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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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