Whether you are moving your office from A to B or leaving your house to take up residence in a new home, sometimes the most cost effective and practical way to move your belongings is to hire a trailer, pack it yourself and then hit the road.

Hiring a trailer is a service growing in popularity, as people realise just how easy and reliable taking the DIY route can be. Saving money, having more control over how you are moving, and having full control over the dates and times that you will be hiring your trailer, is going to have you feeling more confident about taking on this task.

Newlands Trailers has, over the years, developed an exceptional trailer hire service that is readily available in the Pretoria area. We have sourced some of the very best trailers and we make sure that they are kept in the best condition so that when you hire, you receive a safe trailer that will serve you well.

We keep our prices affordable, so that more people can access them and with our extensive knowledge about trailers, we can provide you with the necessary information and advice. This will ensure that you not only get the most out of your hire but that you stay safe while towing.

What do you need to know when moving with the use of a trailer?

While some questions might not be asked all that often, there are quite a few commonly asked questions that we are going to tackle now. So let’s jump in.

  1. How do you pack a trailer?

Ideally, you should make an effort to load your heaviest items, such as furniture and appliances first, Make sure that they are evenly distributed on the bottom of the trailer so that they won’t cause the trailer to become unbalanced while you are driving. The lighter items can be packed on top of and in between the heavier stuff. Make sure that you properly secure the items that you have packed.

If you are using a big, closed trailer, you can pack whatever it is you are towing from the floor of the trailer to the ceiling.

  1. Should I load boxes or furniture first?

The rule is to always load the heavy stuff first, so if your boxes are heaviest then load them first while if your furniture is heavier, rather go for packing the furniture first. This will ensure that trailer is evenly balanced and won’t topple over.

  1. When towing a trailer, where should the weight be?

Heavier items should go to the front of the trailer while light things can be placed at the back. The reason for packing this way is that when going around a corner with your cargo, your trailer won’t lose its balance and end up disrupting your driving.

  1. Is towing a trailer bad for your car?

No. But issues can arise if you don’t hitch the trailer in the correct manner. A badly hitched trailer can lead to damage to your car and even accidents.

  1. Where can I learn to tow a trailer?

In South Africa, some trailers require a particular license while others can be towed without a license but will require some know how. If you need to learn how to tow a smaller trailer, you can have a chat with us and we’ll give you some pointers.