Why are there two sizes of towballs in New Zealand…and does it matter which one I use?
- As a general rule of thumb, select a jockey wheel with a rating of at least 10% of the overall weight. Eg a 2500kg trailer should use a 250kg rated jockey wheel.
- If the trailer is likely to be stationary between uses, consider using a jockey stand. With less moving parts they are longer lasting and more cost effective than a wheel option
- Beach launch boat trailers prefer a pneumatic tyre – their larger size makes them travel better on wet sand.
- General use trailers use a single 6” or 8” solid tyre.
- Heavy trailers and aggregate surfaces are better suited to a dual jockey wheel to reduce wear on the tyres.
- There are 3 main ways to fix your jockey wheel. Weld on, U-Bolt and Bolt-Thru.
- For retrofit jobs, U-bolt is the preferred method.
- Christine Products and Trailparts mounting bracket is compatible
- Some boat trailers have a drop-in jockey wheel. This is a very cost effective option, although not the most practical to use.
- It depends on your budget. Christine Products are renowned for having the best jockey in New Zealand. Fulton, an American brand imported by Trailcom is also a sturdy unit. Naturally Trailparts have a comprehensive range of jockey wheels to suit a number of applications as well.
- If you are shopping on a budget, Supercheap have a cost effective range. Also Save Barn, Road Chief, and other Chinese trailer importers.
Bearings are one of the most common parts to be replaced on a trailer. They work hard, so its no wonder!
Bearings will need replacing or adjusting when there is audible noise when spinning the wheel, or when there is slop in the wheel on the stub axle. Many trailer owners and users like to replace their trailer bearings periodically to avoid down-time and failure.
Brakes take towing to a new level, especially if you haven’t done much towing or if you have never experienced towing a braked trailer. As well as being able to slow down and stop without a loaded trailer pushing your tow vehicle into a dangerous position, and being able to stop quickly in an emergency, having brakes on a trailer allows for the safe towing of heavier loads without having to invest in a tow vehicle with a higher tow rating.
On average 7 people are killed and 45 seriously injured in accidents involving light trailers each year so having your trailer right is very important to keep you and other road users safe. While you may not be fined for towing a trailer between 750kg and 2000kg without brakes, if your vehicle unbraked tow rating is less that the weight of the trailer then you could be fined for unsafe loading.
School Holidays are a time to relax, celebrate and enjoy life, but Autumn can also be a particularly dangerous time on New Zealand roads. On average, 14 people have been killed and another 450 injured during each of the past five holiday periods (Christmas). Crashes occur during holidays for several reasons:
Trailer parts are just like any other vehicle parts—they can and will wear down over time. Knowing whether they need to be repaired or replaced isn’t always easy, though. We recommend consulting with a trailer repair professional when assessing the state of your trailer’s parts. They’ll let you know if it’s time to replace them or not.
Everyone appreciates value for money, and buying a second-hand trailer offers considerable savings compared to a brand-new model. Whether you plan to use your trailer for work or domestic purposes, you can enjoy peace of mind by following some simple rules when inspecting a potential purchase.
For Trailequip, ensuring our products have a high level of rust resistance is very important to us.
Just have a look next time you’re out driving – so many trailers have rusty couplings, rusty jockey wheels, rusty hubs… you get the idea. Rust is an indication of the metal of that product being corroded, weakening the unit. That means if you’re seeing rust, you’re seeing a product whose structural soundness has been compromised – and that’s not something we want said about parts supplied by Trailequip!
|A badly rusted boat trailer suspension system - a result of lack of care and poor quality product|