Choosing the right trailer for your home services and construction business is essential. There are many different types available in various sizes and configurations, so what makes that best one? To decide this, you need to think about not only how you plan to use the trailer now, but also how you might use it in the future. Your business needs are going to change over time, and this trailer is an investment you’ll hold onto for years. It makes sense to buy a trailer that offers everything you need now and a bit extra for the future.
Enter the Pace American PXT and the Wells Fargo Express Wagon enclosed cargo trailers. Available in several sizes, these heavy-duty trailers are made for business who have a lot to haul. They work well for long-distance hauling as well and are built tough to handle daily use and abuse.
So how do they stack up when it comes to features? Let’s take a look at the most important ones.
PXT Heavy-Duty Trailers
The PXT series is available with 7-inch wide or 8.5-inch wide options with varying lengths depending on the specific model you choose. The 7-inch may not offer as much space when it comes to width, but it is the ideal option for narrow roadways. The trailer also easily fits through most gates, which means you and your employees won’t have to park and haul equipment manually to the job site. 8.5-inch wide models offer extra space for hauling more equipment.
• 6’6” interior height
• 3/8” walls
• ¾” floors
• 32” framed door
Types of Axles
Every PXT cargo trailer uses torsion axles. These types of axles require less maintenance typically than leaf spring options. Because this type of axle rides on rubber, they often produce a smoother and more comfortable ride as well. Each model features an axle weight of 7000#, which lets the trailer haul heavier items and more of them.
The type of material a trailer is made of is important. It needs to be lightweight, durable, tough and resistant to corrosion. The PXT meets all these needs with its aluminum design. It features a one-piece aluminum roof, smooth aluminum fenders, aluminum on the rear and front corners, aluminum rims and aluminum-framed double rear doors. A framed door on the side boasts aluminum construction as well. The seamless exterior and one-piece roof help prevent water penetration and rust.
The PXT offers LED clearance and tail lights for long-lasting use. These types of lights are also energy-saving, making them ideal for companies trying to go green. Because you don’t always get to unload or load your materials and equipment in the daylight, the interior also features two LED dome lights, along with a convenient switch for turning the lights on and off.
For durability, the PXT enclosed cargo trailers boast a standard 16-inch on center frame, sidewalls and roof bows.
Wells Fargo Express Wagon
This 8-foot wide trailer offers a generous amount of interior space for lumber, equipment, tools and more. While you may have some difficulty with narrow passage and some gates, the large frame will most likely work well with most roads and home entrances.
• 95” interior width
• ¾” interior decking
• 3/8” interior sidewalls
Types of Axles
The Express Wagon uses tandem (more than one) Torflex axles that let you carry heavier loads. These Torflex axles feature an EZ lube and brake flange. The fenders on these models with tandem axles boast an aluminum mill finish for rust protection.
For durability, the Express Wagon features a sturdy, heavy-duty steel frame and steel panels. The roof bows are made of galvanized steel and the front and rear corners feature radius steel cornerposts that extend all the way to the bottom of the frame, producing a max welding surface to help ensure durability. The main rails are made up of heavy-duty tubular steel as well. The roof is made of a single piece of aluminum. The one-piece design helps prevent corrosion.
Other corrosion prevention measures have been taken to protect the steel, including an undercoating with CPC and an electrolysis barrier between the exterior skin and the steel frame. Every piece of exposed steel has also been primed and painted for weather resistance and rust prevention. As an additional measure, the Express Wagon also uses corrosion resistant Stalguard coated fasteners.
This trailer is wired for both interior and exterior lighting. It features 12-Volt wiring that runs inside the steel framing of the trailer, preventing any exposed wiring. A junction box is easily available on the inside of the trailer. Exterior lighting provided includes marker, clearance and brake lights. Each of these lights are 12-Volt LED, making them energy efficient and green energy friendly. The inside of the trailer also features LED dome lights and a switch for turning these lights on and off.
For durability, the Express Wagon features 16-inch on center vertical posts, steel corner posts and full height steel c-channel cross members. It also offers galvanized roof bows on 24-inch centers for roof support.
When it comes to construction cargo trailers, the Pace American PXT and Well Fargo Express Wagon both offers some impressive features that can make hauling heavier loads on a daily basis easier. The PXT wins out when it comes to size; though slightly smaller in width, it’s 7-inch wide option is less likely to experience problems when entering gated communities and gated homes. The Express Wagon offers more when it comes to rust prevention, however. With its one-piece roof, primed and painted exterior and undercoating, it’s likely to look just as good a year from now as it does tomorrow.
Despite their differences, both enclosed cargo trailers offer plenty of space for your tools and equipment. They each boast durable frames, energy-efficient lighting and double doors for loading and unloading supplies and materials.
Consider carefully how much space you need for hauling and the typical types of homes you renovate before you decide between these two trailers.