TIRES, BEARINGS, AND LIGHTS
- Check the pressure on all of your tires to verify that they are inflated to the proper PSI, as stated on the outer wall of the tire.
- Check the wheel bearings every 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) or every 6 months (whichever comes first).
- Ensure there is plenty of grease in the hub. If required, repack the hub with clean grease and replace any damaged components.
- Follow step-by-step instructions on how to repack your wheel bearings.
- It is recommended that you check your bearings before and during any trips that exceed 1,000 miles or 1,600 kilometers.
- Examine the electrical connector on your trailer. All prongs should be clean and secure. If there is any corrosion, you may use a wire brush, electrical contact cleaner and dielectric grease to maximize conductivity.
COUPLER AND HITCH
- If you have changed vehicles, check your new vehicle owner’s manual to ensure it is capable of towing your trailer. You will need to have a minimum Class 2 hitch with a 2 ball.
- Ensure that the vehicle’s hitch is set to the appropriate height. The tongue of the trailer should be parallel to the ground when the trailer is latched onto the vehicle.
- Always make sure you are using the correct size ball.
- The coupler should be well lubricated for optimal performance.
SIDES, GATES AND RAMPS
- Examine your trailer to ensure that all hardware is secure and free of corrosion.
- Replace any loose or damaged hardware.
- For utility trailers, ensure that your ring snap pins and safety straps are correctly installed and functioning properly.
- For landscape trailers, all hinges and locking bars/pins should also be checked and properly secured before towing.
- These simple pre-trip ideas can save you a lot of time and money and more importantly less headaches!