What is a trailer?
A trailer is an extremely broad term. The provisions of the Highway Code state that a trailer is a vehicle without its own drive. It is designed to be pulled by a vehicle. If the trailer is connected to another vehicle - e.g. a truck-tractor - it is called a semi-trailer. The semi-trailer is also distinguished from other trailers by its mounting method. It is very important to match the levels of both vehicles and then connect all systems - braking and electrical one. Only a properly made connection will guarantee safe movement of the vehicle and a trailer.
Types of trailers
The huge diversity of transported loads made it necessary to create specific types of trailers:
• Tautliners – these are definitely the most frequently used trailers, mainly due to their extraordinary versatility. Their construction is based on a tarpaulin that protects the transported load. The tarpaulin is moved along a metal frame. Of course, it is necessary to properly secure the load to prevent load tipping during transport.
• flatbed trailers - their design allows for loading and transporting goods of unusual shapes - e.g. construction machinery.
• Dump trucks – semi-trailers of this type are usually used in construction industry and agriculture. They are used primarily for transporting bulk materials - e.g. soil, gravel, sand, as well as grain and sugar.
• Refrigerated semi-trailers - transporting goods that may spoil quickly is much more complicated than transporting other loads. In this case, it is necessary to use a special refrigerated trailer. It ensures a lower temperature inside it than outside it. It is also very important to keep the temperature inside the trailer not too low, because freezing the transported products may lead to their complete spoiling. The temperature in the trailer is constantly monitored using a special system of sensors.
• Tank trailer - it is used to transport various types of liquid substances - e.g. products from the petrochemical, dairy industries, oils or alcoholic beverages. Tank trailers are also used to transport hazardous substances. For this purpose, special category tanks are used, known by the acronym ADR.
What trailer accessories are necessary in a truck?
Trailer accessories play an extremely important role. Their task is to properly attach the tarpaulin to the trailer or truck. Although these accessories are small in size, they have a direct impact on transport safety. Many types of accessories, taking into account their specificity and parameters allows you to find the right accessory for each type of tarpaulin. The following accessories are most often used to attach the tarpaulin to the trailer: customs securing ropes, curtain rollers, roof rollers, belts with a hook, belts with a buckle, belts with wire, door locks, floor handles, belt fastening holders, side locks with fastening, lock holders or buckle fastening.
It is very important that accessories for truck trailers are purchased from a reputable seller who distributes automotive parts. They must be a high quality accessories. The use of solid and durable materials makes the parts have a long service life. This is extremely important because trucks and trailers sometimes travel hundreds of kilometers every day. In the event of damage of these parts, the vehicle have to stop, causing additional financial costs.