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Safety Tips When Hauling a Utility Trailer in Summer

Safety Tips When Hauling a Utility Trailer in Summer

The onset of summer means the start of the hauling season for several drivers, as families get their boats, campers, and other outdoor gear out after the end of dull winter. But, before you hitch up and get ready for your outing, it’s essential to think about trailer safety as far as its maintenance and hauling is concerned.

Follow these tips to ensure safe hauling during your summer excursion.

  • Have a walk around before you head out. Inspect the tires, lights, and all other trailer connections to ensure they are functioning properly. Install extended side mirrors to your trailer, if it’s wider than your tow vehicle.

  • Make sure that there are two safety chains between your trailer and tow vehicle in order to prevent the accident, which can occur if trailer tongue comes off the tow ball.

  • It is better to have a separate braking system and breakaway switch for trailers weighing greater than 1,500 pounds with load. If the used utility trailer has brakes, ensure they are working appropriately. You can add the breakaway cable to the tow vehicle.

  • Federal government states that a trailer needs to have operating lights, turn signals, brake lights, and side-marker lights. Check all available lights every time, before you use the trailer, as moisture and vibration can wreck havoc with these crucial parts. Freshen up corroded connection with spray electrical cleaner. You can protect these connections with non-conductive, water resistant, dielectric grease.

  • Ensure that all lug nuts are tight. Examine the tire pressure regularly and inflate the tires as per the trailer manufacturer’s recommendations. It is better to invest in a spare tire and wheel if your trailer lacks one. Also, get a lug wrench and scissor-style jack. Make sure that you have a wheel chock always.

  • Remove the wheels at the onset of summer to inspect wheel bearings or hire a mechanic to do it. These bearing may need to be repacked with grease after a long winter or if they are exposed to water. Also, lubricate all moving components of the hitch assembly with grease. Ensure that all bolts, nuts, and fasteners are tight.

  • Generally, tires of a used utility trailer for sale do not wear a lot, but they crack, rot, and get damaged with time as they are loaded heavily and positioned at a place for long while being exposed to the sun. It is advisable to replace the trailer’s tires once in a decade in accordance with their manufacturing date, regardless of the wear. Check the sidewall to confirm the date of manufacture.

  • Load your trailer evenly from front to back and side to side in order to secure the load.

  • Make sure you have the right size of tow ball for your trailer coupler. Towing is improved if the hitch places the ball at the equal height as the trailer tongue when the trailer is leveled and places the tow ball as close to the tow vehicle’s rear bumper as possible. When using heavy trailers, ensure equal weight distribution and use anti-sway equipment for the same.

  • If you are hauling  a trailer to another state, ensure that the trailer complies with all local rules and regulations and weight constraints. Plan your journey ahead of time to be aware of tunnels, bridges, and other potential concerns during your hauling journey.

If you follow these safety tips when hauling utility trailer in Georgia this summer, you can enjoy safe and sound road trip and avoid mishaps along the way.

  • Myles Oddo

    Quite useful tips, I would say.