1. Companies involved
Be aware that some companies mentioned in the “Tractors, combines and balers”, “Trucks and heavy machinery” and “Implements” chapters also supply trailers.
- AgriCAD Tel: 0861 001 204 www.agricad.co.za
- Aluglide Tel: 011 392 2259 www.aluglidetrailers.co.za
- Bulperd Tel: 082 414 2569 www.bulperd.co.za
- Crisbox Tel: 012 719 8585 / 076 403 4992 www.crisbox.co.za
- Cruiser Trailers Tel: 083 639 0170 www.cruisertrailers.co.za
- Engelbrecht Sleepwaens Tel: 018 298 1273 / 082 446 5781 www.etrailer.co.za
- Hardman’s Trailers Tel: 031 202 5887 www.hardtrail.co.za
- JME Trailers Tel: 053 444 1313 www.jmetrailers.co.za
- Joubert Implemente Tel: 021 887 1220 / 767 www.joubertimplemente.co.za
- Karet Trading Tel: 056 515 4333/4/5 www.karet.co.za
- Leo’s Sleepwaens Tel: 013 932 4151/2 www.leostrailers.co.za
- Details of NIC’s Trailers agents countrywide may be found at www.nictrailers.co.za.
- Roadking Manufacturing & Supply Tel: 086 033 3110 www.roadking.co.za
- Rogue Agriculture Tel: 033 345 0038 www.roguesteel.co.za
- Torsion Engineering Tel: 016 362 3456 www.torsion.co.za
- Turnerland Manufacturing Tel: 022 723 1413 www.turnerland.co.za
- Van Zyl Staalwerke Tel: 058 863 2452/ 082 800 1389 www.vanzylstaal.co.za
- Vencedor Trailers Tel: 018 290 1774 / 079 504 3502 www.vencedortrailers.co.za
- VTEC Trailers www.sleepwa.co.za Countrywide contact details on website
2. Key points for livestock farmers
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
It is common practice amongst farmers to compare trailers prices by looking at size and GVM, and then buying the cheapest one. The GVM is not a reflection of the trailer’s carrying capacity. The weight of the trailer should be subtracted from the GVM to arrive at its carrying capacity. Should you buy a 2,6T trailer, it is illegal for it to carry a 2,6T load.
EXAMPLE: A trailer is equipped with so-called 3T axle. It is registered for 2000kg. Its weight is 680kg. Its legal carrying capacity is 1320 kg.
Technology and quality
Consequently, the technology and workmanship which goes along with building a trailer becomes crucial. Flexible undercarriages last longer and absorb shock and vibration. Independent sprung suspension is more lasting than conventional suspension [leaf-spring suspensions]. This suspension gives more stability to the trailer and fewer vibrations which make livestock restless (horses, in particular, become restless if the underframe vibrates beneath them, but this applies to cattle and sheep too).
Value and resale value
The “extras” like removable livestock railings add to the value of the trailer and, together with the previously mentioned points, contribute to the trailer’s second-hand value. Some manufacturers produce combination trailers, suitable for cattle, sheep or horses. The premise that a trailer is without value once it is “finished” only applies to that trailer which was originally cheaper (and metallurgically incorrect) built. A few fractures, a coating of paint and new tyres will do the trick if it was right when bought. “Cheaper” can be expensive.
All trailers are required to be SABS sanctioned. Legal requirements are for the purpose of road safety: reflector lights, basic dimensions etc. This is not a statement on the strength of livestock railings or indeed of the soundness of the trailer’s structure.
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