Things to consider when buying a commercial trailer.

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Brian James Trailers started out designing and manufacturing trailers for car transportation and motorsport. But for many years they have been producing a wide range of commercial trailers such as plant, flatbed, tippers and general-purpose trailers. These trailers come in different lengths, widths and load capacities as well as offering many different options. So how to best choose the right trailer?

A Brian James Digger Plant Trailer transporting construction machinery around a building site. It has 3 axles and is capable of holding up to 3.5tonnes

Digger Plant Trailer

Here are some things to consider…

What do you want to tow?

It is relatively straightforward if you know what you are towing. For example, if it’s a mini-digger or chipper, you will know their weight and dimensions and choose accordingly.

The ‘go-to’ trailer for mini diggers is The Digger Plant but the General Plant has greater flexibility and configurability.

The Eco Plant has a beaver tail so is well suited for low-ground clearance machinery such as access platforms.

How big or heavy a load?

Knowing the size and weight of loads allows you to choose the right trailer accordingly. Some trailers are available in single, twin and tri-axle variants as well as different lengths and widths.

Many trailers are configurable with different options. However, these will affect the weight of the trailer and consequently the maximum load. Fortunately, the website configurator takes this into account and updates the load capacity based on selected options.

Need flexibility?

Many people need a trailer that offers flexibility. That’s where the configurability of Brian James trailers allows you to create a trailer that’s right for you. For example, the Connect range starts as a flatbed trailer but with the addition of high sides, can be used to carry a wide range of loose materials.

Optional winches, ramps and hydraulic tilt beds enable easy loading as well as vehicle transport.

What tow vehicle will be used?

Is the vehicles’ towing capacity less than 3500Kg? Then, you will need to select a trailer with a gross weight that reflects this. For maximum flexibility, a tow vehicle with a capacity of 3500Kg will give you the most choice.

Where will it be used?

Using a trailer in a city? Then big isn’t necessarily beautiful! So, the Compact might be more suitable than the Connect.

Towing on rough ground? Larger than 13in wheels may be more appropriate. If a low bed height is important, then 10in wheels are probably the answer.

If you regularly need to empty a trailer of brush or loose materials, then a Tipper is the answer. The Tipper is also highly configurable with options for high sides and ramps as well as being available in different sizes.

Finding out more…

The website has lots of information about sizes, weights, and options. Use the configurator to build your own trailer. As an experienced dealer, we will be happy to help match you with the best commercial trailer for your needs and answer any questions you might have.

We also offer the option of contract hire, if you don’t think commiting to a trailer is the right thing for you yet. By contacting us, you have the opportunity to get your hands on a trailer for as little as £4.99!

Contact us now.


A Brian James Eco Plant Trailer carrying a scissor lift. It is being towed by a van. It is part of the commercial trailer range.

Eco Plant Trailer

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