Keep Your New Trailer Working Safely
Purchasing your new trailer seems simple enough. You have taken your time and shopped around to find the perfect trailer to fit your specific needs. No matter if you plan to use your new trailer every day or intermittently, it is essential to keep it properly maintained to make sure you can keep it safely on the road for many years to come. By taking specific measures and understanding how to operate your trailer safely, you will reduce any unforeseen issues that could arise while hauling a trailer on the road.
Know Your Trailers Limits & Capabilities
It is not enough to simply assume that all trailers are built alike. Before taking your new trailer out on the road, fully understand how it is designed to perform. Your trailer’s owner’s manual should reveal valuable information that will keep you on the road safely. Factors such as the vehicle’s towing capacity needed to pull the trailer, proper coupling of the trailer to the vehicle towing it, and weight limits are all important to know.
Make Sure Your Trailer Is Level
A balanced load is a safe load, and to keep your load balanced, your trailer will need to be level at all times. This includes leveling from side to side as well as from front to rear. If your vehicle trailer hitch is too high for your trailer tongue, your trailer will not be level, and your load could move around while underway. To keep a trailer level and in line with the vehicle by which it is being towed, you will need to determine how to raise or lower your trailer to the correct height.
Trailer Lights, Brakes, & Tires
By law, trailers are supposed to display working breaking and turn signaling lights at all times. Always check your lights connections before hitting the road with your trailer; replacing bulbs is much less expensive to purchase than paying for a traffic citation. If your trailer is equipped with a braking system, it should also be checked regularly to ensure proper working conditions. The last thing you want to find out on a haul is that your breaks are failing.
Perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of trailer maintenance is its tires. Regardless of use, tires can become incredibly susceptible to dry rot, causing them to disintegrate when exposed to the roadway’s friction and heat. Tires also take the weight under towing brunt, and unbalanced loads can lead to underinflated tires. Always check your trailer’s tire pressure and overall condition when you perform your other maintenance checks.
Hit The Road With Confidence
When you buy your trailer though Trailers 2 Go 4 Less, you can be confident that your equipment is made of the highest quality. Our trailers are all built to haul for long periods when you perform regular maintenance checks on your new trailer.