If you are one of the millions of Americans who love to go camping or on other outdoor adventures, then it is imperative that you know how to handle a trailer. Transporting heavy equipment such as boats, jet skis, and ATVs needs to be done in a secure manner and trailers offer the perfect solution.
Regardless of the size, towing a trailer requires you to take a few measures to stay safe. A little precaution saves you from potential trouble on the road. So, here are some tips for you to tow your trailer safely.
- Adherence to the Weight Limit
When hauling a trailer, it is imperative that you know the weight restrictions on your towing vehicle. Unsure of where the information is located? It can be found in your vehicles owner’s manual. If the trailer is to heavy for the towing vehicle it can be life-threatening. Too much weight could put a strain on the vehicle’s engine and transmission. Never exceed the maximum towing capacity of your vehicle. If you do it could cause stability issues and the potential of losing control of the trailer.
- Inspecting Your Trailer Tires Before Each Tow
Before hooking your trailer for each tow, you need to make sure that the trailer is safe and sound. Starting with the tires look for inconsistencies, such as uneven wear of the tires. If there is uneven wear of the tires there is an underlying problem, you will need to take the trailer to a dealer to address and correct the issue. Cracks, bald spots, bulges, and cords showing on any tire, they will need to be replaced. Next check the tire pressure. If the tire pressure is incorrect it can reduce the stability of the trailer, and cause rapid tire wear. These things all can cause a tire blowout resulting in loss of control of the trailer.
- Even Weight Distribution
Weight distribution is one of the most important factors when successfully towing a trailer. Too much weight towards the rear of the trailer will cause the trailer to sway or dogtail. Too much weight in the front of the trailer will result in additional stress to your tow vehicle due to the increase in tongue weight. Distribute your cargo weight evenly with the heaviest items over the axles to ensure a smooth tow.
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