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  • Rock Guard – Aluminum Tread Plate On Front of Trailers Preventing Dings And Scratchets From Slung Up Debris.
  • ATP – Aluminum Tread Plate Also Known As Rock Guard
  • STP – Steel Tread Plate
  • Beaver Tail – Slight incline at rear of trailer. Same As Dove Tail
  • Dove Tail – Slight incline at rear of trailer. Same As Beaver Tail
  • O.C. – On Center,The Distance Between Each Crossmember. Usually Used When Refering To Crossmembers.
  • One Week Trailer – A Trailer Purchased From The Hardware Store Or Off Craigslist For A Couple Hundred Dollars That Ends Up Needing An Axle, Tires, Bearings Or Hubs, And Welds Fixed. So In One Week You End Up Buying a New One. *Dont Be A One Week Trailer Victim.
  • Curb Side – The side of the trailer equivalent to the passenger’s side of a vehicle in the United States.
  • Street Side – The side of the trailer equivalent to the driver’s side of a vehicle in the United States.
  • Bumper Pull – Trailer that connects to a ball hitch that’s attached to the tow vehicle’s frame or bumper. Also called “‘tag along’.
  • Tag along – Trailer that connects to a ball hitch that is attached to the tow vehicle’s frame or bumper. Also called “‘bumper pull’.
  • Gooseneck – Trailer that attaches to a ball in bed of a pickup or semi truck.
  • Tounge Weight – The amount of the trailer’s weight that is transferred to the tow vehicle through the trailer tongue or gooseneck.
  • Enclosed Cargo Trailer – Any trailer with full side enclosures and a roof. (Also known as Enclosed Utility Trailers or Cargo Trailer)
  • Open Utility Trailer – Any trailer without supporting walls and roof.
  • Gooseneck Trailer – A style of trailer that connects to a receiver located in the bed of a pick-up truck. Given its name because of the shape.
  • Dump Trailer – A style of trailer that has an electric or hydraulic dump function. Meant to handle loosed material such as mulch, dirt, or stone.
  • Flat Bed Deck Over Trailer – A style of trailer that has a deck that extends over the wheels rather than between them. This style of build gives maximum usable width.
  • Car Hauler – A term referring to the use of the trailer, may be open or enclosed.
  • Landscape Trailer – A term referring to the use of the trailer, most commonly an Open Utility Trailer with short side walls.
  • Motorcycle Trailer – A term referring to the use of the trailer, most commonly enclosed, low profile with wheel guides and D-rings.
  • ATV Trailer – A term referring to the use of the trailer, most commonly enclosed with V-nose and Side Ramp.
  • Equipment Trailer – A term referring to the use of the trailer, most commonly Open Utility with Gooseneck and at least two Axles.
  • V-Nose – A style of Enclosed Trailer where the front wall is in the shape of a V. Helps with aerodynamics and extra space. also knows as a Wedge Nose.
  • Side Rails – A feature found on Open Utility Trailers typically in 12″ or 24″ heights made of Angle Iron or Tubed Iron.
  • Flat Top – A style of roof found standard on Enclosed Trailers. See Round Top
  • Round Top – A style of roof on Cargo Trails which helps with melting snow off roofs and aerodynamics.
  • Single Axle – A trailer that only has one axle, or set of wheels.
  • Tandem Axle – A trailer style that has two axles rather than one, increasing its carrying capacity.
  • GVWR – Short for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Is the maximum weight the trailer itself (including axles) plus the equipment or materials being hauled can safely be towed.
  • GAWR – Short for Gross Axle Weight Rating. Is the maximum weight that each axle can safely carry.