What Is a Trailer?

A trailer is a highly edited short film that presents the plot and main characters of a film in the most concise manner. Its purpose is to sell the movie, but has evolved into a large and sophisticated industry. In addition to marketing films, the trailer can also be used to promote bad movies. Typically, the trailer consists of scenes from the film it promotes. It may also include deleted scenes or the director’s personal voiceover.


A trailer has three distinct parts – the beginning, middle, and end. The first act lays out the basic plot and introduces the characters, while the middle drives the plot forward and typically ends in a climax. The third act usually features the movie’s signature piece of music – either a popular song or an orchestral piece – as well as a visual montage of emotional moments. The final act is often a cast run.

A trailer’s weight capacity can be affected by its construction and design. A weight rating is essential for safety and efficiency. A trailer should have a proper hitch and a proper trailer lighting system. GVWR stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. It is the maximum load that a trailer can safely carry. GAWR refers to the weight of an axle. The trailer must be balanced or it may detach from the towing vehicle, which will result in a collision.

The weight of a trailer can vary. Empty trailers weigh less than the vehicle they tow. However, the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) is the maximum cargo capacity and may not be safely exceeded. It is important to know the full weight of the trailer in order to determine the towing vehicle. In order to make sure that you choose the proper tow vehicle for your trailer, you can weigh the trailer and its load on a certified weigh scale.

A trailer’s weight can affect the safety of a vehicle. A car hauler will not allow passengers or freight to move while it’s in motion. The same is true for a motorcycle trailer. A motorcycle trailer will be enclosed. The ATV trailer will be an open utility trailer with short side walls. Equipment trailers will feature goosenecks or at least two axles. While they may be open or enclosed, they differ in their intended purpose.

Trailers have different functions. A car hauler is usually open, while a landscape trailer will have short side walls. An ATV trailer is enclosed, while an ATV trailer is a low-profile, enclosed, or gooseneck-type. An equipment trailer is typically an Open Utility Trailer with goosenecks or D-rings. A bike or ATV trailers will be open utility trailers with several axles. A landscape trailer is an enclosed utility trailer.