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A trailer is more than just a piece of equipment – they're like the unsung heroes of our hauling adventures. Whether you're moving your tiny home, prized possessions, or your work digger, having the right trailer is essential. Recently, I reached out to a group of seasoned trailer owners for advice on purchasing a trailer capable of handling around 2.5 tonnes. Here's what they had to say:
1. Check Your Vehicle's Towing Capacity: Surprisingly, the first piece of advice had nothing to do with the trailer itself but was undeniably essential. Before selecting a trailer, confirm your vehicle's towing capacity. While the top-selling utes in New Zealand can tow up to 3.5 tonnes, older or less popular vehicles may have lower limits. Ensuring your towing vehicle can safely handle the intended load is the foundation of a secure and efficient towing experience.
2. Go Bigger: When it comes to buying a 2.5-tonne trailer, the most prevalent recommendation from experienced trailer owners was to consider purchasing a 3.5-tonne trailer instead. This might seem counterintuitive, but it's a smart move. A 3.5-tonne trailer offers more versatility and durability, making it suitable for a broader range of applications. Given that many of the most popular vehicles can tow 3.5 tonnes, opting for a higher capacity trailer not only future-proofs your towing needs but also ensures your equipment can endure the rigors of heavy hauling.
3. Prioritize Trailer Brakes: Safety on the road is paramount, and one piece of advice that may surprise some is the necessity of trailer brakes. In New Zealand, all road-going light commercial trailers weighing over 2 tonnes are legally required to have brakes. It's a concerning thought that some trailers may be operating without this crucial safety feature. Additionally, many experienced owners emphasized the importance of ensuring that all four wheels of the trailer are equipped with brakes, further enhancing stability and control during towing.
To sum it up, buying a trailer shouldn't be a casual purchase. So, before you make that decision, check your vehicle's limits, think about going bigger, and never skip the brakes. Your trailer isn't just a hunk of metal; it's your trusty partner for all your hauling missions. Make sure it's up to the task with quality parts and is built by a reputable manufacturer. Safe and happy towing!