All parts of a trailer are crucial as it must be roadworthy, so you need to ensure it is safe and mechanically sound at all times. Having a trailer is part of our culture in NZ, however we must remember that they need to be maintained as much as any other vehicle. They are often left parked away until the holiday season, or a trip to the dump is required. Understanding the key trailer components that are likely to fail is a big help in sustaining safety. This includes couplings, safety chains, tyres, and lights. Mind you, due to the normal wear and tear, you will need to be aware of all trailer accessories in case you need to replace any defective parts. If you are looking for such trailer parts NZ, TransQuip has the best trailer accessories....
Although there are many different trailer towing parts such as the trailer hitch parts and trailer lighting, and untold different trailer designs, two key things to check is that you are within the legal weight limits, and that your WOF and registration are current.
Maintaining the Trailer and its Parts
Cleaning your trailer after use is one tip to enhance its durability. Use soapy water and rinse it off with a hose when cleaning the combination tail lights, and the reflective plates to preserve their brightness. In addition, never forget to clean and grease all the moving parts and do a visual check to make sure it is mechanically sound. For boat trailers, it is a particularly good idea to wash them after every time they are immersed in the sea, because salty water can cause corrosion particularly on the metallic trailer brake parts. A thorough wash restores the luster on your trailer. Always keep it in mind that dirt and dust on moving parts can be detrimental to the functionality of your vehicle.
Greasing the moving parts of your trailer helps prevent corrosion and constant wearing out. Components such as the trailer hitch parts and winch require regular lubrication. The wheel bearings also need a thorough clean and grease to maintain their efficiency, especially after sitting still for a long period. Bearing protectors are another useful tool for maintaining your trailer bearings, especially on boat trailers where the axles are immersed in water. Purchase quality trailer parts from TransQuip to avoid disappointments. With durable trailer accessories, you incur a considerably low cost of maintenance.
Contact us today or browse the range of light trailer at parts and accessories at TransQuip to make your order. All our stores at Auckland and Christchurch have a wide variety of trailer components to suit your needs.
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.
Trailer Hubs, Stubs & Trailer Brakes
Trailer Hubs and Stubs
Trailer hubs and stubs come in a wide array of styles and sizes. Trailers that are used on the NZ roads mainly use the large taper roller bearing in their hub/stub sets. Typically the tapper rollers are for larger volumes or weights than the straight shaft bearings and the common 2500kg hub/stub sets from Transquip use common bearings to make bearing replacements straight forward. When choosing the right products, appreciate the weight of the trailer and other physical aspects as a great guide towards purchasing the perfect hubs and stubs for your application....
When buying trailer hubs and stubs, the load rating is a vital consideration. 5 stud trailer hubs can be an ideal choice for your most towing trailers. The most important point to note is that the stability and safety of the trailer should be the primary goal when purchasing the axles and trailer springs. Moreover, ensure your trailer couplings and safety chains are correct for the intended use and rating.
Some of the common braking systems include the hydraulic brakes that do not require any extra connections to the vehicle to operate the trailer brakes. Unlike the electric brakes, the hydraulic ones create a mechanical pressure that triggers the hydraulic movement of the trailers brakes, and that’s why they have become popular among many trailer owners due to their simple effectiveness.
New Zealand has strict and clear legal brake requirements for towing trailers. Ensure you meet and understand these legal requirements. For trailers with less than 2000kg load capacity often the main thing you need to check is the towing capacity of the towing vehicle and the capacity of the trailer. However, for a load capacity between 2000 and 2500kg, the requisite is to have override brakes or electric brakes. For a GVM of more than 2500kg, the braking power may need a cab controller. The regulations require some trailers to have a mechanical parking brake, and a breakaway system to increase safety.
For all your trailer brakes nz, get in touch with TransQuip today or browse our range of products to pick what you are looking for. Our company brings you a variety of high-quality and cost-friendly accessories to suit your budget while giving you value for your investments. Our team of experts is ever happy to take you through the basic principles of hubs, stubs and trailer brakes so you can make the right choice.
Trailer springs are part of the many less conspicuous vehicle parts that most people never take note of until they malfunction or break. They are, however, crucial for the stability and smooth ride of your vehicles as they comprise an essential part of the suspension system. Leaf springs, as they are popularly called, have been in use since the 1800’s, making them a tested and proven system, especially for motor vehicles designed for heavy loads. Ideally, a leaf spring is a slender, arch-shaped steel mounted to the axle of a trailer in the form of a spring set for supporting the weight of the trailers....
Why use Trailer Springs?
Other than supporting the weight and giving your vehicle a smoother ride on bumpy roads, trailer springs are fundamental in the positioning of the axle of your trailer. The ability to stack several leaf springs of different sizes also increases the ground clearance, determining the height that your truck rides.
Types of Trailer Springs
Trailer leaf springs vary depending on their length, width, material, and other specialized features. The single axles trailer slipper springs normally incorporate an eye at one end where you can place a bush, and a tail-like at the other end for mounting into hangers. These slipper springs also differ based on the maximum load your vehicle can tote, more of the reason you will find variations in the light trailer leaf springs. The idea is to go for the products fit for both the weight and the construction of the chassis.
Checking and Replacing Trailer Springs
The importance of trailer springs for your car or truck cannot be understated, and therefore, routine care could save you from extensive damages if they fail. Any signs of a tilt of your trailer is a cause for alarm. For all replacements, remember the recommended approach is to go for a set to even out both sides of the axle and keep your trailer not only balanced but also performing at the peak level.
At TransQuip, we are knowledgeable about many auto parts including trailer springs. We stock a variety of trailer springs for sale. Get in touch with us today or browse our range of products to see what we have in store for you.
Trailer Lights & Electrical
Trailer wiring is so important when you need to repair or replace your electrical components. A faulty wiring system can hamper the entire lighting system. Timely maintenance when doing repairs and servicing to your trailer can help keep your trailer lighting working when you need it most. Often, replacing a trailer plug is all you need to do to restore the functionality of your trailer lights....
Whether you have filament bulbs or LED lighting, it is important to know what rules your trailer lighting must meet. Transquip has the automotive electrical products to meet the requirements for trailers,including number plate lights, tail lights and marker lights. Combination tail lights are very common and it is wise to know if you need to light up the license place before you buy. Some combination light kits have a license plate lamp on one side lamp and not on the other side. Marker lights are required by law on the sides of a trailer if it is over 2 metres wide.
The 7-wire lighting cable is very common in NZ for trailer wiring. For installation, plugs come in a flat or round trailer light plug. It is prudent to know your trailer plug and the pin locations to connect your towing vehicle electrics and trailer appropriately. You can use a circuit tester for checking the power in the wires to find a fault. Keep it in mind that for successful wiring, the trailer connector and frame may need to have the right conductivity.
While the types of connectors determine the layout, the color of the wires is the primary factor of consideration on wire positioning. For boat trailers or truck trailers, you can protect your wiring with a spiral wrap or split. For consistency, ensure that the length of the wire is sufficient to allow the trailer to turn, especially when backing.
At TransQuip we have a large collection of trailer lights and electrical accessories. The high-quality trailer components are in different sizes, styles, and cost. Irrespective of what you are searching for your vehicle, get in touch with TransQuip today or browse our range of quality parts.
Trailer Tow Balls
Trailer Latches & Hardware
Trailer Winches & Trailer Rollers
Trailer Wheels & Jockey Wheels
What to consider when choosing Jockey Wheels
Jockey Wheels are to help stabilize the trailer when it is not attached to the towing vehicle. Some of them have a swivel so they can be swung from vertical to horizontal when the trailer is being towed, giving a better ground clearance. There are various size jockey wheels with the main consideration being the capacity and the wheel size. The rule of thumb is that the bigger the wheel, the easier it is to wheel the trailer around, especially if the ground is rough. Transquip also have Jockey Stands available which have a foot or plate on the bottom of the stand, instead of a wheel. These normally have a higher weight capacity and are no good for wheeling the trailer around....
What to go for when Choosing Trailer Wheels
When buying trailer wheels, prioritize the size and weight of a trailer to ensure you get products that can support the maximum expected loads. The good news is that you can get even the 10 inch trailer wheels at TransQuip. Making a choice for this feature should not be much of a worry seeing most manufacturers indicate the wheel capacity on the tires. Moreover, the weight of the trailer determines the ideal trailer jockey stand for support. Most importantly, the diameter of the wheel rims ensures that you get the correct sizing of the wheels for your trailer.
Check the speed rating to know if the trailer wheels will accomplish the intended purpose. Some manufacturers are designing the tires to operate beyond a standard pressure. You need to get strong sidewalls to avoid cases of blowing up when under extreme pressure. One of the unique features of sidewalls is the coded tire information that informs you of the critical tire features such as ratings, load, and speed. Use this awareness to shop for quality trailer wheels and jockey wheels at TransQuip.
Taking Care of Your Trailer Wheels
Without diligent care of your wheels, the rate of tear and wear is considerably higher. Be very careful when driving in rough or rocky areas as this exposes your wheels to potential harm from things such as sharp stones and nails. Regularly check the treads and sidewalls for any damages. You can also maintain and preserve the quality of your sidewalls by adding scuff guards.
Hauling heavier load in excess of the gross trailer weight increases your possibility of damaging not only the jockey and trailer wheels, but also other systems of your equipment and is illegal. Limit the weight to recommended levels and spare the components of your tools of work excessive strain that diminishes their longevity.
Get in touch with TransQuip today or browse our range for advanced trailer and jockey wheels. We are your reliable supplier of trailer wheels for sale in New Zealand. Our company also treats you to a wide variety of related vehicle accessories.