Earlier this year we conducted a survey and one of the questions was "Do you haul a trailer? If so, what kind?" The answers were multiple-choice; choices included:
Single axle cargo trailer
Double axle cargo trailer
Flatbed or landscape trailer
The pie charts in the slideshow on this page contain the responses from all who answered and from each trade with at least 25 survey participants: remodelers, GCs doing new construction; handymen, finish carpenters, and electricians. The responses from other trades count towards the total but are not individually called out. Nothing against those trades, but it would be unreasonable to draw conclusions based on the handful of responses received from plumbers, painters, and the like.
Here are some of the comments we received from tradesmen who said they have trailers:
"A low overhead 6x10 enclosed single axle trailer packed full and organized with all the essentials like miter saw and 18' saw table set up, table saw, 13" planer on a stand, 20 gallon compressor, and almost every small tool one could think of." [Finish carpenter; drives a Dodge Pickup; 8 cylinder; 4 WD; diesel; 3-6 years old; with rack and a large job box—which stays in the bed of the truck unless he's on a big job where it's worth leaving on site.]
This from Daniel Jenkins, who pulls a custom-built trailer: "Added floor and boxes with lumber rack (forklift friendly) and fence in back to carry 4 x 8 sheets across the back. Also had a dump trailer with a lumber rack." [Remodeler; drives a Ford pickup; 8 cylinder; 4 WD; gasoline engine; 10+ years old]
"Don't use the trailer unless setting up on a job site for extended amounts of time. And in that case only holds gas powered compressor and generator and maybe nails and hangers." [Remodeler; drives rives Ford; 8 cylinder; 4WD; gasoline engine; 10+ years old; with a rack—uses a Ridgid job box instead of a cross box because it's deeper and holds more.]
"Trailer was an empty box when purchased new. Instead of just racks and bins, I custom built cabinets and a utility work bench using birch paneling and clear pine trim. Several clients and other contractors have commented that it looks better than most kitchens! Speaking of kitchens, we built in full 110v power with lighting, an under cabinet radio/cd player and even a microwave in cabinet for hot meals on the job." [Remodeler; drives rives Dodge pickup; 8 cylinder; 4 WD; gasoline engine; with cross box and rack—which leaves space to haul sheet goods flat in the bed]
"Considering a dump trailer purchase soon." [Remodeler; drives rives a Dodge Sprinter van; 5 cylinder Mercedes diesel; 2 WD; 6-10 years old; uses manufactured shelving and a roof rack]
"Anything too heavy for my equipment, I simply have delivered". [GC; drives a Ford pickup; 6 cylinder; flex "fuel; 2 WD; less than 3 years old; with a cross box and rack]
"Have a flatbed/landscape trailer and use it to haul a Bobcat" [Handyman; drives Chevrolet pickup; 8 cylinder; 4 WD; gasoline engine; 6-10 years old; with cross box and side boxes]
"Single axle utility trailer" [Handyman; drives a Ford Transit Connect van; 4 cylinder; gasoline engine; 3-6 years old; with a roof rack and mix of manufactured and home-made shelving.]
"22' with built in cabinets and work surface with chop saw and router table built in. Includes generator for power at sites. Enough room between cabinets on each side to carry 4x8 goods and up to 20' timbers." [GC; drives a Ford pickup; 8 cylinder; diesel; 4 WD; less than 3 years old.
"Fits everything I need and lets me carry stock in the bed of my pickup." [Remodeler; drives rives Ford pickup; 8 cylinder; 4 WD; gasoline engine; 3-6 years old; with rack; pulls a double-axle cargo trailer]