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Guidance on buying a trailer

Hi I am looking to buy a trailer fairly soon. It must be caged 4 ft wide and between 6-8ft long. I have my trailer license, I shouldn't be towing more than a ton at a time. Does this trailer have to be braked? I've seen a few on eBay for around £900 what do people think of these? Will they be sufficient for garden waste and the odd bulk bag of material?

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    Hi Kingsley, the maximum unbraked trailer weight is 750kg which is the gross weight of the trailer plus it's load when fully laden.

    The new trailers for around the price you mention are, in my opinion, flimsy. Higher end trailers such as Ifor Williams come up second hand. They will last longer and, importantly, tow better.

    • Hi thanks for your reply, so would you say I'm definitely going to need a braked trailer?

  • PRO

    If you are going to carry bulk bags of aggregate which come to a tonne by themselves then yes. You would probably need an absolute minimum of 1300kg gross to carry a 1000kg lòad.

  • I would suggest you get an ifor williams trailer.

    Go for either GD 85 or GD 105 (one is 8'x5' the other 10'x5'), you should expect to pay around 1500. Very practical, good all-rounder. Has a ramp that is the tail gate for easy loading.

    More than 900 but get a good one and you will be able to sell easily - and probably get what you paid for it. They hold their value very well. 

    Just be aware that servicing them can be expensive so do some research and buy a good one.


    I hope this is helpful. 


  • PRO

    You have to decide if you want a big wheelbarrow or a alternative to a lorry.

    With a small unbraked trailer you can unhitch it and manoeuvre it by hand to get it where you want it like a big wheelbarrow.

    With a big trailer loaded with gear, materials and waste you will have to use the truck to move it.

    So a small trailer may be better working around houses, but you may need to do twice as many trips and some waste sites have a minimum charge of a tonne, so a half tonne load can be expensive to tip.


  • PRO

    If using a trailer for transporting green waste get a hydraulic tipping one - you won’t regret it. 

  • Hi, i had a P7e ifor williams and that was fine for green waste and for transporting mowers etc for a few years, it doesnt have to be braked at 750kg it handles fine just bit io a pain reversing on a single axle- bulk bags normally only hold around the 600-800kg depending whats in it if wet etc their not ton bags. def look into a tipper you wont look back especially if youve got your B+E licence, Just a note you can get some good fincance deals on the tippers if you look around at main dealers.

  • PRO

    Suggest you fully check planned capacity first.

    For a Type 1 750kg unbraked trailer, is not the "gross trailer weight" = trailer + load ? If so, you only have ~500kg capacity?

    If IW P7's has a gross trailer wt of 500kg, you only get ~300kg load capacity?

    And that's without MAM & MGW limits.........It's a complex world with many Road Cops not knowing all the ins & outs.....only VOSA seem to know what at road checks.

    • PRO

      Yes Gary, for some reason people think it difficult but it is in fact very simple and as I explained above

      The gross weight of the vehicle (in this case a small single axle trailer) has a few different names such as MAM, MGW, GVW, etc. It's still the same number. This is the maximum weight of the trailer fully loaded including the weight of the trailer. So you subtract the unladen weight (tare) of the trailer from the gross weight to get the weight you can carry (payload).

      The small 500kg GVW trailers are  aimed at small vans and cars where a limiting factor is the towing capabilities of the vehicle and it's GCW (Gross Combination Weight). Individual axle weight limits need to also be considered for the towing vehicle. 

      All the information for the trailer is on the plate riveted to the draw bar. Vans have a plate usually fixed inside one of the door frames. 

  • Thanks for all the advice, I think I'm going to have to get the ifor Williams. I'd love to include the tipping option but doubt i'd be able to afford it. 

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