Tips for Winter Towing Safety

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branch-437501_960_720So far, we have had quite the winter in the great Pacific Northwest! To prepare for the cold, it is important to make sure you are up to date with the maintenance on your towing vehicle and trailer in Rochester WA.

This step is very important to safe towing because of the additional stress it places on the tow vehicle.

Here are a few ways to make sure you are ready to hit the road this winter:

  • Make sure the tire pressure on the tow vehicle, trailer, and spare tire are at the correct level.
  • Ensure that the wheel lug nuts and bolts on the tow vehicle and trailer are at the correct torque.
  • Check to be sure that the hitch, coupler, draw bar, and other equipment that connect the tow vehicle and trailer are secured properly.
  • Make sure that your safety chains are properly criss-crossed, connected, and not touching the road. Also make sure that they have enough slack to make turns.
  • Make sure that the wiring is connected properly and touching the road, but still loose enough to safely make turns.
  • Make sure all of your lights are working.
  • Make sure that the brakes are operating correctly.
  • Make sure that the breakaway system lanyard is connected correctly.
  • Check that all items are secure.
  • Be sure the trailer jack, tongue support, and any other attached stabilizers are raised and locked.
  • Check the load distribution to make sure the tow vehicle and trailer are properly balanced.
  • Check the mirrors to make sure that you have good visibility.
  • Check all of the routes and restrictions for your trip.
  • Make sure you have all necessary equipment for the trip.

Once you have completed all of these steps, you are ready to hit the road! If you have any questions about maintaining your trailer in Rochester WA, contact us today!

Come on in to check out some of the awesome trailers at one of our 3 great Trailer Boss locations!

Stay warm everyone!

 

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