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      Trailer Safety

      Load and Haul your Trailer Safely

       

      The most important thing to consider when loading a trailer is how the weight is distributed. Not only do you have to fit everything you need on or into the trailer, you need to make sure that 60% of the weight of what you load on the trailer is in front of the trailer’s axle(s). Too much weight behind the axle(s) can result in trailer sway, leaving a dangerous driving situation for you and others traveling down the road. It’s also important that the trailer is loaded evenly from driver side to passenger side. Take a look at the diagram below for proper load ratios for trailers.

       

      To ensure the safety of your load and others, go through this checklist below before driving off:

       

      • Correct size trailer ball in use

       

      • Trailer ball tightly secured to the ball mount

       

      • Ball mount pinned securely in the receiver

       

      • Trailer coupled all the way onto the ball

       

      • Trailer coupler is completely seated on the ball and latched

       

      • Trailer jack retracted and in towing position

       

      • Trailer wiring harness connected to the vehicle

       

      • Safety chains are crossed and hooked to the trailer hitch

       

      • All loads are firmly secure with appropriate ratcheting strap

       

      • All trailer lights working properly – running, brake, and turn signals 

       

      • (If present) Weight distribution hitch spring bars are firmly attached to the hitch

       

      • (If present) Weight distribution hitch spring bars tension set correctly

       

      • (If present) Breakaway switch securely attached to vehicle

       

      • (If present) Trailer brake control is working and adjusted correctly

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