What to look for in a Car Hauler Trailer

Whether you need to haul a car behind an RV or if you are looking for a way to move your vintage ride safely to car shows, the right car hauler can make the task easier. There is no single perfect car hauler for all needs. Instead, you need to understand the types of haulers and features so you can pick one that serves your primary purpose.

The Basic Types

There are two primary styles of car haulers – flatbed haulers or two-wheel tow dollies. The following can help you better understand the differences between the two:

  • Flatbed hauler – this option tends to cost more than a dolly, but it has many benefits. First and foremost, since both axles of the car are on the hauler, there is no wear and tear put onto the vehicle. This makes it ideal for moving classic cars or newer cars that you want to keep in perfect condition. It is also the only viable option if you have a rear wheel drive vehicle.
  • Tow dolly – tow dollies are inexpensive and are often the preferred choice for those towing an extra car behind their RV. These do put some wear on the car – especially the rear tires – and they can only be used with front wheel drive vehicles.

Covered Vs. Uncovered

Another major decision is whether or not you should invest in a covered or enclosed car hauler. This option is only available on flatbed dollies, of course, but that doesn’t mean it is always the right choice. RV Love advises using an enclosed trailer only if you have a classic car or other specialty vehicles to protect. Other reasons to consider a covered trailer include:

  • To protect a vehicle, such as a classic car, from the elements or theft.
  • For the additional storage provided inside the enclosure.
  • You require additional security, either on your property or while on the road.

If you don’t need storage and don’t have concerns about weather or theft, then an enclosed trailer isn’t a necessity. Also, keep in mind that the height of the cover will also limit the height of the vehicle you tow.

The Decking and Ramps

Your final decision rests around the decking and ramps. Most people opt for aluminum decks because they resist rust and corrosion. Galvanized steel can also provide these benefits, but it’s heavy compared to lightweight aluminum, which can put a limit on the load size that you can haul. AutoTrader advises that wood is also an option, especially if you need to install temporary blocks, but it will need periodic sanding and treating to prevent rot.

As for ramps, these are only necessary on flatbed trailers. There are a few options here, as well.

  • Slide-out ramps. These slide out from beneath the trailer so you don’t need to stow them when not in use.
  • Tailgate ramp. This is most common in enclosed trailers, which have an automatic or manual back gate that folds down to create the ramp.
  • Tilt trailers. These don’t have a true ramp, instead the entire trailer tilts down so the vehicle can be driven onto the decking.

Once you know your needs, you can take the time to shop for the correct type of car hauler to ensure they are met.