Considering adding one or even a fleet of trailers to your commodity hauling operation? Since we invented (and patented) our first EagleBridge trailer in the ‘70s, Trinity trailers have been a preferred trailer for hauling bulk commodities. Still, you want to do your research, so here are 5 things to consider when selecting a trailer – whether you’re hauling agricultural materials, mining products, or waste materials:
- Consider the terrain. If you lived at the top of a muddy mountain road, would you buy a brand new sports car? Or would you consider investing in a 4×4 truck? It’s an easy choice. When you’re selecting a commodity hauling trailer, you have to make some of the same evaluations. Will you be pulling the trailer through dirt fields or up uneven gravel roads? Rigid frame aluminum trailers are going to be subject to cracking, but a stainless steel Trinity trailer can be pulled off-road and over rough sites as they’re designed to flex 18 degrees to either side!
- Repair and maintenance costs. Whether you’re a one trailer operation or have a fleet of trailers for hauling your commodity materials, spend time researching how much your average repair and maintenance costs will be – both the financial cost AND the down time while your trailer is in the shop. A major advantage to Trinity’s self-unloading belt trailers is that they are rugged, easier and cheaper to repair than a shuttle floor trailer..
- Speed of unloading and clean out. How much time do you want to spend unloading and cleaning your trailer? Do you plan on hopping in and sweeping it out after every load? A self-unloading belt trailer is faster to unload and cleans out easier than shuttle floor or dump trailers. One customer told us that it took him about 12-15 minutes to unload his materials using a shuttle floor, but with a self unloading belt trailer, it only takes 2-3 minutes!
- Shuttle floor vs belt. Think about this. If you’re going to be hauling any type of sticky, wet, or sludgy materials, how much time do you want to have to budget for cleaning off the sides? Or if you’re hauling fly-ash or seed, do you want to be sweeping out the corners? With the self-unloading belt trailer, unloading is faster and any maintenance is easier (and cheaper) – getting your trucks back on the road and making you money.
- Resale value. Eventually, you’re going to want to replace your trailer. Even if it’s 20 years down the road (yeah, a Trinity trailer can last that long!), compare makes and models to see how well the resale value holds up over the years. A few years ago, we sold a fleet of trailers to a large farming operation in eastern Idaho. Unfortunate circumstances led to the farm going to auction and they had to sell the trailers. To our humble surprise, our commodity hauling trailers sold for even more than they would have cost to purchase brand new! The customer needed them right away and had high confidence in the quality of the Trinity belt trailers.
Before you make a decision on what type trailer you’re going to purchase for hauling commodities, take 10 minutes to talk with us. We’re confident you’ll find we’re the best match for your application.