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.
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.
Examine your trailer to ensure that all hardware is secure and free of corrosion.
Replace any loose or damaged hardware. o For utility trailers, ensure that your ring snap pins and safety straps are correctly installed and functioning properly. o 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!
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