5 Frequently Asked Questions About Owning a Trailer
Whether you’re a new trailer owner or have had one for years, there are a lot of questions that sometimes go unanswered. Well, not anymore! It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert looking for a refresher course, we’ve got you covered. Here are five frequently asked questions to get anyone started on owning a trailer, maintenance and knowledge.
1. Does my trailer need new tires?
Basic clues that you need new tires are bulges, cracks, cuts, punctures, and flat spots. And make sure to check the valve stem for cracks. Tires should be changed after about 3 years and no longer than 5. High temperatures tend to damage tires, so living in a high climate area could lead to changing tires more often.
2. When do I need to title and register my trailer?
Not all states require titling and registering. However, for states that do, most allow thirty days after purchase to title and register a new trailer – and not doing so can lead to expensive fees and penalties. In Florida, registering and owning a title for a trailer is required if the trailer weighs over 2,000 pounds.
3. How do I know if my trailer’s bearings are bad?
Listen for any squeaks, grinding, clicking, or any other sound emanating from the trailer wheels. If there are noises, the bearings are defective or need lubricating. Heat can also be an indicator. Check the tires after about 10 miles. If the bearings are exerting a high amount of heat, that is a sign they could need replacing or lubricating.
4. What license do I need to tow a trailer?
Trailer licensing may differ in some states, but the only license required to operate a regular-sized trailer is a valid driver’s license. If towing a larger trailer than regulated (such as an 18-wheeler), more extensive testing is required. In Florida, a Class D license or equivalent is required.
5. Will my vehicle be able to pull the trailer I want?
Each vehicle has a published Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). This is the maximum allowable tow rating in terms of the combined vehicle and trailer weight. When the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is subtracted, the maximum Gross Trailer Weight is revealed. It is always a good idea to ask when buying a trailer, just to be sure.
These are just some of the commonly questioned variables of owning, towing, and maintaining a trailer. Doing your research on owning a trailer is a great way to start, but practice will always make perfect.
Have more questions? We’re happy to help! Call a Tropic Trailer expert at (239) 482-4430.