Trailer terminology can often be confusing and a good example would be the differences between equipment (Kaufman’s Standard Family) and skid steer trailers. One of the leading contributors to this confusion is the lack of a universal naming conventions among all manufacturers, so each manufacturer uses the same terms but applies different meanings to each term.
The standard family and skid steer trailer family are two families within the equipment trailer style which closely resemble each other. They both are used to haul similar equipment, have matching GVWR’s and lengths, however there are a few key differences which may influence your purchasing decision.
Differences between Standard Equipment Trailers and Skid Steer Trailers
The first difference between a Kaufman standard trailer and a skid steer trailer is the deck height. The cross members of a skid steer are manufactured under the runners which allows for a lower height. This, in turn, allows for the second difference: a lip around the deck on a skid steer. This small lip encompasses three sides of the deck. The rear of the trailer deck does not have a lip to allow for easy loading and unloading of equipment.
The final difference between skid steer and standard trailers is the width of the deck. Due to construction processes, a standard trailer has more actual decking. For example, Kaufman Trailer’s 16 foot, 8,000lb skid steer is 78″ width between the fender while the standard trailer version offers 82″ of deck width.
One more attribute to consider when looking at Kaufman Trailers standard and skid steer families, it the heavier capacity models, the standard will include a dovetail while the skid steer with the lower deck will not require this modification.
In conclusion, the term equipment trailer is used differently by different manufacturers. Some manufacturers use the term “equipment trailer” to describe anything that hauls equipment, while others refer to “equipment trailers” as a specific style of trailer. When researching trailers, it is our recommendation to ask for each manufacturers definition of equipment and skid steer trailers to assure your comparing similar models with close attributes
If you have any further questions about Kaufman Trailers skid steer and standard equipment trailer families, please give us a phone call at 336.790.6880 and one of our representatives will be glad to assist you.