Types of folding trailers

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Types of folding trailers
Use a folding trailer to transport a motorcycle. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A folding or collapsible trailer can be used at its full extended length, and when not in use, can be folded or partially disassembled so it does not take up a large amount of space. There are many types of folding trailers on the market, and the type you buy depends on what your hauling needs are.

Folding Camping Trailer

This type of folding trailer is used for camping. These are lightweight, towable trailers with collapsible sides. When the trailer is collapsed, it measures approximately 10 feet long, but when folded out can measure between 15 to 23 feet, depending on the trailer. This type of trailer can be rented or bought and is an inexpensive option when travelling long distances, as you can hook up the trailer to electrical and plumbing facilities at RV camps and campgrounds. This small type of towable is suitable for any short-wheelbase SUV vehicle.

Folding Motorcycle Trailer

Motorcycle folding trailers can be folded to fit in the back of a SUV or pickup truck and are an excellent way of hauling a motorcycle or picking up a motorcycle from a location where riding conditions are not ideal. When travelling, there are also many hotels and parks that do not allow trailer parking. In this situation, a person with a foldable motorcycle trailer can simply remove the motorcycle from the trailer, fold the trailer up and place it in the vehicle.

Folding Utility Trailer

Utility trailers are also made in compact, foldable versions. These are made for personal use, such as when an owner needs to move boxes, small furniture or a lawnmower. When not needed, the folder can be folded and stored in the garage or storage shed. This type of trailer is a cost-efficient alternative to purchasing an additional vehicle like a truck or van.

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