Trailers Vs Roof-racks
Off-road trailers must be designed and built to withstand extended outback travel: Sand, mud, rocks, ridges, troughs and axle-cracking corrugations.
Trailers – their advantages over roof racks are:
• Easier to load and unload, especially heavy items such as full
• Payload is significantly higher than a roof rack.
• Trailers do not negatively effect the vehicle’s center of gravity.
• Extra equipment can be loaded onto the trailer lid which can also be used as a work surface.
• Packing and unpacking is often quicker than a vehicle.
• Built-in kitchens help take the chore out of camp cooking.
• Heavy items carried in the trailer can be left at ‘base’ while game driving and exploring.
Their disadvantages over roof racks are:
• More difficult to tow over loose and uneven surfaces.
• Experience is required when driving off-road and reversing.
• Trailers can be a severe hindrance in any terrain where traction
is a problem.
• A poorly loaded trailer can cause instability when cornering
• A trailer adds wear and tear to the towing vehicle,
exaggerated when the trailer is badly loaded or when towed
by inexperienced drivers.