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What is a Bowser?

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A Bowser is a trailer fitted with a tank which can carry Water, Diesel, Kerosene, Aviation Fuel or Petrol.

These are mostly used to provide water (dust suppression, flower watering, animal feeding, accommodation/welfare units, etc) or fuel (machinery/plant operation), all of which could be useful in a variety of scenarios including construction sites, event management, or agricultural applications.

Important information:

A common misconception is that because a Bowser has a handbrake and mudguards it is suitable for towing on public highways. This is NOT the case. You CANNOT tow a NON-EU APPROVED Site Bowser on a public highway. They are built on a low-speed chassis with no lights, brakes (other than handbrake), or mudguards (unless on request). As a result, standard bowsers must only be towed around sites and private roads.

If you do wish to take it onto public highways, it must be an EU Approved Highway Bowser. We stock EU Approved Highway Bowsers at various capacities for Fuel and Water.

Towing Bowsers on the Road:

Regards to Towing our Bowsers on the public highways they must have EU Highway Approvals. Our EU Highway bowsers are certified and approved to be towed on the public highways.

They have braked axles, mudguards, road legal lighting, suspension and are designed and approved to be towed on public highways.

Can I Tow a Fuel Bowser on the Road?:

Diesel Bowsers – You can tow up to 1000 Litre without having an ADR licence. You may need a towing licence dependent on your age and when you passed your driving test due to new driver regulations (check driving licence).

Fuel Bowsers over 1000 Litres require an ADR licence to tow the Bowser, you may also need a ‘towing’ licence. (see towing regulations)

Do I need a towing licence?

Valid driving licence issued after 1 January 1997:

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:

  • Drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
  • Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

Valid Driving Licence issued before 1 January 1997:

If you passed your car driving test before 1 January 1997 you are usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM. View your driving licence information to check.

You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM, (check on any tests required dependent on usage etc) with a valid driving licence.

Fuel bowsers - are you legal?

As of Thursday 9th May 2019 the 15 year exemption on fuel bowsers which do not adhere to ADR road carriage requirements will no longer be legal for the UK.

This means if you transport fuel in a bowser that is classed as a tank rather than a IBC (intermediate bulk container) or was manufactured before 10th May 2004 you will no longer be permitted to transport them on the public highway.

How do I find out if my bowser is legal?

Here is several ways you can find out if your bowser is legal,

If your bowser was manufactured from 2004 onwards 

All bowsers manufactured and sold after 2004 should be type-approved to meet IBC standards and ADR regulations including U.N. certification.

Is the bowser 110% bunded

Under the NEW certifications all bowsers must be able to hold 110% of its own contents, This means if you own a single skinned bowser it is no longer legal for transportation of fuel on public roads.

Does your bowser have a certification? 

Upon purchase of a NEW bowser you should receive documentation stating  whether the bowser is classed as a tank or IBC. On the bowser there should be a U.N packaging symbol and codes that identify the type of IBC it is. All of Trailer Engineering's fuel bowsers are certified under the U.N certification for up to 10 years. (After 10 years you can simply replace the inner receptacle)

Has the bowser been pressure tested?

IBC's require external inspections and a pressure test every 30 months to ensure they are safe for the road. All pressure tests must be recorded and documented as the Department of Transport may inspect your bowser at any point. If you do not hold the records of each test your bowser will not comply with the ADR / U.N regulations.

What does the new legislation mean?

Bowsers classed as tanks will still be allowed to be moved on private sites however they will not be allowed to be transported on the public highway.

All fuel transportation must meet IBC standards under the ADR / U.N. certification and be designed to meet EU Environmental Regulations to reduce the risk of accidental spillage and environmental contamination.

How do I pressure test my bowser?

What is a Bunded Fuel Bowser?

A Bunded Fuel Bowser is a tank that has a inner tank for storage of contents such as Diesel, JetA1, Oil or AdBlue and is surrounded by a outer tank (Bund) to prevent spillage of the contents. All Fuel Bowsers must have a Bund which is capable of holding 110% of the inner tanks contents to meet environmental standards. If you are going to transport a Fuel Bowser on the public highway then by Law it must have U.N or ADR certifications. Trailer Engineering offer a full range of Fuel Bowsers which are U.N certified and can be supplied as a skid base tank, road tow Fuel Bowser, site tow Fuel Bowser or a Fuel cube.

 

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How does a Fuel Bowser work?

To fill a fuel bowser you will need to open the vent valve on the top of the tank and then remove the 2" fill cap and start pumping into the bowser. Once you have finished filling the fuel bowser, simply screw the fill cap back on to the 2" fill point and close the vent valve. The fuel bowser will have a Pressure Relief Valve (set at 2psi) to allow any pressure created by fumes to escape the tank. To pump the contents out of the fuel bowser simply open the vent valve, then open the ball valve located at the bottom of the tank to allow the fuel to flow freely to the pump, depending on which pump options your bowser has depends on the operating procedure of that pump. Once you have fuel going through the pump it will travel from the pump to a trigger nozzle which you can then fuel your machinery and equipment. Some fuel bowsers will have additional equipment such as filters which will be located in between the pump and the trigger nozzle, that will need to be maintained over time to ensure a clean supply of fuel.

What is a Fuel Bowser made from?

Trailer Engineering produce the worlds most unique fuel bowsers because they use a polyethylene inner tank to ensure the cleanest possible storage of fuel, secured in a 3mm steel bund with a lockable rear door to protect the pumping equipment. Each fuel bowser can be customised to suit the customers requirements. Trailer Engineering also manufacture the Polycube a competitive alternative to the fuel cube also known as a transcube. Constructed from Polyethylene for its inner and outer tanks, secured in a galvanised 5mm steel frame and a galvanised 3mm Lid.

All of Trailer Engineerings range of fuel Bowsers are fully U.N certified for ten years.

What are the fuel Bowser and pump options?

Trailer Engineering offer a full range of fuel bowser with pump options including Hand pump, 12v electric pump, 24v electric pump, 110v electric pump, 240v electric pump and a 1" Honda petrol powered Diesel pump. Other pump options available to suit every application upon request.

Fuel Bowser with Adblue / DEF

Adblue / DEF is becoming more and more popular as new emission laws are coming into place and new machinery require Adblue to operate. When storing Adblue there becomes a challenge as it reacts in direct sunlight and crystallises, it is also corrosive to steel so there is a need for an appropriate storage tank. With the current tanks on the market there was a high risk of pumping equipment getting stolen and the Adblue becoming contaminated. So Trailer Engineering came up with the perfect solution to these problems by manufacturing a range of Adblue / DEF Bowsers and dispensing tanks. The range is constructed from a special polyethylene which does not allow the sunlight's UV rays to react with the contents. Trailer Engineering offer a 110 litre Bowset, 120 litre Adblue dispensing tank which can be retro fitted to any fuel bowser, 950 litre and 2000 litre Adblue cube based on our fuel cube range and a 2140 litre Adblue bowser. All available as a skidbase tank, site tow trailer or a road tow trailer. Trailer Engineering also offer a complete package as a towable fuel bowser with Adblue tank.

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Towing Bowsers on the Road:

Regards to Towing our Bowsers on the public highways they must have EU Highway Approvals. Our EU Highway bowsers are certified and approved to be towed on the public highways.

They have braked axles, mudguards, road legal lighting, suspension and are designed and approved to be towed on public highways.

Can you Tow a Water Bowser full on the Road?:

You may tow Water EU Highway Approved Bowsers on the main roads full or empty. You may also need a towing licence dependent on your age, when you passed your test and when the new towing regulation came in where you must take a towing test to tow trailers/Bowsers. (check driving licence).

Do I need a towing licence?

Valid driving licence issued after 1 January 1997:

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:

  • Drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
  • Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

Valid Driving Licence issued before 1 January 1997:

If you passed your car driving test before 1 January 1997 you are usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM. View your driving licence information to check.

You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM, (check on any tests required dependent on usage etc) with a valid driving licence.

What is a Water Bowser?

Water bowser's sometimes known as a water trailer have many applications, its main objective is to store and transport water. However a water bowser can be configured for multiple uses. Trailer Engineering take pride in manufacturing a range of high quality bowser's to meet every industry. Starting from the basic water bowser Trailer Engineering offer static water tanks, highway towable water trailers and site towable water trailers. Tanks range from 110 Litre, 500 Litre, 985 Litre, 1125 Litre and 2000 Litre with the options for larger tanks upon request all constructed from polyethylene, however Trailer Engineering also has the experience of manufacturing bowsers from stainless steel for those specialist requirements. See below for more information on the types of water bowsers available.

  • Water bowser with pressure washers / Trailer Engineering offer a range of hotwash and coldwash pressure washers.  (diesel powered, petrol powered and electric powered available).
  • Water bowser with trough - farms across the world struggle to get drinking water to their heard of animals in remote locations, Trailer Engineering manufacture a range of animal troughs so that farmers and wildlife organisations can supply clean drinking water to their animals.
  • Drinking water bowser- Trailer Engineering offer a range of drinking water bowsers that are DWI, Secretary of state and WRAS approved, perfect for events and film location services.
  • Flower watering bowser- Many landscaping company's and local councils require a water bowser to water their plants, trees and gardens. Trailer Engineering offer a full range that can be customised to suit the customers requirements with a range of water pumps to choose from and options to add a rear chevron board for safety when working roadside.
  • Waste water bowser- along with drinking water film locations need somewhere to dispose of their dirty water otherwise known as grey water, the solution is to simply have a waste water bowser on site for them to dump any waste water into.
  • Skid base- simply a water bowser without wheels, perfect for feeding welfare units, toilet blocks and shower units on site.
  • Water cube- Trailer Engineering offer a range of water cubes for both drinking water and grey water. All water cubes are stack-able and designed to maximise haulage capabilities, a heated water cube is available to prevent winter freeze-ups.
  • Aircraft ground handling water bowser- Trailer Engineering has supplied fleets of bespoke water bowsers to many UK airports including London Heathrow LHR, London city LCY, Birmingham BHX and many more for refilling water onto commercial airlines for the lavatories onboard. These bowsers have proven to be exceptional across UK airfields as they are fitted with a heating system to prevent winter freeze ups, keeping the airline flights on time without delay.
  • Water bowser for dust suppression- Trailer Engineering offer a full range of dust control systems to fit onto a water bowser, these include a water bowser with spray bar, water bowser with splash plate and a Rainmaker / jetwasher combo which is Trailer Engineerings version of a budget dust cannon.
  • Water bowser with on demand pump available in 110v and 240v for supplying welfare units with a constant water supply.
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How to operate a water bowser with Jetwasher / Rainmaker combo

Watch the video below to see how Trailer Engineering have made a innovative budget alternative to the dust cannon / dust fan. The perfect product for dust control on a construction / demolition site.

How does a water bowser work?

To fill a water bowser simply open the quarter turn access lid located at the top of the tank, ensure all valves are closed and simply start to fill the tank up with water and close the access lid when the tank is full. To empty the water bowser go to the back of the tank and open the rear taps / valves. Some water bowsers will be equipped with pumps or jetwashers and other equipment which will empty the water bowser at a faster rate of speed. For dust suppression there are several ways to get water out of the bowser, if your water bowser is fitted with a spray bar / sprinkler system then simply turn on the petrol powered water pump to push the water through to the spray bars sprinklers, or you could rely on gravity to feed the spray bar aslong as it is situated lower then the water tank. For water bowsers with splash plates you will need a water pump to push the water out of the bowser and straight onto the splash plate to create a whale tail effect. To see how to use a water bowser with a pressure washer or dust cannon please see the video above or visit our YouTube channel Trailer Engineering for demonstrations of how to operate a water bowser. For towing you may tow a Water EU Highway Approved Bowser on the main roads full or empty. You may also need a towing licence dependent on your age, when you passed your driving test and when the new towing regulation came in where you must take a towing test to tow trailers/Bowsers. (check driving licence).

How to build a water bowser?

Trailer Engineering has the certification's and expertise in producing the leading water bowsers on the market. Trailer Engineering can make a bespoke water bowser to suit every requirement you may have. Tested in extreme conditions and certified by the governing bodies for transportation and storage of drinking water.

Water bowser and pump options.

Trailer Engineering can source any water pump you may wish to have on a water bowser.

As standard we offer

  1. Petrol powered Honda Wx10 water pump
  2. 3000 psi cold wash Yanmar diesel pressure washer
  3. Petrol powered Honda 2000 psi cold wash pressure washer
  4. 110 volt on demand electric water pump
  5. 240 volt on demand electric water pump
  6. SD45C Double diaphragm hand pump
  7. Petrol powered 2" Honda WB20 water pump
  8. Honda powered Koshin trash pump
  9. Yanmar electric starts L100 diesel engine driving a 200 Bar (3000psi) Comet Hotcube hot wash pressure washer
  10. Other pump options are available upon request
How to operate a water bowser with Jetwasher / Rainmaker combo

Watch the video below to see how Trailer Engineering have made a innovative budget alternative to the dust cannon / dust fan. The perfect product for dust control on a construction / demolition site.

How to use a pressure washer without a outside tap?

Pressure washer pumps and gearbox's have got site glasses on the side of them. When filling up the oil you will need to keep a eye on the level as it rises and ensure the oil level is central of the site glass. Some site glasses may have markings to identify the minimum and maximum oil level. Most pressure washer pumps and gearbox's use SAE90W gearbox oil.

What type of oil does a pressure washer use?

Different types of pressure washer brands may advise you to use a specific type of oil, this information will be found in the pressure washer operating handbook. The most common oil's used in Trailer Engineering's jet washer range are 1540 Engine oil and SAE90W Gearbox and pump oil. It is important to ensure you use the appropriate engine oil and gearbox oil to achieve maximum reliability and efficiency.

How much oil goes into a pressure washer pump?

Pressure washer pumps and gearbox's have got site glasses on the side of them. When filling up the oil you will need to keep a eye on the level as it rises and ensure the oil level is central of the site glass. Some site glasses may have markings to identify the minimum and maximum oil level. Most pressure washer pumps and gearbox's use SAE90W gearbox oil.

How much oil goes into a pressure washer engine?

The average pressure washer engine will hold 1.6 litres of engine oil. Most pressure washer engine's will use 1540 engine oil.

How to choose a pressure washer?

Trailer Engineering have many customers asking the question what power pressure washer do i need? The first thing in choosing which pressure washer to buy is to find out the application you will be using the jet washer for. Most plant hire companies will hire out a standard 3000 psi diesel pressure washer to the construction industry as most construction sites do not like having petrol on site. The 3000psi cold wash pressure washer is ideal for washing down machinery and some concrete work. However mobile pressure washing companies will tend to buy a hot wash pressure washer to get a much deeper clean for the use of washing down car parks, wheelie bins and anything that may hold bacteria. There are many different commercial pressure washing services to choose from and there are many power washing companies that will specialise in cleaning or concrete blasting. For concrete blasting you will need a high pressure pressure washer to cut through the concrete. If you would like some help in choosing which pressure washer you may need or to find out how much is a pressure washer please contact the team at sales@trailereng.com

What is a good psi for a power washer?

The most popular pressure washer is a 3000 psi diesel power washer. Trailer Engineering sell a full range of pressure washer water bowsers. If you need a high pressure cleaner / powerful jet wash Trailer Engineering can source specialist pressure washer's to suit your requirement's. Trailer Engineering have a range of jet wash for sale including a range of Honda jet wash and Yanmar pressure washer's.

How much water does a pressure washer use per minute?

The average power washer uses 15 litres per minute.

How to build a pressure washer trailer?

Trailers that are going to be towed on the public highway must have the appropriate certifications for the country it will be used in. Trailer Engineering have full E.U approvals on all of their road going trailers. Once you have a trailer of your choice you will need a water tank to feed the pressure washer with water, followed by a jet washer of your choice. Trailer Engineering offer a bespoke range of pressure washer water trailers that can be customised to a degree to keep the trailer within the approvals. There is also a variety of tank size's to choose from, Trailer Engineering offer 1125 litre and 2000 litre tanks as standard and can also offer larger water tanks if required. There is also a choice of hot wash pressure washers and cold wash power washer's to choose from.

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Why does my pressure washer lose pressure?

Pressure washer's lose pressure from a variety of problems. There may be some wear on the ceramic pistons or on the seals which could lead to pulsating or a loss of pressure. Other contributions to a loss of pressure could be the valves sticking, blockages in the filter, low water supply, loose connections which would lead to the pump sucking air as well as water, a faulty or worn unloader valve (pressure regulator), expanded head block due to freezing and blocked nozzles in the lance. These problems are easily rectified by simply repairing or replacing any damaged parts. The lance nozzle can be cleaned out using nozzle cleaner's which are available at welding consumable companies or you can simply replace the nozzle.

Why does my pressure washer pulse?

Pressure washers may pulsate if there is wear on the ceramic piston's or seals, a valve is sticking, blockages in the filter, faulty or worn unloader valve, expanded head, loose connections or blocked nozzles. To stop your pressure washer from pulsing simply repair or replace any parts that are not in working order.

How does a pressure washer unloader valve work?

A pressure washer's unloader valve is simply a pressure regulator. To adjust the unloader valve all you have to do is turn the handle on the valve to either clockwise or anti-clockwise to restrict or increase the flow of water to the pump.

How to winterize pressure washer's?

It is extremely important to protect your pressure washer when there is a risk of frost to prevent damage to the jet washer. To winterise your pressure washer you should run a mild anti-freeze solution through the pump via the water supply hose (or separate hose if bowser mounted).  If using this method ensure all anti-freeze solution is washed through pump on commencement of work to avoid damage to paint work or sensitive areas. Another method of winterising your pressure washer is to disconnect the water supply after use and run the machine for approximately 15 seconds until the water has stopped coming from the pump. The last option for winterisation of a jet washer is to store it inside where the temperature will stay above freezing.

If in doubt do not start the machine as damage may occur.

What does Bar mean on pressure washer?

Bar is a scale for measuring pressure just like PSI. There is 14.5 PSI in 1 Bar. The Bar is the energy of which the water will hit a surface you are cleaning.

What does PSI mean on a pressure washer?

PSI stands for pounds per square inch. This is known as the energy in which water will hit a surface.

When choosing a pressure washer LPM and PSI are both equally important. PSI refers to the amount of pressure and LPM refers to the flow. The correct combination of PSI and LPM is needed to acheive the best power washing system for you.

For a effective clean to be achieved, a pressure washer must provide a stripping action to wash the dirt off and a flow to move the dirt away. PSI is the pressure stripping off the dirt in which is applied to the surface you are cleaning. The rinsing power which carries away the dirt is the LPM.

LPM is known as litres per minute.

What does LPM mean on a pressure washer?

LPM stands for litres per minute. Known as the rate of water flow in machinery that has a fast output of water.

When choosing a pressure washer LPM and PSI are both equally important. PSI refers to the amount of pressure and LPM refers to the flow. The correct combination of PSI and LPM is needed to acheive the best power washing system for you.

For a effective clean to be achieved, a pressure washer must provide a stripping action to wash the dirt off and a flow to move the dirt away. PSI is the pressure stripping off the dirt in which is applied to the surface you are cleaning. The rinsing power which carries away the dirt is the LPM.

LPM is known as litres per minute.

How many GPM for pressure washer?

When choosing a pressure washer GPM and PSI are both equally important. PSI refers to the amount of pressure and GPM refers to the flow. The correct combination of PSI and GPM is needed to acheive the best power washing system for you.

For a effective clean to be achieved, a pressure washer must provide a stripping action to wash the dirt off and a flow to move the dirt away. PSI is the pressure stripping off the dirt in which is applied to the surface you are cleaning. The rinsing power which carries away the dirt is the GPM.

GPM is known as Gallons per minute.

How to start a Honda GX200 pressure washer?

Honda GX200 pressure washers come with two starting options. There is a choice of having a Electric start or Recoil start Honda GX200. The first thing to do before starting the engine is to check there is fuel in the fuel tank and there is a water supply connected and turned on. You should then turn the fuel tap to the on position. If the engine is cold then turn the choke to the closed position ( if engine is warm turn choke to open position) Then move the throttle lever away from the minimum speed to about 1/3 of the way towards the maximum speed. Turn the engine switch to the on position and turn the electric start key to start the engine. If using a recoil start engine pull the starter grip gently until you feel a resistance and then pull firmly until it has fully extended and return the starter grip. DO NOT let the starter grip snap back into position as it may cause damage.  To stop the Honda GX200 in a emergency simply turn the engine switch to the off position. Under normal running conditions simply move the throttle to the minimum speed option on the engine's throttle and then turn the engine switch to the off position. Then turn the fuel lever to the off position and disconnect the water supply.

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What diameter hose for pressure washer?

The Standard Pressure washer hose diameter is 3/8ths high pressure hose. If your looking for where to buy pressure washer hose from then come to Trailer Engineering as we stock 9.5 meter 3/8th male and female ends and 10 meter pressure washer hose which comes with Karcher fittings (end couplers) other lengths available upon request.

How to use detergent with pressure washer?

In this section we will tell you about a pressure washer soap nozzle and how it works. On your pressure washer lance there is a handle on the side which will control the flow of detergent going into the water. To get detergent into the system there will be an additional chemical pipe coming out of the pump which you will need to put into a drum of detergent. The detergent will travel up the chemical pipe and mix into the water and exit the lance's nozzle's.

How much detergent to use in pressure washer?

Trailer Engineering's pressure washer's automatically draw the correct amount of detergent. To get detergent into the system there will be an additional chemical pipe coming out of the pump which you will need to put into a drum of detergent. The detergent will travel up the chemical pipe and mix into the water and exit the lance's nozzle's.

How to connect a garden hose to a pressure washer?

All pressure washers come with a quick release coupling on the water inlet of the pump which can be connected to a garden hose. To connect a pressure washer to a tap simply have the correct couplings to fit onto the tap on one end of the hose pipe and the correct coupling to connect it onto pressure washer.

What size garden hose to fit onto a pressure washer? The answer is a standard 1/2" garden hose will be suitable to connect to a power washer.

How long garden hose for a pressure washer? The supply hose for a jetwasher can be as long as you wish to have as long asit delivers 15 LPM to the pump.

Which hose for a pressure washer?

The Standard Pressure washer hose diameter is 3/8ths high pressure hose. If your looking for where to buy pressure washer hose from then come to Trailer Engineering as we stock 9.5 meter 3/8th male and female ends and 10 meter pressure washer hose which comes with Karcher fittings (end couplers) other lengths available upon request.

What is a hot water pressure washer?

A hot wash pressure washer is a pressure washer that produces hot water which has a adjustable temperature that can go up to 140 deg C (240 deg F). Hot wash jet washers are the most ideal way for cleaning things that may be greasy or coated in oil. Trailer Engineering offer a bespoke range of hot wash power washer trailers complete with water bowser. The most common hot washer in the range is the Yanmar electric start L100 diesel engine driving a 200 bar (3000psi) 16 LPM comet with geared triple plunger pump and unloader valve for a smooth and reliable operation. Other hot washer power washers are available upon request including Nilfisk hot wash pressure washers. A variety of water tanks are available. The popular Yanmar hot washer has a maximum rated pressure of 200 Bar (2,800psi), a maximum rated flow of 16LPM (4.2GPM) and maximum rated temperature of 140 deg C (284 deg F). Complete with a 33" heavy duty dual lance with 1/4" MEG 25 degree fan nozzle, 10 metre high pressure twin wire rubber hose for industrial use and longevity. It also comes with a chemical injector on unloader with small filler attached. The fuel tank is equipped with a level float. The hot water is produced from its double coil vertical boiler which is in a stainless steel casing with thermal protection. This hot washer is also fitted with a flame control kit and electronic tempreture setting.

To find out how much a hot water pressure washer costs please contact the team at sales@trailereng.com

How many types of pressure washer are there?

There are many types of pressure washers available on today's market. With the choice of buying petrol powered, diesel powered or electric powered jet washers. There is also the option of having a cold wash or a hot wash pressure washer. All of which can be specified in many forms, each pressure washer can be customised to every application you could possibly think of. From drain jetting to concrete blasting Trailer Engineering can source and configure any jet washer you could ever require. The most popular pressure washers on the market is the 3000 psi diesel pressure washer.

Electric powered pressure washers are perfect for smaller tanks such as cleaning BBQ's, garden decking or cars because they do not have as much power as a diesel or petrol powered jet washer. The electric pressure washers require less maintenance then a fuel powered pressure washer and they also produce less noise with the average running at 78 decibels.

Diesel and petrol powered jet washers are more for industrial and commercial tasks such as washing down machinery, graffiti, side walks, blasting concrete, jetting drains, washing down and removing barnacles off boats, cleaning wheelie bins and many other tasks. Pramac's diesel pressure washer operates at a noise level of 108 decibels and you can also get super silent diesel or petrol powered power washer. Trailer Engineering manufacture a diesel powered super silent pressure washer which operates at a noise level of

NOISE LEVEL @ 1M1m = 79dB , 7m = 73dB

 

What is self priming pressure washer

A self priming pressure washer is simply a pressure washer in which does not need mains pressure to prime the water pump and can suck water to the pump automatically.

How loud is a pressure washer?

Electric pressure washers run at an average noise level of 78 decibels. Pramac's diesel pressure washer operates at a noise level of 108 decibels and you can also get super silent diesel or petrol powered power washer. Trailer Engineering manufacture a diesel powered super silent pressure washer which operates at a noise level of

NOISE LEVEL @ 1M1m = 79dB , 7m = 73dB
What is power washer?

A power washer is another name used for a pressure washer. A power washer can also be referred to as a jet washer.

What pressure is a jet washer?

Jet washers vary in pressure, depending on what application you want to use it for. For industrial use the most popular pressure's will be 2000PSI and 3000PSI. But there is also the opportunity to go to even higher pressure pressure washers.

How many hours can a pressure washer run?

Trailer Engineering's 3000 psi diesel Yanmar pressure washer has a fuel consumption at load of 1.52 Litres per hour and a fuel tank capacity of 5.5 Litres giving you a total running time of 3.62 hours.

How to convert a pressure washer into a sewer jetter?

Converting a pressure washer into a sewer jetter is a very simple process. All you have to do is purchase a drain jetting nozzle attachment from Trailer Engineering, remove the lance and fit the nozzle onto the end of the hose, the attachment propels itself down the drain.

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Why is my pressure washer leaking water?

The most common reason for a pressure washer leaking water is when the pressure washer froze and then expanded. This will lead to cracking parts in both the engine and the water pump. Another reason for a leaking pressure washer could be split seals or perished O rings. There is also the potential of loose connections creating a water leak.

What features to look for in a pressure washer

The most important features to look for when buying a pressure washer are what PSI does it have, what LPM it runs at, what brand of pressure washer it is, what fuel type it is, what attachments it comes with, if it is a hot wash or a cold wash and if it is fitted to a trolly, water bowser or has its own wheels. The other features to check for would be if it was a electric start or recoil start. Check to see if it has a separate unloader valve to the pump or if it comes as an all in one unit and also check to see if it has a gearbox or a direct drive system. All of which are down to customer preference.

Fuel Bowser with Adblue / DEF

Adblue / DEF is becoming more and more popular as new emission laws are coming into place and new machinery require Adblue to operate. When storing Adblue there becomes a challenge as it reacts in direct sunlight and crystallises, it is also corrosive to steel so there is a need for an appropriate storage tank. With the current tanks on the market there was a high risk of pumping equipment getting stolen and the Adblue becoming contaminated. So Trailer Engineering came up with the perfect solution to these problems by manufacturing a range of Adblue / DEF Bowsers and dispensing tanks. The range is constructed from a special polyethylene which does not allow the sunlight's UV rays to react with the contents. Trailer Engineering offer a 110 litre Bowset, 120 litre Adblue dispensing tank which can be retro fitted to any fuel bowser, 950 litre and 2000 litre Adblue cube based on our fuel cube range and a 2140 litre Adblue bowser. All available as a skidbase tank, site tow trailer or a road tow trailer. Trailer Engineering also offer a complete package as a towable fuel bowser with Adblue tank.

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What is DEF fluid / Adblue made of?

Diesel Exhaust Fluid or Ad Blue is a urea solution made up of 32.5% urea and 67.5% of deionized water and is used in the modern diesel engine to reduce emissions.

When it meets the hot exhaust gases it releases Ammonia which is a catalyst to a chemical reaction that converts Nitrogen Oxide into two harmless chemicals Water vapor and Nitrogen.

What is DEF?

DEF stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid also known as Adblue. DEF is the fluid in which is injected into the flow of the exhaust gases to reduce the emissions.

How does DEF / Adblue work?

Small amounts of DEF will be injected into the flow of the exhaust gases. Whilst at high temperature the DEF will turn into ammonia and carbon dioxide. When the DEF reaches the catalyst the harmful nitrogen oxide in the exhaust will react with the ammonia transforming it into harmless nitrogen and water.

Where can i buy Adblue / DEF?

Adblue is widely available in petrol stations, supermarkets, retail shops and online in the form of 1.5 litres, 5 litres and 10 litres. However if you are looking for a large amount of Adblue to fill up your range of Adblue bowsers for onsite use there will be fuel distribution companies which will offer a bulk load of Adblue to be delivered to your door. Most of these companies will only offer Adblue delivery if you are purchasing a minimum of 1000 litres. 

Is there urea in Adblue?

Yes there is urea in Adblue. Diesel Exhaust Fluid or AdBlue is a urea solution made up of 32.5% urea and 67.5% of deionized water and is used in the modern diesel engine to reduce emissions.

 

What happens if i put Adblue into the diesel tank?

If Adblue enters the fuel system it could cause a lot of damage to your injection system, pump and fuel tank. Adblue is corrosive to mild steel, brass, copper and aluminium. It should be stored in a plastic or stainless steel tank. If the engine is started with Adblue in the fuel system it will most likely write-off the engine.  

 

What happens if i put Diesel into the Adblue tank?

If the engine is started with diesel in the DEF tank it will most likely cause significant damage to the catalyst and the Adblue injection system. If this happens it will be a costly repair of the catalyst and injection systems. 

What can i store Adblue in?

Adblue is corrosive to mild steel, brass, copper and aluminium. For storage of Adblue it should be kept in a polyethylene or stainless steel tank. It is also important to ensure all of the tanks fitting's are also either plastic or stainless steel. The pumping equipment will also need to be suitable for Adblue. It is also important to keep Adblue out of direct sunlight as it will crystallise as a reaction from the UV rays.

Trailer Engineering offer a full Adblue range from 110 litres to 2140 litre tanks / bowsers with additional tank sizes available upon request.  

Storing Adblue

Adblue's shelf-life is all dependent on the conditions it is stored in. If stored in direct sunlight the UV rays will make a reaction with the Adblue and make it crystallise.  Adblue has a freezing point of -11.5 ºC if it does become frozen the contents can still be used as it will not effect the Adblue's quality. 

ISO22241 recommends

Constant ambient storage temperature (ºC) Minimum shelf life (months)
≤ 1036
≤ 2518
≤ 3012
≤ 356

Adblue is corrosive to mild steel, brass, copper and aluminium. For storage of Adblue it should be kept in a polyethylene or stainless steel tank. It is also important to ensure all of the tanks fitting's are also either plastic or stainless steel. The pumping equipment will also need to be suitable for Adblue.

Trailer Engineering offer a full Adblue range from 110 litres to 2140 litre tanks / bowsers with additional tank sizes available upon request.  

How do i reset the Adblue warning light?

Simply refill the Adblue tank past the minimum contents level and the light will turn off.

How long will Adblue last?

The amount of Adblue your engine will use all depends on your engine and what loads you put on the engine. The average consumption is around 1 Litre of Adblue to every 600 miles however it could be as high as 1 litre for 350 miles. The fuel to Adblue ratio is 20-1 for example for every 100 litres of diesel you will need 5 litres of Adblue. 

 

 

 

How much Adblue do i need for a tank of fuel?

You should have 5% of Adblue to your fuel tanks contents. The ratio of Adblue used is 20-1 for example for every 100 litres of diesel you will need 5 litres of Adblue.

What happens if i get Adblue on my skin?

Adblue may cause irritation of the skin, if you get Adblue on your skin wash thoroughly with water and remove any contaminated clothing. If you get Adblue in your eyes ensure to wash thoroughly for around 15 minutes with water. If the irritation continues you should seek medical attention.  

Is Adblue a diesel additive?

Adblue is not a additive. It will never come into contact with any fuel. There will be two separate storage tanks, one for diesel and one for Adblue / DEF. The Adblue will go to the exhaust system's catalyst to reduce exhaust emissions and the diesel will run through the engine's fuel system and into the engine's cylinders to power the engine. The Adblue will only come into contact with the diesels burnt gases after they leave the cylinders and travel through the exhaust system.  

Adblue / DEF pumps

Adblue requires a pumping system which will not react to the DEF fluid as Adblue is corrosive to mild steel, copper, brass and aluminium. There are specialist pumps available on the market which are suitable for Adblue. They are constructed from plastic and/or stainless steel. All fitting's to and from the pump must also be constructed of either plastic or stainless steel this also includes the trigger nozzle as any other material will corrode when it comes into contact with the Diesel Exhaust Fluid.   

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What happens if i run out of Adblue / DEF fluid?

If you run out of DEF whilst the engine is still running the engine will reduce its power and performance to limit the amount of emissions it produces. Depending on the engine if the DEF tank is empty before the engine is turned on it will not restart until the Diesel Exhaust Fluid is refilled. Your machine / car / HGV will have a warning light to tell you the DEF is running low. Ensure the DEF is refilled for optimum engine efficiency and to reduce the environmental impact of your exhaust gases.   

What engine's use Adblue?

New Diesel engine's will now have to use Adblue to reduce the environmental impact of their hazardous exhaust gases. This is due to new legislation on emissions for engine manufacturers. You will find all new diesel cars, HGV's and heavy machinery will have to abide by these laws.    

Can i get a Adblue Bowser?

Yes there are many choices in Adblue / DEF tanks as long as they are constructed from polyethylene or stainless steel. Trailer Engineering manufacture a full range of Adblue / DEF bowser's and storage tank's constructed from polyethylene to ensure the cleanest possible storage solution. 

What is Urea?

Urea is mainly used for the production of fertilisers. It is a chemical made up from NH3 (ammonia) and CO2 (carbon dioxide) It's chemical formula is CO (NH2)2. Once Urea is heated up it will decompose into gaseous ammonia. Once it has become gaseous ammonia it will turn nitrogen oxides (NOx) into water and nitrogen.

Is Adblue / DEF classed as dangerous goods?

No DEF / Adblue is not classed as dangerous goods as it is not flammable, not explosive and is harmless to the environment. 

Can i tow a Adblue Bowser on the road?

You may tow EU Highway Approved Adblue Bowsers on the main roads full or empty. You may also need a towing licence dependent on your age, when you passed your test and when the new towing regulation came in where you must take a towing test to tow trailers/Bowsers. (check driving licence).

Towing Bowsers on the Road:

Regards to Towing our Bowsers on the public highways they must have EU Highway Approvals. Our EU Highway bowsers are certified and approved to be towed on the public highways.

They have braked axles, mudguards, road legal lighting, suspension and are designed and approved to be towed on public highways.

Can I Tow a Fuel Bowser on the Road?:

Diesel Bowsers – You can tow up to 1000 Litre without having an ADR licence. You may need a towing licence dependent on your age and when you passed your driving test due to new driver regulations (check driving licence).

Fuel Bowsers over 1000 Litres require an ADR licence to tow the Bowser, you may also need a ‘towing’ licence. (see towing regulations)

Can you Tow a Water Bowser full on the Road?:

You may tow Water EU Highway Approved Bowsers on the main roads full or empty. You may also need a towing licence dependent on your age, when you passed your test and when the new towing regulation came in where you must take a towing test to tow trailers/Bowsers. (check driving licence).

Do I need a towing licence?

Valid driving licence issued after 1 January 1997:

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:

  • Drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
  • Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

Valid Driving Licence issued before 1 January 1997:

If you passed your car driving test before 1 January 1997 you are usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM. View your driving licence information to check.

You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM, (check on any tests required dependent on usage etc) with a valid driving licence.

Can i tow a Adblue Bowser on the road?

You may tow EU Highway Approved Adblue Bowsers on the main roads full or empty. You may also need a towing licence dependent on your age, when you passed your test and when the new towing regulation came in where you must take a towing test to tow trailers/Bowsers. (check driving licence).

Do trailers have chassis number?

All factory built highway tow-able trailers do have chassis numbers. The chassis number can be located on the draw bar, usually on the right hand side (offside) of a A-frame trailer or on a T-frame chassis on the right hand side (offside) of the box section just behind the coupling. Each number will be unique for identification of a trailer. The chassis number must correspond with the VIN number. The VIN number is usually located on the right hand side of the chassis. On a standard VIN plate you will find a 17 digit VIN number with the last 5 digits matching the chassis number and the first 12 digits will relate to the approvals of that trailer. Please note that the number stamped on the coupling is not a chassis number or a VIN number and is solely for the coupling.

Site tow-able trailers will not come with a VIN plate or chassis number, however a site tow-able chassis will come with a 5 digit serial number for the manufacturers identification of a trailer.

Where is the chassis number on a trailer?

A-frame trailer chassis numbers can usually be located on top of the draw bar on the right hand side (offside). 

T-frame trailer chassis numbers can usually be located on the right hand side (offside) of the box section just behind the coupling or on the front of the chassis. 

How long is a trailers VIN number

A trailers VIN number is usually 17 digit's long, the last 5 digits matching the chassis number and the first 12 digits will relate to the approvals of that trailer.

Where is a trailers VIN number?

A-frame trailer VIN numbers can usually be located on the VIN plate usually on the right hand side (offside) of the trailer. 

T-frame trailer VIN numbers can usually be located on the right hand side (offside) of the chassis. 

What is a Fuelcube?

Fuel cube's are manufactured to be compact for efficient transportation and storage of fuel, saving space on a lorry and in the depot. A fuel cube is a static tank in which may be transported on the public highway as long as it has ADR / U.N certifications. As a static tank most fuel cube's will have 4-way forklift pockets and lifting points for easy mobility. Most fuel cubes can be stacked on top of each other to save even more space. A fuel cube is perfect for refuelling Generators, Machinery, Helicopters and a fleet of vehicles, with tanks ranging in size and options for them to hold Diesel, JetA1, Oil and Adblue. 

Can i stack a Fuelcube?

Some fuel cubes will be approved for stacking on top of each other please contact the manufacturer for information on how many can be stacked. Trailer Engineering's Polycube range can be stacked 3 high when empty and 2 high when full. 

What is a Fuelcube made from?

There are several type's of Fuel cubes on the market, however the most popular fuel cube's are constructed from either Polyethylene or Steel. 

Can you get a Fuelcube trailer?

There are manufacturers in which will offer a package of a fuelcube and a trailer to suit. Trailer Engineering offer its unique Polycube with the option of a highway tow-able trailer in which can be configured to carry 1 x 950 litre, 2 x 950 litre, 1 x 2000 litre Polycubes. There is also the option for a combination of a Generator and Polycube on a trailer.  

Can i get a bunded Fuelcube

To meet environmental law the fuel cube must comply with the control of pollution (oil storage) regulation 2001 No.2954, Environmental Agency PPG2 regulations.

To transport fuel in a fuel cube on the public highway it is mandatory for the tank to be bunded and fully certified under the ADR / U.N certifications. 

Can i transport a Fuelcube full on the road?

To transport a fuel cube containing fuel on the public highway it will need to be certified under the ADR / U.N certifications.  

Can i crane a Fuelcube full?

Most fuel cube's can be craned when full, it is advised to check if the lifting points have been approved for lifting as some fuel cube's will not be suitable to crane when full. 

Fuel cubes that are tested under U.N / ADR regulations are certified for lifting as part of the approval.

Do Fuelcubes have a contents gauge?

Most fuel cube's will come with a contents gauge or dip stick as standard however some manufacturers will only offer them as a optional extra. 

Can i transport a Polycube on the road?

The Polycube is certified under the U.N certifications for storage and transportation. The Polycube can be transported by Road, Rail, Sea and Air.

What is a Polycube?

A Polycube is an alternative to the steel fuel cube. It is constructed from a robust Polyethylene and secured in a galvanised steel frame. The Polycube is lighter than steel and fully secure, it is also 100% corrosion-free and produces less condensation then the conventional steel fuel cube. The Polycube is a bunded skidbase fuel cube fully U.N certified for storage and transportation of fuel.   

Can i Stack a Polycube?

The Polycube range can be stacked 3 high when empty and 2 high when full under its U.N certification. 

Can i crane a Polycube full?

The Polycube is certified for lifting when full under its U.N certification.

Can i transport a Polycube full on the road?

The Polycube is fully U.N certified and can be transported by Road, Rail, Sea and Air when full.

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