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Why Buy an LWL Trailer?

When you are looking for a new trailer in Eastern Canada,  why shouldn’t you have a quality product that is made by Eastern Canadians for Eastern Canadians?  Our slogan is “Trailers that work”.  We design our trailers to be smooth riding,  and tough for our conditions.  Take a look below to see some of the things that LWL prides itself in.

Design

LWL has taken every step that it can,  to make your trailer lighter and stronger.  We use 3 inch junior eye beam crossmembers which weigh 2.9 lbs per foot and is 13% stronger than the common 3 inch channel crossmembers which weigh 4.1 lbs per foot.  Being lighter and stronger allows you to load more weight to get your jobs done faster.

No Tubing.

Where possible LWL doesn’t design trailers with tubing.  Tubing rusts from the inside out. Moisture gets inside of the tubing and this starts the rusting process.  Typically within 5 years some tubing will have to be replaced.  LWL tries to only use channels and I beams in their trailers.  Channel and I beam are open so it doesn’t allow the moisture to get in.  Having your main frame open like keeps the moisture out allowing your frame to provide you with years of trouble free use.

Lighting

Lights are part of the safety system on all trailers and with any safety system you want reliability. All of the LWL brand of trailers have their own tail lights encased in a steel box to prevent the damage caused by road debris thrown up by the tires.  LWL also uses small round LED lights for its clearance and marker lights.  These extra steps will give you piece of mind when putting your trailer to work.

100% Sandblasting

To ensure that all of the mill scale, oil, and dirt comes off your steel before priming,  since 2007 LWL has sandblasted each and every trailer that it manufactures.  This extra step allows the primer to bond better to the bare steel to provide years of great protection from salt and road debris.

Warranty and Service.

LWL has the longest offered warranty in the business.  A full 5 year structural warranty is offered on its premium line of trailers.   Dexter also provides a 5 year warranty on their torflex axles.  This combination is second to none.  All of our LWL dealers  works with us in helping to provide coverage in your area.

 

To sum it all up,  LWL tries to provide you with a quality trailer that is going to work in your area.  We know how harsh mother nature can be  and we take that thought process into each and every trailer that we make.   Having a trailer that is well built, safe and reliable is

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Lighting

                                                                 

Trailer Lighting.

Lighting is one of  the most important parts on a trailer. Not only are they are such a huge safety factor but imagine coming home from that long trip in the middle of the night,  in the rain and having your lights go out.  It happens.  When purchasing a new or used trailer one of the most important things you can do is to get under the trailer and see how the wiring is.  The wiring should be fastened well to the main frame of the trailer so it doesn’t get the opportunity to hang.  Hanging wires ask for trouble.  Trailers are usually not that high of the ground and a hanging wire is just waiting to be caught as you are backing into or out of your driveway.  Don’t be afraid to really look this over before you buy.  Think about how the wiring is going to hold up after 6 months and even 6 years.  If for example the wiring is fastened to the trailer with staples it won’t be as strong as  if the wire is put through welded on washers.  This added effort from the manufacturer will give you a life long wiring harness.

Trailer Connectors.

Here is another important part of your new trailer to look at before buying.  Check out how the wiring connections are made,  off of the main harness.  Some companies use black electrical tape,  others use connectors wrapped in a plastic case filled with silicone.   This is a really important part to look for.  If the connections won’t hold up it can cause shorts in your trailer and that can turn into a wiring nightmare.   If proper connectors are used,  the wiring harness should last the life of your trailer.

Trailer Lights.

 

 

Trailer lights come in all shapes and sizes.  Almost all manufactures now are offering LED lights as a standard lighting package on the trailer. LED or Light Emitting Diodes  have some nice advantages over the incandescent bulbs previously used.  LED lights are typically smaller and more robust and they offer greater reliability and longevity than the incandescent bulbs.     A great question to ask  when getting your trailer is if LED lights come with the trailer.  One little tip is to also look at the physical size of the lights.  Will they break during use?  Some manufacturers now offer really small side marker lights and tail lights but with the same (sometime brighter) brightness.  This is a really nice feature.  Smaller lights means less of a chance of getting dinged and smashed as you are putting your trailer to use.

 

To recap,  make sure that you are comfortable with how your wiring harness is mounted to your trailer.  Ensure that the trailer comes with LED lights and that they are protected from being broken,  either encased in steel or by being small enough to hopefully eliminate them getting hit.

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The wide world of axles

Axles are made by manufacturers all over the world.  They come in every style, shape and form.  When choosing a new trailer,   a great question to ask is “what style and shape of axles should I go with?”  In this blog we will try to touch on a few of the commonly asked questions about axles.

Brand

When choosing to buy  a new trailer from a dealer,  a very important question to ask is what kind of axles are on the trailer?  By selecting a trailer with a reputable axle under it,  will save you time, money and it will give you piece of mind.  In our opinion Dexter axles is the number one axle on the market today.    http://www.dexteraxle.com/about_dexter.   They have been around forever and have state of the art facilities with automated machines to ensure quality components are put together safely and effectively.

Some trailer manufactures on the market today are making there own axles.   They want to be more price competitive.  This can be a risky venture if the quality control steps get overlooked at the time of making your trailer.  We always will recommend purchasing quality running gear to put on your trailer.  Spending a little bit more up front will save you on costly repairs later down the road.

Types

The two most common types of axles that we will be talking about are Spring Axles and Torflex Axles.

Spring Axles

Spring axles have been around forever.  They are a trusted, tried and true suspension system.  The leaf springs main job is to absorb the shock,  from the weight that is on your trailer.  The leafs springs do this so you can maintain a smooth ride heading down the road.  Eventually spring axles like everything will require a bit of maintenance.  You will have to replace bushings, shackles and sometimes,  springs.  Like all moving parts they wear out in time and need to be replaced.     Choosing the proper spring axle configuration is important when deciding on your new trailer.  Speaking with your dealer or the manufacturer is a good idea before making your purchase.

Torflex Axles

Torflex axles are made up of a torsion arm suspension which is completely contained in the tube of the axle.  It also has mounting brackets on them to mount the axle to the frame of your trailer.  The torsion arm on the outside rotates under load to help aid in a smooth ride.  Torflex axles are virtually maintenance free.    Dexter does  offer a 5 year warranty as well on these axles.  They are a much more smoother riding suspension than spring axles,  and when deciding on your new trailer,  you can choose different angles on the torsion arm to help raise or lower your trailer depending on your needs.

In the picture below you can see how the torsion arm rotates.

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LWL only uses Dexter running gears and components.  We firmly believe that your only choice is to purchase a trailer with name brand axles on them,  and Dexter is at the front of the pack.

 

 

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How much weight can I haul?

The most widely asked question that is asked when deciding on a trailer is    “How much weight am I going to haul?”

Once that is answered,  the next thing is how do we haul it safely?

GVWR is the answer.  GVWR or “Gross Vehicle Weight Registered”  is basically defined as the total weight being hauled including the weight of the trailer and miscellaneous items that you are carrying.  It is the total complete weight.

A trailer should never be loaded beyond the manufactures recommend GVWR.

GVWR drives safety.  If a trailer is overloaded a wide variety of problems can occur.  That rating is the maximum that you can haul safely at.  For example if you have to much weight on the trailer, the brakes may not be substantial enough to stop you safely.   Another example is you will also be  putting more weight on tires that are only rated for a certain weight. This can cause abnormal wear and even cause blowouts.

Overloading a trailer beyond its rated capacity, even though it may be well balanced and seem to handle fine, is a very dangerous practice.

Be leery of home-made trailers. Home made trailer may not have a proper weight rating. Do you really want to risk lives, your own included, to save a few bucks on a trailer?  Hauling extra weight that gets out of control can be very dangerous even for the most experienced haulers.

It is up to you to find out what the maximum gross weight of your trailer should be. Trailers made by reputable manufacturers should contain a tag or instructions which list loading limits.  If you cannot obtain actual figures from the original manufacturer for a variety of reasons, please take it to a reputable trailer dealer or repair facility to get an  expert to give his best estimate of its capacity.

Load your trailer well below the maximum for the first few times with a new trailer until you are comfortable. Keep track of the weights of the individual items as you load them. Good practice is to always scale your load before heading out to make sure that you are under the GVWR.

By always being aware of your maximum GVWR and with proper loading techniques,  hauling your trailer should be an enjoyable safe venture for everyone.

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All About Paints

Painting,  does it make a difference? Is it just putting color to your trailer?   The funny thing is,  paint does so much more than just add color to your trailer. Paint adds protection.  But before the paint,  the most important thing is prepping your steel.  That is the most important item  adding years of protection to your trailer. We will try to help explain why it is really important that your steel is prepped  and try to explain just how important it is when deciding on a trailer. Next we will get into the wide world of priming and painting, and getting that nice color finish on your new trailer.

Prep Work

Steel comes in from the mill to the manufacturer in lengths or bars.  Skilled workers bend and cut the steel into  shapes and styles,  and the end result is the trailer that you are looking to buy.  When the trailer is done being put together it then needs to be painted.   Steel is dirty and has a film on it called “Mill Scale”  Mill scale is almost like fish scales.  It is a thin layer of material that is left on the steel.  That small layer of steel is dirty.  It needs to be cleaned properly so the primer can stick to it.   It is really important that you find out how the manufacturer is cleaning the mill scale off.  If the mill scale isn’t cleaned off of the trailer, the primer and paint will not stick to the steel. This will cause your primer and paint to flake off, leaving the bare steel open to rusting.  Rusting will eat away at your trailer, and quickly cut the life span of your trailer.

Below is a picture of some mill scale on a piece of steel.  One can see how dirty it is.

How to clean millscale?

Now that we know that there is mill scale associated with the steel,  the next question is how do manufacturers clean it off?  Sandblasting, and acid washing are the most common types of cleaning the mill scale off of steel.  it is really important to make sure that this is being done first to ensure that you are going to get a product that will last you for years to come.

Sandblasting

Sandblasting is the only 100 percent pure way to clean the steel.   Small particles (mostly sand) are driven at high velocities towards the steel.  People who “blast” where special protection equipment,  to protect themselves from the small particles in the air and the loud noises that are associated with it.    Sandblasting is like pressure washing your car.  You need to cover the whole area.  When you blast the sand hits the mill scale and removes it from the steel. This will leave the steel 100 percent clean,  and ready for priming.

Acid Washing

Acid washing is exactly that.  It is an acid that cleans the steel.  Once again we can compare it to washing your car.  Acid washing is also an excellent way to remove the mill scale from the steel.

In any new trailer that you buy,  please make sure that the manufacturer preps the steel in some way.  Without it,  the paint will just be put on over the mill scale.  The mill scale will eventually fall off, bringing the paint and primer with it.  When you are shopping in a dealers yard, one of the most important thing you can find out is how the steel is prepped before they paint.  Purchasing a properly prepped trailer will save you money and will certainly save the life of your trailer.

Now that the new trailer is put together and cleaned off with sandblasting or acid washing,  the next step is priming and painting the trailer. There are virtually hundreds of paint options that manufacturers can use when finishing trailers.   We would like to touch on explaining what is priming and painting to give you some information when choosing your new trailer.

Priming

Priming is quite simply what protects your trailer.  It is a base coat of a paint product that gets applied to the steel of the trailer.  This base coat of the paint product is the most crucial step when getting ready to paint the trailer.   The primer is a base coat that will  help keeps the moisture out which will prevent rusting.  Primer ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability, and provides additional protection for the material being painted.

Painting

Finally painting is the final step, and the most exciting!  The wide variety of colors in the rainbow allow the end user to pick whatever color that they decide on.   The paint adds the final protection for the primer.  It will protect it from the sunlight, and nicks and scratches caused by road debris.

Below is a video of yellow paint being applied to a trailer.

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Galvanized Trailers

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What is  Hot Dipped Galvanizing?     Hot Dipped Galvanizing is a process of immersing steel in a bath consisting of 98% pure molten zinc.   Basically all that means is the steel gets a bath and the metallurgical reaction forms a coating bond, that is stronger than the typical painting process.  After the trailers get “dipped” and galvanized,  the galvanized steel provides a durable scratch- resistant coating that maintains the integrity of the steel.

Hot Dipped Galvanizing steel commonly provides maintenance free corrosion protection for 75 years or more !!!

The zinc is grey in color,  it leaves all the steel in this color.  A common saying we hear from people is, “Galvanized trailers, you either love them or hate them”  People say this for two reasons.  Galvanizing isn’t that appealing,  it’s ugly.  It actually gets better looking with age.  But the advantages are huge.  It simply doesn’t rust and it lasts 10 times longer than a painted trailer.  Trailers, painted,  typically last 7 to 10 years before you have to look at refinishing them.  This can be a costly venture when you have to start taking all of the planks and lighting off, to re clean the steel to apply new paint.  The nice thing about galvanizing is do it once and your done.

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Tilting Trailers

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Hi again folks.  In this blog we would like to cover tilt deck trailers.  We hope to talk about why they are helpful and some of the common uses for them.

Safe and Efficient.

Most contractors and construction workers today like everyone else have a safety first mind set. Typically trailers  come with ramps.  Ramps are a great item to get your equipment on and off your trailer.  Ramps are also heavy and noisy. ( I am not trying to beat up trailers with ramps at all)  The advantage of a tilting deck trailer is that they are safe to use.   I mean that in a variety of ways.  They are safer on the back.  You don’t have to lift, and slide out ramps any more which can cause an injury to you or your staff.    Being able to pull a lever and let the whole deck  (or partial deck in some applications) tilt will save your back and save you time.  When the deck tilts, you can back your machine off and get to work.  Most decks will stay tilted until you ready to load again.  And driving on is a breeze. The deck will tilt back down,  you tie your load and your on your way home.

Uses.

Tilt deck trailers can be used for almost anything.  The biggest thing with any trailer (not just tilt decks) is how wide they are in between the fenders.  This will ensure that your machine will get on without damaging your trailer.  Common uses are people with mini skid steers or mini excavators.   The ease of use is really appealing to people who are putting them to work everyday.

Types.

Typically there are a couple of variations of tilt decks and depending on your needs will help determine which is the right one for you.

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The first type is a “full” tilt deck.  That means that the whole deck tilts when you are loading or unloading your equipment.  These are great if you have a tractor with just one attachment or a scissor lift.  Having the whole deck tilts allows you to drive your equipment on and off safely.  *Shown above is a “Deckover Tilt” that allows wider equipment to be safely loaded.

The second type is what we call an “Industrial Tilt Deck”  In this application part of the front deck doesn’t tilt.   This is a really nice feature if you are hauling a piece of gear that has a couple of attachments.  It allows you to put your second piece on the stationary deck and still be able to unload your trailer.  These stationary decks are offered in different lengths so sometimes you can get them long enough to even be able to put a second machine up front.   The possibilities really go a long way with this type of versatile trailer.

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