Find Tilt Trailers For Sale
Tilt trailers are a type of flatbed trailer that allow for safe and easy loading and unloading by tilting backward on a balancing point when weight is applied to the back end of the trailer. Tilt trailers are typically used to transport other low- to medium- duty vehicles or machines, such as skid steers, tractors, ATVs, and even cars. To load a tilt trailer, simply add weight to the back so that the bed tilts to the ground, then drive or roll the load onto the trailer. Once the cargo reaches or passes the balancing point, the forward weight will bring the back end of the trailer up, returning the bed to its flat position. Similarly, to unload a tilt trailer, simply begin backing up the load. When it reaches or passes the balancing point, the weight will cause the back of the trailer to begin lowering to the ground. Hydraulic cylinders help to slow and soften the motion of the tilt, preventing the trailer from dangerously crashing into the ground or flying back up once weight is removed.
New and used tilt trailers for sale on Equipment Trader are produced by manufacturers such as Aluma Trailers, B&B Trailers, Behnke, Big Tex Trailers, PJ Trailers, and Sure-Trac. Tilt trailers can come with basic hydraulics, which slow and cushion the tilt action but do not actively move the bed, or with power hydraulics, which are able to lift the bed back into its original position even if the cargo is not past the balancing point. It's worth keeping in mind that whichever form of hydraulics you have, the vehicle being loaded has to be able to brake and park -- or be held in place -- at the tilt's angle until the bed can be re-balanced, which is usually no longer than 60 seconds. If the vehicle being loaded cannot operate on its own, tilt trailers can be mounted with a mechanical winch and cable system, which can be used to pull loads onto the trailer bed.
Tilt trailers are a great transportation option, because they are simple machines that are easy to use. Tilt trailer are also safe, eliminating the need to pick up, carry around, and/or set up heavy ramps. It's also much harder to accurately drive a vehicle onto narrow wheel ramps, compared to tilt trailers that utilize the entire width of the trailer bed, making it easier and safer to get a car or piece of equipment onto the tilt trailer without falling off. When using a tilt trailer, be sure to load and unload your cargo on a level surface, helping to guarantee that the trailer does not dangerously shift during the process. Even on a level surface, ensure that other people and vehicles are a safe distance away when loading and unloading, and always lock the cargo into place once it has been driven onto the tilt trailer.