Whether you need to haul a vehicle or a load of boxes, a utility cargo trailer can get the job done. There's no need to purchase a trailer if it is for a one-time use, though. Instead, rent the trailer that you need. This saves money and you won't need to find a place to store it afterward. The following tips can help you rent successfully.

Tip #1: Know Your Towing Capacity

Every vehicle has a listed towing capacity. For some vehicles, especially small cars, that capacity may be set to zero or simply listed as "towing not recommended." Larger vehicles will have varying recommended towing capacities, depending on the power of the engine to the strength of the axles and frames. You can typically find the towing capacity in the owner's manual. It may also be printed on the label inside the driver-side door frame. Otherwise, a quick call to a dealership should get you the information.

Tip #2: Find Out the Hitch Size

Different trailers use different sizes of ball hitches, such as a 2-inch or 2 5/16 inch ball. You need to make sure you show up at the rental place with the right size ball installed. In some cases, the rental company may provide ball hitches for sale or for an additional rental fee, but it is best to know if this is the case ahead of time.

Tip #3: Ask About Braking

Some trailers can only be used if you have a trailer brake control box installed in your vehicle. These are usually larger trailers that have a larger load bearing capacity. Some enclosed trailers may also require trailer brakes. If you don't have a box installed, make sure the trailer you are renting doesn't require it.

Tip #4: Perform a Full Inspection

Be sure to inspect the entire trailer before hooking it up to your vehicle. Make sure the decking is in good condition and document any damage, such as stains. Verify that the tires have good tread and are fully aired up. Check the welds, particularly on the tongue of the trailer, for damage or weakness, and inspect the entire frame for signs of damage. If you find rust or scraped paint, document the damage so you won't be held responsible. Finally, hook up the trailer and verify that the lights work properly before leaving the rental lot.

For more help, contact a trailer rental company like TRSC.