A utility trailer’s weight capacity is limited by its axle rating. Axles are rated at various capacities from 1,000 to 10,000 pounds. Exceeding the maximum load capacity of your trailer creates a dangerous situation in which the axles could break while you are on the road.

Understanding the limitations of your utility trailer and properly balancing the load are essential for a safe trip. Two methods will allow you to determine the rating of your trailer’s capacity.