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Finding the Right Tanker Trailer: The Ultimate Guide

While this market is saturated with a variety of Trailers, it can be understandably difficult to decide on which might be the best for your intended purpose. As Trailers are designed for long term use, in order to understand the different types of Trailers out there and to help you find what Trailer suits your need, we have compiled a list of various points to consider when making a decision.

Entering the world of Tanker Trailers

When it comes to buying a Trailer Tanker the buyer's options are widely varied. The aim of this post is to minimize the chances of buying A Trailer that does not match the capabilities of it's intended uses. We have listed a few things to take into consideration before purchasing a Trailer.


From the initial Research stage to the Purchase stage this is an ultimate guide to buying the right type of trailer.

Chapter 1: Application

Chapter 2: History

Chapter 3: Adaptability

Chapter 4: Budget

Chapter 5: Bed

Chapter 6: Size

Chapter 7: Style

Chapter 8: Color

Chapter 9: Gross Combination Weight


The intended application is the most important thing to consider before purchasing a Trailer. Depending on what you intend on using it for there are hundreds of options available to a buyer. Some tanks are best used for liquid while some are better used to transport solid and others can accommodate both liquid and solid materials. You also need to consider where you are going to be using the Tanker Trailers, some can be used both above and below ground while others can be used on both platforms. It is important to be able to identify where and what you will be transporting as it'll be the starting point of any purchase.


If you are buying a used trailer then it is always a good idea to know the history of the trailer. As a new buyer you need to be sure that your trailer meets all the requirements for its intended use. You need to be able to know where the trailer has been and how many times it has been taken in for repairs and what the repairs where for. Although this applies to any second hand product you buy it is very important when buying something that is road ready because even a little mistake can lead to serious accidents.


Anybody with Tanker Trailer experience will know that to be able to use your trailer to its full ability you need to make sure that it is adaptable in various situations. Before buying any trailers you should as questions about


The type of trailer you end up with depends on your budget, after doing research on the type of trailer that best suits your need then the next step is to determine how much you have to spend on the trailer. There are other things that also need to be taken into considerations as well like future expansion, how often you'll be using it and so much more. These considerations go on to determine if buying a trailer is the best value for money.


The bed describes the base of your trailer. It varies depending it its use, for farm trailers you need to make sure that the bed is either comfortable enough for livestock or strong enough to serve as a base for transporting heavy goods. For tankers that carry liquid, depending on its contents (water, diesel, oil, waste) the interior need to be able to contain its content so as to prevent rust.


This might be an obvious consideration be it can also be an important one, the size of your Tanker will be depend on what you intend to use if for, how long you intend on using it, where you intend on using it and the type of vehicular method of transportation. Once all of these issues have been addressed only then will you be able to decide on the size of the Trailer.


The style of your Tanker is going to depend on its contents and application. Every tanker has its own best suited application, be be able to use your Tanker Trailer effectively you need to consider what you are going to be transporting and how this can affect the style of your Tanker. The style of Livestock trailers normally differ from the style of Aviation Trailers. If non of the existing trailers suit your need then you can inquire about getting a custom built trailer to suit your needs.


Normally the color of your trailer is based on its use, for example fire trailers are mostly red to it can be easily identified, diesel trailers are normally yellow and farm trailers are normally green. These colors allow for easy identification in emergency situations. In some cases the color of your tanker can reduce sunlight penetration, however there is no rule regulating the color of your tanker. Custom built or smaller tankers are by default almost always white unless a specific color has been recommended. Typically underground water tanks (cisterns) are blue, septic tanks are yellow. All pigments used (except yellow) are CSA/NSF certified for drinking water.

Gross Combination Weight

The Gross Combination Weight or (GCW) is the total weight allowed when towing a vehicle, passengers and Cargo. This needs to be taken into consideration before buying any Trailer. To prevent accidents on motor ways drivers are required to take certain equations into consideration, the GCW rating is calculated by combining the mass of a towing road vehicle, passengers and cargo in the tow vehicle, plus the mass of the trailer and cargo in the trailer.

These are just some of the things to consider before buying a Trailer. I have added some outstanding resources to look at for more information on this topic.

If I have missed any other important factors to take into consideration then drop us an email and I'll update.

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The South African drought….what’s it all about?

South Africa is facing one of the worst droughts in 100 years, seconded only by a period of very low rainfall in the 1930s. Though the drought conditions have been partially caused by the El Nino phenomenon which has brought turbulent weather conditions across the globe, some also put South Africa's problems down to wider global warming trends.

A drought of this length and magnitude has any a number of multiplier effects on the South African economy. 2.7 million households have been left without a secure food supply, with wilted crops affecting the livelihoods of both emerging and established farmers. The South African government has faced criticism for failing to declare the drought a national emergency; they have resisted because not all the provinces of South Africa have been affected to the same extent.​

The uphill battle facing the South African economy is clear from a quick look at the statistics: 

  • South Africa needs to import five to six million tonnes of maize for 2016, at a cost of 14 billion rand.
  • Farmers are facing losses of up to 10 billion rand.
  • One in five South African households are already food insecure and this can only get worse if the drought progresses.
  • The South African agricultural community, which employs as many as 500,000 people, faces the prospect of major job losses. 

What is happening to the price of oil?

Why oil affects us all

The price of oil (and by the price of fuel) is one of those statistics that may not set your world alight (forgive the pun), but which nevertheless underpins most of our daily lives. Whether we're worrying about the cost of running a family car or running a business, prices at the pump are never far from our minds when attempting to budget or manage personal & professional costs.

The most recent dips in oil prices are great news for consumers and business owners, less so for oil dependent countries and producers. A trend that began in June 2014 sees no sign of reversing. As you can see from our infographic, we've compiled the data on price trends, the root causes behind the sudden dramatic changes in price, and who the main winners and losers are.

What does it mean for South Africans?

Low oil prices are welcome in a time when the rand is weak against the US dollar; for example diesel has dropped to 50 cents a litre, with oil trading at $36 a barrel as of Tuesday. This is certainly welcome news when you consider that South Africa has long been one of the worst-off countries when it comes to percentage of income spent on fuel (South Africa was at 4.07% as of 2014). 




Winter Towing Guide

South Africa doesn't see Winter as badly as some other countries do, but the occasional frosty night is still something to be wary about. One wrong move on the road and an accident could happen. Add a trailer to the icy surfaces and the risk becomes a lot higher! So no matter what kind of trailer you have, you'll always want to be safe and sound on the road and that means, looking after your trailer properly! Especially during winter!


Storing Your Trailer

So you recently got a new custom-built trailer from Arwald Tanker Trailer and you want to know how to look after your new found friend during the colder, wetter, winter months. If you plan on storing the trailer for a long period of time, while exposed to the elements then you're going to have to take some precautions and be prepared.

  • Remove the emergency breakaway battery and store inside (trailer or your home will do), out of the weather. Aim to charge the battery at least every 90 days.
  • Jack up the trailer and place jack stands under the trailer frame so that the weight is no longer on the tires this will prevent the tires becoming mis-shapen. Have a read through the trailer manufacturer’s guidelines on lifting and supporting the unit. Never jack up or place jack stands on the axle tube as this can cause damage.
  • ​Lubricate moving parts, such as the hitch and suspension especially if these are going to be exposed to the elements, this will prevent them from freezing or sticking.

Some other useful tips to consider when storing your trailer are:

  • Look up – Parking a trailer under a tree might seem like a good idea, but have all the leaves fallen from the tree yet? Some trees also release sticky sap on to anything placed under them. Birds also like to use trees to perch and/or roost in and are not fussy where they do their business, potentially ruining the finish of your sparkily new trailer and creating additional cleaning.
  • Look down – Is the ground where you have decided to park the trailer soft grass, gravel, paving slabs, hard core or asphalt? Consider the hardness of the surface you are going to site the trailer on, especially if there is a chance that the trailer may be required during the winter months as tow vehicles and soft wet ground tend not to mix well. This is more of an issue with the bigger trailers that are harder to manhandle or trailers that have items stored in them.
  • Security – If stored at home, you will be able to keep an eye on the trailer at most times and this will act as a strong deterrent to any would be thieves that may decide to target the trailer. As will placing obstacles in the way of the trailer, be it a parked vehicle or gateway if stored in a rear garden.

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Towing Your Trailer

Towing a trailer is a whole new type of driving. You no longer and to just think about yourself and other, now you have to think about yourself, the other drivers and your trailer! Be sure to check all routes you plan to take for any restrictions on bridges and tunnels (Depending on your trailer size).

  • Driving Gear - Usually, when buying a trailer, you'll have a manufacturers guide along with it! This has all the recommended instructions for looking after your trailer, from maintenance to driving tips. Check this for the recommended driving gear for towing.
  • Speed - Always drive at moderate speeds. This will place less strain on the vehicle towing the trailer. Trailer sway is more likely to happen at higher speeds, increasing the chance of an accident.
  • Sudden Starts/Stops - Avoid sudden starts and stops as this can cause the trailer to skid, slide  or even jackknife.
  • Slow Down - Slow down over bumpy roads and surfaces as your trailer won't have as good suspension as the tow car. 
  • Downshift - Downshift to assist with braking when your travelling downhill and to add power for climbing hills.
  • Trailer Brake - If you have an electric trailer brake controller and the trailer is swaying excessively, apply the trailer brake by hand. Do not apply the tow vehicle brakes as this is likely to increase the sway and potentially causes jackknifing 

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Caring For Your Trailer

As with everything, your trailer should be check regularly for faults, damage and any general wear and tear. This could be done everyday or once every few weeks! Just be sure to keep on top of this and your trailer will always be in great condition. 

  • Check the electrics - Prior to storing the trailer be sure to check all plugs and wiring for and wear and tear or general damage. If no damage is found the electrical connections can be cleaned and wiped with some penetrating oil (WD40 etc). This should prevent any future corrosions leading to electrical issues.
  • Brakes - When putting the trailer in storage, if your trailer is braked, be sure to remove the handbrake, this will prevent your brakes sticking and should be 'chocked' (any bits of wood etc. behind the wheels) if it's stored on its wheels.
  • Hose Down - Usually if you have used your trailer once the roads start to become icy and colder, you'll have run into a gritted road. This will mean your trailer is likely to be coated in salt, this is corrosive and should be washed off before storing your trailer. Pay attention to the underside of the trailer, it might be out of sight bu the salt from the roads will build up there more than anywhere. 
  • Urine - If you transport livestock in your trailer (Horseboxes etc) then a good idea is to put baking soda on the floor under the mats, this helps break down urine.
  • Wasps - Keep all windows and vents closed during summer month especially as wasps tend to build nests within open trailers. Be sure to check all holes and rails where a nest could be built and spray often

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Staying Awake During Those Long Hauls

Staying Awake During Those Long Hauls

So, you've got another long stint ahead of you?You've been feeling more and more drowsy on these long hauls?We've all done it, found ourselves at the wheel not being ableto stay awake, the light flashing past don't help there'snothing for you to do other than drive and drive and drive! Youseem to find yourself playing eye-spy with yourself to try andstay awake, trying to find some way of entertaining yourselflong enough to make it to the next stop where you can take thatwell-deserved rest that you need. Well we've got some ideas foryou to try out!

It's not always easy to tell when you're too tired to drive. The warning signs that your feeling tired and should probably pull over are:

  • Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking or heavyeyelids
  • Daydreaming, finding your mind wandering, or just generalmind blanks
  • Missing stops, exits and forgetting parts of your drive
  • Feeling restless and irritated
  • Trouble keeping you head held staright up
  • Yawning repeatedly or sudden sensations to rub youreyes
  • Drifting from your lane, hitting anything, general bad driving that you'd normally avoid

Before someone falls asleep at the wheels, they'll usually lapse in attention, slowed reaction times and generally dangerous driving is usually first. Driving is a difficult thing to do at the best of times, with so may stimuli around you, focusing on yourself, what other drivers are doing, whatever potential threat could leap out at you at any moment.That's a lot to think about, now add being tired to the situation and you're asking for an accident.


The contrasting lights while on the road don't help fight the feeling of sleep running over your body. The lights all around you are bright and in your face, but the night is dark, as is your cab or car! Obviously there isn't much you can do about some of the lights, but we advise turning down the lights on your dash in order to have them soothing and not so 'in your face'. Also, you want to make sure that you aren't looking into the bright lights of incoming traffic, look slightly off to the side instead. Although the dark does sometimes make you feel tired and drowsy, the contrast lights will do this even quicker!

Radio - Off

You've always been told to keep your mind stimulated using the radio right? Well that's a bad idea during these long hauls, it might seem like it's keeping you awake, but in reality it's just sending you to sleep. Your brain has to process every sound it takes in which can be exhausting, especially considering the number of noises you'd already heard a long haul! You're just adding to the work your brain has to do during the drive! Just stick to the noise of the engine, the wheels on the road and the passing traffic!


Whenever you get a chance, maybe at the next service station. Stop! Get out of the truck or car and go for a quick walk (outside is usually better but walking anywhere is better than not doing so). Do whatever you'd normally do when you pull up at a service stop, then add an extra 10-minute wander in there! It really helps wake you up!


Coffee. Need I say more? Yes, I should because what I'm going to say isn't what you're thinking...  Coffee, the huge energy and caffeine boost that you think will perk you  up after you drink 50 cups, isn't as great as you think. Sure coffee is great for keeping you awake, but you should watch the caffeine intake and make sure you don't try and replace sleep with more coffee, there is nothing better for your body than sleep!  So sip your coffee, make it last longer and try not to mix coffee and energy drinks.


Like caffeine, food is great to keep you awake and alert. But you don't want to fill yourself up. Remember at Christmas after everyone has eaten and stuffed themselves, they all crash out for a quick hour or two. Well, that's what a full belly does! As tempting as that huge meal might try and stick to snacks and eating them slowly as to make them last longer. This not only keeps you awake because your busy eating but keeps your brain more active than you think.


When you think sleep, you think Summer, warm, cosy and cuddled up. Right? Exactly! No one ever gets to sleep because they're 'too cold' or because 'it's chilly'. Don't turn the AC on and get warm, this will just increase your tiredness. You have time to get warm and sleepy later when you aren't on the road! So for now get the windows down and let in a breeze.  It doesn't have to be freezing, you aren't trying to catch hyperthermia, you're just trying to keep alert. Borderline chilly is a decent temperature., you'll stay alert and you aren't turning purple! 

Radio - On

Okay, okay, the quiet makes you sleepy too after a while! Turn those radios back on a get to a little dance in your seat! The quiet eventually puts you in a trance-like state where you again find yourself yawning and getting sleepy! But, don't leave them on for too long or you'll get tired of them again, keep alternating them off and on, find something lively, something that will keep you alert. Stay away from those boring monotone shows! 


Eventually nothing works anymore! Sometimes you just need to pull over and hit the pillow! Get yourself an hour or two. Then you'll feel refreshed and energised afterwards. What you need to remember is, we all need sleep, These aren't replacements for sleep, these are just energy boosters for when you need to get those last few miles under your belt! Don't ever try and replace sleep. It's not just us that need it, or brain and muscles crave it too! 

All You Need To Know About Tanker Trailers



All You Need to Know About Tanker Trailers (1)

Ever wondered where the tanker trailer originated from? Of course you have. Have you ever stopped and thought about how the design, manufacture and make of the tanker trailer has evolved through the years.

Unsurprisingly, the story begins in the United States of America, the country that gave us some of the greatest automobile innovations. America is also the home of the oil boom, so fuel trailers were quickly a high-demand vehicle by the early 20th century.

Our infographic takes you through the 20th century, as the tanker trailer grows in size to cater for the needs of a whole range of industries, including the ones that we service today.



Arwald Custom Trailers – What we do

Here at Arwald custom trailers we have been supplying custom built trailers to client throughout  South Africa for coming up on a decade and we thought we’d celebrate this with some stats on who we are and what we have been doing for clients such as BMW for the past decade. Check out below what separates us from the rest:

Arwald Custom trailers - inforgraphic

Buying motorbike trailers and how to get it right

It’s a big decision when you opt to buy a new bike trailer, you have to think about the here and now along with how the trailer might serve you in the future. We know how confusing it can be when you order bike trailers at Arwald so this latest blog covers the process from start to finish.

  • Pick a proven manufacturer: Before you order a bike trailer you need to find a reliable and reputable trailer manufacturer and this is where our team at Arwald would be glad to offer our services. We have been manufacturing motorbike trailers since 1994 and there’s not much we don’t know about the process. Wherever you shop for a bike trailer though make sure the manufacturer has a reliable reputation in the industry.
  • Choose the size of trailer: How many bikes do you want to tow at any given time? Are you simply looking for a trailer to transport your bike to a race meet or do you like to go off-road riding with your buddies and want to transport their bikes as well? Discuss your size requirements with your trailer manufacturer.
  • Ease of loading: Think about how you are going to load the bike to the back of the trailer, a loading ramp is a useful idea.
  • Tie down points: How are you going to secure the bike to the trailer once you have rolled it on the back of the trailer? Tie down points will be handy, you can strap the wheels to these areas and the bike will be nice and secure.
  • Storage facilities: Do you want a box fitting to the front of the trailer so you can carry spare parts or tools for the bike when you travel about?  This option is often overlooked when people order trailers and it’s only later on when they realise their mistake.

If you need any support or advice when you are looking for a new trailer please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Safety points for loading cars on trailers

Buy a flatbed trailer to transport a car to race meets, classic car shows or to a garage for a repair work and you are faced with the problem of getting the car on and off the trailer. This requires a safety assessment, care and precision if you are going to load the vehicle safely without damaging the car or injuring yourself. Don’t worry though, this guide from Arwald should see you safely loaded and on your travels before you know it.

Points to consider

Before attempting to load the vehicle consider the weight of the load, how the load will be distributed on the trailer and how you are going to secure the car. If you are satisfied the trailer is safe to carry the load, your towing vehicle is properly hitched and can handle the task you are ready to start loading.

  1. Lower the ramp: Depending on the type of trailer you are using there could be fold down ramps, spring loaded ramps, mesh or removable ramps. Lower the ramps as per the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure they are secure and locked into place.
  2. Load the vehicle onto the ramp: If the car is in good mechanical condition, align the front wheels and the body of the car up with the ramp and gently move forward up the ramp and onto the trailer. It’s a good idea to get somebody to guide you onto the trailer from ground level, they can tell you if all the wheels are aligned and whether the vehicle is going onto the flatbed straight.
  3. Winch use: Some flatbed trailers are fitted with winches and they are useful for loading cars that have mechanical trouble. If your car doesn’t start and you have a winch fitted to the trailer, attach it to the front towing eye of the vehicle and gradually pull the vehicle onto the flatbed.
  4. Strap it down: Once the vehicle is on the back of the trailer apply the handbrake, shut the engine off and leave the car in gear. Take care getting out of the vehicle, ease your way out and take care not to tumble off the side of the trailer. Then you can strap the wheels down to the bed of the trailer using straps, just make sure it’s nice and secure.
  5. Close the ramps: Lift the ramps of the trailer back up and make sure they are locked into position before you attempt to drive the tow vehicle. Do a final check and you should be good to go with your cargo firmly fixed into place.

5 things to look for when you choose a trailer manufacturer

One of the hardest decisions you have to make when you are considering buying a new trailer is which manufacturer to choose. We’d love to custom build a trailer on your behalf at Arwald but appreciate the fact you might decide to shop elsewhere. Please pay attention to the points we have raised in this article though if you do order a trailer from another manufacturer. This advice is designed to protect you and ensure you are 100% with your new trailer purchase.

  1. History: Do a little research into the history of the trailer making company to establish how long they have been working in the industry for. This way you can establish the pedigree of the business and their length of service in total. If they have successfully competed in the market sector for a number of years they must be getting something right! Arwald has custom built trailers for customers since 1994 and we have a strong foothold in the industry as a result.
  2. Standard of workmanship: Insist on the highest standards of workmanship when you order a new trailer, the units should be mechanically sound, made from premium grade materials and designed to provide you with many years of service. Our trailers are road worthy, NATIS registered and SABS approved so you have no worries on that front.
  3. Adaptability: How flexible is the trailer making company, can they design and build custom units to your personal specifications? No two orders are the same at Arwald, we can build any type of trailer you like. Wherever you go to for a trailer, the manufacturer should be able to handle your demands.
  4. Timescale: How long will it take the trailer manufacturer to custom make your units? We work to set timescales at Arwald but can’t comment on other companies. It’s worth mentioning the time it will take to complete the work before you place an order for a trailer, especially if the clock is ticking and you need a trailer as soon as possible.
  5. Cost: Get a fixed quote for the finished trailer before you agree to any work. All our price structures are above board so the cost quoted is the price you pay. Can other trailer companies make the same claim? Just to be on the safe side, ask for a quote in writing, this way they’ll be no ‘hidden’ add-ons at the end.