Here are the basic types of racing team trailers:
- Open trailers offer no protection from the elements. The simplest ones are little more than a platform on top of a basic chassis that hitches to a tow vehicle. Because the towed vehicle is exposed to weather and potential hazards, most racing teams avoid using them if their budgets permit. To load a car on one of these trailers, you simply drive up a ramp on the back of the trailer.
- An enclosed bumper-pull trailer connects to a rear-mounted tow hitch on a tow vehicle. The length of these trailers can range from 14 feet (4 meters) to more than 30 feet (9 meters). They may or may not have space set aside as living quarters.
- Gooseneck trailers connect to a special hitch installed in the bed of a pickup truck. They tend to be between 36 and 53 feet (11 to 16 meters) long. The front of the trailer hangs over the back of the tow vehicle. Trailer manufacturers will often design this space as a living area with a bed or as extra storage. Many gooseneck racing trailers have a living area section inside them.
- Semitruck trailers can be more than 50 feet (15 meters) long. Manufacturers may design these trailers to hold more than one car during towing. The front end of the trailer serves as living space. Some trailers have a solid wall separating the living space from the car storage area.
- Stacker trailers are taller than normal trailers. That's because stacker trailers have two levels inside them. You can store one or two vehicles in the top and another underneath. You move cars to the top level using a hydraulic or cable lift attached to the trailer. These trailers range from 24 to 53 feet (7 to 16 meters) long.
Towing a trailer can be tricky. In the next section we'll look at some basic towing tips.