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Buying new vs hiring trailers

Buying new vs hiring trailers

When it comes to transporting goods, equipment, or vehicles, a trailer can be an invaluable asset. However, deciding whether to buy a new trailer or hire one can be a difficult choice. Both options have their own unique benefits, and the decision ultimately depends on your individual needs and circumstances. In this blog, we'll explore the advantages of both buying and hiring a trailer.

Benefits of Buying a New Trailer:

  1. Long-term Investment: If you frequently transport goods or equipment, owning a trailer can be a great long-term investment. You can use the trailer as often as you need, and you won't have to worry about rental fees adding up over time.
  2. Customisation: Buying a trailer allows you to customise it to your specific needs. You can choose the size, shape, and features that best suit your requirements. Additionally, you can customise the trailer's exterior to reflect your brand or personal style.
  3. Convenience: Owning a trailer means you can use it whenever you need it. You won't have to worry about scheduling rentals or returning the trailer by a certain time.
  4. Resale Value: If you take good care of your trailer, it can retain its value over time. When you no longer need the trailer, you can sell it and recoup some of your initial investment.

Benefits of Hiring a Trailer:

  1. Flexibility: Hiring a trailer allows you to choose the exact type and size of trailer you need for each job. You can rent a different trailer each time, depending on your specific requirements.
  2. Cost-Effective: If you only need a trailer for a short period of time, hiring one can be a more cost-effective option than buying a new trailer. You won't have to worry about the upfront costs of purchasing a trailer, and you can save money on maintenance and storage fees.
  3. Maintenance: When you hire a trailer from a reputable hire company, you don't have to worry about maintenance and repairs. The rental company will take care of any necessary repairs or maintenance, which can save you time and money.
  4. No Storage Required: If you don't have space to store a trailer when you're not using it, hiring a trailer can be a convenient option. You can simply return the trailer to the rental company when you're finished with it.

In conclusion, both buying a new trailer and hiring a trailer have their own unique benefits. If you need a trailer frequently and can afford the upfront cost, buying a new trailer can be a great long-term investment. However, if you only need a trailer for a short period of time, or if you have limited storage space, hiring a trailer can be a cost-effective and convenient option. Ultimately, the decision depends on your individual needs and circumstances.

How to reverse a trailer?

How to reverse a trailer?

Reversing a trailer can be a daunting task for many drivers, especially those who are new to towing. However, with the right technique and some practice, anyone can master the art of reversing a trailer. In this blog post, we'll cover some essential tips for reversing a trailer like a pro.

1. Get the Right Positioning

The first step in reversing a trailer is to position your vehicle correctly. You should be in a straight line with the trailer, and your vehicle and trailer should be at a 90-degree angle. Make sure you have enough space to manoeuvre the trailer without hitting any obstacles.

2. Use Your Mirrors

When reversing a trailer, it's essential to use your mirrors to guide you. Adjust your mirrors to get a clear view of the trailer and use them to monitor the trailer's movements as you reverse. Remember that the trailer will move in the opposite direction to your steering, so be prepared to adjust your steering accordingly.

3. Go Slow

One of the most important things to remember when reversing a trailer is to take it slow. You should always move at a slow and steady pace to ensure that you have full control of the trailer. It's also essential to avoid sudden movements, as these can cause the trailer to swing or jackknife.

4. Practice Makes Perfect

Reversing a trailer is a skill that takes time and practice to master. If you're new to towing, it's a good idea to find an empty parking lot or open space to practice in. Take your time and focus on getting comfortable with the trailer's movements and how it responds to your steering.

5. Use a Spotter

Having a second person act as a spotter can be extremely helpful when reversing a trailer. They can guide you and provide you with valuable information on the trailer's position and movements. If you're not confident in your abilities, having a spotter can give you the extra confidence you need to get the job done.

In conclusion, reversing a trailer is a skill that requires patience, practice, and the right technique. By following these essential tips, you'll be able to master the art of reversing a trailer like a pro. Remember to take it slow, use your mirrors, and get the right positioning, and you'll be able to navigate your trailer with ease.

Towing with a campervan or motorhome

Towing with a campervan or motorhome

Exploring New Zealand’s idyllic scenery is something we all value when we get a chance. Whether it’s a weekend away up the mountain, an extended kiwi break at the beach or a tour from Bluff to Kaitaia, motorhomes offer an exciting way to see the country. Packing up your friends or family, or travelling solo, it’s a great option to be able to tow your boat, car or trailer for extra options at your destination. 

There are a few important things to remember when towing with your motorhome. Firstly you need to know your towing capacity, this can be found on your towbar or in your manufacturer specifications, and this will determine the GVM of your trailer and must be considered especially for larger loads like boats. Secondly, motorhomes can often be longer and wider than your standard motor vehicle, consider your mirrors and cameras that will allow you to see your load and help you safely manoeuvre your trailer. As with all trailers, when towing you need to make wider turns and your braking distance increases when stopping. Consider planning your trip carefully and practising shorter trips and reversing your trailer before you leave. This will increase your confidence and help you understand how your motorhome and trailer move together on the road. 

Here at Pinto we offer some great options for trailers that are suitable for your getaways, we are happy to discuss your needs and customise the build as needed.  

Pinto luggage trailers are a popular option for people looking for extra space for their outdoor gear, wet items and sports equipment when they’re out on the road. Luggage trailers have lots of room for everything from your chilly bin and BBQ, to your stinky fishing equipment. Roof racks are fitted so there is no need to worry about missing out on your favourite water sports like SUP boarding and kayaking and we can add a bike mount so you don’t miss your next trail ride either. 

The Pinto Camping Kingsider package is another popular option for heading out in the great outdoors. Fitted with a bike rack mount, H frames for kayaks, stand up paddle boards, surf boards or other toys. The deep sides and cover mean you can carry all the gear and the chilly bin safely, secure and protected from the elements.

Make the most of your time away, plan ahead and stay safe.