Stress #2: Side Load Stress
Sideload stress on a trailer can happen in a few ways. When sideloading a trailer, the operator might misjudge the height of their load and/or the trailer deck height and slam into the side rail with either their forks or the load itself. This is no bueno. It can put incredible stress on the axle, or the plates on either side of the wheels.
Simply turning a corner can also create lateral forces on a trailer, especially if it’s loaded. Tight turns that force the trailer to rub against protective barriers can cause extreme and sudden side forces, too. Strategic design planning can mitigate these forces by adding features such as axle supports and steel plates added to cross members. Proper running gear also plays a crucial role in reducing side forces. Thankfully, Hamilton trailers feature quality running gear, with premium tapered or precision ball bearings and integral kingpins.