Frequently Asked Questions

Are you new to the trailer world or are you looking to purchase a different type of trailer than the one you already have? Affordable Trailers is your go-to place for all of your trailer needs in the North Myrtle Beach area. Want to know the difference between torsion axle vs leaf spring? Need to know if you should buy a flat nose or v-nose trailer? Find out the answer to all these questions and more right here on our trailer FAQ page!

Yes we do. You have to have the title to legally sell or trade in your trailer to us.

Yes we do. We have no money down programs with competitive rates.

Yes you can. We will help you spec out the trailer of your choice.

Yes we do. We can help you through the process of placing the windows and doors and which size trailer best fits your needs.

Yes we do. We keep a large inventory of wheels and tires in stock. Whether you need a spare or need an entire set of tires. We’ve got you covered.

Yes we do. We can repair most minor issues you have with your trailer from axles to lens covers.

I’m sorry but we don’t. Due to insurance regulations we aren’t equipped for this currently.

Your trailer has a GVW rating on the data tag. This is typically located near the tongue of the trailer. Subtract the empty weight (found on the original MSO or Title) from GVW rating and the remainder is the payload capacity. An example being: 7000lb GVW Rating minus 3250lb empty weight = 3750lbs of payload.

It depends on the State of registration. Check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles for guidance.

Normally this is an indicator of overloading the axles to a point of actually bending the axle.

Yes we do! We have a low profile enclosed trailer and it’s tongue length will be short enough too?

Cash, checks, credit cards and bank transfers.

The v-nose trailer is more aerodynamic which reduces the wind resistance while towing. This makes a difference in gas mileage savings on long hauls.

Yes you can. We can help you determine the perfect trailer for your needs and order it.

Yes we generally stock enclosed trailers that have extended height for the tall Side by Sides.

Generally speaking we can sell you the wheel and tire combo cheaper than just the tires from a tire store.

Majority of trailers have leaf-spring axles; however, torsion axles have been increasingly used due to their superiority in longevity, stability, and safety. Leaf springs provide cushion in a trailers suspension by attaching to axles with U-bolts. Self-contained and sealed, torsion axles resist rust and corrosion better than traditional leaf spring axles. Torsion axle trailers lower the center of gravity of the load you are hauling, thereby providing more stability for the trailer, but if you have a flat tire a torsion axle requires a spare wheel before you are able to continue pulling the trailer.

If you own a business nothing is better than a moving billboard plus the professionally installed vinyl protects the finish of your trailer and adds life to the appearance of your trailer.

You should check it annually.

In many cases, this is automatic coverage but you should check with your insurance agency to check if you are towing a trailer, will the trailer be covered, as well as, will the contents of the trailer be covered. You should also check with your homeowner's policy (or business policy if stored at your business). If the trailer is damaged or stolen while not being connected to your tow vehicle then you need to be sure you still have coverage of the trailer and it's contents.

Yes, all trailers come with a title or certificate of origin.

You should check your bearings every two thousand miles or at least once a year.

Yes, trailers are available that the deck tilts either partial or full length.

The standard or most common thickness is .024. The next size up is .030 thick.

The enclosed trailers can be ordered with extra height to accommodate custom golf carts with the larger tires and extra height.

This depends on what type of payload you plan to haul. If you have ride on equipment you would need a ramp door. If you’re transporting light weight items or storing your tools, a barn door will work perfectly.

Typically the size of the ball required to haul that particular trailer safely is stamped on the metal around the tongue area. Single axle trailers typically require 2” and tandem alxes require 2 5/16”.

Yes. Both the quality of materials, and the way it’s constructed. The better ones are constructed with supports every 16” in the walls and in the floor.

An equipment trailer has a flat bed, no sides, and a loading feature of some type, usually either a tilt function or ramps. They are designed so that moving pieces can drive on and off of them easily. Hauling loose items is not preferred here since there are no sides to contain the small bits, like dirt or rock or pool noodles.

There are a myriad of variations on equipment trailers, but these are some of the most common. The variations may also be called by different names, like flatbed trailers or utility trailers.

Most utility and enclosed trailers come standard with a 3,500 lb axle. Those axles typically only have 5 lugs. Medium duty utility trailers, enclosed car hauler trailers, and some dump trailers will have "tandem axles" (two axles). These axles are typically 5200 lbs each and the trailer generally will carry a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 10,000 lbs. These axles have 6 lugs. Heavy duty equipment trailers, dump trailers and car haulers have tandem 7,000 lb axles and can have a GVWR of 14,000 lbs or lighter depending on the GVWR assigned by the manufacturer. These axles have 8 lugs.

The GVWR is typically stamped onto the trailer's VIN tag. Small utility trailers, typically 5x10, will have a GVWR of 3,000 lbs. To get how many lbs of cargo you can tow, you subtract the weight of the trailer from the GVWR. For example: You have a 5X10 utility trailer, the assigned GVWR from the manufacturer is 3,000 lbs. The weight of the trailer is 700 lbs. Subtracting that from the GVWR, you get 2,300 lbs. So you can put 2,300 lbs of cargo on the trailer.

Generally enclosed trailers come in 2 thicknesses of metal: .024 and .030. The general standard is .024. This is a thinner metal and can be more cost effective if you're looking to spend a little less on a trailer. .030 metal is thicker and for a little more money will last longer on general wear and tear.


1519 Old Hwy 17 N
North Myrtle Beach SC 29582


Office: 843-399-8654
Cell: 843-516-4586