Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)?

The Gross Axle Weight Rating is maximum total weight to be carried by a single axle. This weight rating must never be exceeded.

How Much Will My Trailer Carry?

Carrying capacity is calculated by taking the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) and subtracting the trailers empty weight (tare). The remaining balance is the legal payload. * EXAMPLE: 10,000 lbs. (GVWR) -minus 2,200 lbs. (Empty Weight) = 7,800 lbs. Payload

Can Derkson Trailer Build Me A Custom Trailer?

Derkson Trailer has the most diverse line of trailers available in the industry, as well as, custom manufacturing capabilities. Derkson Trailer is a production based manufacturer, with unlimited ability to custom build any trailer to your specifications. You may contact our...
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Does Derkson Trailers Have A Service / Repair Department?

Derkson Trailers is your one-stop shop for trailer parts, service, repairs and accessories. We have qualified, certified mechanics and welders to repair any of your trailer needs. Whether you are looking to do the work yourself and need all the parts, or you want it done by the...
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Does Derkson Trailers Have The Parts To Repair My Trailer Myself?

Yes! Parts can be ordered online from our Parts Superstore and delivered to your door within days. Or you can come to the factory to pick them up yourself. Your Choice!

What Type Of Hydraulic Fluid Should I Use?

The recommended Hydraulic Fluid is AW 32, or equivalent. It is most commonly used with mobile equipment operating in environmentally-sensitive sites year-round.

What Are The Differences/Benefits Between Leaf Springs And Torsion Type Axles?

Majority of trailers have leaf-spring axles. However, torsion axles have been increasingly used due to their superiority in longevity, stability, and safety. Leaf springs provide cushion in a trailers suspension by attaching to axles with U-bolts. On torsion axle trailers, the...
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What Are The Differences And Benefits Between Electric And Surge Brakes?

Electric brakes are the most commonly used brake package with trailers, unless it is a boat trailer or watercraft hauling trailer, which mainly come with surge brakes because electric brakes can short out if the trailer is backed into the water. Electric brakes allow you to control them...
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Will My Vehicle Be Able To Pull The Trailer I Want?

Each tow vehicle has a different tow capacity. You should always check your tow vehicle's owners manually to find the specifications for towing a trailer.

Does Derkson Trailers Install Brake Controllers?

Yes! Derkson Trailers has qualified, certified mechanics to do your install, Or, if you may decide to do-it-yourself, a brake controller and other parts can be purchased online from our Factory Parts Superstore, or you can come in and pick up your parts yourself.

Do I Need Brakes On A Trailer?

It depends on the weight of the trailer, what you are hauling, and your provincial rules and regulations. Please refer to the Ministry of Transportation website. In Saskatchewan, “a Trailer having a gross weight of 1,360 kilograms (3,000 Ibs) or more shall be equipped with...
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How Do I Maintain Wheel Bearings?

All of our trailers come with EZ Lube axle spindles. All you have to do is remove the rubber plug on the wheel bearing dust cap and by using a standard grease gun, simply pump fresh grease into the bearings. This should be done a couple times a year depending on the amount of use.

Does Derkson Trailers Offer In-House Financing?

In-house financing is available on a select group of trailers and subject to approved credit. Contact one of our sales associates for more details.

When Do I Require An Annual Safety Inspection (Aka Yellow Safety Sticker)?

You require an annual safety inspection if both your truck and trailer meet the following: The truck's actual weight, registered gross weight or gross vehicle weight rating exceeds 4,500 kilograms (9,920 lbs), or The actual weight of the truck, when added to the actual weight of the...
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Can I do the vinyl fence install myself?

All of our vinyl fences come with written instructions that will soon be available here online. Any vinyl fence purchased from Derkson Fencing includes installation support. If you ever have any questions about installing your vinyl fence that you can’t...
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Do you cement the posts?

For maximum stability, we recommend that the posts be cemented. It is recommended that you treat vinyl posts the same as you would wood posts. If it is common and normal to cement fence posts in your area, then you should cement the vinyl posts.  

How big should the hole be if I’m cementing the posts?

A good rule of thumb is dig the hole twice the diameter of the post and fill cement within two inches of the top of the hole.  

How do I clean Vinyl Fence?

As with all exterior products, the fence will become dirty when exposed to the elements. A mild detergent and water should be sufficient to keep your fence or deck rail looking new. For tough stains, “soft scrub” or baking soda works well. Simple Green and steel wool also...
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How does Vinyl Fence hold up to weed eaters?

As with all PVC and wood products, direct contact with lawn and garden equipment can cause damage to the posts. Use caution when operating any type of equipment near fence posts, especially commercial trimmers, which are more aggressive.  

Will it mildew or collect mold?

Vinyl products will, when subjected to extended damp weather, collect mold and mildew. They are, however, easily cleaned with a solution of mild household detergent and water.  

Are Vinyl Fences graffiti proof?

Although not classified as graffiti proof, vinyl fencing is easy to clean and paint comes off with just a little effort. It may require the use of a pressure washer or in extreme cases the use of paint thinner. 400 grit sandpaper may be used when some spots will not come...
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Will the Vinyl Fence Break in Cold or Hot Weather?

As with most plastics, vinyl will become less flexible in colder weather conditions. However, unless subjected to unusual impact, it will not break. It is normal for vinyl fence materials to expand and contract during temperature changes. Our products have been engineered to...
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How Strong are Vinyl Fences?

Vinyl fencing from Derkson Fence has been impact modified with a chemical compound. The formulation has been tailored to meet or exceed the requirements necessary for the performance of the product.  

Can you make gates from the product?

Gates can be made from the same material you use in any vinyl fence or vinyl railing.  

Can I get custom Vinyl Fence styles made?

Virtually any fence style that can be made out of wood or ornamental iron can be made out of vinyl. The vinyl fence styles are only limited by your imagination. There is a wide variety of vinyl fencing styles available if you do not see what you want on our website. Please...
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How high can I make my Vinyl Fence?

It is recommended that any fence over 6′ tall have the posts reinforced. Always check with local building codes before having your vinyl fence installed.  

How long will my Vinyl Fence last?

Vinyl fences from Derkson are designed to last a lifetime. They are backed by a transferable, lifetime warranty.  

Can Vinyl Fence break?

Vinyl Fencing requires very little maintenance. Under normal conditions this maintenance is in the form of annual washing of the fence to keep it looking new. There is no staining or painting needed.  

How does Vinyl Fence stand up in the wind?

Most vinyl fences are designed to withstand normal wind load. The amount of load is dependent on the installation of the posts and horizontal rails. If installed according to Derkson PCV Vinyl Fence specifications, the fences are designed to stand up to normal wind loads.  

Does Vinyl Fence expand?

It is normal for vinyl fence materials to expand and contract during temperature changes. Your contractor will allow for expansion and contraction during the installation process.  

What is the warranty on Vinyl Fence?

All our vinyl products carry a limited lifetime warranty against peeling, flaking, blistering, corroding, rotting, rusting, termite consumption, abnormal discolouration or weathering.  

Will Vinyl Fence fade?

Under normal use, no. All our products are warranted against fading.  

Will Vinyl Fence crack, chip, peel or rot?

During the life of the fence you should not expect to find surface cracking, peeling, chipping or rotting.  

What is the cost of the product compared to wood?

The cost of the product is amazingly similar to wood product (e.g. #1 grade clear cedar or redwood with #1 grade, free of heart fence posts, and then add paint preparation including sanding and priming and painting). Also if you calculate the cost of future maintenance, then vinyl is...
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Can you use vinyl as a porch or guard railing?

When properly designed, vinyl porch railings make a very stable porch and deck rail system designed to be used at ground level and on balcony applications.