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Trailer Buying Guide

Keen to buy a trailer but don’t know where to start? We got you covered. Our simple guide will cover key information you need to make your new trailer purchase Easy As.

 

Step by step guide

Step 1: Picking the right trailer for you

When thinking of a trailer, most people typically imagine a standard low-side trailer. You can transport a wide range of items with these, green waste, construction debris, small to medium size furniture, you name it. Generally speaking, a single axle trailer is just fine for domestic use.

Jobmate Cruiser
Most popular

Our most cost-effective option that doesn't compromise on quality.

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(SKU 203476)

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Jobmate Hauler
Ease of use

With tipping capability these guarantee ease of use.

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(SKU 203477)

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Jobmate Charger
Highest capacity

With the highest loading capacity in our range this one's tough enough to handle your heavy domestic projects.

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(SKU 242123)

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Size
7x4 FT (2100x1280MM)
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
850kg
Max Load
625kg
Max Load (with cage)
575kg
Tare Weight
225kg
Tipping Trailer
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Size
7x4 FT (2100x1280MM)
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
1000kg
Max Load
765kg
Max Load (with cage)
715kg
Tare Weight
235kg
Tipping Trailer
Size
8x4 FT (2100x1280MM)
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
1200kg
Max Load
959kg
Max Load (with cage)
909kg
Tare Weight
241kg
Tipping Trailer
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Jobmate Cruiser
Most popular

Our most cost-effective option that doesn't compromise on quality

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(SKU 203476)

Find out more
Size
7x4 FT (2100x1280MM)
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
850kg
Max Load
625kg
Max Load (with cage)
575kg
Tare Weight
225kg
Tipping Trailer
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Jobmate Hauler
Ease of use

With tipping capability these guarantee ease of use.

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(SKU 203477)

Find out more
Size
7x4 FT (2100x1280MM)
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
1000kg
Max Load
765kg
Max Load (with cage)
715kg
Tare Weight
235kg
Tipping Trailer
Jobmate Charger
Highest capacity

With the highest loading capacity in our range this one's tough enough to handle your heavy domestic projects.

...

(SKU 242123)

Find out more
Size
8x4 FT (2100x1280MM)
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
1200kg
Max Load
959kg
Max Load (with cage)
909kg
Tare Weight
241kg
Tipping Trailer
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Explore the range

In addition to matching up a trailer to the job at hand, there are also a few other things to consider to choose the best option. These include:

  1. Figuring out how much your vehicle can tow
    Check your vehicle's handbook for the following:
    1. The maximum weight of laden trailer, without brakes, that can be towed by the motor vehicle.
    2. The maximum weight of laden trailer, with brakes, that can be towed by the motor vehicle.
  2. Your budget
    If you’re on a tight budget, our range of trailers offers budget friendly solutions that doesn’t compromise on quality.
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Step 2: Preparing your trailer for the road

Now that you’ve chosen your trailer it’s time to get it road ready.

  1. Assembly
    Our Jobmate trailers are fully assembled for use prior to sale. Occasionally you may have to wait a short time for assembly to occur, speak to our team in your local store to confirm this.
  2. Sorting out Warrant of Fitness (WOF) & registration
    Our trailers do not come with number plates, registration, or a WoF. You will need to arrange this yourself and it will be an extra expense. Our store team members will be able to provide guidance on the necessary steps required to get your trailer road ready on purchase. This will involve going to a New Zealand Transport Registration Agent to register and obtain number plates then taking the trailer to a WoF Agent. Mitre 10 is happy to watch over your new trailer while you go off to arrange your registration and will help you attach the number plates. It is recommended to allow at least 2 hours from time of purchase to sort it all out. Wait times will vary at agents depending on day, time, and region. Some regions may also not have agents open on weekends. Mitre 10’s warranty ensures that our trailers will pass a WOF in new condition. This will cost approx. $180 depending on where you go.
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Cost of WoF

The WoF will cost approx. $180 depending on where you go.

  1. Top accessories for your trailer Woohoo! We’re almost there, to create a safe, hassle-free towing experience we recommend the following accessories which we have available for sale.

Trailer Cage

Caged trailers are perfect for bulky items like beds, furniture etc. Make sure to check that their weight doesn't exceed trailer load capacity.

Cage Cover

To help keep your load protected from the elements.

Spare Wheel

Don’t get caught off guard when the unexpected happens.

Trailer Ramp

Make loading and unloading the trailer a breeze with a trailer ramp.

Tow Ball and Cover

Our tow balls come in a range of sizes to suit your towing needs.

Trailer connectors plug and socket

Used to supply electrical connections between a towing vehicle and a trailer to perform functions such as lighting and braking.

Registration holder

The sticker holder makes it easier and convenient to manage your registration sticker keeping it in a safe and secure place.

Tarpaulin

Keep your load protected from the elements.

Jockey Wheel

When your trailer is unhitched, the jockey wheel keeps it level, steady, and provides necessary stability while loading.

Tie downs

We stock a range of tie-downs to secure your cargo.

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Caged trailers are perfect for bulky items like beds, furniture etc. Make sure to check that their weight doesn't exceed trailer load capacity.

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To help keep your load protected from the elements.

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Don’t get caught off guard when the unexpected happens.

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Make loading and unloading the trailer a breeze with a trailer ramp.

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Our tow balls come in a range of sizes to suit your towing needs.

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Used to supply electrical connections between a towing vehicle and a trailer to perform functions such as lighting and braking.

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The sticker holder makes it easier and convenient to manage your registration sticker keeping it in a safe and secure place.

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Keep your load protected from the elements.

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When your trailer is unhitched, the jockey wheel keeps it level, steady, and provides necessary stability while loading.

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We stock a range of tie-downs to secure your cargo.

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Step 3: Post purchase care

  1. Warranty info
    All Jobmate trailers come with a 1-year domestic warranty from date of sale.
  2. WoF frequency
    When you get your trailer its first Warrant of Fitness, it will be issued for three years. Subsequent WoF’s will be required every year.
  3. Servicing your trailer
    It is recommended to check your bearings every year and this can be done when obtaining a WOF. Bearings, depending on the type of usage, may need replacing more frequently. We recommend that this be done by a professional mechanic.
  4. Trailer maintainance
    Trailer surfaces are galvanised and certain abrasive materials can cause wear and tear to the coating. Deep scratches may expose the bare metal, and if this happens, we recommend using a galvanised spray paint to touch up the scratches and prevent rust.
  5. Spare parts
    Mitre10 has a comprehensive Spare Parts Programme that backs up the Jobmate trailers in the event of missing or damaged parts found during the assembly process.
Parts Charger (SKU - 242123) Cruiser (SKU - 203476) Hauler (SKU - 203477)
Axels
Axels Bolts Fish Plates
Leaf Springs/Bolts
Latches
Wheel Guards
Triangle/Tie Down Plates
Bearings
Light Holders
Lenses
Number Plate Holders
Wiring Looms
Draw Bar/Coupler
Gates/Slidesr *

* Gates Only

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