Trailer accidents cause the death of at least seven people leaving another 45 with serious injuries every year. Incorrect loading is one of the leading causes of these accidents. To minimize accidents, you need to make sure your trailer is mechanically safe and that any load is safety positioned and securely tied on.
Couplings are mechanical devices that transmit rotating torque from one shaft to another. TransQuip couplings come with or without braking features and are flexible enough to meet many different towing requirements. Trailer couplings can help enhance your safety, and that of other motorists on the road, especially when transporting heavy loads. Couplings come in different sizes with the common light trailer size in New Zealand being 1 & 7/8 inches or 50mm....
The 50mm trailer coupling and the 1 & 7/8 trailer coupling are common in trailers up to 3500kg. These are available in the hydraulic fluid option up to 2500kg with electric couplings going up to 3500kg. Some of them have handbrakes as part of the coupling. Check the details for each type on the size and loads it can accommodate.
Which type is ideal for your trailer?
The ideal type depends on your hauling needs — especially the weight of the trailer being towed and the towing capacity of the towing vehicle. Domestic trailers hauling a load of about 750 kgs work well with a fixed coupling.
Override brake couplings work best for trailers hauling up to 2500kg loads. This sliding shaft provides the pressure the braking system needs when the trailer slows down. In such cases, the coupling ensures optimal brake performance. Sway control can be applied where the trailer sway control is a problem by holding the tow ball’s side and reducing the trailers tendency to oscillate.
The standard coupling may not be as effective in off-road driving. If you have no idea which type is better, talk to the TransQuip experts and get insights for your trailer parts coupling.
Other trailer accessories
Hydraulic fluid brakes, levers, adjustable nuts and bolts may malfunction or wear out. You may also need to replace parts hindering performance in any way. Instead of replacing the entire hydraulic coupling, you can get replacement parts instead. TransQuip offers coupling accessories and other trailer components. Safety Chains are another vital safety part. These are attached between the towing vehicle and trailer so that if the trailer was to come off the chain will keep it attached to the vehicle. Browse the special chains and shackles for this application on the website.
TransQuip offers different trailer couplings NZ in addition to a variety of trailer components. Looking for a one-stop-shop for all your trailer accessories? Get in touch with us today or browse our range to see all available options.