Trailer Questions And Answers

Box, Commercial and Catering Trailers FAQS

Buying A Trailer

Trailer Regulations

Trailer Usage

Trailer Care

Buying A Trailer

HOW DO I PAY FOR MY TRAILER?

We require 25% deposit to secure your build slot, and your Final Payment is due one week before your given completion date. Deposits can be paid when ordering a trailer through our trailer build instant quote form

SHOULD I BUY A NEW OR SECOND-HAND CATERING TRAILER?

There are pros and cons to buying both new and used catering trailers. Essentially the answer is to buy that which best suits your needs.

You can read more about choosing a catering trailer here: New Vs Second Hand (Used) Catering Trailers

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE 750KG TRAILER LIMIT TO ME?

If your trailer is unbraked the maximum gross weight of the trailer (including equipment and stock) can be no more than 750kg.

How can I get a quote for the catering trailer I am looking for?

With most trailer manufacturers you will have to email or phone them with your specifications and wait for them to get back to you for a general idea. However, not with SB Trailers.

We have created an instant quote form that will give you an exact price right away. So, for instant pricing please use our instant trailer quote form

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT CATERING TRAILER FOR ME?

Choosing the right catering trailer is essentially a two-step process. Choose a trailer and trailer manufacturer based on your budget, needs, ideal design, and size.

For further insights see our article: How Do I Choose My Ideal Catering Trailer?

WHY HAS THE PRICE OF CATERING TRAILERS GONE UP?

Recent increases in the price of catering trailers are not in line with the expected trend of the cost of goods year on year. Material pieces, import problems, supply chain complications and difficulties with demand are all contributing factors.
See more information and read what we are doing about price increases in our article: Why Has The Price Of Trailers Gone Up?

DO YOU SUPPLY CUSTOM TRAILERS TO GUERNSEY & JERSEY?

We regularly build trailers for clients in both Guernsey and Jersey. These trailers are VAT exempt.

DO YOU OFFER TRAILER DELIVERY?

We can quote for trailer delivery if you notify us of your postcode. We offer a personal delivery service arranged at your convenience.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BRAKED AND UNBRAKED TRAILERS?

An unbraked trailer has no brakes so the car towing does all the braking. A braked trailer has brakes fitted, the trailer will apply its brakes through a mechanical linkage that is connected to the tow bar.

For a more in-depth answer see our blog post here: The Difference Between Braked & Unbraked Trailers

DO YOU OFFER BRAKED TRAILERS (GROSS WEIGHT OF 950KG and 1300KG)?

Our single axle braked trailers have a gross weight of 950kg. Our double axle braked trailers have a gross weight of 1300kg.

UK Trailer Regulations & The Law

WHAT ARE THE SPEED LIMITS WHEN TOWING?

It is 60mph on motorways and dual carriageways, and 50mph on other roads unless there are lower speed restrictions in operation. If the vehicle/trailer combination is over 7500kg MAM then there is a further restriction of 50mph on dual carriageways. If in doubt consult the Government’s Highway Code.

Are your trailers approved for use on the Road?

All of our trailers are VOSA/ DVSA (Driver Vehicle Standards Agency) approved. Either as Class 01 (unbraked) or Class 02 (braked)

I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST AFTER JANUARY 1ST 1997; CAN I STILL TOW A TRAILER?

If you passed your test after 1st January 1997, you will not have category B+E on your license, which enables you to tow any trailer up to 3500kg. Without your B+E category, you will be restricted in the types of trailers you can tow although there are still towing options available to you.
Alternatively, you can sit your B+E towing test. As of December 2009, tests cost £110 but like your driving test, prior tuition is recommended. The NFU provides B+E test and training discounts to its members.
There are tuition and test centers located across the UK.

HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT WEIGHT TRAILER I CAN TOW WITH MY VEHICLE?

Most vehicles have a manufacturer’s maximum recommended towing weight. It’s usually listed in the handbook or vehicle specification sheet. You can also find it on the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate on the car. If in any doubt, contact your vehicle manufacturer.
When towing a trailer, the following needs to be considered:
The actual weight of the trailer and its load must not exceed the maximum towing weight permitted by the vehicle. For example, if the maximum towing weight of your vehicle is 2000kg and the trailer you are towing has an unladen weight of 500kg, then you can load up to 1500kg on your trailer providing the maximum gross weight of the trailer is 2000kg or above.

Trailer Usage Questions

How do I get hot water in my trailer?

Here, we have done the research and testing for you. The best way to have hot running water in your catering trailer is to use our hot and cold water pump with an LCD tap.

For more information read: A Reliable Hot Water System For Catering Trailers?

HOW DO I CONNECT A TRAILER TO A TOWING VEHICLE?

Ensure that the towing vehicle’s tow bar is in good condition.
Check that the ball head cup is well greased.
Raise the coupling head above the tow ball by using of the jockey wheel.
Position the tow ball under the coupling head, then using the jockey wheel, lower the coupling head onto the tow ball whilst holding the coupling head open. Once the two parts are correctly engaged, the coupling head handle will lock in the closed position. Twist the coupling head and check that the trailer is properly coupled.
Wind the jockey wheel upwards until fully retracted and the top handle is tightly locked – now loosen the main clamp and raise the jockey as high as possible in the clamp. Re-tighten the clamp, ensuring that the jockey wheel is well clear of the brake mechanism and is securely retained.
Check presence and condition of the break-away cable, if damaged or not present, replace immediately. Connect break-away cable to towing bracket on towing vehicle.
Connect the electrical plug to the socket on the rear of the towing vehicle. Check that all lights are fully operational. Ensure also that the electrical lead cannot drag on the ground.
Finally ensure that the hand brake is in the fully off position.

HOW SHOULD I MODIFY MY DRIVING WHILST TOWING A TRAILER?

To tow your trailer safely you should remember these points:
The overall length of your vehicle increases when towing a trailer. It is therefore necessary to widen your turns to avoid hitting kerbs.
The additional weight of a trailer and its load will increase your stopping distance. You must therefore allow more time for braking.
When reversing you must steer the opposite way to the direction in which you require the trailer to travel.
You should never exceed the maximum towing weight for your towing vehicle.

Trailer Care Questions

WHAT LOCKS SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR MY TRAILER?

Ideally, your trailer should be fitted with a coupling lock and wheel clamp to deter thieves. However, your trailer should be secured to the requirements that your insurance company specifies as not following their guidance may invalidate your policy.

THE GALVANISED FINISH ON MY TRAILER HAS GONE DULL WITH SOME GREY/BLACK STAINS. WILL THIS LEAD TO PREMATURE CORROSION?

As part of the normal aging process, galvanised surfaces form an outer layer of oxide. This protects the reactive zinc and underlying steel from further corrosion. The appearance of the surface ranges from bright silver to dull grey. Exposure to road salt can change the appearance of newly galvanized surfaces to dull grey or black with white or grey deposits. This does not affect the protective properties of the finish.
To minimize this effect, new trailers should be washed regularly to remove any accumulated grime and road salt. This will become less important after the first few months as the protective layer forms on the surface. However, we would still recommend regular washing.

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