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How To Securely Transport Heavy Loads With Your Trailer

Heavy-load transportation with a trailer can be daunting, but with sufficient planning and execution, you can do it safely and efficiently. Whether you’re hauling construction materials, furniture or equipment for a short distance or even interstate, following these tips will help ensure a smooth journey and keep you and other drivers on the road safe.

In this blog, we’ll discuss all the steps you can take to maintain trailer safety and ensure your trailer is secure for the trip ahead.

The importance of a secure trailer

Whether you’re a removalist transporting a person’s belongings from door to door or a tradesperson moving heavy equipment, you want to start your engine knowing that your load is secure for a safe drive ahead.

Not only do you want to ensure your transported goods arrive from point A to B safely, but having heavy equipment sliding about while driving will put you and others at risk. Save yourself from stress and avoid any damage by taking the necessary precautions.

Prepare for the journey

Before loading your trailer, check your vehicle’s towing capacity to ensure it can handle the weight of your load. Ensure your trailer is in good condition and all parts are in good working order.

At Modern Trailers, we have top tips for your trailer maintenance to ensure it’s safe for the commute. This includes checking your trailer for any large cracks, testing your brakes and brake fluid levels, replacing worn pads and rotors, preventing rust, checking tyres are in good condition, checking wheel alignment and ensuring your trailer has undergone its most recent service. You must also have the necessary permits and licenses for heavy-load transportation.

Select the right trailer hitch from Modern Trailers

Choosing the correct trailer hitch to suit your needs is critical for safe, heavy-load transportation. Determine the weight of your load to choose the suitable hitch — select one with a weight capacity that exceeds your weight load. You should also choose a hitch with the right ball size for your trailer.

At Modern Trailers, we offer a suitable selection for heavy-load transportation, which includes:

Load your trailer properly

Loading your trailer safely will help prevent accidents and ensure safe transportation. You must maintain even load distribution on your trailer, placing heavier items low and towards the front of the trailer. Use tie-downs to secure your load to the trailer, and ensure it is not sticking out or obstructing your view.

Ensure your trailer is secure

Securing your load is essential to prevent it from shifting or falling off during transport.

You can secure your trailer via the following methods:

No matter which method you choose, ensure you check your load is secure periodically during transport and adjust the straps or chains as required. To take it one step further to protect your trailer, you can even secure loose items with plastic wrap — we strongly suggest this for any furniture items with drawers or cupboards, such as a bedside table or coffee table, to prevent them from swinging open and causing a ruckus.

Ensure trailer safety by driving safely with a heavy load

Driving with a heavy load can be difficult, but there are steps you can take to ensure a safe, smooth drive ahead. Drive slower than usual when towing a heavy load, and increase the space between you and the vehicle in front to allow ample stopping time. Use your rearview mirrors to monitor your load and check your brakes frequently. If you need to stop, pull over to a safe location and avoid sudden braking at all costs.

Get the trailer you need from Modern Trailers today

Heavy load transportation may seem daunting at first, but with the right equipment and preparation, you can rest assured you’ll have a safe drive ahead and avoid any accidents on the road or unexpected costs from damages in transit. Modern Trailers has a range of trailers to suit your needs that are renowned for their load capacity, durability, functional accuracy and easy operations.

If you’re still unsure which trailer you’ll require, don’t stress, we’re here to help! As one of the largest trailer manufacturers in Adelaide, Australia, for over 30 years, we exceed our clients’ expectations every time with a wide variety of safe, top-quality trailers.

Having been in operation since 1990, we’ve made and sold over 60,000 trailers — no one knows trailer safety as we do. And best of all, our trailers are for sale at a highly reasonable rate across Australia.

Reach out to our helpful team if you have any queries — they’ll be more than happy to assist. You can contact us at, (08) 8326 5041 (Lonsdale), (08) 8262 2562 (Pooraka) or via the contact form on our website.

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