Box trailers can be a great piece of equipment to have, whether for home or for running a business. They can be used to securely transport (and store) almost anything, from furniture to extra camping gear, without taking up space inside your vehicle. Before buying your own box trailer, there are a number of things to consider to ensure your trailer will do what you need it to, safely and efficiently.
New vs. Second-hand box trailers
Trailers can last many years if they are looked after. So it may be possible to find what you are looking for second hand. But they can be hard to come by. People don’t easily give up the convenience that comes with box trailers. If you buy new, you can have it customised to the dimensions, materials, and accessories you need. Another advantage of buying new is the warranty and the service provided by the manufacturer.
If you are thinking about short-term savings, second-hand box trailers are an option. Just like cars though, trailers can be susceptible to damage and wear and need regular maintenance to keep up efficient performance and longevity. Request proof from a seller of any second-hand trailer that it has been regularly serviced. If they can’t show you any proof, you may spend more money on repairs than you anticipate.
There are several specifications to be considered when buying box trailers. These include ATM, Payload and towing capacity.
ATM or aggregated trailer mass is the total weight of the trailer and load when not hitched to a vehicle. It indicates the maximum weight the trailer should weigh when in use. You need to know what it is you are going to be carrying and what it weighs to determine your required ATM.
The payload is calculated by taking the weight of the trailer (tare weight) and subtracting it from the ATM.
Towing capacity is usually found in the manufacturer’s handbook. This will tell you how much your vehicle can tow, and if you need brakes installed and any speed restrictions applicable to your vehicle when towing.
Depending on the payload you want to carry and the towing capacity of your vehicle, you may need to have brakes installed in the box trailer. If you are looking to carry a small payload and your vehicle has a high towing capacity, you may be able to invest in a box trailer without brakes installed, potentially with 750 kg of ATM. But if you want to carry a high payload then brakes will be essential. Discuss this with your manufacturer to ensure that your trailer will meet your needs safely.
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