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Everything You Need to Know About Trailer Chains-Part 2

 

Since the cold weather seems to be sticking around, we are devoting this week to helping educate our readers about the importance of trailer safety chains.

If you are new to hauling a trailer in Marysville WA, you may not be aware that the majority of trailers have a safety chain designed specifically for your trailer. If your trailer chain somehow becomes lost, damaged, or you if the trailer you are purchasing doesn’t have one already, finding one before you hit the road is a crucial step.

If you don’t know which safety chain you need to buy, check your user manual for your trailer to find the specifics on what type of chain is recommended for safe travel.  In some cases, this information may be tricky to find, but don’t stop there! You can either call the manufacturer or contact your nearest Trailer Boss location to find the chain that is best suited to your trailer in Marysville WA.

The most important part of a safety chain is that it needs to be able to handle the full weight of the trailer in case it pops off so be sure your chain is strong enough.  Once you do this, you can hit the road with some peace of mind.

 

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Trailer Chains-Part 1

trailer chains for trailer in Olympia WAWinter towing season is upon us and even though accidents with trailers are fairly uncommon, they do happen. Even more so in inclement weather.

At Trailer Boss, we want you to do everything in your power to ensure that accidents don’t happen when you are towing your trailer in Olympia WA. To do this, it is important to make sure that your trailer is on tight and the fail safes are set up to prevent the worst possible scenarios.

Safety chains are one of these fail safes and they have been a simple standby to help prevent accidents for a long time.

What are Trailer Safety Chains?

Safety chains are also knowns as hitch chains. They are designed to be a precautions that comes into action should your trailer ever become unhooked while on the road. Without them, your trailer could detach and go careening out of control, leading to damage or possible injury.

The concept of trailer safety chains are simple in nature. They are strong forged chains with S-hooks that hook up both to your trailer and the vehicle you choose to tow with. Their only job is to catch the trailer should it pop off of your mount and keep it attached until you are able to pull over.

In our next blog post, we will be discussing some of the different types of chains and how to use them on your trailer in Olympia WA.

If you have any questions about safety chains, contact Trailer Boss today!  We can lead you in the right direction to making the right choice for your particular trailer.

Key Steps to Protecting Your Trailer this Winter

 

trailer in Seattle WAWith the change in the seasons, you are likely getting your trailer ready for your next big haul, or storing it away until spring.  Either way, now is a great time to put on some gloves and get ready for some heaving scrubbing to get your dirty trailer in Seattle WA spic and span for whatever you have in store for it.

Our first suggestions for your trailer is to store it indoors.  Direct sunlight can degrade the awning fabric, ruin vinyl graphics, destroy rubber seals on your windows, cause havoc for your tires, fade your paint job and even cause leaks in your trailer’s roof.

Leaving your trailer out in the questionable weather of the Pacific Northwest can also lead to water damage (rusting or mold). If storing your trailer in a completely enclosed garage is not possible, then a great second options is to try to find another covered area where your trailer can be out of the elements.

At Trailer Boss we understand that for many of our customers, storing their trailer outdoors is the only option. If this is the case, try these suggestions:

  • Be sure to protect your investment by buying a high quality trailer cover to keep your trailer dry and out of the sun.
  • Check on your trailer regularly to make sure it is not developing early stages of rust or mold.
  • Wash down your trailer regularly as it can build up some major grime from sitting outside.
  • Always give your trailer a good inspection before hitting the road to make sure it has held up while being stored.
  • Unless it is an enclosed trailer, don’t keep expensive or important tools or equipment in the trailer. They can become damaged from the weather.

Properly storing your trailer in Seattle WA not only can keep your trailer looking great, but it can also increase the life of your trailer.

Please remember that we are always happy to answer any questions you might have about trailer storage!  Contact one of our three locations today or simply come on into one of our locations!

 

Essential Steps After Returning Home From a Long Haul

trailers Spokane WAUpon returning from a long trip on the road, you are probably wanting to put your boots up and call it a day. You worked hard to prepare for the trip and have been gone a while. However, before you start planning your next adventure, it is a good idea to properly clean-up and store your trailer in Spokane WA. This will help ensure that your next trip is just as big of a success as your last one!

Today, Trailer Boss wants to share with you a few tips for those returning home from a trailer hauling trip:

Unload and secure your equipment and tools.

This includes animals, equipment and supplies. If you are leaving any items, they should be safely stored.

Remove the mats in your trailer and wash the floors.

The mats in the cargo area should be removed and washed out thoroughly with soap and water. Then, let the area dry and re-install the mats. If you have aluminum floors, it is crucial that the floor is washed frequently to remove any urine, as it is corrosive to aluminum. While treated wood floors do not require washing as often, we recommend at least monthly or after no more than two uses.

Check to make sure all lights are functioning.

It’s always a good idea to take a minute and make sure that the lights on your trailer are still functioning properly.  This will help you be aware of what needs to be done the next time you travel.

Winterizing and storing your trailer.

If it is winter time, now is a good time to prepare your trailer and store it for the season.  This is especially the case if it will be a while before you hit the road again. The best spot to store your trailer is in a garage or somewhere that will protect it from the elements, but that isn’t always an option.

If you have any questions about what to do upon returning home from a long haul with your trailer in Spokane WA, your professionals at Trailer Boss would be happy to help!  Contact us today!

 

A Trailer is the Gift that Keeps on Giving – Part 2

Holiday Trailer Seattle WAThe holidays are right around the corner, and if you haven’t already started thinking about what to get your family or friends, now is the time to start.

This year, why not give the gift that doesn’t stop giving… A brand new trailer in Seattle WA!

In our last blog post, we discussed the types of people in your life who may benefit from owning one of our awesome trailers, and this week we want to share some more information to help you make this important decision.

If you aren’t convinced just yet that Trailer Boss is the perfect place to holiday shop this year, here are just a few more reasons to consider giving the gift of year-round hauling to your loved one:

  • You will be able to use it whenever you want without the hassle of upkeep or storage
  • It is a unique gift that they probably won’t get from anyone else
  • It can be used for anything from yard-work to picking up lumbar at the home-improvement store
  • A teardrop trailer is great for road trips and making memories
  • We offer awesome financing options so you can make an affordable monthly payment instead of paying it off all at once

Once you have decided that a trailer is the perfect gift, feel free to stop into your nearest Trailer Boss location. We take pride in offering the best trailers on the market and provide maintenance services to help keep them on the road for as long as possible.  We also have experienced technicians on staff to answer any questions you may have.

Contact us today to learn more about our financing options or to hear about our trailers in Seattle WA.

 

 

 

A Trailer is the Gift that Keeps on Giving – Part 1

winter with a trailer in Seattle WAAre you trying to find the perfect gift for the person who has everything? If so, you are not alone… This is a predicament that people face every time the gift-giving season rolls around.  Don’t worry this year though, Trailer Boss has got your back!

Just imagine the look on the face of your spouse, parents, sibling, or friend when you show up with a shiny new trailer in Seattle WA just for them!  Not only will you know you are giving them a gift that they can use year-round, you will be able to feel good in knowing that you are getting a solid product at a great price.

Consider the following people in your life who could benefit from a new trailer this year:

  • Maybe your husband or wife has a green thumb and enjoys spending time in the yard
  • Maybe your in-laws could use a trailer for hauling new antiques home from the thrift store
  • Maybe your father has a business where a trailer would come in handy
  • Maybe your sister moves from place to place and spends a lot of time on trailer rentals
  • Maybe your friend has an obsession with old classic cars and needs a tow dolly to pick them up
  • Maybe your brother enjoys hitting the slopes with his snowmobiles but has an old rickety trailer that barely gets him there

If any of these reasons sound remotely close to someone in your life, a trailer in Seattle WA would be a great gift idea!

Contact us today to discuss your financing options, or better yet come see what we have in stock for yourself!  We have 3 great locations for your convenience.

 

2 Essential Steps to Stay Safe on the Road this Winter

Brrr!  Does anyone else feel the recent chill in the air?  Are you noticing your breath as you walk to your car or ride your bike home from work? If so, you are already aware… Winter is here!

If you are like many Washington residents, and are not afraid of a little drizzle down your back, then you are probably still utilizing your utility trailer in Seattle WA to load and haul materials and equipment despite the cold weather.

If you are, it is important to also make sure to pay attention to trailer and tow vehicle maintenance. First and foremost, remember to check your vehicle’s battery is working well. A weak battery will usually begin to reveal itself during cold weather. If your battery is more than a couple years old, be sure to check it prior to leaving for a cold weather trip, the last thing you want is to be stranded in the mountains with your trailer.

Another suggestion is that before setting out on a trip, take the time to check weather reports and plan accordingly. The winter is known for unpredictable weather, so be sure to allow extra time and avoid areas that are known for causing problems. It is also important to always make sure you drive with your lights on when the weather is questionable or visibility is low.

If you have any questions about towing in the winter, our highly skilled technicians can customize your utility trailer in Spokane WA to fit all your needs and also to stand up to the cold weather.

We are also an authorized repair facility for most of the trailers we sell in the event that your trailer is in need of service.

Contact us today or visit on of our three Trailer Boss locations.

Can You Afford a New Trailer?

Financing Trailer in Spokane WAThere are many benefits to owning a trailer in Spokane WA, but it is a big investment!  We know that it can be hard to come up with the sticker price over night, which is why we go the extra mile to give you options when it comes to taking the plunge on trailer ownership.

So, if you are stuck in the mindset that owning a trailer is going to be way too expensive. We want to break the news to you that when you find the perfect trailer at a great price, and pair it with the perfect financing plan, owning a trailer can actually be pretty affordable.

Not only is Trailer Boss the low price leader here in the Northwest. We are dedicated to helping you find affordable and awesome trailers that can get the job done!

Depending on your circumstances, we provide a variety of options to our customers. Springleaf Financial Services offers great personal financing terms for our customers. If you are a business owner, we’ve got your back. Come into Trailer Boss and speak to our sales professionals about business financing through Sheffield.

If you are interested in help financing your new trailer in Spokane WA, contact us today.

What You Should Know About Hauling in High Wind Circumstances

Cargo Trailer Seattle WAIf you have spent any time at all pulling an enclosed cargo trailer, you know how problematic the effects of wind can become.

One important thing you may have noticed about pulling a cargo trailer in Seattle WA is just how much more exaggerated the effects of wind become on the road. One easy piece of advice we at Trailer Boss can give you to keep you and your trailer safe in windy conditions is to avoid driving in the center lane of the freeway.

A great tip for trailer road safety is driving in the far right lane. This means you will only have other vehicles to the left of you allowing you an escape route if the wind becomes severe enough that you need to leave your lane and move toward the shoulder.

Here are a few more steps that you can take to stay safe despite the wind:

  • Travel at safe speeds
  • Avoid sharp turns
  • Avoid roads that are prone to high wind levels
  • Remember to account for the additional weight
  • Be aware of other drivers on the road

Our professionals at Trailer Boss are both experienced and knowledgeable about trailers of all kinds and can help suggest safest practices according to your trailer and specific hauling vehicle.

Contact us today or come on in for more information about cargo trailers in Spokane WA.

Don’t Forget These Steps Before Hauling

utility trailer Seattle WAThis week at Trailer Boss, we are discussing some of our most important topics, road safety!

One major part of staying safe on the road is making sure your vehicle maintenance and trailer maintenance are current. Since towing puts extra stress on your vehicle, you may have to go through this list more often than you would when you aren’t hauling. Check and correct tire pressure on the tow vehicle and utility trailer in Seattle WA.

To stay up to date with your trailer maintenance, here are a few steps you can take:

  • Make sure the wheel lug nuts/bolts on the tow vehicle and trailer are tightened to the correct torque
  • Be sure the hitch, coupler, draw bar, and other equipment that connect the trailer and the tow vehicle are properly secured and adjusted
  • Check that the wiring is properly connected—not touching the road, but loose enough to make turns without disconnecting or damaging the wires
  • Make sure all running lights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights are working
  • Verify that the brakes on the tow vehicle and trailer are operating correctly.
  • Check that all items are securely fastened on and in the trailer
  • Be sure the trailer jack, tongue support, and any attached stabilizers are raised and locked in place
  • Check load distribution to make sure the tow vehicle and trailer are properly balanced front to back and side to side
  • Check side- and rear-view mirrors to make sure you have good visibility.
  • Check routes and restrictions on bridges and tunnels
  • Make sure you have wheel chocks and jack stands

Once check all of these things off your list, you can safely use your utility trailer in Seattle WA!

For help with any of the above, or to buy a trailer at the best price in the northwest, come in to one of the three Trailer Boss locations or contact us today.