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Psst…Our Secret

Posted: 28 February 2017

We all know them:

The 3-step plan to lose weight

 7 critical success factors

12 days to owning your own business

And so forth and so forth.

Because everyone loves a secret.

Especially a SECRET to SUCCESS.

And we would love to share with you our secret, because we believe in empowering people.  

We could tell you it is hard work. Because you cannot deny it is true.

We could tell you it is in the strategic plan. Because it does help.

We could also tell you it is the luck of the draw. Because yes sometimes, it is.

But one more thing is needed, apart from Grace.

People.

Relationships.

A network.

A support structure.

But for us it all boils down to PEOPLE.

There are the suppliers, who are crucial in our success. Timing of deliveries, back-up service for their products, pricing structures for bulk purchases etc. Without a strong supplier – network we would not be able to deliver to you a quality product at the best possible price.

Then we have are our staff, inside the office, outside on the road as well as on the factory floor. The saying goes that people will always deliver more when they are appreciated. We cannot say thank you enough to our other family, the people who spend their daylight hours with us.

And most importantly our customers, the reason we exist, the reason we keep on doing what we do. Our customers have a need and our sole purpose is to address the need to very best of our ability. Delivering a product that will enable you to move that load. Sell those cattle. Bring that vintage car home, through individual and agent sales.

And we have a community to back it all up. A Chamber of Commerce, Insurance brokers, Legal advisors, family and friends, and many more who assist us with anything and everything. Whether we brainstorm a new design, a new project, discuss legal matters, new legislation, or IT innovation, without people who care, no business can be successful in delivering a top product and service.

So to thank you all, we will be including a few blogs through the year on these valuable people. You will definitely learn a thing or 2 about us and our company and our philosophy.

Because W Clement Stone said:

There is little difference in people,

But that little difference make a big difference

The little difference is attitude,

The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

And we love to surround the business with Positive People. Watch this space for some overflowing inspiration coming your way.

(And check your inbox, you might be on our list of favourite positive people to be featured here )


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What does the African Wagon Range offer you?

Posted: 30 January 2017

It offers you a GVM (Gross vehicle mass) range of 750kg to 3.5ton.

This range was developed for the individual or company who needs a strong and durable trailer to work under demanding conditions. All models in this range comes standard with a 2.0mm thick lipped channel or 2.0mm thick plate floor. LED lights for greater visibility as well as a minimum of a 48mm jockey wheel on the smaller trailers and a 60mm jockey wheel on the bigger trailers are standard. A Spare wheel, a 21 day permit for peace of mind, Microdots and Natis documents are included in the price. Furthermore, all trailers comes standard with a 300mm high solid side and double axle and chassis trailers in this range are manufactured  with a 76mm x 38mm x 5mm thick open channel chassis. All the trailers are also available in four standard colours: white, brown, black and green. We only use 2k Duco paint with etch primers.

Our 3.5ton models as well as all the cattle trailers are fitted with 50mm x 8mm x 915mm long, heavy duty leaf springs. The cattle trailers come standard with a side gate, side ramp that can also be used at the back, combination gate at the back, removable grid on the floor, three beams in the length at the top as well as a divider gate in the middle and a 38mm thick wooden second deck on the sheep/cattle range.

Please contact our head office on 016 986 2194, e-mail: sales@vtectrailers.co.za or an agent near you for more information.

If you want ultimate durability, this will be it.

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What does the Handyman Range offer you? 

Posted: 30 January 2017

It offers you a GVM (Gross vehicle mass) range of 750kg up to 2.3ton.

This range was developed for the individual or company who needs a durable trailer to work under normal conditions at an affordable price. All models in this range come standard in white with a 1.6mm thick floor.

Our cattle trailer range are fitted with a 2.0mm thick lipped channel OR plate floor – you decide. Stirling lights as well as a minimum of a 41mm jockey wheel on all the smaller models and a 48mm jockey wheel on the bigger once. A spare wheel, 21 day permit for peace of mind, Microdots and Natis documents comes standard included in the price. The trailers are painted with an etch primer and white 2k Duco as top cote as standard, but the colour can be changed at request.

Our cattle range also offers the following as optional extras:

LED Lights, a side gate, removable grid on the floor, divider gates as well as a wooden second deck on the sheep / cattle range at minimal extra cost. We can also arrange to have your trailer delivered to your door.

Please contact our head office on 016 986 2194, e-mail: sales@vtectrailers.co.za or an agent near you for more information.

If you want a trailer to do the job at the right price, this will be it.

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Which came first, the trailer or Santa and his sleigh?

Posted: 13 December 2016

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine
Children singing Christian rhyme
With logs on the fire and gifts on the tree
A time for rejoicing in all that we see…

Irrespective of whether you celebrate it European style with Cliff Richard, or African style with a braai under the trees, somewhere in the spirit of Christmas you have seen Santa and his Sleigh, packed full or presents.So what’s the story here…where does snow-sleighs come from… and which were towed first, sleds or trailers?

Clearly we need 2 things in each case.

A Santa to drive the sleigh.

And then a car to pull a trailer. 

Well Wikipedia tells us a few facts:

  • The concept of “Father Christmas dates back as far as 16th century in England
  • Another concept of Santa comes from “Saint Nicholas of Myra, a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of Myra (now Demre) in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Empire, now in Turkey”
  • And then “Folklorist Margaret Baker  (in her book written in 1968)maintains that ‘the appearance of Santa Claus or Father Christmas, whose day is 25th of December, owes much to Odin, the old blue-hooded, cloaked, white-bearded Giftbringer of the north, who rode the midwinter sky on his eight-footed steed Sleipnir, visiting his people with gifts. […] Odin, transformed into Father Christmas, then Santa Claus, prospered with St Nicholas and the Christchild, became a leading player on the Christmas stage."[24]…. 

As far as dog-sledges go:

  • As far back as the 10th century BCE these dogs have contributed to human culture.[2]
  • The practical use of sleds is ancient and widespread. They were developed in areas with consistent winter snow cover, as vehicles to transport materials and/or people, far more efficiently than wheeled vehicles could in icy and snowy conditions. Early designs included hand-pulled sizes as well as larger dog, horse, or ox drawn versions. Early examples of sleds and sledges were found in the Oseberg Viking ship excavation.[1] The Toboggan sled is also a traditional form of transport used by the Innu and Cree of northern Canada and the people of Ancient Egypt are thought to have used sledges (on the desert sand and on ramps) extensively for construction.
 

And how about the good old car?

  • Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot is widely credited with building the first full-scale, self-propelled mechanical vehicle or car in about 1769; he created a steam-powered tricycle.[23] He also constructed two steam tractors for the French Army, one of which is preserved in the French National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts.[24] His inventions were, however, handicapped by problems with water supply and maintaining steam pressure.[24] 
  • Although several other German engineers (including Gottlieb DaimlerWilhelm Maybach, and Siegfried Marcus) were working on the problem at about the same time, Karl Benz generally is acknowledged as the inventor of the modern car.[1]
  • In 1879, Benz was granted a patent for his first engine, which had been designed in 1878
 

And then trailers

  • In Europe, the origins of travel trailers and caravanning can be traced back to travelling Gypsies, and showmen who spent most of their lives in horse-drawn caravans.
  • Samuel White Baker purchased an actual Gypsy caravan in Britain and shipped it to Cyprus for his tour in 1879.[3] The world's first leisure trailer was built by the Bristol Wagon & Carriage Works in 1880 for Dr. William Gordon Stables, a popular author of teenage adventure fiction, who ordered a "gentleman's caravan". It was an 18-foot (5.5 m) design, based upon their Bible Wagons,[4] used by traveling preachers in America's Wild West.[5] Stables named it Wanderer.[6] He travelled around the British countryside in it and later wrote a book documenting his travels in 1885 called The Gentleman Gypsy.

So if the sledges are ancient, Father Christmas can be assigned the 16th Century, and the first self propelled car were built around the 1880’s and Gypsy caravans followed, we have a clear winner. 

To verify this CNN reports the following:

  • While reindeer are at the heart of traditional Sami culture, the idea of a jolly, gift-giving Santa Claus flying around with his herd has no part in their history or tradition. The two ideas collided in popular culture via a businessman in Alaska named Carl Lomen. When the reindeer came to Alaska and began to flourish, Lomen, a native of Minnesota, saw the commercial, mass-market possibilities of reindeer meat and fur for the United States and sought to promote it aggressively.
  • Lomen was as much a clever marketer as a businessman, and in 1926 he conceived, along with Macy's department store, a promotional Christmas parade led by Santa, his reindeer, a sleigh and several Sami herders in their vibrant traditional dress.
  • Eventually, similar parades were held in cities around the country, and a meme was born. Lomen is said to have further accelerated his marketing efforts by planting fake children's letters in local newspapers, the fictitious children asking for Santa and his reindeer to visit their towns. 
    • http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/22/opinion/galloway-reindeer/

So there you have it. Although the original sleigh far outruns the original trailer, Santa has only been pulling a sleigh since most probably 1926!

And on that automotive note, we at Vtec Trailers wish you a blessed Christmas time.

The child is a King, the carolers sing,
The old has passed, there's a new beginning.
Dreams of Santa, dreams of snow,
Fingers numb, faces aglow

A time for living, a time for believing
A time for trusting, not deceiving,
Love and laughter and joy ever after,
Ours for the taking, just follow the Master

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine
Children singing Christian rhyme
With logs on the fire and gifts on the tree
A time for rejoicing in all that we see.

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You get two kinds of men towing trailers.

Posted: 7 December 2016

Those that can reverse a trailer.

And those that can’t.

Consider this your 101 on reversing a trailer. Anyone can master this skill. As long as you have the following things in place

  • Hand eye co-ordination
  • Some common sense
  • Crisp reactions
  • Patience
  • And a buddy’s 2nd hand trailer to practice with
 

Consider this skill similar to playing pool. If you need to ball to go the right you ,bump it on the left. Softly, slowly, controlled.

  • You need to anticipate the change in direction early enough to correct before the trailer snakes on you.
  • And of course if this happens, drive forward and start again. 


It takes some practice to learn the nuances of your trailer, at which point you are able to auto-correct, and at which point you need to start over. Find a safe spot like and open field to practice, to avoid permanent damage to your buddy’s trailer.

As soon as you get it with his trailer, you can attempt in your own caravan or the new off-road baby. Keep in mind that every trailer has a different turning circle and therefor requires some adjustment.

And if you are already an expert, comment on which trailer reverse the easiest, the big or the small trailers...there are some science behind it.  There is also a prize up for grabs for the correct answer.

And if you still don’t get this reversing skill sorted, give us a call. We will gladly give some pointers to tame this dragon.

Because a real woman can do anything by herself. But a real man won’t let her.

Come and show your skills in February at the “All things Adventure Show”, backing-up a trailer competition J Your Valentine will be one proud lady to have you on her side.

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It’s time to go to the sea sea sea….

Posted: 24 November 2016

The time has finally come, long lazy days at the beach…

..sipping pina colada

…working on your sunkissed tan

under palm trees..

Ok…maybe just crazy days fighting for a spot for your umbrella on Margate’s beach, holding thumbs the local café still sells ice for your brandy and coke, and smothering yourself in sun tan lotion every hour…

but hey…a bad day at the beach is better than a good day at the office!

So you need to hitch the trailer...because Mama needs her stuff. Now do not be fooled into thinking your trailer only worked for 100km’s this year, it will be fine from JHB to Hartenbos. To avoid standing next to the N1 with an angry Mama, irritated teenager and tantrumming toddler, it is crucial to do the following service check on your trailer:

Tyre thread and pressure (the spare wheel too!) – Make sure your trailer’s tyres have adequate tyre thread for your trip, keeping in mind minimum thread on most general tyre brands is 1,6mm. At that point it should rather be replaced that trusted. The tyre pressure should be in line with your tyre brand guidelines, keeping in mind the load it has to carry. If unsure, phone your nearest tyre dealership to be safe.

Wheel bearings – We recommend you check your wheel bearings before every trip, if you notice any excessive movement/play in the bearing, do not proceed and rather get it checked out. A failed bearing on the highway can result in trailer damage, broken axles or worst case, losing control over your vehicle and its load.

Coupler – Your coupler should fit tightly over the tow ball of the vehicle. Grease your coupler if there are grease nipples.

Bolts and nuts – All bolts and nuts on your trailer should be tightened including the U-bolt nuts that keep your axles fastened to the spring blades. Also check the bushes and the bolts of your leaf spring that connects the leaf spring to the chassis for any signs of wear and tear.

Brakes – If you tow a braked-trailer make sure the brakes are adjusted properly for maximum braking efficiency.

Lights – The one everyone remembers – checking those lights! Brakes, indicators and lights should all be working perfectly to ensure visibility (and avoid a fine on the N1).

Reflective tape and reflectors – All trailers should be fitted with sufficient reflective tape and reflectors, check for any damage caused by rocks and loading damage. Replace if necessary (this too could result in a fine, since it is a requirement for roadworthiness).

Towing capacity – The GWM (gross vehicle mass) of the trailer should not exceed the Tare of the towing vehicle according to the Road Traffic Act. If you are unsure, chat to your local car dealership about your vehicles towing capacity. And be aware, the traffic cops are currently zooming in on this issue, so make sure of your facts before you get pulled over with a Bantam towing a braked-trailer (which is by the way illegal in terms of this rules).

Licence disk – The not-so-obvious one, check the licence disk! Make sure it has not expired.

You can also pack a small service kit to take along on your travels, especially if you are travelling to far off, wonderfully desolated places without cell phone reception (thank you Africa!). See the following blog for recommendations on spare parts to take along at www.sleepwaparte.co.za.  

Do not hesitate to contact us at 016 986 2194 or sales@vtectrailers.co.za for any queries before you commence your journey, or bring your trailer in for a thorough check-up to make sure.

The tan will fade, but the memories will last forever.

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Buy your Trailer today Online! 

Sleepwa is proud to announce that you can NOW shop for your trailers online! Easy to shop at the click of a button! Now you can browse - choose - order - pay, and have your trailers delivered to you. Currently boasting more than 60 models in the Handy Man and African Wagon Range, you can be sure that you will never be alone on the side of the road.  For more information or to view our price list visit us at www.sleepwa.co.za

'Finally, no more guessing or stressing where to find anything trailer-related'

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A Trailer Company that goes the Extra Mile 

Posted: 19 October 2016

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Whether you own, borrow or rent a trailer, there are no doubt you need it to work. 
Hard. 
Without compromise. 
Without break-downs. 
On demand. 
 
Vtec Trailers© not only promise their clients a durable AND trustworthy product. They promise you a product that goes the extra mile over and over again. 
 
Not convinced yet? 
 
We give you 15 good reasons to look no further than a Vtec Trailer©: 
 
Broadest range of trailers
A range of more than 60 different models available in both the Handyman and African Wagon TM range, to suite the Job and your Price Range.
 
A signature trade
With our 15 years experience you can expect top quality, proven designs with a signature reputation of durability. 
 
LED lights
We know Africa. You need top-notch visibility, no compromise, LED lights are proven as the best alternative. 
 
Stronger and Safer
Only proven brand products are used to manufacture our trailers, no grey imports. Safety is priority and we take no risk that could let you stranded next to the road. And for those hard and heavy jobs, the reinforced chassis on the African WagonTM range are non-negotiable. 
 
Trailer spare parts
Whether you drive a Porsche or an Interlink, all vehicles need to be serviced. No need for you to drive from store to factory, or google countrywide. We source you all the top quality necessary spare parts at the very best factory prices to save you time and money. 
 
Online purchases
Found what you need? We save you the time and effort to make the call or type the email. You can know purchase one of more than 60 trailers online with one click. 
 
Warranty
All trailers come with a warranty. Of course. 
 
Quality Assurance
All our trailers are quality checked and inspected. We are also SABS registered to ensure you have peace of mind. 
 
Cost effective
Cost effectiveness is so much more than the purchase price. Down-time, repair-time, all cost you money. We build a product that endures. And if you only use a trailer for light loads, we don’t overdesign, we developed the Handyman Range specifically for this purpose. 
 
Custom designs
Longer trailer, higher rails, never-seen-before trailer, talk to us, we make it happen. First we will walk you through the design to ensure there are no design issues…we have been doing this for 15 years. Some things just don’t work. And some ideas are so good you need to patent it! So talk to us. 
 
Customer care
We are experts in the trailer industry and we realise time is money. Our turnaround time on trailers, quotes, questions and repairs are top priority.
 
Nationwide delivery
From Pofadder to Gansbaai, Port Elizabeth to Port Nolloth, you do not need to face the BigGauteng. We can arrange delivery to your doorstep. 
 
National distribution
We have agents and associates making sure our products are available right across Southern Africa. Are you interested? Contact us.
 
Innovative prototype
We believe in being the leaders in the market, therefore we are always looking at new designs, better technology and materials to better our products and satisfy new and changing customer needs.   
 
Expertise and service
You don’t build trailers…we do. So leave the questions and worries to us. Before, during or after sale service are top priority. If you need advice on what to buy, how to repair, or whether to replace a trailer, don’t hesitate to ask. If we don’t know, we promise you we know someone who does!
 
 
For more information contact us on 016 986 2194 or email us sales@vtectrailers.co.za
 
You know the best. Don’t settle for anything less. 
We go the extra mile.
Every time. 
 
www.sleepwa.co.za
 
                                                                                                                                                                       
 

15 JAAR JONK - VTEC TRAILERS SHOWCASE &

CELEBRATION AAND

Posted: 20 September 2016

Dit was ‘n reuse makietie tussen sweismasjiene, bore en kompressors, met ‘n regte dansvloer voor die platbak sleepwa wat as verhoog moes diens doen Saterdagaand 17 September. Maar vra enige gas of hulle kon glo dis ‘n vervaardigings fasiliteit, die waar Vtec sleepwaens uiteryg word, en die gesigte helder sommer op van verwondering. Want dit was dalk n fabriek, maar dit was een asemrowende mooi fabriek! Met feetjie liggies binne en buite, grasbale vir atmosfeer, lanterns, blikbekers, biltong en droe wors, koffiesakkies en ouma beskuit, foto-mure en mooi goed oral is daar tot middernag saam gekuier, planne gemaak en besigheidskaartjies uitgeruil. Die geleentheid was Vtec Trailers se 15de verjaarsdag viering en die gastelys het gestrek van kliente tot agente, verskaffers, die media en personeel.

In egte Barnyard styl is meer as 115 gaste van oraloor vermaak deur topklas musiek verskaf deur It Takes 4, ‘n lipaflek lekker spit is voorgesit deur Kedu/Toscan River Estate al die pad van Lindequesdrif af. As jy ‘n ietsie vir die keel wou kry, kon jy of Craft-Beer kry by die “photobooth”, of iets meer konserwatief in die “spraybooth” wat as ‘n kroeg gedien het kry! Christo van der Rheede, Adjunk Uitvoerende Direkteur van Agri-SA het gaste toegespreek en inspirer. Tobie Venter, CEO van Vtec Trailers het gaste verwelkom, langdiens toekennings uitgedeel en met gaste die wonderwerk verhaal van Vtec Trailers gedeel, sowel as planne vir die toekoms.

Ten spyte van verdoemende weersvoorspellings vir reen en storms, was die Genade groot en het die ysweer niemand koue voete gegee nie. Verskaffers was vrygewig met geskenke wat gaste in ‘n geluk trekking kon wen, en Impact Productions se produksie en beligting talente het die aand afgerond. Eie aan die maatskappy se etiese kode, het die gemeenskap ook voordeel getrek uit hierdie Showcase en Celebration aand. Een gelukkige paartjie het kaartjies gewen op die Facebook kompetisie en is die aand saam trakteer, en elkeen van die 100 grasbale is bewillig tot die droogtehulp fonds, en is reeds verplaas om verligting te bring in die droogte geteisterde Koppies area.

En toe die musiek se laaste note val en die ligte verdof, is almal dit eens, Vtec Trailers glo nie verniet dat top-kliente diens en verhouding bou kritieke sukses faktore is nie. Hulle maak dit prioriteit. Voeg daar by ‘n produk van uitstaande gehalte en hierdie vervaardiger se toekoms is vol belofte. With Vtec Trailers “Nothing ever gets left behind ®”

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WIN WITH VTEC TRAILERS - BIRTHDAY TICKETS WORTH R2000.00

Posted: 31 August 2016

Vtec Trailers are CELEBRATING 15 years of manufacturing durable and reliable trailers for national and international clients! And you can join us in this prestigious Barnyard style Showcase & Celebration evening on 17 September 2016 at Vtec Trailers Head Office in Vanderbijlpark. You will be entertained along with VIP guests to music from It Takes 4, well-known and respected guest speaker Christo van der Rheede, as well as a photobooth, lucky draw, spitbraai..to name a few.

To stand a chance to WIN these tickets for 2, to the value of R2000 simply:

1. Like our Facebook Page
2. Share this Post

*Ts and Cs apply. Winner will be announced 12 September 2016

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VTEC TRAILERS IS PROUD SPONSORS OF

Service to the community is a high priority for this South African manufacturer, with sponsorships ranging from a Children's home in Alberton, a student in Bloemfontein, Life line, The Muscilar Dystrophy, The National Council for persons with Physical Disabilities, Campus Crusade to the SPCA and other animal shelters but to name a few.

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VTEC FEATURES IN LANDBOUWEEKBLAD

Click Here to see the Article

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 VTECH TRAILORS FEATURES IN SA FILMS

TREURGROND 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5APJGwvsqfQ

VROU SOEK BOER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfLsTHM28Q8

SPOOK VAN UNIONDALE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPUqfhBnUIM

 

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