Proper Trailer Procedures

Having a trailer to hook up to your truck, van or other vehicle makes transporting a wide assortment of items much easier.  Some of the more common items to haul are work tools, small vehicles, and even recreational material such as scooters.  One of the more popular types of trailer is a boat trailer pennsylvania

Weight Discernment

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When loading your trailer weight needs to be the primary consideration.  Too often than not the back of the trailer will weigh the most because it is where we put the majority of our larger items.  Then as we move forward we put smaller more accessible items that weigh less towards the front.  As a result when we hook up the trailer the weight is not evenly distributed.  When loading the trailer try to have the front middle and back all evenly weighted.

Open air boat trailers

When dealing with open air and boat trailers there are generally no sides or top to help keep the items contained.  As a result these trailers will only be able to hold larger items that won’t slip or blow off.  When using open air trailers it is important that you have tarps and straps to create a protective barrier between your items and the wind.

Drive Slow

When pulling a trailer you need to drive slowly.  This doesn’t mean that you don’t follow the speed limits and general rules of the road, but you do need to watch your speed.  When taking corners you need to compensate for your trailer and its load.  Watch for shifting items, lose tarps and straps.

Make sure break lights are working

Finally when driving any trailer you want to make sure that your break and signal lights are working.  When pulling large loads the lights on your vehicle will be blocked.  Making sure that traffic behind you can see signals, breaking lights and a flag is attached to extended loads will ensure that everyone knows where you are, what you are doing and can take proper action to ensure everyone is safe.