F.A.Q.Below some common questions and answers.
HOW DO I PAY FOR MY TRAILER?
We require 25% deposit to secure your build slot, and your Final Payment is due one week before your given completion date.
DO YOU OFFER DELIVERY?
We can quote for trailer delivery if you notify us of your postcode. We offer a personal delivery service arranged at your convenience.
Do you supply custom trailers to Guernsey & Jersey?
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT WEIGHT TRAILER I CAN TOW WITH MY VEHICLE?
Most vehicles have a manufacturer’s maximum recommended towing weight. It’s usually listed in the handbook or vehicle specification sheet. You can also find it on the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate on the car. If in any doubt, contact your vehicle manufacturer.
When towing a trailer, the following needs to be considered:
The actual weight of the trailer and its load must not exceed the maximum towing weight permitted by the vehicle. For example, if the maximum towing weight of your vehicle is 2000kg and the trailer you are towing has an unladen weight of 500kg, then you can load up to 1500kg on your trailer providing the maximum gross weight of the trailer is 2000kg or above.
HOW SHOULD I MODIFY MY DRIVING WHILST TOWING A TRAILER?
To tow your trailer safely you should remember these points:
The overall length of your vehicle increases when towing a trailer. It is therefore necessary to widen your turns to avoid hitting kerbs.
The additional weight of a trailer and its load will increase your stopping distance. You must therefore allow more time for braking.
When reversing you must steer the opposite way to the direction in which you require the trailer to travel.
You should never exceed the maximum towing weight for your towing vehicle.
I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST AFTER JANUARY 1ST 1997; CAN I STILL TOW A TRAILER?
If you passed your test after 1st January 1997, you will not have category B+E on your licence, which enables you tow any trailer up to 3500kg. Without your B+E category you will be restricted in the types of trailers you can tow although there are still towing options available to you.
Alternatively, you can sit your B+E towing test. As of December 2009, tests cost £110 but like your driving test, prior tuition is recommended. The NFU provides B+E test and training discounts to its members.
There are tuition and test centres located across the UK.
WHAT LOCKS SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR MY TRAILER?
Ideally your trailer should be fitted with a coupling lock and wheel clamp to deter thieves. However, your trailer should be secured to the requirements that your insurance company specifies as not following their guidance may invalidate your policy.
THE GALVANISED FINISH ON MY TRAILER HAS GONE DULL WITH SOME GREY/BLACK STAINS. WILL THIS LEAD TO PREMATURE CORROSION?
As part of the normal ageing process, galvanised surfaces form an outer layer of oxide. This protects the reactive zinc and underlying steel from further corrosion. The appearance of the surface ranges from bright silver to dull grey. Exposure to road salt can change the appearance of newly galvanized surfaces to dull grey or black with white or grey deposits. This does not affect the protective properties of the finish.
To minimize this effect, new trailers should be washed regularly to remove any accumulated grime and road salt. This will become less important after the first few months as the protective layer forms on the surface. However, we would still recommend regular washing.
HOW DO I CONNECT THE TRAILER TO THE TOWING VEHICLE?
Ensure that the towing vehicle’s tow bar is in good condition.
Check that the ball head cup is well greased.
Raise the coupling head above the tow ball by using of the jockey wheel.
Position the tow ball under the coupling head, then using the jockey wheel, lower the coupling head onto the tow ball whilst holding the coupling head open. Once the two parts are correctly engaged, the coupling head handle will lock in the closed position. Twist the coupling head and check that the trailer is properly coupled.
Wind the jockey wheel upwards until fully retracted and the top handle is tightly locked – now loosen the main clamp and raise the jockey as high as possible in the clamp. Re-tighten the clamp, ensuring that the jockey wheel is well clear of the brake mechanism and is securely retained.
Check presence and condition of the break-away cable, if damaged or not present, replace immediately. Connect break-away cable to towing bracket on towing vehicle.
Connect the electrical plug to the socket on the rear of the towing vehicle. Check that all lights are fully operational. Ensure also that the electrical lead cannot drag on the ground.
Finally ensure that the hand brake is in the fully off position.
750kg UNBRAKED EXPLAINED
If your trailer is unbraked the maximum gross weight of the trailer (including equipment and stock) can be no more than 750kg.
DO YOU OFFER BRAKED TRAILERS (GROSS WEIGHT OF 950KG and 1300KG)?
Our single axle braked trailers have a gross weight of 950kg. Our double axle braked trailers have a gross weight of 1300kg.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BRAKED AND UNBRAKED TRAILERS?
An unbraked trailer has no brakes so the car towing does all the braking. A braked trailer has brakes fitted, the trailer will apply its brakes through a mechanical linkage that is connected to the tow bar.
WHAT ARE THE SPEED LIMITS WHEN TOWING?
It is 60mph on motorways and duel carriageways, 50mph on other roads unless there are lower speed restrictions in operation. If the vehicle/trailer combination is over 7500kg MAM then there is a further restriction of 50mph on duel carriageways. If in doubt consult the Goverment’s Highway Code.