Hauling Safely

Hauling anything from a travel trailer to a cargo trailer is a great way to carry additional items without making lots of trips. But you must know the safety pre cautions to haul safely and correctly.

Safety cautions when towing

Steps before hitting the road, conduct a safety inspection of the following:

  • Be sure that the pin securing the ball mount to the receiver are intact and in place.
  • Look to see that the hitch coupler is secure.
  • The spring bar hinges should be tight with the safety clips in place.
  • The safety chains should be attached properly.
  • The electrical plug should be properly installed.

Additional considerations when towing a trailer with your vehicle include the following:

  • Your vehicle must match the trailer properly.

  • Do not allow passengers to ride in a trailer while it is being towed.

  • Trailers must be weighed to make sure that the loads are distributed properly both from the front to back and left to right.

  • Before making your trip, evaluate the weight distribution in the trailer. Hitch weights for travel trailers should typically be at least 10 percent of the gross weight of the trailer to avoid complications

  • Motorists must be careful when towing, though, to prevent accidents and remain safe on the roadways.

Safety always matters

Having the right weight and hitch adjustments should help the trailer handle well. However, if you detect any swaying, be sure to stop and check to see if the load has shifted and to see If the trailer hitch is secure. Also look for suspension problems and make sure that the tires are secure and inflated properly.