Got your eye on something, but need a little help deciding? Terry, our resident MacGyver, has taken time out to put together some handy buying guides. If you need any advice, give us a call on 0800 800 880, we're always happy to help.
There are a few things to consider before buying your trailer, check out our guide to make sure that you buy the perfect trailer for the job.
Check the load capacity of trailer and match this with the weight of what you're going to be towing.
Generally speaking for heavy loads of up to 1,000kg, choose a tandem axle. For lighter use (up to 500kg), a single axle is more appropriate. If there is a chance you could be towing heavier and bulkier loads in future look at a tandem axle with removable cage.
Brakes on a trailer will increase safety. For braked models, the weight of the trailer plus the load, must not be more than the towing vehicle's mass weight.
Check your motor vehicle's handbook, which will list the following:
Below is a guide to let you know the approximate towing capacity of common motor vehicles. Be sure to contact your vehicle's manufacturer for actual towing capacity, or have a look online.
Vehicle Towing Capacity (approx):
Caged trailers are perfect for bulky items like beds, furniture, small and ATVs, Make sure to check that their weight doesn't exceed trailer load capacity.
Non-caged trailers are excellent for general purposes, especially for landscaping supplies like pebbles, compost and sand because of easy tray access.
• Better stability and smoother riding.
• Carry up to 1500kg.
• A decrease in turning radius causes the turning motion to be harder on the tyres.
• A less powerful vehicle will struggle with the weight and friction of tandem axles when carrying large loads. Check there's even weight distribution over both axles otherwise there can be too much stress on a single axle.
• When attaching, the vehicle often needs to be moved to the trailer.
• Front and rear closing doors.
• A less powerful vehicle will struggle with the increased weight and friction of tandem axles with large loads. Check there's even weight distribution over both axles otherwise there can be too much stress on a single axle.
Single Axle Trailers:
• Lighter to tow due to reduced friction from tyres.
• Tend to bounce and sway more.
• Better gas mileage.
• Easier to manoeuvre and less stress on tyres when turning.
• One person can move the trailer around to hook up to vehicle.
When loading a single axle, balance weight over the axle and secure the items to avoid sliding.
Once we've delivered it to you, you'll need to assemble the trailer and license it for road use.
1. Trailer Assembly
Here are instructions for assembling your trailer, it will take you approximately 2 hrs.
These are the tools you'll need:
• Ratchet set
2. Trailer Registration and Licensing:
Registering and licensing your trailer for road use is approximately $135 for 12 months. You can do this at a VTNZ station. There are VTNZ stations all around New Zealand. Find a vehicle registration station near you.
3. Safety Information
Once your trailer is on the road, refer to NZTA's Guide to Safe Towing.
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