Trailer and tow vehicle hire

towing rig

Self drive car carrier / transporter rig for hire.  

Not exactly vintage or classic, but excellent value.  Available as a complete towing rig – just add your vehicle and drive away – or for individual hire.

trailer pricing Apr 2016

  • Minimum age is 25 unless a lower age  is approved by our insurers in advance.
  • Day hire is 8 am to 6 pm and includes 200 kms.
  • Three day special is for any three consecutive days and includes 500 kms.
  • Overnight extension allows you to collect the evening before or return early the following morning.
  • Additional kms can be purchased in advance in 100 km blocks for half price.
  • The security deposit will be held on your credit card for the duration of the hire.
  • Fully comprehensive insurance is included in the hire fee.  Ratchet tie downs available at $5 per day per set.
  • Prices are plus GST 

Toyota Landcruiser Specification:

  • 1997 40th Anniversary – the last and most desirable model of the most desirable 80 series.
  • 4.5 litre, 6 cylinder petrol.
  • 5 speed gearbox with high and low range’.
  • Limited slip diffentials.
  • Anti lock brakes.
  • Heavy duty roof rack.
  • Multiple tow couplings options.
  • 2 inch lift with air adjustable rear suspension.
  • 150 litre fuel tank.
  • CB Radio.
  • CD/Radio.
  • Air conditioning

Trailer specification:

  • 2015 model from ‘Unique Trailers’.
  • 14 foot with beaver tail and long ramps for low slung vehicles.
  • 4.6 x 2.0 meter flat deck with multiple tie down points for handling any load, not just vehicles.
  • 7.5 Meter strap winch.

 Trailer Hire Terms & Conditions – see prices page for Landcruiser hire terms and conditions.

  1. The hirers agree to return the trailer in the same condition as when it is taken out, barring fair wear and tear.
  2. The trailer must not be used on unsealed roads without written approval.
  3. All hirers are jointly and severally responsible under this agreement and authorize Self-drive Vintage & Classic Car Hire to debit the credit card supplied with any charges relating to this agreement, including any parking or traffic offences including an administration charge of $30 for each offence.
  4. A Security Deposit will be taken by credit card upon the commencement of the hire.  This will be returned at the end of the rental period, less any loss or damage that has been incurred.
  5. Drivers will be responsible for any damage (including tyre damage) caused to the trailer to a maximum of the insurance excess unless any clauses in this agreement are breached in which case hirers will be responsible for all costs and losses including consequential loss.
  6. The trailer is not to be used for any commercial purpose without specific prior approval.
  7. Hirers must immediately inform Vintage & Classic Car Hire of any damage or defect in the trailer and the trailer must not be driven should it become un-roadworthy.
  8. Hirers agree to use their best endeavours to look after the trailer including properly securing the trailer when parked and at night and checking tyre pressures on a regular basis.
  9. Hirers agree to release and hold harmless Self-drive Vintage & Classic Car Hire, its agents and employees for loss or damages to their personal property, or that of any other person’s property left in the vehicle, or which is received, handled or stored at any time before, during or after this rental period, whether negligently or otherwise.
  10. Our liability is limited to a refund of the hire charge. We will be under no liability to you or any third party whether in contract, tort or otherwise, for any loss of business, loss of profits or any other consequential loss arising out of or in connection with your use of (or inability to use) the vehicle under this rental agreement.
  11. The trailer is to be returned before the time and date specified on this agreement.  Trailers returned late will be charged one additional full day hire for every 24 hour period or part thereof.
  12. Not allow the trailer to be used for any unlawful purpose or by any person other than the hirer

Safe & Legal Towing

The addition of a loaded trailer will have a drastic effect on your vehicles performance. Pulling away will be harder, stopping will take a much greater distance and journeys will take much longer. Extra care will be needed, especially on cornering.

Trailer checks before each journey.

It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the safe operation of the trailer and should carry out the following checks prior to towing.

  • Correct distribution of goods when loaded, ensuring not to overload the trailer capacity noseweight.
  • That the towing vehicle is sufficient to tow the trailer and load.
  • That the brakes of the towing vehicle are in good working order and capable of stopping the vehicle, the trailer and its load.
  • The load is securely restrained.
  • The lighting socket of the towing vehicle is in full working order.
  • The breakaway cable or secondary coupling is securely attached to the towing vehicle.
  • The tyre pressures are correct for the load you will be carrying and that the tyres have sufficient tread and are free from bulges and cracking.
  • That the trailer is correctly attached to the towing vehicle prior to leaving, and with the correct towing height ie. Level.


Hitching up the trailer to the vehicle

  • Hitching up the trailer to the Hirers vehicle is the Hirers responsibility. We will assist if asked to do so, but any damage to the Hirers vehicle will be entirely at the Hirers own risk.
  • Take time to double check and ensure the hitch up procedure has been done correctly and that nothing has been forgotten.
  • That towing mirrors are used if your normal view is not good enough.
  • Firstly apply the handbrake to ensure that the trailer remains stationary, remove ball and socket covers from the towing vehicle, remove all security devices, wind the jockey wheel to the required height and reverse the vehicle so the ball is just under the head of the hitch, or pull trailer forward by hand after releasing the handbrake. Ensure that the ball or hitch are lightly greased.
  • NEVER attempt to lift the front of the trailer by hand USE the jockey wheel to higher or lower as required. Ensuring proper use of the safety catch on the coupling lower the trailer by means of the jockey wheel onto the towball, when fully secure the safety catch on the coupling should locate into place. As a test to ensure they are attached correctly wind the jockey down a couple of turns to see if it lifts the trailer up slightly.
  • Attach safety breakaway cable (a) or secondary coupling (b) to the towing vehicle, (a) is attached to the coupling handbrake and will apply the handbrake if the trailer becomes detached, (b) keeps the vehicle attached to the trailer without hitting the floor if they become detached from each other.
  • Ensure that electrical cables and breakaway wire has sufficient slack for turning but will not be allowed to dray on the ground.
  • The 12N black plug only fits into the 12N black socket on the towing vehicle, there is a cut out on the edge of the plug, this should line up with the lug on the inner edge of the socket (at the bottom). Check all lights before leaving – ensuring indicators are working the correct way around.
  • Adjust your mirrors accordingly so that the trailer is in good view.


Driving with a trailer

  • Abide by the speed restriction in force.
  • Do not try to exceed your own driving ability, especially if towing is new to you.Drive at a speed you are happy with (even if less than the speed limit) and take into consideration the road and weather conditions.
  • Reduce speed prior to a downhill descent to eliminate the possibility of ‘snaking’. In the event of the trailer beginning to ‘snake’ or swerve ease off the accelerator- DO NOT apply the brakes and reduce speed gently whilst controlling the steering. This can also happen if the trailer is badly loaded, overloaded, tyre pressures are incorrect or the trailer is too big for the towing vehicle.
  • DO NOT brake sharply on bends, this may cause the trailer to ‘jack-knife’, reduce speed prior to the bend, lower the gearing and then gently accelerate back out of the bend


Reversing a trailer

Prior to reversing ensure that you have plenty of room, if need be, get out of the vehicle first and ensure there are no ‘blind spots’. Engage the help of another person to eliminate accidents.


  • If trailer is parked for any length of time leave handbrake disengaged and chock wheels.
  • If trailer is parked rear facing down an incline it would be prudent to chock the wheels.
  • Spare wheels are provided FOC punctures and tyre damage will be charged for.
  • When turning left, take the corner wider than normal so as NOT to ‘kerb’ the trailer.
  • HITCHLOCKS &/OR WHEELCLAMPS provided must be fitted when the trailer is left unattended.