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6 ways to keep your trailer rust free this summer

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Dec 2, 2016

You’ve seen them. Those rusty holes and spots that grow on trailers and their components over time. You’ve heard what people say about them. "Rust is inevitable.” "You can’t stop it.” However, we beg to differ. Rust happens because we let it happen. The only reason trailers and other vehicles rust out is that the rust is allowed to grow and accumulate. Once the rust starts it will continue to g...

10 important points to consider when buying a second hand trailer

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Apr 20, 2017

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. While we recommend always having a certified WOF inspector check your second-hand trailer over to ensure it fully complies with all NZTA requirements, the followi...

Topics: second hand trailer, trailequip, nz made, buying, trailers nz, trailer parts, boat trailer, NZ trailers

Coming to terms with trailer talk - a glossary of common trailer terminology and jargon

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Jun 13, 2017

Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) The total laden weight of the trailer, including the weight of whatever you’re carrying and the weight imposed on the tow ball by the trailer’s coupling. This means that the ATM will be the GTM (see below) plus the weight on the tow ball. ATV Trailer Trailer designed for transporting all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) such as quad and motor bikes. Box Trailer The term...

Topics: jargon, trailer talk, glossary, trailer terms, trailers, NZ trailers

Always pass your trailer WOF with this checklist

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Dec 9, 2016

Did you know... If you are found to be using a trailer which does not have a current warrant of fitness, you will be slapped immediately with a fine of $200 (more in some cases). That's a lot of money to pay, especially when the situation is easy to avoid. So, what's a warrant of fitness? Commonly known as a WoF, it is a regular check to ensure that your vehicle meets required safety standards as set out by the New Zealand Transport Agency.    ...

Best towing practices to keep you safe this summer

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Dec 8, 2016

Holidays are a time to relax, celebrate and enjoy life, but the Christmas - New Year period 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. Crashes occur over the Christmas-New Year period for several reasons: traffic volume is heavier – more vehicles on the road means more risk of crashes ...

Topics: NZTA, legal, safety

What winch will suit my Application? ATV, Boat, or 4WD Winch?

Posted by Cameron Whitehouse on Aug 18, 2016

Topics: 4WD Winch, Boat Trailer Winch, ATV Winches

'Braking' down the legal requirements for trailer brake control in New Zealand

Posted by Shane Simpkin on May 24, 2017

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. All vehicle towbars are rated to a certain weight. If it...

Topics: nz trailer law, brakes, nz trailer brakes, trailer braking, nz towing, trailer towing, towing, trailers nz, Towing Tips, legal, Legal - Trailer Braking Requirements

Dangers of towing - trailer sway

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Dec 8, 2016

Trailer sway, snaking, tail swing, fish tailing, shimmy, wobble...call it whatever you like, is very unpleasant, dangerous, has the potential to become deadly and, in most cases, is able to be avoided. WHAT IS TRAILER SWAY? Trailer sway is when your trailer starts to move from side to side behind the tow vehicle. If not brought under control the trailer can start to swing increasingly more violently, causing the back of the tow vehicle to ...

Disc vs drum - which type of brakes are better?

Posted by Leon Silby on Jun 21, 2017

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. There are ...

Topics: rotor, nz brakes, drum brakes, brake fade, disc brakes, calipers, trailer brakes, brakes, nz trailer brakes, trailer braking, braking

Does my towball size matter?

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Jul 27, 2017

Why are there two sizes of towballs in New Zealand…and does it matter which one I use? In a rule change a number of years back the Government introduced the 50mm towball, in line with the European regulations. About 95% of towballs now sold are 1 7/8” diameter, and the remainder are 50mm diameter. 1 7/8” is the most common towball size used on vehicles in NZ, while 50mm is standard in Europe. There is not a lot of difference between the two size...

Topics: tow ball, hitch, 50mm, 1 7/8, coupling, trailer parts nz, towball, nz towing, trailer towing, towing, NZ trailers

Is it better to repair or replace my trailer parts?

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Apr 20, 2017

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. Bear in mind that it is always cheaper to repair, replace or service parts BEFORE it becomes unavoidable...

Topics: replace trailer, repair trailers, buying, trailers nz, trailer parts, new trailer parts, NZ trailers

Is it better to build my own trailer or buy one?

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Jul 26, 2017

Trailers are a necessity for millions of kiwi’s. True to the practical / DIY / number-8-wire mindset of us kiwi’s we like to be tough and build it ourselves. In our dreams our trailer will be bigger, better, more practical, stronger and cheaper than one from an engineer or trailer builder. Sounds easy. However, there are many considerations when building your own trailer.

Quality is King - why Trailequip bought a salt-spray tester

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Apr 20, 2017

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 ...

Topics: product champion, rust, Quality Control, product development, testing

Synthetic or Steel - Which winch and why!

Posted by Cameron Whitehouse on Oct 12, 2017

Steel or synthetic winch rope - what, why and when?  As we often get asked these questions, we've written a brief guide to the pros and cons of both kinds of cable. Steel Cable The original industry standard for winches is aircraft-grade steel cable, which is more durable than synthetic rope. It's also better than synthetic ropes when winching in highly abrasive situations or terrains as it is less prone t...

Topics: Trailmaxx Winch, 4WD Winch, Boat Trailer Winch, ATV Winches

TEQ HOW TO: change trailer wheel bearings

Posted by Leon Silby on Jul 24, 2017

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. Replacing bearings is a relatively simple process if you f...

Topics: trailer wheel, wheels, wheel bearings, trailer bearings, how-to, bearing overhaul, trailer, overhaul, fitting, bearings, trailers nz, trailer parts, NZ trailers

Tips for safe autumn towing in New Zealand

Posted by Cameron Whitehouse on Apr 27, 2017

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: traffic volume is heavier – more vehicles on the road means more risk of crashes ...

Topics: Towing Tips, NZTA, legal, safety

We answer common jockey wheel questions...

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Jul 25, 2017

Q.  What is the weight of the trailer? 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. Q.  Will the trailer be pulled around on its jockey? ...

Topics: Fulton, trailer jockey wheel, nz jockey wheel, jockey wheel nz, jockey wheel, jockey wheels, JT8, Christine Products, swivel, jockey, jockey stand, new trailer parts, NZ trailers

What braking system does my trailer require in NZ?

Posted by Cameron Whitehouse on Nov 24, 2016

New Zealand trailer braking laws may seem complex, but they really aren't. There are 3 main braking systems that you need to be aware about and there are 3 weight classes/catagories of tralier that they apply too. Apart from that all you need to think about is the safety chains. Here is the simple version... Service brakes ...

Topics: Legal - Trailer Braking Requirements

What kind of trailer is that?

Posted by Shane Simpkin on Nov 25, 2016

There are general purpose trailers as well as trailers specific for one or two purposes. The following are the main types of trailers you will encounter on roads around NZ. Garden trailers Also known as: handy man trailer, cage trailer, tipper, 6x4, 8x4, 8x5, 7x5 Garden trailers are one of the most common types of trailer you are likely to see on the road. These are generally able to be hired from petrol stations, hire companies...

Topics: types of trailers, boat trailer, horse float, caravan, vehicle trailer, NZ trailers, box trailer, trailer type, flatbed trailer

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