For many people towing a trailer of any kind – whether it be a caravan, camper trailer, boat or merely a weekend hauler to take junk to the tip – the trailer suspension that’s under that load behind them is nothing more than a conglomeration of springs, shock absorbers, bolts and bars and does the job of separating the wheels from the rest of the package. But is it really as simple as that?
As anyone with a dog understands all too well, our four-legged friends are as much a part of the family as anyone else. It’s little wonder that for many dog owners, the idea of heading off on holiday without their fur baby is akin to leaving without their kidneys. More and more caravan parks are cottoning on to this and as such pet-friendly accommodation is on the rise. Add to the mix a network of fantastic free camps around our great country – many of which are pet-friendly – and you’ve got loads of options when it comes to holidaying with your fur baby.
Trailer failures and how to avoid them.
It’s a Friday afternoon, you’re carefree and cruising with the windows down and the wind in your hair, èn-route to your secret camping spot for a couple of days R&R. The tunes are humming and the kids are excited. You’re thinking about the perfect sunrise in the morning; and waking to the sound of waves crashing.
Suddenly, your imagination is rudely interrupted when your camper or caravan starts snaking down the road behind you. You ease off the accelerator and draw to a stop, heart in mouth as you realize the whole trailer is leaning scarily to one side; springs collapsed under twisted metal and tyres rubbing hard up against steel, leaving the acrid smell of mechanical failure in your nostrils. A major trailer failure has occurred and you’re miles from no where and no cell phone reception!Read More…
Have you ever been trapped in the bush, caught in virtual isolation? Stranded due to a caravanning mishap and not familiar how to fix the problem? We have put together this list of 5 of the most common and easily fixed Caravan repairs.
Before we begin, let’s take a moment to highlight that the only thing better than having spare parts and basic tools on board is knowing how to use them.
If any of these DIY fixes are too much for you, we suggest searching out someone more capable to assist.
As always, a good service regime and use of quality parts from trusted manufacturers is the best way to reduce the likely hood of being stranded in the outback as a result of component failure.
This is a great article about trailer brakes from CM Trailers
On the 1st April 2002, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) introduced a new law (Brake Rule 32014) relating to Brake requirements for all Light Vehicles (including Light Trailers) with a Gross Laden Weight of up to 3500kg. All Light Vehicles includes all new and existing trailers.
How to select the correct suspension mounts
Trailer suspension is the most important component on your trailer. Making sure you get the correct spring fittings is important to the safety of your trailer. To complete the total spring kit selection, you need to identify the U bolt kit that is appropriate. U bolt kits contain the U bolts, nuts & washers, axle pads and fish plates.
Each U Bolt Kit contains components for ONE axle only. When ordering trailer suspension components for a multi axle application, order the number of kits to correspond with the number of axles.