Trailer differences

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 01:26
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Hello all. Could some please tell me what the difference is between a standard trailer and a 4wd trailer. Thankyou. Grant
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 06:08

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 06:08
Stronger axle, bigger bearings, longer springs with more suspension travel, heavier pins and bushes that are lubricated, shock absorbers, identical wheels and tyres to the tug, stronger A frame and chassis, fully articulated hitch, mudguards that won't fall off on the corrugations................for a start.

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Follow Up By: kidsandall - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 07:46

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 07:46
I would add to that, the A frame runs full length in one peice, not welded to the front of the trailer. Also fully welded not just spot welded ever couple of inches. Not all offroad trailers have shock absorbers though. Our had springs dampeners attached to the springs.

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Follow Up By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 08:48

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 08:48
I would add that to be off road the leaf springs need to be double eye springs not the slipper type. When traveling the gun barrel highway all the abandon trailers had the slipper type springs which of course had broken.

Even better for an off road trailer would be independent coil springs.

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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 10:09

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 10:09
Basically the box should be just that a box to carry/contain the contents, not a structural component. The trailer must have a full chassis under the box.
The eye to eye springs are a must too.
A properly setup leaf suspension with shock absorbers is really all that is necessary.
Coils are not really necessary as the independant setups can be much harder to repair if needed than leaves.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 16:09

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 16:09
As per Serendipity, (if there leaf) the springs should be doubled eye with at least the fwd eye double wrapped so if you break a main spring it will be still be able to be towed as the spring will be contained within
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 08:53

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 08:53
Added to all the above, I would add shock absorbers.See this link - Why wheels fall off

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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 09:15

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 09:15
Personally I'd walk away from any 'Off Road' trailer (Or Van) that didn't have Shock Absorbers to control and dampen spring rebound which the biggest killer of trailers.
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Reply By: grunta1970 - Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 00:15

Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 00:15
I have a 97 twin cab ute, 2.8 diesel, gutless as hell. That doesnt bother me at all, I love my baby. My issue is that, with a tool box permanently fixed in the back, there isnt alot of room when I go away somewhere. A small, light weight trailer might be the go. I was just wondering what my options are. I do some 4wding/camping, so something light, small and built for that purpose would be great. Anything too heavy and the hilux wont cope very well. Grant
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