Move America Forward With A Trailer!

The economy is rebounding, and the trucking industry sustains a strong momentum towards stability and growth. As products flood the market and truckloads fill up, the freight market continues to hit the accelerator, resulting from record consumer demand. Retail imports broke records in 2021, increasing 12.6% year-over-year in August to 2.37 million twenty-foot equivalent units. If you are looking to make good money, opportunities in the trucking industry are plentiful as demand runs high, and adding a trailer creates endless possibilities and a good profit. Trailers move America forward, keeping supply chains churning and meeting consumer demands daily.

Lucrative Trailer Options

Trailer ownership can be a profitable venture, and most importantly, you get to control your business versus pulling company equipment. The type of merchandise, materials, or products you haul will depend on the type of trailer you decide to purchase. Your decision on which type of trailer to buy is a critical one for your business and profits.

If you are leaning towards being a freight mover, the job is lucrative, especially if you can buy your trailer and start your own business.

Here are some types of trailers you should consider buying:

Flatbed – These versatile trailers transport various materials, from wood to heavy equipment, and can be loaded and unloaded from any position using a forklift.

Container delivery trailers – These trailers or container chassis transport products in large shipping containers. Container trailers have different designs and specs to accommodate different capacities of containers.

Lowboy – This uniquely designed low bed trailer is used in agriculture, oil and gas, construction, and other commercial industries. Lowboy trailers transport vehicles, heavy machinery, or other massive loads.

Multi-car – Transporting cars may sound like an enormous undertaking, but this is a growing area to consider. These trailers come in different sizes, and some trailers handle two to six cars and even more. Of course, the more cars you transport, the more expensive the trailer will be, but also the more significant your profits.

Reefer trailer – Refrigerated trucks, also referred to as reefer trucks, transport temperature-sensitive, perishable products. These trailers haul large amounts of cargo, similar to standard semi-trailers. However, built within their design is the ability to keep goods at regulated temperatures.

Dry van – Essentially a box on wheels, a dry van trailer has no temperature controls, as it handles dry freight rather than temperature-sensitive or wet goods. This versatile trailer transports boxed items, palleted materials, and most retail dry goods, such as cereal, household supplies, and other non-perishables. As it is enclosed, you can quickly secure and protect goods from weather, theft, etc.

Drop deck trailers – Drop deck or step deck trailers are highly versatile trailers used to carry vehicles, heavy equipment, construction equipment, paving equipment, piping, cars, vans, military vehicles, and more.

If you are thinking of purchasing a trailer, consider the investment and your return on investment. In a nutshell, the trailer needs to earn one and a half times the investment. If the trailer costs $250 a month to finance, you should try to make at least $400 a month in extra revenue.

First-time buyers should consider buying a used trailer that is 5- to 10-years-old, so you can minimize upfront capital costs.

Costs to Launch Your Business

To launch your trailer business takes a clear, well-thought-out plan. Operating your own tractor-trailer business does have some initial costs to tackle first. Buying or leasing tractor-trailers, even used, will require substantial finances. Additionally, you will need to factor in upkeep and maintenance of trailers and trucks plus tires, business insurance and licensing, and other fees required by state and federal age