How Utility Trailer Accessories Work

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If you have a tire pressure monitor, you won't have to leave the comfort of your SUV to check your trailer's tires.

If you have a few extra dollars that are burning a hole in your pocket or need to buy a present for the friend who has everything (plus a trailer), consider purchasing some useful add-ons for the utility trailer in your life. You can, after all, never have enough utility trailer accessories, because the right accessories can make towing large loads both easier and safer.

But where should you start? We're glad you asked. The Internet is filled with ideas for ways to make your trailer experience less risky and more pleasant. You just need to know where to look. From toolboxes and spare tire covers to stairs and ramps, you can probably spend more money turning your trailer into a luxury home than you paid for the trailer in the first place.

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Consider some of the electronic trailer monitors that are available. These can be pricey, but they're also a great way to protect the investment you have in your trailer and cargo. Tire pressure monitors tell you if any of the tires on your tow vehicle or trailer are losing air. Other monitors check to make sure the brake and backup lights on the trailer are still working. And you can monitor all of these things from the comfort of the tow vehicle.

For something cheaper, think about getting some simple safety devices like trailer tie-downs and straps to secure your cargo so that it doesn't shift in transit. As accessories go, these are quite inexpensive, but they can save you a lot of money in the long run. Trailer lights are also very inexpensive and come in a wide variety of types, any of which can make it safer for you to take your trailer out on the road.

On the next page, we'll take a deeper look at the accessories you can buy for your utility trailer.