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Trailering Checklist – Know before you tow!
WARNING: Before towing any trailer, be sure to read and familiarize yourself with all documentation and warnings supplied by the manufacturer. Every Load Rite trailer is shipped from the factory with an Owner’s Manual. Make sure you receive a hard copy from your dealer, or download here.
ALWAYS CHECK BEFORE YOU TOW:
- Coupler, hitch and hitch ball are of the correct size and that all ratings match
- Coupler is safely secured to tow ball and safety chains are attached to the vehicle hitch
- Check all trailer fasteners for proper tightness
- Boat or other cargo is securely tied down to trailer front and rear (winch cable or strap is not a tie down)
- Wheel lug nuts are properly tightened to 85 to 90 lb/ft of torque
- Wheel bearings are properly adjusted, maintained, and lubricated
- Brake fluid reservoir is topped off
- Trailer brakes are properly adjusted and working (if trailer is so equipped)
- Load is within maximum carrying capacity of the trailer and is properly balanced on the trailer
- Tongue weight does not exceed 5% to 7% of the total trailer load
- Tires are properly inflated to the maximum indicated tire sidewall pressure when cold
- All trailer lighting is working properly
Be prepared. Plan ahead. Bring tools and spares.
- Jack and lug wrench– make sure to carry a jack and lug wrench that will work on a trailer. The jack and lug wrench that came with the tow vehicle may work on your trailer, but don't count on it. If using a hydraulic bottle jack, use a block of wood between the top of the jack and the trailer frame. Carry a plank to use below the jack in case of unstable ground.
- Spare parts - Make up a special “trailer kit” and to carry on all trips. This kit should include a spare wheel and tire, jack, lug wrench, wheel chocks, extra line (for tie-downs and winch), extra light bulbs, bearing grease and a grease gun, wheel bearings and seals, and road flares.