Premier Truck Rental has just introduced trailers to our fleet, and we want to ensure everyone is informed on how to safely connect and load your trailers. Improperly connecting a trailer to your tow vehicle, or improperly loading your trailer can result in serious injuries and accidents. It’s important for trailer users to always take the time to safely hook up, examine, and load their trailer. Here’s a list of safety steps to help you safely operate a utility trailer.
Check your truck’s towing capacity. Confirm the truck can handle the weight of your trailer and the intended materials you’ll be hauling.
Check your hitch, receiver, ball, and coupler size to ensure your towing equipment is compatible together.
Line up hitch receiver, and secure the coupler. Place your safety pin and cotter pin to prevent your hitch from releasing from your receiver.
The two safety chains must be crisscrossed and latched to your truck.
Next, clip your trailer breakaway device to your truck.
Connect trailer plug and test your lights. Hazard lights, Left/Right turn signal, and brake lights.
Check your brakes, and the truck brake settings.
Test trailer’s tire pressure and tread.
Have your mirrors set correctly, so you always see your trailer behind you.
Verify trailer documentation is up to date.
When you’re ready to start loading your trailer, (in most cases) your trailer tongue weight should be between 10% and 15% of the trailer load.
Make sure you’re fastening down your load with the appropriate straps and d-rings.
For more information on trailer safety, please visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Cars/Problems/Equipment/towing/safety_tips.htm.
Our New Trailer Product Line Includes:
- Enclosed Trailer Rentals
- Enclosed Contractor Trailer Rental
- Low Pro Deckover Trailer Rental
- Steel High Side Trailer Rentals
- Tilt Bed Trailer Rental
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