When it comes to towing and trucking, what every trucker will agree upon is that all flatbed trailer parts have one thing in common among them which is there is no ‘one size fits all’. Trailer parts are bound to differ with every hauling project since every load is unique in terms of dimensions, weight and many more aspects.
Cargo control and load carrying security can be maintained by effectively using tarps but that has its own limitations due to the differences in the type of trailer one chooses for a project.
Flatbed trailers are of different types that both truckers and towing vehicle operators can choose from for meeting the requirements of their projects. They are as follows:
- Drive-On trailers
- Plant trailers
- Tipper trailers
- Unbraked Car trailers
- Rolling chassis trailers
We have put together some important information that both truckers and tow vehicle operators need to familiarise themselves with.
What will be the Trailer Used For?
In case of light hauling operations where one just needs to haul a medium sized lawn equipment then it is best to go with a 4’ x 7’ Utility Trailer, 4’ x 6’ Utility Trailer or a 5’ x 8’ SP Trailer.
In case of large to medium-sized hauling projects, such as a Bobcat along with some medium to small lawn equipment, one needs to opt for a 6’ x 16’ 2-brake Landscape Trailer.
In case one wants to shelter their load from the elements, it is best to go for an enclosed trailer which will also allow you to secure the payload and keep it stable during the trip.
What will be the weight and overall dimensions of the load you need to carry in the trailer?
When it comes to purchasing a trailer, the primary aspect that every trucker needs to look out for is the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) that they need to haul. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the weight of the payload plus the weight of the empty trailer.
It is always advised to select a trailer that has a GVWR rating that is higher than the load one needs to carry. It is an effective means of ensuring that the weight of the cargo will be distributed equally on the floor of the trailer.
A glossary about some important trailer parts
It is best to opt for plug-in wiring harness if your towing vehicle doesn’t have a standard tow package installed. To be on the legal and safe side while on the road, it is recommended to buy the following trailer parts from either an OEM outlet or a trusted OEM reseller:
- Electronic brake controller
- Spare tires
- Spare tire carrier
- Lighting accessories
- Hitch hardware
- Trailer ball
- Tail Light protector
- Trailer utility rack
- Ball mount
- Pin, clip, and coupler lock
- Receiver tube
There are ample of UK’s premier public utility companies that provide quality assured utility and trailer parts. Be sure to check in with them if you are planning to buy components for your trailer and towing vehicle at affordable rates.