FAQ -frequently asked questions!!
Why aluminum frame over steel frame?
Strength, durability, anti-corrosion, and light weight with custom extrusions & design makes aluminum framed trailers a better choice than ones with steel frames. Benefits are that your trailer will last much longer, be worth much more down the road, very low maintenance, no painting and/or sand blasting needed, and save on gas on every mile.
What is the color breakdown for the colored wires on my trailer?
No Brakes: Yellow=left turn, Green=right turn, Brown=running lights, White=ground
Surge Brakes: Yellow=left turn, Green=right turn, Brown=running lights, White=ground, Blue/Gray=free backing valve (goes to vehicle reverse lights) Normally the center pole of a 7-round plug is for the free backing valve.
Yellow=left turn, Green=right turn, Brown=running lights, White=ground, Red=electric brakes, Black=breakaway battery hot wire, Blue=free-backing valve & lights
What pressure (P.S.I.) should I inflate my tires on my trailer?
All trailer tires should be inflated to the maximum tire pressure listed on the side walls of the tire. This is also the level at which you will have full use of the maximum load rating of that tire. The max. pressure on most trailer tires can range from 50-90 PSI.
What if I paint or treat my plywood deck does this void the warranty?
No, but it is not needed. You already have a fully treated (all layers of the plywood) marine grade plywood deck. You might find a little UV fading after a few years but your integrity, strength and protection is still there in the plywood. Also, putting on some treatments or paint can make the deck very slippery when wet or icy!!
How often should I grease my axle?
The axle companies that we work with suggest lubrication at least once every 1000 miles or 3 months of use. Several factors like temperature, loads, and speeds while hauling are all variables in grease use. Inspection of grease condition and/or lack of grease is usually a good idea before and after long trips.
What should be my tongue weight on my trailer?
Most trailers are made to have about 7-10% of the gross weight on the tongue of the trailer. This gross includes the weight of your trailer and the weight of everything that you place on the trailer (include gas, gear and other weight). If you are carrying two cycles on a MCTD trailer you could have a gross total of 2500 pounds. So, your tongue weight should be about 175-250 pounds.
Why should I go with tire upgrades?
There are a number of reasons to go with upgrade tires. Besides a sort of "peace of mind" with a bigger tire. Some upgrades offer radial tires and aluminum rim upgrades as added features. Additional carrying capacity is not available with an upgrade. Carrying capacity is the combination of frame strength, axle load capacity, and tire capacity. Just by adding bigger tires does not give you more because you need to increase all three factors.
What's the difference between a MP8 with rear storage ramp and a MP8 with fold down ramps?
The trailer deck (or platform) is the same trailer, equipping the trailers with either ramp style is the difference. The two ramp styles you can choose from have different added weight characteristics so the trailers specifications will vary slightly. It's your choice which ramp style you would like to use.
What are my brake options for MP12 & MP16 trailers?
You have the choice of either electric drum brakes or surge disc brakes on one or both axles. Please refer to your local and state laws for trailer brakes, some states/provinces do require all axles to have brakes!