Monday, August 14, 2017

7 Trailer Towing Tips for Cross-Country Travel

7 Trailer Towing Tips for Cross-Country Travel

Any time you’re traveling long-distance with your trailer you’ll want to do proper maintenance and setup. The last thing you want is to run into mechanical issues while on the road and have to delay your trip.

Driving a trailer long-distance is much different than simply driving your vehicle. It takes a much more advanced skill set. Remember, you have another large center of mass behind you that needs to be accounted for. However, you can make it much easier on yourself by implementing the tips below.

1. Check Your Brakes

Once you begin your tow trip you’ll want to check the function of your brakes. If you have a brake controller, then slide this over an inch or two and you should feel the trailer brakes start to work. You’ll also want to check that all the trailer brake shoes are functioning properly as well.

2. Use Safety Chains

A lot of people decide not to use safety chains. But, when you’re traveling over a long-distance it’s a good idea to use any safeguards at your disposal. You can cross the safety chains under your hitch from side to side. That way if the hitch does come lose, then it will drop onto the chains, instead of the ground.

If you’ve experienced troubles with your hitch in the past, then this is a must-have.

3. Check the Tire Pressure

It’s always recommended to have your tires at the maximum recommended tire pressure. This will not only keep you safer on the road but will help you have better gas mileage as well.

Check your tire pressure on a regular basis to make sure one of your tires isn’t leaking air. You’ll want to find out about any leaks as soon as they arise before it becomes a problem.

4. Do Consistent Walk-Around Inspections

Whenever you make a stop on your trip it’s smart to do a walk around inspection to check your tires, hitch, and any wiring. Make sure your hitch is fully connected, as well as the breakaway cable. Also, check tire pressure or just make sure there are visible changes in tire pressure. Finally, you’ll want to check the wheel-bearing temperatures to make sure that one isn’t hotter than the rest.

5. Tighten Down Your Load Regularly

The straps you’ve used to tie down your load can start to loosen over long distances. You’ll want to make sure these are tight as often as possible. You’d hate for your items to come loose when you’re on the road, which can create a dangerous situation for you and any cars behind you.

6. Grease Up Your Bearings

If it’s been a while since you’ve greased your bearings, then you may want to do it before a big trip. It’s a good practice to grease your bearings on a yearly basis. Even if you’ve just purchased a trailer you’ll want to double-check that the bearings are greased and ready for a long haul.

7. Make Sure Your Brake Batteries Are Charged

Some trailers have electric brakes and a battery breakaway switch that will illuminate if the hitch comes apart. You’ll want to make sure this battery is charged before your trip. Typically, there isn’t an indicator to alert you to the level of this battery, so it’s a good idea to charge it on a regular basis.

Doing all of the above might make your trip a little bit longer, but you’ll ensure that you, your loved one, and your trailer all make it to your destination safely. If you’re still picking out the perfect trailer, then reach out to our team today to find the perfect trailer for your needs.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How to Properly Pack Your Trailer for a Big Move

How to Properly Pack Your Trailer for a Big Move

Whether you’re moving across the country or helping your children with the move back to school, it’s important to pack your trailer the right way. The last thing you want to do is wait until the last minute and randomly throw items into your trailer on the day of your departure.

By taking the time to plan and pack effectively, you’ll not only make the moving process easier, but you can save on gas, and make your trailer the much easier to drive.

Below we highlight a process you can use to effectively pack your trailer before a big move.

Get Your Supplies First

Proper packing begins with sourcing the right supplies for the job. This includes things like tape, moving boxes, packing peanuts or old newspaper, or any other sources of padding.

Chances are you’ll have most of these items lying around your garage, or can be found with a quick trip to your local hardware store. The last thing you want to do is throw all of your loose items into the back of your trailer without storing them in protective boxes.

Label Everything Beforehand

Labeling all of your boxes can be a hassle, but it’s well worth the extra effort. Beyond labeling each box in accordance with the room the items are in, it can also be helpful to label by weight.

This will help with packing, as you’ll know where to place each box in your trailer to get the correct weight distribution. Plus, having each of your boxes labeled will make the unloading process that much easier and stress-free.

Get the Proper Weight Distribution

One of the most important aspects of packing your trailer is getting the weight distribution right. In order to make it easier to steer and control your trailer, you’ll want to load 60 percent of the weight towards the front of the trailer (closest to your vehicle), with the remaining 40 percent in the rest of the trailer.

You’ll also want to place the heaviest items on the bottom of the trailer, so they don’t crush any lighter or more fragile items.

Packing this way will take more time, but it will make transportation much easier, while you keep your items as safe as possible.

Pack Your Trailer Tightly

Think of packing your trailer like completing a puzzle. You’ll want to fill all of the empty spaces in your trailer as tight as possible, so items don’t move around during your trip. If you do have empty space, then you’ll want to make sure that is any items do shift, they won’t break or become damaged.

Secure the Load

Once all of your boxes and items are tightly packed in your trailer you’ll want to secure the load with tie downs. Also keep in mind that your tie-downs may start to loosen during a long-trip, so you’ll want to make stops to ensure they’re tight.

If you’ve followed the steps above, then you should have a perfectly packed trailer that’s ready for a long trip. The tips above will help with both the transportation process and make unpacking a lot easier. If you’re still looking for the perfect trailer to help with your big move, then get in touch with our team today.