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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
- 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:
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).
- Sudden Starts/Stops - Avoid sudden starts and stops as this can cause the trailer to skid, slide or even jackknife.
- Downshift - Downshift to assist with braking when your travelling downhill and to add power for climbing hills.
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!
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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.
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:
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.