Why Buy a United Trailer


A trailer with an NATM Compliance Decal affixed to the frame is a trailer that was manufactured by a member who successfully completed the consultation process.

The NATM Compliance Verification Program (CVP) is a mandatory program for all NATM member trailer manufacturers. This program involves multiple components, all of which are geared toward creating safer trailers and in turn, safer roadways.

The program begins with the Guidelines for Minimum Recommended Manufacturing Practices (Guidelines). The Guidelines are a compilation of applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, regulations, and industry best practices – all found in one easy to use, organized compendium. The purpose of the Guidelines is to create easy access to reference materials and federal regulation with which trailer manufacturers are required to comply.

NATM then provides technical support in understanding and applying these often complex regulations to trailer construction.

Through the CVP, it is the mission of NATM to educate our member manufacturers on those requirements set forth by governing bodies. With this free flow of information and open lines of communication NATM members are provided with access to resources and information that can often be time consuming and difficult to compile on their own.

Members then undergo a biennial consultation. The consultation features an extensive checklist of items, all pulled from the Guidelines, intended to ensure member manufacturers have the processes in place to build trailers in accordance with federal safety regulations and industry best practices. A key component of the program is that an independent third party from NATM, knowledgeable in the requirements, conducts the consultation.

Members then undergo a biennial consultation. The consultation features an extensive checklist of items, all pulled from the Guidelines, intended to ensure member manufacturers have the processes in place to build trailers in accordance with federal safety regulations and industry best practices. A key component of the program is that an independent third party from NATM, knowledgeable in the requirements, conducts the consultation.

Though the following is not a complete list, the consultation includes a review of the following items;

  •  Administrative: WMI number, information current with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), record keeping (i.e. tires, Early Warning Reporting, etc.), Vin Labels, and Owner’s Manuals
  • Safety Standards: safety chains or cables, brakes, emergency breakaway systems, rear underride
  • Lighting: as required for trailers 30 feet in length or longer or trailers under 30 feet in length, as required for trailers 80 inches in width or wider or trailer under 80 inches in width
  • Conspicuity Tape: as required for trailer 80 inches in width or wider and 10,001 lbs. GVWR or larger
  • Recommendations: various recommendation based on industry best practices. All NATM trailer manufacturer members are required to successfully complete a compliance consultation. Once a member has done so, they are able to purchase and place NATM Compliance Decals on their trailers.

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