There are many types of trailers that can be classified as agricultural trailers. Most often, agricultural trailers are exempt from the registration requirements that most vehicles and other types of trailers must adhere to – if they are used only for agricultural jobs. Though they do not need to go through the safety measures that are part of the registration process, all equipment should function properly and be in good condition.
What is an agricultural trailer?
To be classified as an agricultural trailer, it must not have an engine and must only be towed by another vehicle. It must be:
- Used in an agricultural environment.
- Towed by a machine used in agriculture.
An agricultural trailer must be used exclusively for farming needs.
The maximum mass of an agricultural trailer
Owners of agricultural trailers need to be aware of the maximum trailer mass that is specified by the manufacturer of the towing vehicle. The maximum safe mass for an agricultural trailer should be the lowest of the mass limit for the tires, axles and suspension of the towing vehicle and trailer.
Agricultural trailer and brakes
When using an agricultural or farming trailer, you should keep in mind the limitations of the towing vehicle and the trailer. The stability and ability of vehicles for sufficient braking can be adversely affected by road conditions, loose gravel, hills and rough surfaces. Inappropriate speed can also cause adverse situations and safety concerns. Jackknifing can be avoided by stopping in a reasonable distance and only towing using a vehicle that has brakes that are working and in good condition.
Towing agricultural trailers
Towing an agricultural trailer is only as safe as its tow couplings. Safety chains are required for all hitch types to keep your trailer on the road in the case of an accidental detachment. The chains should be attached to the trailer and towing vehicle in such a way to hold the trailer if the coupling should fail.
Towing couplings – both on the trailer and the towing vehicle – should have a suitable rating for the trailer and must be clearly marked.
You need to be seen – visibility and agricultural trailers
When towing a large agricultural trailer, other drivers need to be sufficiently warned of the size of the trailer that is being pulled. There are often problems resulting in poor visibility of agricultural trailers while on the road. Make sure the trailer’s paint is adequate so it can be seen properly by other drivers. The size and shape of the trailer should be taken into consideration before traveling on roads not equipped for the size of your trailer.
Lights on agricultural trailers.
Check periodically to see that your trailer’s brake and signal lights are working properly. Reflectors should be installed on the front, rear and sides of the trailer.
Make sure your trailers and all of your farm and agricultural equipment are kept in good working condition. Your work will go more smoothly and you and your workers will stay accident-free. Regular maintenance will cut down on costly repairs and replacing your expensive machinery.
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