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Marketing Trailer Payload Calculation

By: admin admin | July 16, 2012 | Comments Off on Marketing Trailer Payload Calculation

When it comes to towing custom kitchen trailers, safety comes first. In order to ensure the safest towing conditions, it is important to understand what payload is and how to calculate the maximum payload for your kitchen trailer.

What is payload?

Most people don’t ever think about payload but should. What exactly is a payload and why is it important? A payload is simply a weight rating – the maximum weight that a person and any passengers plus the freight should never exceed. Knowing how much payload your vehicle and custom kitchen trailer can handle is important for your personal safety and the integrity of the vehicle.  Overloading a vehicle can put a large strain on the working parts of your kitchen trailer, putting your safety and the safety of others at risk. There is also a risk in damaging your vehicle and trailer if the payload maximum is exceeded.

Gross Vehicle Weight and Curb Weight

The payload weight uses curb weight and the gross vehicle weight rating to calculate the maximum weight allowed. The curb weight includes the standard equipment and vehicle weight, the full fresh water tank, the full fuel tank, full propane container weight, and the remaining equipment fluids weight. It is the actual weight of the vehicle, all standard equipment but not personal cargo or any people. It is important to include your weight and passengers when figuring payload because curb weight does not include that additional weight. The gross vehicle weight rating is the maximum number or weight that a gross vehicle weight or gross trailer weight should never go over. To calculate the payload you must subtract the curb weight plus the passenger from the gross vehicle weight rating. The number you get is the payload of your vehicle or custom kitchen trailer.

Payload Too Small?

What happens if my payload maximum is too small? Overloading a vehicle can be a serious and dangerous situation that can put you and others at risk. If an officer pulls you over and determines your vehicle or trailer is overloaded, you may be given a safety violation. If your kitchen trailer is too small for your needs, consider upgrading to a custom kitchen trailer from Custom Trailers USA. Custom Trailers USA specializes in kitchen trailers of all shapes and sizes. All employees are continually trained and will help you find the perfect trailer for you that fulfills your towing requirements. Custom Trailers USA offers high quality, efficient, stylish, and affordable custom kitchen trailers that give you the value and quality you deserve.

It is important to know the basics before towing your kitchen trailer. Knowing how to calculate the payload of your trailer, as well as knowing the payload capacity of your towing vehicle, will allow you to safely transport your belongings. Remember that from a payload perspective, weight is weight, regardless if it is from your cargo or from you and your passengers. If you would like to learn more about how you can design your own custom kitchen trailer, or if you have a question about calculating your trailer’s payload, please call, click, or visit Custom Trailers USA.

Be Seen And Heard With A Portable Stage Trailer And Custom Sound System

By: admin admin | July 16, 2012 | Comments Off on Be Seen And Heard With A Portable Stage Trailer And Custom Sound System

Do you wish you could be seen and heard by audiences all across the U.S.? Don’t limit yourself to traditional marketing plans and brick and mortar buildings. With a portable stage trailer, you can take your show on the road while promoting yourself at the same time! While a safe, solid stage is essential to a successful performance, colorful graphics and dazzling lights can add all sorts of visual appeal to your show. But remember. . .you must also sound as good as you look! A quality sound system is key to receiving rave reviews from fans everywhere you roam.

What Is A Portable Stage Trailer?

At Custom Trailers USA, stage trailers are one of our specialties and one of our leading acts! Thanks to our craftsman builders you can be sure your portable stage will not only look great (bring on the high-definition graphics and laser light shows!) and sound great (get ready to crank up your hot new sound system!) but will also function properly and hold up over the long haul. And, because we strive to gain a thorough understanding of your mobile requirements, your stage trailer will be custom-designed to perfectly match your every need.

Whether you want to put on a play or use your new stage to introduce your latest product, you’ll be able to pack up everything you need and move from one location to the next with ease. Stage trailers take you to audiences everywhere! And while you’re on your way, your stage trailer will act as a mobile billboard to capture attention and help you sell more tickets upon arrival!

What Types of Businesses Benefit From A Portable Stage Trailer?

If your organization, business, product, service, or performance group needs an audience, then you need a stage from which you can be seen and heard. It’s easy to visualize a band or dance troupe before a crowd; however, every type of business should be in front of its target market getting the face-to-face exposure it needs to grow, seize market share, and gain that competitive edge.

If you want to take a new product to market, what better place to do it than live before a throng of captivated consumers? Draw them in with your snazzy, larger-than-life mobile marketing graphics. Then heighten their senses with your state-of-the-art sound system, multi-media center, and high definition TV’s.

Think about it. What type of business wouldn’t benefit from a portable stage trailer? Not many! Auctioneers need stages, exhibit companies need stages, performance and theater groups need stages, bands need stages. Custom Trailers USA even built a stage trailer to hold and operate a flight simulator for the U.S. Air Force! The main part of the trailer was designed to house the flight simulator so U.S. citizens can experience what it’s like to fly a military aircraft.

Hmmmmm. Bet your wheels are turning and you’ve begun to imagine the many ways you can use a stage trailer to increase sales and success. Keep dreaming.  .  .lights, lasers, amps, sound systems, mixers, speakers, special effects. . .

What Are Some Of The Features I Can Add To My Custom Stage Trailer?

Where were we? Oh yes. . .lights, lasers, amps, sound systems, mixers, speakers, special effects. . .When it comes to customizing your stage trailer, you can dream as big as your budget will allow.  Whether you start small or reach for the stars, your portable stage trailer will feature exactly what you need because the experts at Custom Trailers USA will design it that way for you.

Here’s a sample wish list.

  • Larger-Than-Life Graphics
  • Flat Screen TV’s
  • Spotlights
  • Lasers
  • Special Effects
  • Multi-Media Centers
  • The Latest Sound Systems
  • Amplifiers
  • Mixers
  • Speakers
  • Equipment Racks
  • Fold-Out Stage Platforms

 

Don’t stop there. The sky’s the limit with:

  • Backstage Lounges
  • Dressing Rooms
  • Reception Areas
  • Kitchens
  • Cafes
  • Restrooms
  • And More!

 

Image Isn’t Everything!

Really? Well. . .when it comes to sales and marketing, most of the time image really is everything! And, again, let’s not forget, you must also sound as good as you look — because, after all, sound helps build image, too!

Whether you’re trying to share music or a marketing message, you must be heard loudly and clearly — all the way to the person in the very last row! Custom Trailers USA can install a custom sound system designed to ensure your message is communicated unmistakably so it leaves a lasting, memorable impression not only to the end of the crowd and the end of the night but long after the show’s over and the crowd’s gone home.

Dude, Where’s My Sound System?

If you’re in a band, you definitely need a sound system that will make your music sound the best it can while you’re on tour. Custom Trailers USA can install your favorite speakers, amps, mixers, and equipment racks in your custom designed stage trailer. We’ll help you get just the right sound with just the right sound system so you can personally deliver your music to your zealous fans!

All The World’s Indeed Ready For A Stage!

No matter what type of business you own or operate, consider investing in a portable stage trailer! Be seen — and be heard — with custom features like a state-of-the-art sound system! Contact Custom Trailers USA and find out how you can get going on the road to fame and fortune, stardom and success today!

Concession Trailer: The Importance of Tongue Weight

By: admin admin | July 10, 2012 | Comments Off on Concession Trailer: The Importance of Tongue Weight

There are many things for you to consider when it comes to safely hitching up your custom concession trailer to your tow vehicle. One of the most basic yet essential factors for you to consider is the tongue weight of your trailer. Hauling a concession trailer with a tongue weight that is too high or too low can cause dangerous driving conditions not only for the driver and passengers of the hauling vehicle, but for other drivers out on the roads as well. So, as a responsible trailer-owner it is important that you are well-informed about how to calculate the tongue weight of your custom concession trailer every time you hit the road.

What Is It?

The thought of calculating your trailer’s tongue weight might be intimidating, but it is actually quite easy once you understand the basics. Simply put, the tongue weight of your trailer is the downward force that your trailer exerts on the hitch of your towing vehicle. It is logical then, that too much or too little weight can have disastrous effects on your driving.  If the tongue weight of your trailer is too light, your trailer can sway dangerously back and forth across the road as you drive, creating a safety hazard for both yourself and other drivers. But if the tongue weight is too heavy, it can greatly impede the steering capabilities of your towing vehicle. The key to preventing these situations is to carefully check that the tongue weight of your trailer is within safe margins each time you venture out.

What Should My Tongue Weight Be?

The tongue weight for the hitch in your towing vehicle remains constant, but the tongue weight for your custom concession trailer will change depending on your cargo. In general, most trailer experts will tell you to keep the tongue weight of your trailer somewhere between 9 and 15 percent of the gross trailer weight (the total weight of the trailer itself). That means that if the gross trailer weight of your concession trailer is 3000 lb., then you should keep the tongue weight between 270 lb. and 450 lb. in order ensure your safe journey. Of course, you might not know the gross weight of your trailer off the top of your head, but thankfully this can be easily remedied with a trip to the local public scales.  Generally, there is only a small fee to use the scales, and knowing your gross trailer weight is absolutely essential to calculating proper margins for the tongue weight. Still, after you know your gross weight and have calculated the margins for a safe tongue weight, how in the world do you measure the actual tongue weight?

Measuring Tongue Weight

Actually, if you own a smaller concession trailer, it’s quite easy to find the tongue weight; all you need is your bathroom scale and something to set it on.  In order to measure the tongue weight correctly, first you must prop the bathroom scale up at the same exact height of the hitch of the towing vehicle. Then, simply rest the tongue of the trailer on the scale; the weight shown on the scale is the tongue weight without a fuss or complicated calculations. If you need to adjust the tongue weight, you can do so by shifting your cargo towards the front or back of the trailer until you have achieved a proper tongue weight.

Now if you have a larger trailer that won’t register on a bathroom scale, it gets a bit more complicated. Of course, there are scales made specifically for concession trailers; purchasing one of these might be a good investment for you to make, especially if you use your trailer frequently. Still, if you don’t want to purchase a special trailer scale, you can rig your own rough version of the scale with a two-by-four, two pipes, a brick, and your bathroom scale. Place the scale and the brick on the ground, each with one of the pipes lying across the top; the pipes should be exactly 3 feet away from each other. Next, lay the two-by-four across the pipes (it should be 5 to 6 ft. in length). Place the trailer tongue on the two-by-four exactly one foot away from the pipe on the brick and two feet away from the pipe on the scale. Measure the weight and then multiply by three to get your actual tongue weight. Again, it is a bit of a complicated method, and it might just be worth your time and effort to simply purchase a tongue weight scale for your trailer. Once you’ve measured your tongue weight and readjusted your cargo, you’re ready to hit the open road.

Safety First

As you can see, measuring tongue weight is a very important responsibility of any trailer-owner. Not only does it keep the driver and passengers safe, but it protects other travelers on the road as well from an out of control trailer. If you feel uncomfortable or unable to accurately measure your tongue weight for your trailer, it might be best if you allow a professional trailer dealer like Custom Trailers USA to assist you. Leaving it up to the experts will give you peace of mind about your trailer and coming trip. Either way, it is your job to take responsibility for your custom concession trailer when you take it out on the open road.

Custom Concession Trailers: Gross Weight

By: admin admin | July 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Custom Concession Trailers: Gross Weight

Imagine driving through the local city streets, your new custom concession trailer peeking into the rearview mirror, when all of a sudden it begins to sway dangerously from side to side. Panic rises in your stomach as you realize you are slowly losing control of your trailer. This terrifying situation could have been avoided by becoming aware of one simple number: your trailer’s gross weight (GTW). Learning your trailer’s gross weight is a critical calculation to ensure the safety of your concession trailer. Incorrect GTW can mean incorrect trailer tongue weight, and two situations can occur. Either the concession trailer can experience a condition known as trailer sway, meaning the tongue weight is too light and the trailer can begin to shift side to side uncontrollably or if the tongue weight is too heavy the towing vehicle can become difficult to steer. Because of these risks to your trailer it is important to know your correct GTW and tongue weight prior to towing.  While finding the GTW may seem intimidating at first it is very possible to calculate your concession trailer’s weight with one quick trip.

What is the Gross Weight of a Trailer?

A vehicle’s gross weight is quite simply the weight of the entire vehicle, including passengers, contents and all fluids. This means understanding the original weight of the vehicle, knowing an approximate weight of both those riding in the vehicle and the items being transported, and also taking into account fluids such as gas and oil that the vehicle contains. When working with a custom concession trailer, the rules are the same; the gross weight will be the weight of the trailer and all the meat, veggies and accoutrements inside it. This is known as the GTW which refers more specifically to your trailer instead of your towing vehicle.

Measuring Gross Weight

Learning to find your custom trailer’s gross weight can be a quick process. If you do not know your trailer’s gross weight then a trip to the local public scales can be very beneficial as understanding this number can be helpful in both current and future travels. Public scales are located in many communities and can make finding your GTW much simpler without a high cost. Facilities such as these can often be located by using either an internet search engine or by dusting off and flipping through a local phone book. These scales will be able to give an accurate reading of your fully-loaded custom concession trailer’s gross weight.

In order to use these scales the concession trailer will need to be disconnected from the towing vehicle and the vehicle should be pulled forward and not be in contact with the scale. This allows the scale to read only the weight of the trailer without interference from the towing vehicle. However, you will want to make sure that the entire trailer is on the scale. If a wheel or the tongue is touching the ground instead of the scale then the reading will not be accurate and the resulting calculations made with the gross weight will be incorrect.

Factors to Consider

When calculating your GTW, there are many factors to consider such as the amount of fuel stored in the custom trailer and the weight that can be added to the trailer without endangering both the trailer and towing vehicles. Knowing a correct GTW can save you from hassle and repairs in the future, so being aware of the correct number of pounds you are towing is one of the most important parts of transporting your custom concession trailer. If you are unsure or have questions about your GTW it is important to contact a professional. Custom Trailers USA has experts that can help you find the answer to any GTW problem. With seventeen years in the business we know how to keep your custom concession trailer safe through even the most stressful towing experiences.

The Next Step

Once the GTW is correctly determined it can lead you toward the calculating of other critical numbers, one of which is the custom trailer’s tongue weight. The GTW is important in finding your trailer’s tongue weight because this is how you will determine an acceptable tongue weight and avoid trailer sway or difficulty steering. The generally accepted tongue weight is nine to eleven percent of the GTW. This calculation can give you a very exact number to shoot for when trying to balance the concession trailer with the towing vehicle. If your trailer weighs one thousand pounds, for example, the acceptable range of tongue weight is anywhere from ninety to one hundred and fifty pounds. Knowing the safest tongue weights will allow you to adjust the weight stored in your car and trailer to keep the custom concession trailer protected.

Being aware of your GTW is only the first step in owning and towing your custom concession trailer. It is just one of the basics you will need to learn before ever hitching your trailer to your towing vehicle and heading down the road. While learning these basics may seem frustrating at times, it is important to remember that knowing your trailer will allow it to serve you well. From learning the pre-towing calculations all the way to the smells wafting from your concession trailer, Custom Trailers USA can help as you learn the responsibilities ahead.

Trailer Parts

By: admin admin | June 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Trailer Parts

Before you hook up your trailer to tow your merchandise it’s vitally important that you understand each and every component of your trailer vehicle. The following few paragraphs will give you the information necessary to do so. So without further ado let’s get to the components.

Types of Hitches

The component that connects the towing vehicle to the towed vehicle, or trailer, is called the hitch. There are many different types of hitches but the most common two types are a fixed tongue hitch and a receiver style hitch. A fixed tongue hitch includes a flat non-removable drawbar, while a receiver style hitch has a receptacle (typically 1-1/4″ or 2″) for inserting special ball mounts or bike racks. The trailer tongue is that part of the trailer that extends forward from the trailer box and includes the coupler.

Coupler

The coupler is the forward-most part of the trailer tongue. The coupler attaches to and secures to the tow vehicle hitch ball.

Ball Hitch

Ball hitches are usually made of chrome or another hard metal. They attach directly onto the back of a vehicle or onto a tongue. They take up minimal space to begin with, but if you want them to take up even less space, you can use a foldable ball hitch that folds beneath the towing vehicle when not in use.

The ball hitch can’t handle as much weight as some other hitches. They aren’t made to haul heavy loads. They are primarily made for boat trailers and other small trailers. When selecting a ball hitch, make sure that the hitch you buy will fit the vehicle you are attaching it to. Another thing to keep in mind is that the hitch must be properly installed. If not, you could find that your payload swings too much, or you could lose your load all together.

Most trucks come with a ball hitch installed. If you’re buying a truck, and you know that you will be towing you may want to consider buying a truck that comes with a pre-installed hitch. If the truck you want to buy doesn’t have one ask the dealer to install one before you buy it.

While ball hitches are not for everyone, they are good enough for most of the everyday towing needs most people will run into. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, can be installed on any type of vehicle and they are extremely easy to use.

Just remember to take the required safety precautions when installing your ball hitch. Choose the one that best suits your needs, and don’t buy the least expensive hitch on the market. You will likely use the hitch you purchase for years to come so a quality hitch is worth its weight in gold.

Be Prepared!

No matter what sort of towing hardware you choose it is probably a good idea to keep spare parts with you at all times. Better not to get caught on the side of the road! Consider carrying a replacement tongue, bolts, a spare hitch ball, and a toolbox with you whenever you tow your trailer.

Towing anything behind your vehicle is a big responsibility. Properly equipping your towing vehicle and your trailer is an important first step.