Maybe you work for a governmental agency that’s doing construction work in a rural or isolated area. Perhaps you own a company in the fuel sector and need a small tank trailer to deliver fuel to customers. You might even run a small to medium sized corporate farm and need a way to store and transport fuel for your tractors, trucks or other harvesting equipment. In any case, you could benefit from learning more about how to deliver diesel in moderate volumes to hard-to-reach locations. The sections below should provide you with all the information that you could ever want to know about specialist diesel trailers, to make you more independent and to help you save money by delivering fuel yourself.
What are Diesel Trailers?
Specialist diesel trailers are made to be pulled behind small (often as small as one ton) vehicles, so that users need not invest in expensive and commercial tractor-trailer combinations in order to deliver fuel. Instead, they can haul as much diesel as they need behind a passenger pick-up truck or utility vehicle. This makes accessing remote, hilly, isolated or otherwise difficult locations much simpler. It also makes fuel transport much less expensive.
Using Diesel Trailers for Farming
Because farming has become much more mechanised over the past several decades, fuel consumption has increased dramatically. This is especially true in countries with burgeoning economies and technology infrastructures. Specialist diesel trailers make it much more efficient to transport the larger quantities of fuel now required to plough fields, harvest crops and water and fertilise plants. Instead of transporting a dozen or more five-gallon tanks in the back of a pick-up or flat-bed vehicle, modern farmers can simply fill up their specialist diesel trailers and haul the fuel home behind them which is safer and more efficient.
Features of a Diesel Trailer
Diesel trailers come in several shapes and sizes to accommodate the needs of a variety of users. The most common models offer a capacity of between 1,000 and 2,500 litres. This is enough fuel for most small to medium industrial, agricultural or construction requirements.
Many feature a circular (or tubular) shaped tank which is designed to evenly distribute the weight of the liquid and the stress incurred by the tank as the fuel surges back and forth during transport. Some tanks feature rounded ends, which are designed to allow the liquid to roll up and over the ends of the tank during starts and stops. This helps to minimise the amount of stress experienced by both the tank itself, as well as the vehicle towing the trailer.
Most specialist diesel trailers feature a 12V pump that can deliver up to 75 litres of fuel per minute.
Buyers considering a specialist diesel trailer should make sure to purchase a unit with the appropriate safety features. The trailer should be highway ready and of sturdy enough construction to meet any local laws regarding structural requirements for transporting combustible materials. Look for heavy-duty, tubular trailer frame construction (5×7 cm or better) and strategic welding. The trailer should feature a rear bumper in case of collision and a fuel baffle inside the tank to reduce fuel motion during transport.
By keeping such things in mind while shopping, users can find a specialist diesel trailer that will help them to save money on fuel transportation costs. Such a trailer also makes farmers and rural businesses less dependent on outside fuel deliverers. Choosing a trailer with appropriate safety features keeps costs low while minimising the chance of someone being injured during use, transportation or delivery of the fuel.
About the Author
Calvin Ford is a writer who understands the importance of safety and efficiency to farming, construction and other business industries. He recommends researching specialist diesel trailers if you want to reduce costs in your business while maintaining a high standard of safety.