Car Carriers with winches at 40 locations. Deck sizes from 12’ x 6’ up to 13 x 6’6’’ (3.6m x 1.8m up to 4.0m x 2.0 m)
EnclosedTrailers - Large Enclosed in two sizes: EL: 12x 8 (3.6m x 2.4m) EM: 12 x 6 (3.6m.x 1.8m) Small Enclosed: ES: 8 x 5 (2.4m x 1.5m), 7 x 5 (2.1m x 1.5m) and 6 x 4 (1.8m x 1.2m)
CAGE TRAILERS in three sizes: Big Cage 3.6m x 1.8 m (12’ x 6’) Medium Cage: 2.4m x 1.7 m (8’x 5’) Small Cage: 1.8m x 1.2m (6’ x 4’)
Twin Horse Floats at Moorebank 2, Queanbeyan, Newcastle and Cessnock
Towing is safe and easy when the following tips are observed:
- Ensure the Coupling and Saftey chain are connected securely. The saftey latch on the side of the coupling handle must be hooked down over its catch for security. (This stops the trailer - most notably empty trailers- from releasing under shock loads such as those from speed bumps, potholes and broken edges )
- Ensure the tow ball is 50mm in diametre and in good shape
- Always use D Shackles of the same diameter as the chain to maintain full strength.
- Add shackles or chain if necessary to ensure the saftey chain is long enough to swing freely below the hitch.
- If necessary, shorten the SAFTEY CHAIN to avoid it draging by securing a shackle through the second or third link.
- Note: Too short a saftey chain can snag on the underside of the tow ball during turns and this may shear either the chain or the coupling bolts whereas a chain that is too long may drag on the roadway wearing through and breaking in two.
- CROSS OVER the saftey chain(s) l-r or r-l to ensure the chain(s) hang directly below the tow ball axis. This stops the chains from stretching out during turns. It also minimises the movement, when two chains are fitted, should the trailer come off the ball.
- BEFORE PROCEEDING release the park brake on all four wheeled trailers and lift the reversing tab on the main shaft at the front of the coupling to ensure that braking (by inertia) can occur when required.
- BEFORE REVERSING insert the reversing tab on the coupling to stop the brakes from applying when backing up. Disengage this item before proceeding forwards, so that the brakes will work again.
- DO NOT REVERSE trailer wheels UP KERBS or over other obstacles, especially when the brakes are free to activate, as forcing the trailer back may seriously damage any slipper springs fitted. If the springs buckle up under the trailer as a result of reversing carelessly they must be realigned/ replaced before proceeding. A buckled spring may suddenly snap in half under load resulting in a unsecured axle end. This may result in an accident.
- Raise the Jockey Wheel and STOW it HORIZONTALLY. Pull the release handle to swing the wheel to the horizontal.
- Check the Operation of Lights and indicators and visually inspect the whole rig for anything untoward or out of alignment. There are almost always early warning signs for any problem so it is best to look before proceeding.
- Note: If the hand brake does not hold the trailer when set on, then the road brakes require adjustment. This is best done by adjusting the lock nut mechanism inside the front wheels of the trailer.
- Secure the load with ropes, straps and/or chains as appropriate
- Ensure approximately 60% of load mass is in the front half of the trailer with about 10% of the mass weighing down on the coupling.(This will minimise rattling and swaying tendancies).
- DO NOT overload the trailer or the tow vehicle and definitely do not concentrate mass unevenly or at the back of the trailer as it will sway.
- If using the WINCH on a car trailer follow the instructions with the Hire Contract. Especially, ensure the winch cable and ratchet lock are all still in good working order. Cover the cable with a blanket or similar to prevent whipping should the cable break. Ensure the car being winched is free rolling, has a driver in it to apply the brakes, and that it does not snag underneath. If it does snag, stop winding, raise the front of the trailer and/or realign the load / ramps to keep it free rolling. If the load is not free rolling the cable, being the weak link, may break. The angle of pull will generallyt not lift the load free. Disconnect the cable before proceeding. Do not use the winch cable to secure the load as the bouncing forces of the cars will destroy the ratchet and bearings in the winch and the load may be released.
- Travel 25% below the speed limit and allow extra stopping distances.
- Check Tyre pressures.- 35 psi -40 psi. (A small cross axle difference may result in the trailer swaying).
- If the trailer sways and tyre pressures are firm and even, repack heavy items to front and centre of the trailer.
- Check that your tow car is registered and insured comprehensively
- Check the tow bar is firmly bolted to your vehicle and in good order with no parts or bolt missing
- Check water and oil levels in your tow vehicle as it will be working harder than normal.
- Consider increase the tyre pressures to maximum levels especially at the rear of your vehicle
- If in doubt seek our advice before proceeding. Phone Steve 1300 88 70 44