Safely Hitch Up—Let Trailer Boss Help

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This is a post we add on a regular basis, but at Trailer Boss we are very concerned about the safety of all of our customers. Part of this is self-serving. Of course, we want you to drive safely so you will continue to be a customer. But also, we want the roads safe and we learn to respect and love our customers so we want you to stay safe.

So for our customers from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, BC we are going to spend the next few blogs on safety tips which we have covered in other forms in other blogs, but feel it deserves repeating.

Whether you are hooking up a utility trailer in Seattle, or a dump trailer in Portland you need to make a pretrip check. This includes checking the hitch:

  • For a regular ball hitch, the tongue on the trailer should be properly attached to the vehicle hitch.
  • The locking mechanism should be snapped.
  • The lock pin placed properly.
  • The vehicle should also have two chains, criss-crossing in an X shape between the vehicle and the trailer.
  • Check the connection by pulling up on the trailer to try to pull the hitch off. If you can pull the hitch, it must be reattached.
  • Check the clearance of the connection. Any wheel or stand for the trailer must be up before driving.

Every state has slightly different laws about the trailer hitches.

The law in Washington requires a vehicle towing a trailer must use safety chains.

The drawbar or other connection between vehicles in combination must be of sufficient strength to hold the weight of the towed vehicle on any grade where operated. No trailer may whip, weave, or oscillate or fail to follow substantially in the course of the towing vehicle.

The law in Oregon requires trailer hitches to be adequate to control trailer under all conditions of varying speeds and weights; 1 safety chain is required on all trailers with 2 connections to the towing vehicle. The tensile strength of the safety chain must equal the gross weight of the trailer.

British Columbia law requires that the hitch must be secured to frame; safety chain required.

If you have any concerns about your hitch come in to one of Trailer Boss’ three locations. They can help you make sure your hitch is safe.

Whether you are pulling this ATV trailer or a large dump trailer, safety is of utmost concern.

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