Trailers are something that is very useful no matter what industry you are part of, but it is especially useful if you work in construction or agriculture. But how much do we know about trailers? So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn more about some of the things that you need to know when choosing a trailer.
1. The type of trailer: your choice!
The first thing to know is the use you will make of it since there are several types of trailers. For example, the van-type trailer for transporting horses, the leisure trailer for transporting motorcycles and quads, the large size trailers for materials and work tools, and even the vehicle trailers (boats, bicycles… And other cars).
For more occasional use, such as transporting your belongings for a vacation, you will have to turn to a luggage trailer, which has the advantage of compactness and a reduced weight thanks to its small size. Finally, depending on the type of trailer, certain accessories can be added (tarpaulins, hoods, signs, etc.).
2. Safety: axles and braking
Because a trailer is an extension of your vehicle, it is important to ensure that you are equipped and drive in a way that maximizes your safety and that of others. In terms of braking, there are trailers equipped with an inertia brake, allowing them to slow down at the same time as the vehicle during the deceleration and braking phases. This is a safer system than a non-braked trailer, which will only follow the speed given to it.
On the wheel side, you will find single axle (two wheels) and double axle (four wheels) trailers. Single axle trailers are lighter and more maneuverable when backing up, and double axle trailers provide better overall stability, although they are more difficult to maneuver when backing up. In any case, a trailer with tires of the same size as the vehicle will be more stable, and a large trailer will always have two axles.
3. The weight: beware of the limit
Finally, it is important to think about the total weight you are allowed to tow with your vehicle. It is necessary to distinguish between the trailer’s GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) and your vehicle (taking into account the passengers and the load). The sum of the two corresponds to the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), which you can find on your vehicle registration document.
Although you are buying your trailer for a specific use, assume that a more versatile use is not excluded for later. By buying a slightly larger trailer than you need, you’ll have something to do when you need to haul more weight and objects. Be sure to ask about the empty weight, the payload, and the GVWR and GVWR of the combination. Enjoy the ride!
4. The Type Of Trailer
You may not know it, but there are several types of trailers, each one adapted to a specific use. Whether you want to buy a trailer for gardening, traveling, or carrying heavy loads on an occasional basis (furniture, for example), you will not choose the same type of trailer.
The different trailers available on the market are:
- The luggage trailer- This is the lightest trailer and is ideal for transporting luggage when you go on vacation.
- The van trailer. It is adapted to transport animals (often horses), so it is much bigger. Nevertheless, there are different sizes, depending on the number of animals transported.
- Motorcycle trailer- The motorcycle trailer. As its name suggests, it is dedicated to transporting one or more motorcycles. There are also bike, boat, quad, and motocross trailers. Others, much larger, can also carry one or more cars.
- The multipurpose trailer- If you intend to use your trailer in different situations, this is the one for you. For example, it is suitable for garden or construction work. It can transport green waste, wood or cardboard materials, etc. Moreover, these trailers have tilting sides, which means you can tilt one or more sides to unload your load quickly. If you are transporting sand, for example, this can be very practical.
Looking for help?
Looking for an honest and expert dealer is an important point. Is the trailer dealer or your supplier honest about what to expect? Set realistic, clear expectations from the jump? Tell them about any problems you may encounter along the way, and they will actively help you make the best choice you can rely on and trust? You are consciously working with the best team in Victoria.
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