A Guide to Understanding Plant Trailers
Hauling big loads and transporting goods is done with the help of cargo trailers when it comes to transportation by land. From toy and camping trailers to big 18-wheeler cargo trailers, they are all made to help you haul anything with ease. They are extremely versatile, not just because they come in different sizes but because they are made to haul specific types of loads. This allows you to transport just about anything.
Cargo trailers are made to be extremely tough against the elements, so even if you have to tow in heavy rain or the hot sun you won’t have to worry about the integrity of the trailer. Cargo trailers are also very secure since they can come as enclosed types to offer protection from theft. All this can be said for plant trailers as well, which although have a different use, provide the same benefits.
What is a Plant Trailer?
Plant cargo trailers are made specifically for the transportation of plant machinery and construction equipment, including bumpers, rollers, skidsters and mini diggers. A quality plant trailer is robust and durable, and it often comes with mudguards. Further, plant trailers also come with a ramp that allows for easy access to the machinery and equipment.
Benefits of Plant Trailers
The first and most important reason why you would go for plant cargo trailers is their load capacity. Plant cargo trailers are made to withstand extremely heavy loads and allow you to pull a lot of weight. This specialised solution makes it extremely easy to transport from plant to plant without a hitch. They are also equipped with additional cross members that help support higher point loads from machines.
A strong trailer is also a stable one, and plant cargo trailers provide just that. With a stable trailer, the machinery and equipment you’ll be hauling will be well secured. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t secure them to the trailer though, as no trailer can stop gravity.
Plant cargo trailers also come with some safety features that add to their robust construction. Some of the safety features that you can find on most plant trailers are a fully galvanised chassis, built-in mudguards, SFL bearings, 5 stud wheels and heavy-duty axles. If a plant cargo trailer doesn’t have all these safety features, you should consider going for one that has.
Braking System & Ramp
Ramps come standard with all plant cargo trailers. Another important thing you get with a plant cargo trailer is a solid braking system. Every trailer needs to have a braking system, especially if it’s one made for heavy-duty hauling like a plant cargo trailer.
Tips for Towing a Trailer
Slow & Steady Wins The Race
Although plant cargo trailers come equipped with a braking system, you shouldn’t be riding on the brakes. A safe trailer doesn’t necessarily mean a safe trip. For this, you have to be taking safety precautions, especially when driving. The first thing to do is to drive slow and steady. As long as you do that, the need to use the brakes or ride on them will be reduced. When you ride on the brakes less and use them less altogether, you avoid replacing them as frequently. Make sure you coast as much as you can and make your vehicle come to a complete stop gradually rather than hard pressing the brakes right before a stop sign.
The load at the back will make you plan ahead when driving. Ensure that you’re driving safely and anticipate traffic as much as you can. This will help you avoid sudden movements which is something you should avoid, especially with a heavy load at the back. Whether it is accelerating or decelerating, make sure you start doing so in advance, especially when going into turns. Change lanes in advance, as you never know when you can get stuck in traffic. And believe me, you don’t want to get stuck in the wrong lane with heavy machinery on your plant trailer.
When travelling long distances, taking the motorway is necessary. When on the motorway, make sure you leave some extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you, especially if that vehicle is towing something as well. This will give you more time to bring your vehicle and the trailer to a complete stop in the case of an emergency stop.
No matter the load or the travelling distance, when the two meet together, a trailer is an inevitable addition to your trip. In the case of plant cargo trailers, it’s important to know what exactly needs to be taken from point A to point B to make your trip safe. There is no shortcut to a safe hauling experience, and the more you want to do things faster, the more you put yourself in danger.