Hiring a trailer, whether it is in Pretoria or anywhere else in the world, means you are expecting to hire a fully maintained piece of equipment. But not all trailers companies are on the same wavelength, and if you worry about hiring your trailer from a company that is less than committed to making sure that you have a safe and well maintained trailer, you need to know what kind of issues you could encounter and what to look out for.
When you are hiring a cargo trailer, you will generally be looking for a trailer that is perfectly capable of carrying a rather heavy load safely. Cargo trailers come in a variety of different types, which allows you to choose the specific one to suit your needs. You can hire open trailers and closed ones, and you will also get trailers in various sizes, suitable for various vehicles.
Once you have made your decision and you are ready to get going, the worst thing to happen would be for your trailer to suddenly have an issue that shakes your confidence, angers you or ends up ruining whatever it is that you are transporting, all because the trailer has not been properly maintained. This is where having some helpful knowledge can become a lifesaver.
Potential Trailer Problems
To make sure that you have found any faults or trailer issues well before you sign and pay for your trailer, these are some of the issues to look out for.
- Water Leaks
So obviously, if you have an open trailer, you can’t exactly complain about water leaks because you should be expecting it. But if you have hired a closed trailer and it starts to leak water, then you are looking at a faulty trailer. Water leaks could be the result of a damaged trailer covering or it could be that the trailer roof has rusted in some part and this has created one or more holes. When choosing your trailer, make sure that it can close properly and that it doesn’t have holes.
- Visible Rust
When a trailer is not being properly maintained, it will have spots of rust in places. The problem with rust is that each rusted area will have a weakness which can result in a hole when bumped, and as such it will make whatever it is that you are carrying vulnerable to damage. If the rust spot is big enough and ends up becoming a hole, you could even end up completely losing whatever you are towing.
- Wiring Problems
Every trailer is going to be connected to your car’s wiring system. This is done so that the trailers brake lights, reverse lights and indicators work. When you have a wiring problem, you will find that the trailer either does not connect at all or it connects in a strange way, meaning your reverse lights could come on when you are breaking, or vice versa.
- Frame Issues
The frame of a trailer is what is keeping the whole thing in one piece. If any part of the frame is damaged or in some way weakened, then you will find that the trailer’s integrity is not suitable or safe for transporting your items.
- False Advertising
This is a big problem among cheap trailer hire companies. While they make certain promises and agree to things like warranties, when push comes to shove, they back out and leave you hanging. To find out whether the company you are working with is this way inclined, you should make sure that you do a little digging and read the reviews.