Simple Tips to Properly HitchJan 09, 2017
If you visit any truck repair shop or storage unit in the country, you’ll hear tons of stories about trucks pulling into the parking lot with overloaded hitches, overworking engines, and overused ball bearings. As comical as some of these stories may be, it shows that there may be a bigger problem: people are incorrectly loading their enclosed trailers to tow long distances. To help keep your trailer in good condition and your truck from ending up on the side of the road broken down, we have compiled the top 3 common mistakes people make when towing.
Forgetting the Brakes
Your brakes are the most essential part of any vehicles operating system. They are also the most overlooked. Unlike the brakes on your tow, trailer brakes do not self-adjust to the road conditions and wear. They too need to be manually adjusted and repaired for wear and tear. Furthermore, not only do people forget that trailer brakes need to be repaired, they also forget to apply the trailer brakes before the tow. Applying the trailer brakes not only help to improve control but also prevents the trailer from rolling away in the event it becomes unhitched.
It doesn’t matter what you’re towing, it must be towed properly. Incorrectly loading your trailer (this includes overloading) can cause control issues and create hazardous conditions for hitching your enclosed trailer. An off-balanced trailer can be at risk of tipping over. An overloaded trailer can put too much weight and force on the rig, causing broken hitches, blown shocks, and worn suspensions. Be sure to double check all necessary parts and weight requirements before getting ready to hitch your trailer.
Low Tire Pressure
Just like the braking system, people often forget to check their tire pressure before long hauls. If your trailer has been stored for a while, be sure to check the tire pressure and refill as necessary before you load it up. Underinflated tires are a serious hazard. Having an even tire pressure on both your trailer and your towing vehicle can help to prevent the risk of blowing out a tire on your trip.
Keep these three mistakes in mind when you get ready to load up your next enclosed trailer. They can help you to avoid costly mistakes going forward.