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How to Properly Maintain Your Trailer
Trailers are prone to wear and tear, just like all vehicles that are exposed to harsh weather and elements all year round. That’s why it is important to stick to a regular trailer maintenance schedule, just like you would do with your other vehicles. Even if your trailer is in perfect condition, the regular check will provide your trailer with a longer operating life, ease of use, and won’t pose any threat to other road users.

Ideally, a trailer should be inspected after each use, and there are various components that require attention on a regular basis. And since Trailer World has been manufacturing trailers for over 20 years, we have a solid understanding of how to look after them as well. Read our advice and guide below on how to keep your trailer on the road and in good operating condition for years to come.

Keep your trailer clean

At times, trailers are called upon to do some quite dirty jobs. Whether you're hauling rubbish in a cage trailer, carrying garden waste in a heavy-duty trailer, or dirt or sand in a tipping trailer, you'll need to clean your trailer thoroughly on a regular basis to keep it functional. Otherwise, if the trailers are left uncleaned for a lengthy period of time, dirt, grass clippings, debris, and soluble salts can build up and cause damage. However, a good hosing down and a scrub with a heavy brush on a frequent basis should typically suffice.

A great tip for any trailer: when it is not being used, store it with the front lifted to prevent water from pooling in spots where it could cause erosion and other damage.

Check trailer parts for proper lubrication

Dirt and dust particles can cause friction in the moving components of your trailer. Keeping the moving parts of your trailer lubricated will extend the life and reduce friction and corrosion.

The wheel bearings are one of the most important parts. Make sure they are well greased and the wheels turn freely without noise.

Make sure your lights work properly

Keeping your trailer in good condition requires keeping its lights in perfect working order. Take some time to check the wires on both your trailer and your vehicle to verify the wiring is in good shape. Keep an eye out for areas that are rusted, worn, or cracked. If you find any weak points in the wiring, make sure to wrap it in electrical tape multiple times to insulate it.

It's also a good idea to physically ensure that all the lights on your trailer are operating properly, in addition to the connections and electrical lines. This means that the trailer's brake and tail lights turn on as soon as the towing vehicle's, the indicators are in sync, and the hazard lights working. 

Ensure the tow coupling is in good condition

The first step in safe towing is to make certain the vehicle and trailer are properly attached, which requires a well-maintained trailer coupling. That's why you should inspect the hitch on a regular basis to ensure that no bolts or  parts have become loose. At the same time, check if your vehicle's tow ball is secure and doesn't wobble or spin about. Finally, don't forget to connect the chain.

Keep the tyres well maintained

Since the functioning of your trailer is primarily dependent on its tyres, it's a good idea to keep them well maintained, check the air pressure in your tyres prior to every trip and then fill them if necessary.

Check the tyres with a gloved hand for damage, perishing from sunlight, punctures, or things stuck in the tyre. If you use the trailer regularly, check the tread with a tread gauge. Also, make sure the valve stems are in good working condition as well.

Congratulations! With just a little effort on your part, your trailer is back in great shape and ready for action. It's time to hit the road.

If you need more information on how to maintain your trailer and keep it in good operating order, or if you simply want to learn more about our trailer range, give our trailer experts at Trailer World a call on 0800 286 966. 
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Safely Operating a Trailer On & Off the Road
Operating a trailer can be a huge undertaking. Seemingly minor adjustments, such as adding a few hundred kilos to the rear, can have a significant impact on your vehicle's stability. However, towing a trailer can and should be simple and safe with the proper knowledge and equipment. So, if you are new to hauling or are having troubles with it, the information below can assist you in towing easily and safely.

Before you hit the road:

  1. Make sure the trailer's towing capability matches the cargo weight before attaching it to a vehicle.  Look up the actual weight capacity of your towing vehicle in the owner's manual and on the tow bar itself.  Also, keep in mind to include the weight of the trailer in your estimates.
  2. Ensure that the trailer is securely attached to the hitch. The trailer coupling should be correctly fastened to the vehicle tow ball, with the locking mechanism snapped and the lock pin in the right position, for a conventional ball hitch. If the hitch isn't properly secured, it may come loose and cause damage to the vehicles and others around it. A trailer connection to a vehicle should also have a safety chain connecting the car and the trailer, for 2500kg rating this requires twin chains criss-crossing in an X pattern. 
  3. Check the trailer connection by trying to pull it off the hitch, which you should not be able to do. If you managed to pull the hitch off, it has to be reattached. Also, make sure the connection is clear and that all trailer wheels or stands are in the up or driving position.
  4. After that, check the trailer tail light, brake lights and indicators. Connect the trailer's electrical wires to the vehicle's electrical system. In case no one is around to let you know whether the lights work properly when you apply the brakes, find and utilise some reflective surface (such as a window or another vehicle) or check in the dark.
  5. Make sure to spend enough time practising towing your trailer before going into traffic. The best way to get used to maneuvering is to drive around your neighbourhood or an open car park. You don't want inexperience to slow you down or cause you to make mistakes when you're in the middle of a busy road.  
If the hitch and trailer connection is secure, the signals are working, and you’ve spent enough time practising towing your trailer around, you're good to go.

On the road:

Now that you're on your way to your next location, there are a few things to remember that will keep you safe on the road.
  1. Whether you're new to towing or have driven multiple trailers previously, you should always remember the speed limit for trailer towing is 90 kmph.  Keep in mind that the bigger the load, the longer it will take you to come to a halt. Stay well away from the cars in front of you, and test your vehicle's and trailer's stopping length before coming to a sudden stop, so you know what you're dealing with.
  2. One of the hardest tasks when towing a trailer is making turns. Drivers must allow more width on corners, taking them wide enough so that the trailer's path does not take it off the road or in contact with street-side structures, even if it doesn't seem that there might be a need for it. When you cut a corner with a trailer, you put the trailer, pedestrians, other drivers, and yourself in danger. Stay calm and stop if you start a turn too tight. Make sure the road behind you is free, then back up a little and widen the curve. 
  3. Parking can also become a challenge. When towing a large trailer, small parking lots may be nearly impossible to use. If you do manage to squeeze your vehicle and trailer into a parking spot, or several parking spots, make sure you have enough room to exit the lot later. It's recommended to park in a far corner of a car park where there are few other vehicles.
  4. Take steps to check the connection. Even if you double-checked all of your connections and everything is in order, there's still the chance that something in the road will jostle the trailer a little. It's a good idea to pull over every now and then, especially on lengthy or bumpy journeys, to double-check that everything is still connected.
 
There is a lot that goes into safely operating a trailer from one point to another. Make sure to follow these steps and allow yourself plenty of time to practice driving with a trailer to build your skill. For additional helpful information regarding safer towing, contact our trailer experts at Trailer World on 0800 286 966 or send us your enquiries through our website.
 
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Tips For Safe Trailer Towing
When traveling with a trailer vehicle its important to do safety checks and process to tow trailers safely. 
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Top Ways to Use a Utility Trailer
A utility trailer is the most common type of non-motorised trailer. It attaches to your towing vehicle and due to its versatility, it can be used to haul and carry almost anything you need.

Depending on their main purpose, utility trailers can be either large or small, open or enclosed, and they can also be very simple or intricately styled to fit your towing vehicle.

There are lots of reasons why investing in a well-built utility trailer is a great idea. And while you may come up with only a handful of ways to use it, in reality, once you have a trailer, you will find a lot more ways to utilise it than you can imagine.

Here are some ways you could use a utility trailer:

Carrying lawn equipment

Probably, the most popular utility trailer use. Whether you run a landscaping business or simply live in a rural area and need to haul your mowing equipment from one piece of property to the other, a utility trailer will be a great back-saving feature. It will allow you to easily load and unload your equipment several times a day without the help of ramps or a couple of strong people.

Hauling power sports equipment & other vehicles

Another one of the most common uses of a utility trailer is to carry vehicles and power sports equipment.

Maybe you like taking your ATV, Side by Side, or dirt bike out for a spin on the weekends. Or maybe you run a small business requiring transportation of multi-terrain vehicles. Utility trailers will make transportation simple, convenient, and cost-effective.

Moving Furniture and Appliances

Utility trailers will also make moving houses a million times easier. Furniture dollies easily roll up onto the trailer, making loading and unloading heavy furniture a breeze.

Our flatbed furniture trailers are perfect for this application. They easily accommodate large furnishing items, allowing you to haul way more items than you could with a regular pickup, including double-door refrigerators, dining tables, sofas, and more.

Another great and highly reliable option for cargo transportation is luggage trailers. Whether you are moving, travelling to the airport, or just need to haul something from point A to point B, these trailers will get the job done while keeping your items safe and secure.

Transporting building supplies

Whether you are a contractor, home improvement professional or DIY homeowner with frequent projects needed to be done around the house, having a utility trailer is a must. It will make hauling wood, paint, ladders, and other supplies easy and effective while saving a great deal on delivery fees.

If you are looking for something more compact to fit the budget, then our box trailer will be the perfect choice for you. It is highly versatile, built to last, and perfect for carrying small tools and equipment.

Rubbish and debris clean up

Cleaning up after a big job is much easier with a utility trailer. You can use it to effortlessly transport any rubbish or debris you need to get rid of in large quantities. If you work at a business often requiring the clean-up of scrap material, clearing out your own space, or helping a neighbour out – whatever the job, a utility trailer will definitely take a lot of the clutter and headache away.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why investing in a utility trailer is a wise decision. But before you settle for one, you have to make sure you are getting the trailer that meets your demands perfectly. Make a choice between an open or covered trailer, pick the type you like, think about the preferred trailer dimensions, and leave the rest to the team at Trailer World. Speak to one of our experts today, and we will help you explore the options available or customise your trailer according to your needs.
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