A heavy haul trailer is not a generic device that carries heavy things from one place to another. These trailers are custom-designed to carry everything from machines to drilling components, and even rockets. These trailers may carry a home that will lifted from its foundation, and the trailers are designed with a weight rating that matches the hauling job you have coming up. Read more about building a heavy haul trailer that works in all situations.
1. What Are You Hauling With The Trailer?
Every heavy hauling trailer must be designed to hold the thing that you have built. If the device you have built has a particular shape or contour, the trailer should be made to fit that particular shape. If your device is very long, you need a longer trailer. The trailer itself much give you enough ground clearance to account for the weight you will put on the unit, and you need tires that are strong enough to hold up the thing you are hauling.
2. When Do You Need It?
A heavy haul trailer should be built in advance of the haul because most of those trailers take some time to construct. You want to get the highest quality trailer that you can, and it is much easier for you to do that when you order early and give your builder updates. Imagine how complex these trailers can be and remember that they must be just as complex as the machines that you build.
3. Who Will Be Hauling It?
The person who is hauling the trailer plays a big part in your purchasing decision. The company that hauls the trailer uses a certain kind of truck, or you might have a truck that you plan on using. While most trailer hutches are the same, you can get something custom-made for your truck that will be easier to haul, safer, and easier to hitch to your truck.
You may have issues with the way your devices need to be hauled because you must use a bigger/slower truck. If that is the case, you need a trailer that will work in low range situations at slower speeds.
4. How Do You Attach Your Device?
This is the most important part of the process because you need to know how you will attach the device to the trailer, how the standard freight strap will work, or how you will roll you device onto the trailer.
You may derive some peace of mind from having a ramp on the back that folds up and holds your device in place. You may want more options for using freight straps that will help you keep your items in place. It is often wise for you to ask the builder to show you how they would attach your device to the trailer, and you can make adjustments during the build process.
Tires are more important than you think. You will be tasked with replacing the tires after they are worn down, and you need to know how much they cost, how to install them, and how much weight they can bear. Your builder will let you know which tires to use, and you can make adjustments to the design if you are concerned about maintenance costs.
Adding tires to a trailer design may be helpful if you are supporting a lot of weight. Someone who is in the process of building a new trailer will often find that they need more traction if they are driving into poor weather conditions, or you may need more traction for hill climbs with your trailer.
At the same time, you need to have an idea of how to maintain your tires. The trailer builder will let you know how much air should be in each tire so that the driver can check the tires during a long drive. You may move the same machine over and over, and you can create a simple guide for your drivers to use while they are on the road.
Steel should be used to build the trailer for your next heavy haul, but you do not want your trailer to be so heavy that your trucks cannot manage the weight of both the trailer and the machines/items they are hauling. Because of this, you need to be very specific about the total weight of both the trailer and the unit to be hauled. When you have worked with a builder, they can let you know how to trim weight in the design while maintaining the structural integrity of the trailer.
7. Powder coating
Powder coating is the preferred technology of today, and it will keep the trailer in very good condition while avoiding rust, preventing any peeling of the paint, and providing a finish that is appealing. Your trailer needs to do the job right, but that trailer loses value if the paint is chipping or peeling. When you see rust on your device, you will notice that the structural integrity of the trailer drops. This is dangerous, and you should never send a driver on the road who has to deal with a rusting or cracking trailer.
Powder coating can be applied every year if you would like to keep the trailer in spotless condition, and you must ensure that the powder coating has been applied by a professional who understands how the trailer was built. This simple bit of service will prevent rust while maintaining the beautiful exertion of the trailer.
8. The Suspension
The air ride suspension on your trailer is the most important part of the build. You need a suspension that will clean up all the bumps on the road, and that suspension should be strong enough to manage the weight that you have put on the trailer. These trailers are difficult to control because your driver cannot swerve around bumps or cracks in the road. Your driver cannot drive so slow that they do not make any progress, and the driver should not be concerned every time they get near a bump in the road.
The suspension requires regular service because it goes through a lot of wear and tear during the course of a year. Ask your builder to give you instruction on suspension service, checks, and inspections. When you are servicing the travel, you will feel much better knowing that you can easily service the travel for everyone’s safety.
9. Bridge Clearance
Bridge clearance is a very serious concern when you are driving with a large unit over a distance of several hundred miles. While your builder cannot guarantee that you will fit under every bridge you find, you can get a lowboy trailer that is so low to the ground that you get a few extra inches of clearance as you drive. Ask your buildings if they can get you some more clearance, and remember to measure your items carefully before getting on the road.
The width of your trailer plays a large part in how you travel with it. Most trailers are going to be very wide, but that does not mean that they will fit onto all the roads where you are traveling. Because of this, you need to check the width of all the roads you will use, the width of the items you will be carrying, and the width of bridge passes. There are certain places that are very narrow, and you need to be aware of this when ordering your travel. In fact, you may find that you need to change your entire design to accommodate the tunnels or underpasses where you will be traveling.
Conclusion on Trailers
The heavy haul trailer that you are using for your next big project should be chosen with great care. You need to know that your trailer can travel safely, carry any machine that you have built, and can be maintained with relative ease. Your company is investing millions in the large machines and components that need to be transported, and you should be just as careful with your heavy haul trailer. The trailer must have a great suspension, a custom design, and the proper wheels/tires. You can build a better trailer using the most advanced steel, and you can have a ramp built in that will help you drive the device onto the trailer when needed.
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