your jurisdiction and the type of trailer in question. For utility trailers, registration is valid for two years throughout the United States.

The purpose of this registration process is to establish an ownership link for each trailer on the nation’s roads and freeways. Each time you re-register a trailer, it keeps DMV files up-to-date and relevant. If the identity of a trailer owner ever comes into question, DMV registration records provide easy access to this information.

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Complete the Registration of Your Trailer

After you have officially registered your trailer with the DMV, attach the license plate on the designated spot on the back of the trailer. This license number will aid in the trailer’s recovery in the event of loss or theft.

The next step after registration will be to insure your trailer with sufficient coverage. Depending on the value of the trailer and its intended use, you might need a standard insurance policy, or something more expansive.

If you intend to use the trailer for personal hauling, you will probably only need a liability or collision policy. If you plan to use it for commercial purposes, you will need to have commercial trailer insurance. In some jurisdictions, an auto insurance or commercial auto insurance policy will cover a trailer, whereas other jurisdictions require separate policies for vehicles and trailers.

Registration for Different Types of Trailers

Trailers come in numerous makes, models and sizes, but registration laws apply regardless. Whether you purchase a trailer for commercial or personal use, registration and insurance are necessary, though the coverage requirements vary according to the purpose of the trailer.

Register an Auto Hauler

An auto hauler is a large trailer whose purpose is to haul cars from one location to another. When freshly assembled cars come off the factory line, auto haulers move them to various car lots for sale to the public.

Auto haulers must get registered so law enforcement can know a licensed driver is legally operating a given hauler on the freeway. If a hauler gets stolen and used for illegal activity, the registered license number can help authorities track it and apprehend the criminals.

Register a Bulk Trailer

Bulk trailers are largely responsible for the availability of cooking products in grocery stores across North America. Of all the commercial trailers seen on America’s highways, bulk trailers play one of the most integral roles in the lives of most consumers.

Without bulk trailers, pourable and granulated products would not be available to most households in the same quantities as people have come to expect. As such, bulk trailers need to get registered and insured — both for the sake of the companies that operate such trailers, and for the benefit of America’s consumers.

Register a Concession Trailer

Register a Concession Trailer

Of all the commercial trailer types, concession trailers have the most interaction with the public at large. Food stands and ice cream trucks are two of the more popular types of concession trailers.

To sell meals, snacks or beverages from a concession trailer, you need to cover the legal groundwork on several fronts. In addition to trailer registration and insurance for both the trailer and vehicle, you also need to have cargo insurance to protect the consumables and appliances. In many states, you will also need a food handler card or food safety inspection.

Register a Dump Trailer

One of the most important fixtures at a worksite is a dump trailer, in which excavated rocks and gravel get loaded for clearance. Alternately, dump trucks transport rocks or gravel across long distances for distribution at worksites throughout the country. Dump trailers carry heavy loads, and must get registered and commercially insured for liability.

Register a Freight Trailer

One of the largest trailer types is the freight trailer, which hauls furnishings, appliances and other inventory products between factories and department stores. Whether the fleets travel across local, regional or cross-country distances, all freight trailers must get registered and safeguarded with commercial trailer insurance. Due to the sheer size of freight trailers, registration is vital for tracking purposes in case a trailer of this type gets stolen or used illegally.

Register a Gooseneck Trailer

Gooseneck trailers are useful for commercial as well as personal purposes. Among fleets, goosenecks haul products between manufacturers and sellers. Goosenecks also support tiny houses and mobile homes. In any case, gooseneck trailers must get registered as well as insured according to the needs of their intended use, be it personal or commercial. The contents within a gooseneck should also get insured against loss or theft.

Register a Livestock Trailer

Register a Horse Trailer

Any trailer that transports horses must get registered and insured for the protection of the trailer, the horses and fellow motorists on the nation’s roads and freeways. Requirements for the extent of coverage vary by jurisdiction, and if you own horses, you must also follow the laws regarding livestock transportation.

Commercial farmers, as well as private breeders, use horse trailers. If you transport horses, you will want to have insurance that will cover the medical expenses of any horse injured in a roadway accident.

Register a Livestock Trailer

As with horse trailers, a livestock trailer must be registered within its state of operation and insured in proportion to its worth. Whether you use a livestock trailer for commercial farming, or to transport wild animals you keep as pets, you should register the trailer for tracking and identification purposes in the event of a theft. Your insurance for the trailer should also be expansive enough to cover the medical expenses for any animal that sustains injuries in an accident.

Register a Logging Trailer

Commercial trailers for log-hauling purposes must get registered and insured for the safety of the drivers and fellow motorists, as well as for the value of the trailer itself and the contents within. A logging trailer must also undergo periodic safety inspections to ensure the trailer is structurally sound to haul large and heavy logs across vast distances on the nation’s freeways. A trailer that isn’t structurally sound may fail to contain the logs properly, and they could ultimately roll and cause massive damage in an accident.

Register a Pole Trailer

Pole trailers to transport long, heavy and generally pole-shaped contents across long distances. As with log trailers, pole trailers need to undergo periodic safety inspections, in addition to registration renewals. An unsafe, uninspected pole trailer might fail to secure its contents, which could ultimately fall, roll and cause costly and lethal damage along the nation’s roadways.

Register a Tilt Trailer

Commercial tilt trailers are for heavy-duty on-ramping purposes, such as the loading of vehicles and rolling stock onto flatbeds. An improperly secured tilt trailer could endanger any vehicle in its immediate surroundings. For obvious reasons, tilt trailer owners must register, insure and periodically inspect them for proper safety.

Register a Motorhome

If you reside in a motorhome atop a trailer, you will need to register your trailer with your state’s department of transportation. The process involved is similar to the registration of a car or truck, though the steps and specific requirements will depend on the laws of your jurisdiction.

In Pennsylvania, for example, you would need to complete the paperwork for a standard vehicle registration, in addition to a motorhome certificate of compliance for van/minivan vehicles. You can grab this MV-2 form at any DMV location.

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Trailers serve a vast range of purposes for people both young and old. From truckers, farmers and landscapers to business owners, animal breeders and sporting enthusiasts, trailers are available in a multitude of sizes to haul everything from commercial inventory and consumable goods to livestock and vehicles.

At All Pro Trailer Superstore, we offer many types of trailers for commercial and personal use. We also perform trailer repairs, inspections and customizations. Explore our website to learn more about our trailer sales and services.

Which ATV Trailer Is Right For You?

You may have decided to buy an all-terrain vehicle for any number of reasons. ATVs are versatile and fun, and can be cost-effective compared with some alternatives.

  • You may need one for practical purposes — if you’re a farmer or rancher, you need to get around your property to get all your work done.
  • You may have one for recreational purposes, such as for getting out to your favorite hunting ground or just riding around for its own sake.
  • You may have an ATV for a combination of work and play.

No matter what you need an ATV for, chances are you’ll need a trailer to haul it around. There are many different options for an ATV trailer, and knowing just what to get can be more complicated than you think. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you choose the ATV trailer that’s right for you.

  1. Consider the Size of Your Load

The first thing you want to be sure of is that your trailer will be large enough to haul your ATV (or ATVs, if you have more than one). You also want to be sure that the trailer you haul plus the weight of your ATVs won’t be too much for the tow vehicle. If you have a lighter vehicle that can’t pull that much weight, you may want to choose an aluminum-frame trailer over one of steel construction.

  1. Consider Loading and Unloading

ATVs are known for being nimble and maneuverable on the ground, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get them onto or off of a trailer. Trailers that only feature rear loading ramps mean you might have to turn the ATV sideways manually if you’re loading multiple vehicles. Sideloading ramps are optional, but before you dismiss them as completely unnecessary, you should know that they’re going to make things much easier for you.

  1. Take Your Local Climate Into Account

ATVs are built to tackle just about any type of terrain in just about any condition, but if you’re in a part of the world where extreme weather is common, you might want to consider buying an enclosed trailer to keep your ATVs safe while in transit. An enclosed trailer also may be a good idea if you typically haul your ATVs over long distances, where they may be susceptible to damage from rocks and grit kicked up from the road.

A good ATV trailer can enhance the convenience of owning an ATV, as well as your enjoyment of it. The wrong ATV trailer, however, can only create headaches for you. No matter why you need an ATV, think about these tips before you buy the trailer you’ll need to haul it.

Whether you need professional help making a decision or are ready to buy the right ATV trailer, contact us at All Pro Trailer Superstore for the best in service and selection.

Help Us KnockOut Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Foundation & All Pro Trailer Superstore: Join us on Saturday, April 14th for the first KnockOut PD 5K run/walk.

Runners and walkers can register online at KnockOutPD.com

April is Parkinson’s Awareness month and this fundraising event is to help raise awareness and highlight the need for more research and support of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The cost is $30 per participant with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Parkinson’s Foundation. We encourage those living with PD to come out for the one-mile walk or support the participants who are walking or running on their behalf.

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Walking with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease (PD) can change the way a person walks. Stiff muscles, rigidity and slow movement make it harder to take normal steps. Short, shuffling steps and freezing, the feeling that your feet are stuck to the floor, are common symptoms for people with mid-stage to advanced PD.

Balance is also affected and puts people with PD at risk of falling. The good news is that with exercise and physical therapy, these individuals can improve their balance.

Unfortunately, a cure has still not been found. However, it has been proven that people with Parkinson’s who exercise at least two and one-half hours a week have been able to keep the affects of this disease a bay much longer.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

This campaign has three objectives:

  • Continue to support research to find better therapies and, ultimately a cure, for Parkinson’s disease;
  • Recognize the individuals living with Parkinson’s disease who participate in vital clinical trials to advance the knowledge of the disease and;
  • Commend the dedication of organizations, volunteers, researchers and millions of individuals across the United States working to improve the quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

Parkinson’s Hits Home Here

Supporting the Parkinson’s Foundation is particularly important to Tammy and Scott Smith, the owners of All Pro Trailer Superstore. Tammy’s father, the original founder of the business, has been battling the disease for the last 19 years.KnockOut PD, Parkinson's disease fundraiser, All Pro Trailer Superstore

“My father, Jake Wagner, founded All Pro Products in the 80’s as a small trailer hitch wholesale business, which today stands as a nationwide leading retailer in the cargo trailer industry that we operate today as All Pro Trailer Superstore,” states Tammy.

After becoming actively involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation last year, Tammy developed the KnockOut PD website, ran the OC half-marathon in Newport Beach, CA raising over $3,300 for the Foundation, and is currently organizing the upcoming 5K in efforts to raise funds and awareness for the cause.

KnockOut PD Race Details

This 5K event will have awards for the top finishers in each category. Each participant will receive a race-day T-shirt, bib, goody bag and customer finisher medal for their support!

For more information about the event, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, contact Tammy Smith at tammy@trailersuperstore.com.

We need your help in helping raise awareness to beat Parkinson’s disease and ensuring a better future, today. Won’t you help us bring a cure closer?

About the Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. They build on the energy, experience and passion of their global Parkinson’s community.

The Information You Need to Select the Right Enclosed Trailer

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Selecting the right enclosed trailer for you, your family and/or your business can seem like a daunting task. Since these trailers come in many sizes, shapes and designs, you’ll want to make sure you have all the facts before making a choice.

Here are the questions we answer regularly for our many, satisfied customers.

The Four Most Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What should I consider when making this investment?
    Think about:

    • The vehicle that will haul the trailer.
      Each vehicle has its towing limits. Look at the manufacturer’s booklet or check online for yours.
    • The type of cargo.
      We typically receive requests for the following types of enclosed trailers:

      1. Utility
      2. Contractor Tool
      3. Motorcycle
      4. ATV
      5. Snowmobile
      6. Wheelchair and
      7. Luggage
    • Distance being traveled on a regular basis.
      If you are staying within 50 miles of your home or business, the type of trailer you need will be different than a person that travels hundreds of miles with each trip.
  1. What about steel versus aluminum trailers?
    Steel trailers are heavier than aluminum. Steel is also less expensive; however, aluminum generally has a higher resale value.
  2. Should I buy a new or used trailer?
    Obviously, a brand-new unit will have a higher upfront cost than its used counterpart. However, the five reasons you may wish to buy new are:

For the warranty coverage, which usually covers the trailer frame and key components, too.

The ability to customize with colors, flooring, cabinets and design you desire.

They are readily available where you may have to wait for the right used one.

You need financing options.

You plan to own the unit for a long time.

A used trailer may work well if you are going to use it intermittently and/or your cash flow is such, you do not have the funding for a new unit.

  1. What role does the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) play?
    NATM has a Compliance Verification Program where every two years they visit manufacturers to ensure each company complies with federal standards.

The All Pro Trailer Superstore Difference

We offer an extensive inventory of NATM certified trailers, so you can have peace of mind that each unit will deliver the best hauling experience for you at a price you can afford. Check out the enclosed trailer page to see our vast variety of models and manufacturers.

Please consult our experienced crew by stopping in our Mechanicsburg, PA store or calling 844-830-8186. We are experts on each of our trailers!

Custom Wrap Your Trailer at All Pro Trailer Superstore

 

All Pro Trailer Superstore has partnered with Caskey Group to offer custom trailer wrapping for business customers looking to enhance their marketing efforts. Small business owners can now advertise their business on any trailer they purchase at All Pro Trailer Superstore in Central Pennsylvania. In addition to the trailer wrapping service, trailers can be customized and delivered if necessary for added customer convenience.

All Pro Trailer Superstore chose to partner with Caskey Group because it has been a leading commercial printing company for more than thirty years. Caskey Group has mastered the art of branding and specializes in various forms of marketing including website design, digital printing, commercial mailing, and much more. Caskey Group’s in-house design team can handle all parts of the job – from the design phase to installation – to ensure customers are completely satisfied with the final product.

“We are proud to now offer trailer wrapping to our list of services,” said Tammy Smith, Co-Owner of All Pro Trailer Superstore. “The team at Caskey Group is very talented, and we are already receiving nothing but positive feedback from our customers about their services.”

Trailer wrapping is a popular and cost-efficient way for small business owners to reach a large number of people and direct them to the business. All Pro Trailer Superstore encourages everyone to check this and all of it services and trailers for sale today!

 

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All Pro is our name, Trailer Superstore is who we are! One location to serve you locally or nationwide. We service PA, MD, VA, NJ, NY, and New England with all of their trailer and towing needs on a daily basis; however, All Pro trailers can be found at homes and businesses throughout the Continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. We inspect, repair, finance, customize and deliver trailers. View our Customer Testimonials here to find out more about why so many choose us when they are in need of a new or used trailer!

 

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Transform Blank Canvass Into Business-Booster With Trailer Wrapping Services

trailer wrapingThere once was a time when renting a roadside billboard was the go-to marketing tactic for businesses. After all, the allure of reaching thousands of motorists and making untold impressions was hard to argue against. Then came the realization that renting a billboard can cost – according to some industry estimates – upwards of $10,000 per month in major U.S. cities. Even billboards in low-density areas could cost at least $1,000 for 30 days of exposure and some owners of the real estate your ad appears on expect you to cover the cost of printing and installation, as well. Given these scenarios, it’s easy to see why business owners started researching alternatives and we’ve got an unbeatable one for mobile operations. It’s called trailer wrapping and it offers an unrivaled way to both catch eyes and let everyone who passes by know exactly what goods and services you’re offering.

The premise is this: Small business owners need an affordable and effective way of promoting their brand. By coming to a company that specializes in selling custom trailers of all sizes and uses, you’ll also benefit from a wealth of industry-specific knowledge. All Pro Trailer Superstore, for example, has invested plenty of time and research into offering trailer wrapping to clients who want to turn their wheels into a roving advertisement. Thanks to a recent partnership that this trailer company has formed with a commercial printing company, those in the market for a trailer can now receive a final product that’s also custom-designed to meet your business needs. After selecting the right trailer for the job, you’ll be able to design the prints that will adorn the sides of it. That means wraps and signage that can show off your company logo, services, address, phone number and other specifics which will immediately resonate with those shopping for a service. In the end, you’ll have professional logos that were designed in-house with your input and installed with the guidance of a trailer company that knows all about the elements these prints will have to withstand when on the road.

There are truly so many industries that are perfect candidates for trailer wrapping services, which is also a wallet-friendly way to keep your advertising budget in the black. If you own a landscaping company, what better way to catch the eye of potential customers than through the covered 6-foot by 14-foot cargo trailer that’s parked along the side of the road and flanked by your employees who are hard at work. How about automotive companies who are transporting cars, motorcycles, boats and more inside an enclosed trailer? All it takes is an immersive image and phone number and you could create a new customer out of someone who has been in the market for a new vehicle. If ever there was a time to turn an otherwise blank canvass into an advertising opportunity that rakes in the revenue, it’s now.

Converting a Cargo Trailer into a Home on Wheels

Used trailers for saleAre you someone who enjoys road trips but are only usually able to travel with what you can fit in your car or truck? Well, the Trailer Superstore has a solution for you that will give you plenty of room to pack what you need and provide a nice place to sleep no matter where you are.

First, you will have to go on our website, search for used trailers for sale, and find a used cargo trailer that fits your budget. Now we’re going to teach you how to convert that cargo trailer into a home on wheels that can be hauled by your vehicle to any destination you’d like to travel to.

When searching for a cargo trailer to convert, be sure to get a size that suits you best. This will vary from person to person, but typically a 5×7 foot trailer is a bit too small and a 6×12 trailer is a bit too big. For this reason, we recommend looking for a 6×10 foot trailer to convert.

Once you have your cargo trailer, the first step will be to install insulation. This is very important because in the winter insulation keeps heat in and in the summer it keeps heat out. Insulation sheets that are 4×8 foot should do the trick and you’ll want to use 1” thick on the walls and ¾” thick on the roof. You can use up to three layers of insulation on the roof.

Use 1 ½” drywall screws with washers on them to attach the insulation to the wall. On the roof, use 3” sheet metal screws with very large washers on them to attach the insulation.

The Styrofoam portion of insulation sheets is typically shiny and made of an aluminum foil material. Some may choose to keep their walls like that because light will reflect better in the trailer, but it is also easy to add some paneling over the insulation for a more finished look.

Most cargo trailers will come with plywood floors and many of them will be unfinished. To spruce up your floor a little bit, you can simply stain the wood with deck stain to give it a better look. Once the stain is dry, add two coats of varnish to the floor to protect the wood.

Now, the next steps are going to require some carpentry and/or creativity. You’ll want to have a bed and some drawers or shelves in your new home on wheels, as well as some storage space for miscellaneous items and a counter top for cooking and preparing food.

The layout and design of the interior of a trailer is up to the individual that will be living in it, but there are effective ways to build a simple bed frame and shelves out of wood if you or a friend has any carpentry skills.

Once you have the furniture and storage space in your trailer all mapped out, you can find a place for a generator and strategically place power strips throughout your living quarters so that you’ll have electricity while on the road.

Now that you have a home on wheels, you can hitch up your trailer whenever you feel like it and travel across the country without worrying about where to stay or if you brought enough supplies.

Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Utility Trailers

Utility trailers are known for being able to handle various needs. They’re commonly used to haul cars, recreational vehicles, landscaping or contracting equipment, livestock, boats, and trash or debris.

But if you own a utility trailer or are interested in purchasing one of our new or used utility trailers for sale, here are a few out-of-the-box ideas for using it in a way that’s out of the norm.

Kayak Rack

Any kayak owner is familiar with the hassle of having to transport their kayak from one place to another. Sure, strapping it to the roof of your car if you have roof racks is an option. But what if you’re going with friends and have two or more kayaks that you need to get from point A to point B? Well, if you have some metal or PVC piping and some pipe fittings, you can construct a kayak rack on your utility trailer and haul your kayaks safely and securely.

Tailgate Bar

Football season is right around the corner. Who doesn’t love tailgating before watching their favorite team take the field? You’ll be the talk of the tailgate if you convert your utility trailer into a sports bar and haul it with you down to the stadium. Secure a bar to the center of the trailer; get a canopy or some sort of covering as a rooftop to go over the bar; and install bar benches that are firmly attached to the bar or trailer. If you really want to go the extra mile, install some televisions around the bar that hang from the canopy and deck your bar out with your favorite team’s colors and logo.

Mobile Concert Stage

Being a musician can many times mean life on the road. If you haven’t hit it big enough yet to be playing in concert halls and arenas but like to play your music to various events, convert a utility trailer into your very own concert stage and always have a place to perform. Most utility trailers will only be large enough for solo performances or small bands, but with some lights, an awning, and some speakers, you can put on a show wherever you go.

Can’t wait to try one of these great ideas? Don’t forget that All Pro offers the best selection of new and used trailers for sale in the area. Our prices and financing on pre-owned and used trailers are unbeatable. So give us a call or visit our Trailer Superstore today.

Properly Storing and Transporting a Performance Vehicle

If you’ve spent the money on a performance vehicle, and perhaps even a custom trailer for your race car, it is important to spend the time and effort to store and transport it properly.

The engines of race cars when not used for a prolonged period of time need to be cared for and maintained to prevent corrosion. This is equally as important in the summer and the winter.

By following these simple steps for maintaining the engine, your race car will continue to perform up to par.

Fog the engine: If the engine is being stored in the car, start it up and use fogging spray to spray down the carburetor or injection stacks. Spray for about 15 to 20 seconds in order to properly coat the engine’s internal components. If the engine is being stored out of the car, use the fogging spray to coat the exhaust valve ports and sparkplug holes and then manually turn the engine over several times.

Drain all fluids: If you leave fluids in your engine throughout the winter, there’s a good chance you’re going to have an expensive bill come spring because of a frozen engine block that cracked. If you’re storing your engine in the winter in an unheated facility, make sure all of the fluids are drained out of it. If possible, it is recommended to store the engine in a location that is heated.

Purge methanol fuel systems: Methanol is one of the most corrosive fuels in your engine, so it is important to make sure it is completely drained out before storage. Remove all lines from the methanol fuel system and make sure everything is dry. Spray any valves or movable parts with WD40.

When securing your performance vehicle for transport in an enclosed cargo trailer, there are also some important tips to keep in mind. Perhaps the most important advice we can give has to do with loading your race car into its hauler.

Many people drive their cars into their trailers and then exit the vehicle by crawling out and squeezing their body along the side of the car to escape out of the trailer’s back door. While this can work sometimes, it’s also an easy way to damage the vehicle or injure yourself.

The best way to load a race car into an enclosed trailer is with a winch, as it allows you to remain outside the vehicle during the loading process. Here are a few steps to help you with winching your car into an enclosed trailer.

Set up a ramp: Use a ramp that is sure to support the vehicle’s weight and position it at the proper angle so that you don’t damage the car’s front bumper.

Prepare vehicle: Preparing the vehicle to be towed means aligning the car with the ramp so that it can go into the trailer without any adjustments. Place the car in neutral and make sure the parking brake is off. Also, if possible, fold in the side-view mirrors and reduce the height of any antennas by folding them down or unscrewing them. The idea is to make your car as compact as possible for transport.

Attach winch: Now you’re ready to attach the winch to your vehicle’s tow hooks. If your car doesn’t have tow hooks, there should be an alternative, “emergency towing” method in your owner’s manual. Most modern cars come equipped with a frame hook for towing but vehicles with a solid axle and no frame hook should just be hooked to the axle.

Move car forward: Move the car forward into the trailer as far as you can. If too much of the car’s weight is towards the rear of the trailer then you could experience swaying on the highway.

Park and tie down car: Put the car in park and put the parking brake on. Tie the car down and secure any loose items.