The name says it all: a flat-top trailer is about as basic as trailers get. It’s literally a flat tray on wheels. But that doesn’t mean that building one is that simple – it takes skill, experience and the right materials to craft a trailer that’s tough and highly functional.
Benefits of Flat-Top Trailers
One of the main benefits of the flat-top trailer is it’s a fully usable deck. You don’t have to worry about axle or wheel space – it’s a flat, open deck that can be used to carry loads of any shape. Loads are easy to access, easier to tie down and to assist with load removal, flat-top trailers can be fitted with hydraulic tipper systems.
To get a better understanding of what makes a great flat-top trailer, let’s take a moment to look at the individual features or components of one:
So, what are we looking for in the perfect flat-top trailer? The body of the unit should be made from high-quality Australian steel. After all, your trailer isn’t likely to have an easy life, so the framework needs to be sturdy and robust. The frame should be hot-dip galvanized or painted with the appropriate product to ensure that it’s not only tough but rust-resistant too.
An excellent quality tray is obvious. Remember, this surface will take the brunt of the loads you carry, so it needs to be as tough and scratch-resistant as possible. Consider what you will likely be transporting on your trailer – should you opt for a thick steel decking material or can you get away with a thinner checker-plate one?
The equation is pretty simple: good suspension = a smoother ride. Again, your decisions will be influenced by the way you intend to use your trailer. Upgrading your trailer suspension allows you to carry heavier loads with ease, and guarantees a better towing experience.
Tyres & Wheels
Is your trailer going to be used off-road? If so, consider larger tyres that are better suited to rough terrain. At U-Beaut we only use new tyres and wheels – nothing second hand or reconditioned!
Trailer brakes are important to keep yourself safe, and other road users too. There are strict legal requirements surrounding the braking systems on trailers, so take time to do your research online, or ask the experts at U Beaut Trailers. If you are planning to carry heavy loads, you will need a braking system designed to cope with extra weight.
For large or heavy loads, hydraulic tipper systems are the way to go – they’re designed to cope with the weight. Some loads, such as soil, gravel or trash are much easier to remove by dumping – a flat top tipper trailer makes the job simpler, faster and more practical. For lighter loads, an electric braking system may fit the bill.
The basic flat-top trailer is a base for something bigger. From this ‘starting point’ you can add sides, a removable tailgate, truck gates, a stock crate or H-bars. Essentially, you can customize your flat-top trailer to suit your needs and your budget.
Loading ramps are often the safest way to get heavy equipment of and onto your flat-top trailer and can be fitted with ease.
A trailer is a significant investment, so it’s important to get it all right first time round. The team at U Beaut Trailers has the product range, the expertise and the experience to ensure that you get a trailer that suits your needs down to the ground. Contact us today on (03)-9708 2691 and speak to one of our staff.