What Makes ACTIV Trailers Different?

Updated: Jul 18

ACTIV Trailers work with a range of European Trailer manufacturers to provide trailers to suit the demanding needs of New Zealand roads and conditions for Commercial, Domestic, Farming, and Recreational needs.

With 25 years of experience dealing with trailers, it’s safe to assume that we know a lot about them! It took 18 months of studying trailer suppliers around the world before we selected Europe, for being streets ahead in design and innovation.

In Europe we discovered the finest quality trailer range available - lightweight, well built with numerous features, and extremely suitable for NZ roads and conditions.

ACTIV Trailers offer multiple features and benefits:

1. Drawbar

ACTIV trailers have a tapered drawbar: This puts strength where it is needed and there is no excess weight. It is safer and stronger and has flex, so it won't crack.

2. Suspension

ACTIV trailers have rubber independent suspension - and this is a big feature! Where springs will rattle loudly, wear out, rust, and provide unnecessary bumps and bouncing, the rubber independent suspension absorbs the bounce, and provides a maintenance free, non-wearing, no rattle, smooth ride. It is a smart choice to buy if quality and safety is important to you.

3. Decking

ACTIV trailers use European hardwood, non-slip decking on our garden trailers.

The advantage of European hardwood above a pine ply deck is it's a lot stronger and less likely to splinter and tear up when using a shovel to clear dirt or gravel off it.

The advantage of the flat surfaced European hardwood above a galvanised deck is the corrugations in the steel make it harder to scrape clean, and you can scrape the galvanising off it, and it becomes rusty.

4. Clamped tailgates | Tipping pivots

ACTIV trailers have clamped tailgates and tipping pivots instead of latches. Although latches are cheaper, in our experience we have found latches will flog out and wear, while clamps hold everything nice and tight so there is no movement and wearing. Also, it is a lot quieter while travelling, and if nothing is rattling, nothing will wear out - it is the constant rubbing while travelling that creates wear points.

5. Steel type

European Structural Steel is used. This is of a much higher standard than most steel used in New Zealand to build trailers.

6. Well balanced

ACTIV trailers are very well balanced for moving by hand and very sleek and smooth on the road - a modern unbraked car trailer made of the best possible materials.

7. Wheel bearings

Double ball race wheel bearings are used on ACTIV trailers - these are the new generation wheel bearings - tested, tried, and proven for many years now.

Other trailer companies still use the old Taper roller bearing. These are slightly cheaper to start with, however water can get into them and creates rust spots… then you drive off and the rust spots turn into rust grinding paste and spreads the rust. This also wears the bearings out and you must replace them otherwise your wheel will eventually fall off causing potential danger!

8. Bolted chassis

Bolted construction of a trailer simplifies elements replacement. We all know that the cheap bolted together trailer has a bad name - this is because it was done cheaply with no regard to quality. However, if this is done correctly it is much stronger and just remember your car is bolted together.

9. Coupler

ACTIV trailers have a quick latching auto reset coupler - by pulling the trigger it releases the catch that holds the clamp that secures the tow ball of the car to the trailer. This is done in a very simple one-stroke gun-like motion and there is no extra bolt catch or padlock to double-check before ensuring the coupler is attached correctly to the tow ball. There is also a dial that visually tells you that it is connected correctly.

ACTIV Trailers provide quality European trailers that are lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, but sturdy and perfect for NZ - on and off the road!

ACTIV Trailers will continue to provide the trailers and expertise that our clients need to operate efficiently and effectively.

We LOVE talking about trailers, so if there is anything you want to know about the ACTIV trailer range - please ask.

If we don’t have the answer, we will find out! Leave the questions with us and take the most trusted trailer with you on your journey.

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