How to Choose a Construction Trailer for Your Jobsite
A mobile office or construction trailer for your jobsite can be a great asset, as long as you choose wisely. The number of options out there—from size to function to price and whether to rent or buy, go new or used—can make choosing the right trailer quite an ordeal. That’s why we’ve put this brief guide together to help you choose the right jobsite trailer for your next project.
What Do You Need from Your Mobile Office?
Before you start shopping for the right construction trailer, make sure you know what you want to get out of it. Do you just need a place to set up a desk and a laptop, providing a basic shelter to act as your project headquarters? Are you looking for something with enough space and connectivity to act as a breakroom for your workers? Do you want a bathroom and even a shower area on site? Multiple rooms to allow for different uses?
There are all kinds of trailers out there; the right one for you depends on your job’s demands. Figure out what those demands are before you start shopping, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time.
To Rent or to Buy Your Next Jobsite Trailer Renting a construction trailer can be a far more affordable option if you’re looking for short-term use, and usually comes with the added convenience of pickup and delivery by your trailer provider. You won’t have to worry about storing the trailer between jobs, or about getting it through the city streets or country roads.
On the other hand, if you plan on using your trailer frequently and for an extended period of time, you might be better off buying a unit outright. This comes with the benefit of customizing your mobile office to your exact tastes and requirements, and enjoying the same office space no matter where the next job takes you.
Think about which trailer option provides you the greatest convenience and value, and go that route.
New and Used Construction Trailers Both Have Their Place The difference between new and used construction trailers is, as you might expect, mostly down to longevity and price. A new trailer will be more expensive but will last you longer, and will also be more customizable and can offer greater comfort. Many used jobsite trailers are available in great condition, though, and can serve many construction site needs just as well as newer models.
Budget can be your primary consideration when it comes to selecting the age and prior use of your trailer; it’s more important to make sure your mobile office, whether new or used, is up to the tasks you have planned for it.
Longevity is definitely something big to consider when deciding on a new or used construction trailer. I have a friend who does a lot of construction, and he told me that some of those older models actually can be more durable than a new one, at the least durable enough to compare to a pricier model. Of course, if budget isn’t an issue, there’s no shame in getting something nicer. Great job covering both pros and cons of the new and the old trailer options!