What is a Tandem Trailer, and Why Should You Buy One?Muscle Trailers
They say all good things come in twos, or pairs, and the same goes for trailers! When its key components are working in tandem, a division of work – and therefore efficiency – can be achieved.
We are specifically talking about tandem trailers, a popular trailer type with various configurations depending on the job they’re required to do. If you’re not familiar with them, read on to learn more.
What is a Tandem Trailer?
They are trailers that use two axles instead of the more common single axle set up. And with two axles, it naturally means there are two pairs of wheels as well. These are the main factors that differentiate a tandem trailer from the rest.
But why use a dual axle system? To better understand, let’s imagine you are going to move a very big and heavy box. While you may be able to do it yourself, there are certain drawbacks:
- You will put a lot of strain on your body.
- You will be slow and inefficient.
- There is a chance you might find the box too heavy for you and accidentally damage the cargo inside.
Did you know that 28% of all workplace injuries in Victoria alone are caused by manual handling? This includes lifting, holding, moving, and carrying heavy objects.
These accidents can be avoided if you get another person to help you lift the box, together, in tandem. That’s the main idea behind using a tandem trailer.
Basically, here are the benefits of using a tandem axle trailer compared to a single axle trailer:
- They are made for heavy-duty hauling
- They have a higher weight-bearing capacity
- They have superior suspension
- They provide improved stability, especially during transportation
- They are more flexible in terms of the types of cargo that can be carried
Common Features of a Tandem Trailer
If you’re not that well-versed when it comes to trailers, here are some of the features you should be looking for in a tandem trailer:
- Two axles, which means two pairs of wheels
- Capable of carrying loads of up to 2,000 kg.
- Made from galvanised steel
- Made from full 2.5mm checker plate material
- Override hydraulic brakes
Why Should You Buy One?
The main reason you will be needing a tandem trailer is if you are going to be moving cargo that weighs in the upwards of 750 kg. That’s because while a single axle trailer can carry heavy loads, a tandem trailer is more stable, flexible (in terms of the number and types of cargo), and has better handling. The latter is very important because towing heavy loads can oftentimes prove to be quite tricky, both on the highway and on uneven roads.
The Bottom Line
Similar to other purchase decisions, buying a tandem trailer requires that you do thorough research. You will also need to find out if there are restrictions or regulations in your area when it comes to registering a trailer. And when you finally decide on buying one, make sure the seller gives at least a 12-month warranty for your peace of mind.
Want to know more about tandem trailers? We have an article that gives the ins and outs of heavy-duty trailers. Click here.