5 Helpful Tips on Choosing a Horse Trailer
Selecting and purchasing a horse trailer can be an overwhelming and stressful event if you do not know what to consider. This short guide will explain the top five helpful tips when choosing a horse trailer.
1. Consider tongue weight
What is tongue weight you ask? Tongue weight is a towing term. It is the downward force that the tongue of the trailer applies to the hitch of your pick-up that is towing the trailer. It applies to how much weight you can safely tow behind your vehicle without having trailer sway or steering issues. If the tongue weight is too light, you can get trailer sway. If the tongue weight is too heavy, the steering of your pick-up will be affected, and both are safety issues. Make sure the horse trailer you are looking to purchase has a tongue weight of between nine and fifteen percent of the gross trailer weight.
2. Know how much it will tow
Make sure you know how much your towing vehicle, as well as the trailer, will carry when full to capacity. This is important to know so you can calculate the weight of your horse or horses and see if they will both be able to be towed in the same trailer based on the gross trailer weight rating. There are certain regulations on the weight placed on trailers, so make sure you have all the up-to-date information.
3. Confirm the gross weight load of the vehicle
An important factor to consider when looking for trailers and horse trailers, in particular, is the gross trailer weight (GTW) and gross trailer weight rating (GTWR). A gross trailer weight rating is the weight of a trailer that is loaded to full capacity, including the weight of the trailer itself as well as any fluids, cargo, and accessories that a vehicle is allowed to tow on the highways and roads. This rating is from automakers and never changes. It is important due to safety. If a vehicle is overloaded (including the weight of the trailer), the brakes on the towing vehicle may fail, causing a highway accident. The gross weight should never surpass the gross weight rating!
4. Make sure there is no noise in the trailer
Another important consideration when choosing a horse trailer is to look for sound in the trailer. This is not a good scenario as an extremely noisy trailer can scare an animal or give it anxiety, neither which you want when towing your beloved friend. The reason for a loud trailer can be due to weak flooring so you and the horses can hear road noise. Another reason is when the insulation is lacking. Not only will it be noisy, but it will not keep warmth in on a wintry day.
5. Ensure safety
The number one way to choose a horse trailer is to ensure safety. Make sure the trailer you are looking to purchase has correctly installed LED lights as well as brake lights on the trailer. You need safety stripping and electric brakes as well. Another critical consideration is whether the trailer has a breakaway, which will allow the trailer to stop by itself in the unlikely event that the trailer becomes loose from the vehicle towing it.
As you can see, there are a lot of considerations when choosing to purchase a horse trailer. By following our advice, you will select a trailer that is safe on the road and for your horses for years to come!
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