Cape Town Trailer Hire
As South Africa’s second largest city, Cape Town offers a wide range of trailer hire options. Whether you’re looking to rent a trailer for a day or multiple days to travel long distances, Cape Town has a trailer hire option to suit your needs.
Cape Town trailer hire prices vary depending on the location of the trailer hire depot and the size of trailer you’re after. Remember to always size up if you’re in between sizes.
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Popular Areas in Cape Town
Below are some of the most popular areas for trailer hire in and around Cape Town. Learn more about hiring a trailer in these areas.
Sizes of Trailers to Hire in Cape Town
There is a wide range of trailers to choose from. Below we outline the most common types of trailers available to hire in Cape Town.
Mini Load Trailer
These trailers are ideal for carrying small loads around Cape Town. They measure 1.8m x 1.2m x 0.8m and have a GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) of 350kg.
1/2 Ton Trailer
These trailers are used for transporting smallish loads. They typically measure 2m x 1.2m and x 1.2m and carry a GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) of 500kg.
3/4 Ton Trailer
These trailers are used for small to medium size loads. It’s ideal for transporting a bed or a sofa. They usually come in a size 2.5m x 1.5m x 1.2m which carries a GVM of 500kg.
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. A car with a larger engine is better suited to towing this type of trailer.
2 Ton Trailer
If you’re moving the contents of a flat or house this trailer is the ideal size. They measure around 4m x 1.8m x 1.2m and carry a GVM of 2,000kg.
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.
This type of trailer makes transporting beds and mattresses an absolute breeze. Flatbed trailers typically 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.
Used 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.
Used for transporting livestock such as cattle or sheep these trailers typically measure 3m x 1.5m x 1.8m and come with a GVM of 2000kg.
These trailers are used for transporting heavy waste like rubble or garden refuse. They measure 3m x 1.5m x 0.2m and come with a GMV of 1,500kg.
Used for small loads these trailers are fully enclosed. A very useful feature if travelling in wet conditions around Cape Town. They are 6 foot long (1.8m) and have a GVM of 750kg.
Closed 1/2 Ton Trailer
The same as the 1/2 Ton Open Trailer except this trailer is fully covered. It measures around 2m x 1.2m and x 1.2m and has a GVM of 500kg.
Closed 3/4 Ton Trailer
The same as the 3/4 Ton Open Trailer except this trailer 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
The same as the 1 Ton Open Trailer except this trailer is covered. It measures 3m x 1.5m x 1.8m and has a GVM of 750kg.
Horse Box Trailer
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 next to each other.
What to Look for When Hiring a Trailer in Cape Town
There are a number of keys functional aspects of a trailer which must be in full working order before using it. Below are the 5 most important features to pay attention to.
Conduct a thorough inspection of the tyres. Look for cracks, cuts and plugged holes. Because trailers bear heavy loads, these types of imperfections can very quickly become a problem and pose a risk to your safety.
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 it is safe to drive.
Make sure all the lights are working. This is a very important check to do before leaving with the trailer. A trailer with broken lights is an accident waiting to happen.
This is obviously a very important part of the trailer – it’s where all of your stuff will be stored. Be sure to inspect the floor of the trailer to look out for any signs of rust or any holes.
Make sure the trailer door is in proper working order. It should open and close with ease and you should be able to lock it with a latch or key. A trailer door that does not close or lock properly can be a huge hazard to cars behind you when on the road. So make sure everything is in order before leaving the trailer rental depot.