Trailer Hire Across South Africa

Trailer Hire Dynamics

Trailers take up a lot of space and this is why so few people own them. They’re also expensive to buy considering most people will only use a trailer a few times a year. It is for this reason that trailer hire in South Africa is so popular.

In fact, the search term “trailer hire near me” has grown by over 300% in the last 3 years and we don’t see this slowing down in the future. As people accumulate more possessions and move homes more often so the demand for renting a trailer will grow commensurately.

Reasons Why People Hire A Trailer

There are a plethora of reasons why people hire trailers instead of buying them. We’ve outlined the 5 most common reasons for trailer hire below.

Moving Homes

This is typically the most common reason. When moving from one home to another people usually have two choices. To either use a moving company like Stuttaford Van Lines or to hire a moving truck or trailer and do it themselves.

Moving companies tend to better suit families who are moving out of large houses with lots of furniture and beds. Trailer hire is far more cost effective and better small suits small and medium size moves and For many South African’s it is the most viable option.

packing boxes to move homes


If you’ve recently purchased a large item of furniture second hand the easiest and most affordable way to transport it is by trailer or bakkie. If it’s single bed or sofa then a bakkie will usually suffice. However, if it’s a double bed or larger, or a lounge suite then a large trailer for hire is the way to go.


A lot of small businesses that need to deliver larger items every once in a while will make use of a trailer hire service. Think nurseries, artisanal furniture makers, and artists.

Seasonal Travel

Every year may South African’s living in urban areas return to their rural homelands to visit family. This often entails bringing a lot of gifts back with them. Many of these gifts include large items like TV’s, washing machines, tables, chairs and sofa. The bus companies transporting these folks will often have to rent a trailer to accommodate the surplus of goods.

Film Crews

Trailers often get rented by film crews or production companies to transport surplus equipment or large props. This is usually equipment that they won’t be using for the entire making of the film/commercial and therefore just need a trailer for a few days or weeks at most.

Visiting Drop-Off Facilities

Many people need to take recyclables or garden waste to a dump or drop-off facility a few times a year. Ones car boot can only hold so much, and making several to the dump in one day can becoming annoying. Finding a trailer for hire in this instance is the perfect solution.

Sizes Of Trailer For Hire

Depending on your location there is broad scope of different size trailers for hire. Here we outline the 15 most common trailer hire sizes which fall either the open or closed trailer category

Open trailers

As the name suggests these trailers don’t have nay kind of canopy or covering. This makes loading and unloading very easy, but of course leaves the load exposed to the elements.

trailer hire medium

Mini Load Trailer

These trailers are ideal for carrying small loads. They measure 1.8m x 1.2m x 0.8m and have a GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) of 350kg. There are no minimum car size requirements for using this trailer.

1/2 Ton Trailer

These trailers are used for relatively small loads. They typically measure 2m x 1.2m and x 1.2m and carry a GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) of 500kg. You’ll need to have a car with a minimum engine size of 1.5l to use this trailer.

3/4 Ton Trailer

These trailers are used for small to medium size loads. They usually come in a size 2.5m x 1.5m x 1.2m which carries a GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) of 500kg. Cars with a minimum engine size of 1.5l are required to tow this trailer.

1 Ton Trailer

Trailer hire in this size is used for medium to large loads. It traditionally measures 3.5m x 1.8m x 1.2m and carries a GVM of 1,000kg, hence the name. Any car with an engine size of 1.5l or larger will be able to tow this trailer.

1 ton trailer

2 Ton Trailer

Trailers for hire in this size are used for transporting large loads. They measure around 4m x 1.8m x 1.2m and carry a GVM of 2,000kg. SUV’s and cars with larger engines will be better suites to towing a fully loaded trailer of this size.

Quad Trailer

Like the name suggest this trailer is used for transporting motorbikes and quad bikes. It typically measures 2.5m x 1.5m x 0.2m and has a GVM of 750kg. A car of any size will be suitable in towing this trailer.

Flatbed Trailers

These trailers have a completely flatbed allowing for large items like beds and mattresses to be seamlessly carted around. These usually come in three different sizes, namely, 3/4 Ton (3m x 2.2m), 1 Ton (3.5m x 2.2m) and 2 Ton (4m x 2.2m) and have a GVM of 750kg. Cars of any size can tow these trailers.

Car Trailers

As the name suggest these trailers are designed for towing cars. They come in both 1 and 2 ton varieties. The 1 ton trailer has a single axle and measures 4.5m x 2m x 0.2m. The 2 ton trailers have a double axle, measure 5m x 2m x 0.2m and usually come fitted with a winch. It is advised to use a large engine vehicle or SUV to tow a car trailer with a car on it.

car trailer

Livestock Trailer

Used to transport livestock such as cattle or sheep these trailers typically measure 3m x 1.5m x 1.8m and come with a GVM of 2000kg. Bakkies or SUV’s are best suited to towing these trailers.

Tipper Trailer

Used for transporting heavy waste such as construction rubble these trailers measure 3m x 1.5m x 0.2m and come with a GMV of 1,500kg. Large vehicles with a minimum engine size of 2l are advised to tow such a trailer.

Closed Trailers

These trailers are completely enclosed and are suited to accommodating lots of small items. Closed trailers are also used for transporting horses.


Luggage Trailer

These trailers are also used for small loads and are fully enclosed, which is a useful feature if travelling long distances in wet conditions. They are 6 foot long (1.8m) and have a GVM of 750kg. There are no minimum car size requirements for using this trailer.

Closed 1/2 Ton Trailer

This trailer is the same as the 1/2 Ton Open Trailer except it is fully covered. It measures around 2m x 1.2m and x 1.2m and has a GVM of 500kg. Cars over 1.5l in engine size are advised to tow this trailer.

Closed 3/4 Ton Trailer

This trailer is the same as the 3/4 Ton Open Trailer except it is fully covered. It measures around 2.4m x 1.5m x 1.4m and has a GVM of 750kg. Cars with a minimum engine size of 1.5l can tow this trailer.

Closed 1 Ton Trailer

This is the same as the 1 Ton Open Trailer except it comes with a covering. It measures 3m x 1.5m x 1.8m and has a GVM of 750kg. Larger, more powerful vehicles such as bakkies and SUV’s will be better suited to towing this trailer.

Horse Box Trailer

Specifically designed for transporting horses this trailer measures 3.4m x 1.5m x 2m and has a GMV of 2,500kg. These trailers can usually transport two horses standing side-by-side. Larger, more powerful such as 4X4’s will be better suited to towing this trailer.

horse box

Types Of Trailer Hire

Broadly speaking there are two different types of trailer hire. The most common type is when someone rents a trailer for a few hours in their local town or city. In this instance they be moving homes or dropping waste off at a dump.

The other type is one way trailer hire, where a person rents a trailer in one place and drops it off in another. The most common reason for this may be a long distance delivery or where people are moving homes from one province to another. The most popular one way trailer hire route is between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

What Influences The Price Of Trailer Hire?

You’ll notice that the same size trailer can have quite a large rental price range. Let’s unpack this price range exists.


Trailers in larger cities will fetch higher rental prices than trailers in small towns. This is because the purchasing power of people living in larger cities tends to be greater than those living in towns. Moreover, demand for trailer rental in large cities is generally greater than demand in small towns.

Quality Of The Trailer

Not all trailers are created equal. Some trailers will have more contemporary designs and better paintwork, while other may be old, dented and damaged. The quality and overall state of the trailer will be reflected in its rental price.

Supply And Demand

The last aspect many people often forget to consider is the level of demand along with the total number of trailers available to rent in a given area. If no one is renting a trailer in your area, then naturally prices will be lower. The converse is then also true. If demand for trailer hire is high, the rentals costs will also be relatively high.

flat bed trailer hire

What To Look Out For When Hiring A Trailer

There are assortment of different components on a trailer and each one plays an important part in its functioning. These are the 5 most important features to pay attention to before hiring a trailer.


Carefully inspect the frame of the trailer for cracks and any signs of repairs. This will indicate the structural integrity of the trailer and whether or not it is safe to drive.


This is obviously a very important part of the trailer – it’s where all of your gear will go. Be sure to inspect the floor of the trailer to look out for any holes or signs of rust.


Conduct a thorough inspection of all the tyres. Look for cuts, cracks and repaired holes. Because trailers bear heavy loads, these types of imperfections can very quickly become dangerous when driving. You’ll want to mitigate such risks by doing a full check beforehand.


Make sure all the lights are working. This is a very important check to do before driving off with the trailer. A trailer with broken lights is an accident in waiting.


Make sure the trailer door is working properly. It should open and close seamlessly and you should be able to lock it with a key or latch. A trailer door that does not close or lock properly can be a real hazard to other cars on the road. So make sure everything is in order before leaving the trailer rental depot.

Trailer Hire Near Me

You can find a trailer for hire all over South Africa. From a small farming town to the major South African cities. The 6 most popular cities for hiring a trailer are the following.


How much does it cost to hire a trailer?

Trailer hire prices start at R200 per day and go up around R750 per day depending on the size of trailer you rent.

What do I need to hire a trailer?

A valid drivers licence, proof of residence, and a refundable deposit

What document can be used as proof of residence?

Any utility bill, bank statement, phone bill, or a TV licence statement

Are the trailers insured?

There is a damage waiver included in all prices. However, you will always only be liable for 15% of possible damages. This excludes theft.

What is the definition of a daily rental?

This is when you rent the trailer for up to 24 hours. Failure to return the trailer within 24 hours will usually result in an additional full day rate being charged to you.

How far can I drive the trailer?

As far as you like, as long as you don’t venture beyond South Africa’s borders

How do I know if my car can tow a trailer?

Always refer to your cars user manual which will stipulate the towing weight of your vehicle. You can refer to your vehicle’s license disk where you should look for a TARE value. Typically your vehicle should not tow more than it’s own weight.

What does GVM stand for?

This stands for Gross Vehicle Mass which is the legal allowed towing weight of the trailer including the load. If a trailer has a GVM of 1000kg this means the trailer and the load combined should not weigh more than 1000kg.

What is load capacity?

This is simply the difference between the GVM and the weight of the trailer. For example if the GVM of a trailer is 1000kg and the trailer weighs 500kg then your load capacity is 500kg.

What’s the best way to load a trailer?

When loading a trailer make sure that the load weight is spread evenly across the trailer. If you neglect to do this then the trailer will most likely start to sway and potentially even cause an accident.

Can I transport animals in a trailer

There are trailers specifically designed to carry animals such as a livestock trailer and a horse box trailer

Are trailers equipped to go off-road?

Yes, they are. However, you should always reduce your speed substantially when driving with a trailer off-road. Taking corners off-road while a towing trailer can result in the trailer sliding out and causing an accident.