8 Trailer Towing Tips

Driving a regular car is far from towing a trailer truck. The experience is different, so you should take note of many things to become the tow trip a successful. Before you tow some load and head out there, make sure that your tow truck is ready and road worthy. The trailer truck has different capacity compare to the regular vehicles you’re driving.  

Remember that during towing, everything is longer, the cornering, slowing down and speeding up. The following tips should be noted so you won’t damage your truck and get into road troubles.  

  1. Proper Tongue Weight 

For the trailer to have a good stability, set the tongue weight to 10-15% of the vehicle’s total weight. If it doesn’t have enough rear suspension spring rate to accept the tongue weight, get an equalizing hitch. This will transfer some of the tongue weight to the vehicle’s front axle.  

  1. Tire Pressure 

When you prepare the trailer for your next town, check the tire pressure. Make sure to run the tires at their maximum recommended pressure. This will make them run cooler and the vehicle will consume less gas when booting.  

  1. Safety Chains 

Cross the safety chains in an X-pattern. If the hitch adrift, the trailer tongue will drop onto the chains instead of dropping onto the ground. Doing so will also minimize the damage on your truck and maximize your control over it.  

  1. Load Check 

Even if you’re super sure that you’re loading the exact weight, don’t forget to double check. Even if the tie downs for the load is tight, they could loosen up when the suspension jiggles everything. Re-tighten the tie downs every once in a while.  

  1. Inspection 

Don’t forget to do an inspection! If you’re on a long tow mission and you make stops on the way, do a walk-around inspection of the tires, hitch and wiring. Check if the breakaway cable and the harness connector are still connected. Check the hitch ball and the nut on the bottom of it. Make sure the hairpins and hitch pins are still holding the draw bar. Check the tire pressure every time you pull over.  Check the wheel-bearing temperatures, brake drum and the tire.  

  1. Brakes 

Before you start the trip, don’t forget to check the electric brake function once you slide the brake controller level over an inch or more. The trailer brakes should actuate. Hold the brakes on partway on for 10 seconds so make sure the brake shoes are working. Pull over and check if its heating equally with the IR thermometer.  

  1. Battery Charge 

Check the status of the battery charge. Many trailers need their batteries to be charged manually.  

  1. Bearing Life 

Get the best synthetic wheel-bearing grease that you can find and pack the trailer bearings with it. Do this annually. If you’ve got a boat trailer which is regular immersed, do the packing of trailer bearings twice. If the trailer encounters a lot of saltwater, it should be doubled.  

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