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Trailer Towing Idaho

Speed & Driving

Use extreme caution when pulling your Exiss Aluminum Trailer. Do not exceed the posted speed limits on the roads you are traveling. Be aware that traveling at higher speeds or hauling heavier loads will increase your stopping distance.

The most common trailer repairs stem from people forgetting they are pulling a trailer. It is easy to damage a nose sheet or vehicle by turning too sharply. It is also easy to damage running boards and fenders if you forget how wide your trailer is. You should also be aware of your turning radius to avoid clipping objects or damaging fenders and tires while turning. Position mirrors so that you have good visibility of the area around and behind the trailer.

While you should always check your brakes for proper function before a trip, a good rule of thumb is to drive as if you do not have trailer brakes. For your animals’ safety, brake gradually and navigate turns as smoothly as possible.

Proper Trailer Loading

There are three aspects to proper loading:

  1. The trailer should sit as close to level as possible when loaded, to allow for even weight distribution to the axles. Use a drop hitch on bumper pull trailers or adjust the gooseneck coupler.

  2. Distribute the load to ensure proper tongue weight. Since most horses do not weigh the same, the heavier horse should be put in front so tongue weight would stay over 10 percent of total weight.

  3. Know the trailer’s capacity. Do not overload the trailer. A typical 3-horse trailer will safely hold three large horses and a reasonable amount of tack.

Tongue weight is a determining factor in trailer handling. Too little tongue weight causes sway or hitch disengagement from the ball. Too much tongue weight may exceed guidelines set out by the manufacturer of the tow vehicle and cause steering or suspension problems. A general guideline is that for bumper pull trailers, tongue weights should be 10-15 percent of trailer weight. Tongue weights less than 10 percent of trailer weight can cause stability problems. For goosenecks, tongue weight should be approximately 25 percent of trailer weight.

Proper loading of your trailer is imperative! Uneven loading and insufficient hitch weight of your trailer can cause your trailer to be unstable and result in serious bodily injury. Be sure to follow these instructions when loading your trailer. Be sure to check the towing capacity of your tow vehicle before towing your trailer. Lightweight cargo trailers are not designed to be pulled by trucks larger than a 1-ton capacity.

Trailer Tires

A daily check of the air pressure in your tires is essential. The PSI is located on the sidewall of each tire. It is wise to not mix types of tires, e.g., don’t use both radials and bias-ply tires.

Tires should be rotated side to side and front to rear every 5,000 to 7,000 miles to ensure maximum tire mileage and even wear.

Hinges & Pivot Points

Periodically lubricate any area with moving parts. Grease axle hubs according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Spray hinges, jacks, latches and other moving parts with a lithium lubricant, or coat them with grease to provide better service over a long period of time.

Hitch &  Ball Maintenance

The ball assembly and the coupler in a Bumper Pull & Gooseneck hitch should be lubricated monthly or when dry with automotive grease. Use approximately a tablespoon of grease in the coupler and connect the ball to spread thoroughly. While lubricating, the locking mechanism, coupler and ball should be inspected for any abnormal wear. Check the tightness of the nut on the threaded shaft of the hitch ball.

Drop Leg Jack

To lubricate the gears in the drop leg jack, remove the top cap of the jack and pump lubricant into the gears. This should be done annually.

Trailer Floor Cleaning

Raise the front of the trailer to ensure proper drainage. We recommend washing the floor with a power washer at least once every three months. If the trailer has rubber mats, remove them before washing the floor. Be sure that the floor has dried completely before reinstalling any mats. Before reinstalling the floor mats, you may want to treat the dry floor with an anti-acidic to reduce the affect of urine between cleaning. Baking soda is a readily available anti-acidic agent.

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