What Does a Heavy Equipment Trailer Do Exactly?

What Does a Heavy Equipment Trailer Do Exactly?

A machine which is called a “heavy equipment trailer” is a non-powered vehicle that is hauled at the back of a powered vehicle of the purpose of transporting large sections of heavy equipment. These trailers are commonly quite huge and may need appropriate towing equipment which will allow the user to connect the trailer to the rear of the towing vehicle. The special design of the heavy equipment trailer may vary counting on what it has been designed to haul; a car trailer, for example, can be of the single car type, or the larger kind that can carry several vehicles all at once. Both feature movable ramps and other components that let the user drive cars up the trailer and secure them in place.

More heavy equipment trailer models may have ramps that lets a vehicle be driven up onto a flatbed. These ramps will then afterwards fold up onto the trailer when not being employed. Other designs  allow vehicles to be guided up onto the flatbed without any ramps. In this instance, the heavy equipment will highlight the use of a hydraulic lift that will tilt the bed of the trailer until it touches the ground. The vehicle may then be driven forward up onto the trailer and lifted into place. Often, a winch system is required to assist in making the passage between the ground and the trailer possible.

Axles and Wheels

It is often likely that the trailer will have two or even more axles and more than a few wheels so as properly support the weight of any equipment that is to be transported. A heavy equipment trailer is explicitly designed for larger types of loads, which means that the bed may have to be wider and also the axles, as well. Every axle is more than likely to have four wheels instead of two for extra stability. The frame of the trailer is normally manufactured from a high-grade steel that is robust enough to withstand any damage from the weight of the equipment. Ways of connecting the trailer to a towing vehicle can be done in different manners, usually depending on the kind of towing vehicle being driven.

The smaller kind of trailer is commonly attached to the towing vehicle by means of a tow hitch and receiver system. Larger trailers might need a special type of  gooseneck connection system. The towing vehicle will require special components mounted on it, usually in the truck bed, to receive the gooseneck style trailer. The larger heavy equipment trailer designs are intended for use with large diesel lorries, like the ones we usually see on motorways hauling loaded trailers. In this type of situation, the trailer will have to be specially designed to work with the right sort of hitch system used on the large diesel trailer.

Next time you see a big trailer, you’ll know exactly what they’re all about! Truck on!