Q: What is a trailer D-Shackle? A: A trailer D-shackle is a necessary part used to connect the safety chains of a trailer to the tow vehicle. It has a rating stamp that indicates its capacity. When picking up a trailer, it is important to ensure that both D-shackles are present and properly attached.

Q: Which trailer plug do I need? A: The most common trailer connectors in Australia are the 7-pin flat plug and the 7-pin round plug. Most trailers listed on TrailerLink will have one of these two types of plugs. To determine which plug your vehicle requires, check the “female” socket mounted at the rear of your car. Some European and Asian car models may have a different socket, such as a 5-pin trailer connection socket, in which case an adapter can be purchased from a hardware store.

Q: What trailer can my car tow? A: The maximum towing capacity of your vehicle can be found in your vehicle’s manual. If your vehicle has a tow ball and a trailer plug socket, it likely has the capability to tow a trailer. However, it’s important to consult your vehicle manual to determine the specific towing capacity and any limitations or recommendations.

Q: Can a trailer be parked on a residential street in Australia? A: Parking regulations for trailers on residential streets vary depending on the specific laws and regulations of the city or municipality. In some areas, it may be allowed to park a trailer on a residential street as long as it does not obstruct traffic or pose a safety hazard. However, other areas may have restrictions or designated parking areas for trailers. It is best to check with your local council or municipality for specific regulations, guidelines, and any required permits for parking trailers on residential streets.

Q: Can trailer tires be repaired? A: Trailer tires can be repaired, but it is important to note that the repair process for trailer tires is different from repairing car tires. Trailer tires are designed to carry heavier loads than car tires and require more robust repairs. Typically, a professional with experience in repairing trailer tires will patch the damaged area from the inside using a special plug or patch that can withstand the heavy loads and high speeds that trailer tires are exposed to. However, if the damage is severe or located in the sidewall of the tire, it is not safe to repair, and the tire should be replaced.

Q: Can trailer plates be transferred in Australia? A: Trailer plates, also known as registration plates, can be transferred from one trailer to another in Australia. The process for transferring trailer plates will vary depending on the state or territory. Generally, it involves canceling the registration for the current trailer, applying for registration for the new trailer, and paying any applicable fees. Specific steps and requirements for transferring trailer plates should be checked with the local state or territory transport agency.

Q: How do trailer brakes work? A: Trailers up to 750 kg of Gross Trailer Mass (GVM) in most Australian states and territories do not require brakes. Trailers with brakes utilize the braking system of the towing vehicle to apply brakes on the trailer. There are two main types of trailer brakes: electric brakes and surge brakes. Electric brakes are activated by the brake pedal of the towing vehicle, while surge brakes are activated by the motion of the trailer pushing against the towing vehicle when it slows down or stops. Trailer brakes work in conjunction with the towing vehicle’s brakes to provide safer and more controlled stopping.

Q: Why do my trailer lights not work?

A: There can be several reasons why trailer lights may not be working:

  1. Blown fuse: Check the fuse box of both the towing vehicle and the trailer to ensure that the fuse for the trailer lights is not blown. Replace any blown fuses.
  2. Loose or corroded connections: Inspect the connections between the towing vehicle and the trailer. Ensure that the connections are secure and free from corrosion. Clean the connections if necessary.
  3. Damaged wiring: Inspect the wiring that powers the trailer lights. Look for any damage or frayed wires. Repair or replace any damaged wiring.
  4. Bad light bulbs: Check the light bulbs in the trailer lights. Replace any bulbs that are burnt out or not functioning.
  5. Malfunctioning brake controller: If you are using an electric brake controller, check if it is functioning properly. A malfunctioning brake controller can affect the trailer lights. Have the brake controller serviced or replaced if necessary.
  6. Incorrect wiring: Check the wiring diagram for the trailer lights and ensure that the wiring is connected correctly between the towing vehicle and the trailer.
  7. Trailer not grounded: Ensure that the trailer is properly grounded to the towing vehicle. A lack of proper grounding can cause the trailer lights to not work.

If you have checked all these aspects and the trailer lights still do not work, it may be best to consult a professional or an auto electrician who can diagnose and resolve the issue.

Q: Can trailer brake drums be turned? A: Yes, trailer brake drums can be turned or machined to remove worn or uneven brake material and improve braking performance. Turning brake drums involves using a brake lathe to remove a small amount of material from the surface of the drum, creating a smooth and even surface. However, not all brake drums can be turned. If the drums are heavily worn, cracked, or damaged, they will need to be replaced. It’s important to have a professional mechanic check the brake drums and determine if they can be turned or if replacement is necessary.

Q: Trailer vs mobile home A: A trailer and a mobile home are two different types of structures designed for living purposes.

  • Trailer: A trailer is a smaller, single-wide structure that can be towed behind a vehicle. It is typically used for temporary accommodation or camping purposes. Trailers are generally more portable and can be moved from one location to another. They come in various sizes and designs to accommodate different needs.
  • Mobile home: A mobile home, also known as a manufactured home, is a larger, double-wide structure that is also designed to be movable. However, mobile homes are transported on a flatbed truck and placed on a permanent foundation once they reach their destination. Mobile homes are often used as permanent residences and offer more space and amenities compared to trailers.