About Used Box Trailers
The term box trailer covers a broad range of items, in a variety of shapes and sizes, made from an array of different materials. Choice is no longer restricted to simple wooden boxes, and, even in what could be classed as entry level trailers, manufacturers are introducing increasingly sophisticated features into their designs.
The smallest generally available size of trailer is 18 metres by 12, although models measuring 15 by 9 are not unheard of. Generally speaking, typical capacity is 750kg, although this also includes the trailer?s weight as well; it can weigh more than you may have thought.
For weights of over 750kg, you will need to have trailer brakes. Tie-down points and side cages also need to be taken into account. To get a clear idea of how heavy your load is, use a weighbridge.
Heavier dual-axle box trailers can take loads of as much as 3000kg (again including the trailer itself) but you would need a similarly heavyweight tow vehicle and trailer brakes.
When making your choice consider how deep the sides are, as well as how long the drawbar is. Sometimes you can choose between a swinging back door and a drop-down product, while some models also have features such as a gas bottle holder, rear stands or side steps.
When it comes to selecting the right material, go for a galvanised model. Even steel that?s been newly painted can rust quite quickly, with floors particularly vulnerable to this corrosion.
However, you don?t have to spend a fortune to get a good model. There are plenty of used box trailers on offer as well, providing excellent value for money.