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Checking Your Own Trailer

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It's not unusual for individuals to make use of a trailer when they wish to go on holiday. It can make taking everything that you'll need along with you much easier as the trailer provides you with more space than just having the utilisation of the car's trunk would. There are some things that you need to do prior to taking your off road trailer on a trip however.

Check the body work

If you do not make use of your trailer very often then it's a good idea to ensure that you take a good look at your trailer before you use it. The trailer that is left to the mercy of the elements it's likely that it will suffer from things like rust and wear. You don't want to set off on a trip with a trailer that isn't sound connected to your vehicle. You may find your self stuck in the midst of nowhere with no way of getting there trailer moved to a panel beater or some mechanic that would be able to repair the damage and send you on your way.

Look at the light connection

It is important that the actual indicators as well as brake lights as well as rear lights on the trailer work. You need to be in a position to let those behind you know what you are doing and the trailer will block the actual lights of your automobile. The actual electronics need to be working and if you've had the trailer for some time or have not really used it in a while then your wires may be worn or even frayed to the extent that the connection isn't dependable. For more information on camping trailers for sale, go to www.jurgenstrailers.co.za.

Look at the tow bar

The entire trailer is going to be attached to your vehicle by its tow bar. It is important that the actual connection on the trailer and the tow bar on your vehicle are in good shape. If there is anything wrong there then you're likely to lose your trailer at an inconvenient moment and have to go chasing after it down a hill or paying for the damage the escaping trailer will cause to some other motorist's automobile. This isn't something you wish to experience.

Check the tyres

The tyres on the trailer need to be examined and taken care of the same as a car's tyres. The actual tread needs to be deep enough and the tyres have to be inflated to the correct pressure. Failing to make sure that this is actually the case is a good recipe for disaster.

Look at the license

Just about all road vehicles have to be licensed. It is easy to forget to license things like trailers because they are usually not used on an every day basis. If your trailer's license isn't up to date you might find your self getting fined while going to or even from your holiday.

As you can tell, there is plenty that you should check before you set off on a holiday with your trailer. If you do not check everything you might find your self in a lot of trouble with the law or with your insurance company. Rather be safe than sorry and have your trailer correct.


Posted Nov 28, 2012 at 10:37pm