For any mechanic or car repair man, they have had their fair share of overloaded hitches and overworked engines. While this may or may not be amusing for the mechanics, there are clearly many people who are misinformed about the correct loading of their utility trailers. To help keep your trailer and your towing vehicle in good condition, here are 3 common mistakes.
Forgetting the Brakes
Trailer brakes do not adjust to the road like the towing vehicle brakes. Not only may the towing vehicle’s brakes need to be repaired, so do your trailer brakes. Trailer brakes help improve control of the trailer and help prevent the trailer from rolling away if it unhitched.
No matter what your load size, it is always important to tow your utility trailer properly. Loading your trailer incorrectly can result in control issues and hazardous conditions. If your trailer is unbalanced, you could be at risk of tipping over or contributing to an accident. On the opposite end, if your trailer is overloaded, it can put too much weight on the rig resulting in broken hitches and worn suspensions. Before hitching your trailer, be sure to do a safety inspection and ensure all necessary parts and weight requirements before hitching your trailer. Use your best judgment.
It is a good practice to check your tire pressure before long hauls, and especially important to do so if your trailer has been stored for a while. Refill tires as needed before loading up. Forgetting to do so can result in a serious hazard or accident. Ensuring the tire pressure is even on both your trailer and your towing vehicle will help prevent the risk of blowing out a tire.