Trailers and trailer parts are widely underestimated. People seem to take this subject very lightly and don’t consider how important a fully functional and roadworthy trailer can affect your driving. As a driver, you need to take as much care of your trailer as you do your trucks. If any trailer parts need to be fixed or replaced, then do so immediately. When you do replace any parts on your trailer, ensure that you use quality trailer parts. Why should you use quality trailer axles and what are the benefits?
Sure you could replace your trailer’s axle with any cheap version on the market. It would save you money in the short run. But consider the long term costs of using a cheap trailer axle. The initial cost of replacing the axle is easy on your pocket but the axle is not a strong and sturdy one that is made from quality materials. Instead is made from the cheapest materials and these are usually the weakest. A year or so down the line your axle breaks again, while you are driving. This then damages more trailer parts and need to be replaced as well. That means you need to give out more money for another axle and for the additional parts that got damaged. If you had invested in a quality trailer axle it would have lasted you much longer.
When searching for a trailer axle, find one that is manufactured with the latest technical standards and with precise production tolerances. Also check that it is SABS approved. This is pertinent for the safety of yourself as the driver and that of other road users. Also consider the materials that the axle is made of. It should be produced with high grade raw materials to ensure the strength and durability of the axle. Specific design features that make this trailer part more reliable include outboard drums, equal size large diameter wheel bearings, dust-proof seal brushing and self-aligned spherical camshaft bearings. These design features are beneficial as it gives you extra peace of mind because the trailer will be well balanced and can withstand different weather conditions. In a quality trailer axle the brake drum and hub should be machined externally to minimise any imbalance which will minimise the wear and tear on the suspension components as well as on the tyres.
Investing in quality trailer parts will save you much time and effort as well as money in the long run. So don’t cut corners by choosing the cheapest and weakest trailer axle