78 State Rd.
Whately, MA 01093

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Orchard Trailers FAQ

Can I pull a fifth wheel or gooseneck trailer with a short bed truck?

In most cases yes, however you need to see your dealer about the specific truck and trailer combination.

Do I need to register my trailer as I would my car?

Yes. Trailers require registered license plates just as cars do.

Do you finance trailers?

Yes. Orchard Trailers provides many different forms of financing. Visit our Financing Page to learn more.

Will you show me how to hook up and drive my new trailer?

Yes. At Orchard Trailers we take every step necessary to make sure you have a safe trailer experience.

Are all used trailers the same?

No! Used trailers purchased at Orchard Trailers have been thoroughly serviced. Private sale used trailers are usually purchased as is. Beware! Visit the Used Trailer sections of our site for a complete listing of available used trailers. Used Horse Trailers, Used Camper Trailers.

Do you take trades?


Do you install hitches, brake controllers and wiring?

Yes. We have a full service shop with skilled mechanics here to set your vehicle up for your new trailer.

Do you offer delivery?

Yes. We offer delivery anywhere in the United States.

What is a weight distribution kit?

A weight distribution kit increases the capacity of an existing trailer hitch most often from 5,000 lbs. capacity to 7,500 lbs. capacity. The main purpose of the kit is to safely distribute the weight of the truck and trailer.

Is a straight load trailer or slant load trailer better for horses?

Neither. Some horses prefer to travel riding forward and some prefer the slant. Sorry...no right answer for this question.

Which is safer, a bumper pull or a fifth wheel/gooseneck?

Both are safe if hooked up properly with the correct tow vehicle. However, goosenecks give a more stable ride because the hitch is mounted in the back of the truck as opposed to the rear of the vehicle.

Which is better, a ramp or step up?

There is no correct answer for this. Some horses prefer one over the other, however most will load onto a step up if trained properly.

How often should my trailer be serviced?

In general, trailers should be serviced annually or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

What size tow vehicle do I need to tow a trailer?

That depends on the overall size and weight of your trailer. We at Orchard Trailers are happy to recommend appropriate tow vehicles based on your trailer choice.