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Trailer Safety Tips
Finished packing and ready to head out with your boat or camper? Here's 10 quick TRAILER SAFETY TIPS you should know before you go:
1. Make sure your towing vehicle is capable of towing your trailer.
2. Grease and properly connect your hitch. Trailers with 3” or more of sag or “tongue low” need to be adjusted to eliminate trailer sway and wiggle.
3. Verify safety chains are in good condition and crossed when connected to the tow vehicle. Don’t forget safety pins and clips.
4. Make sure all lights are in working condition.
5. Check the tire pressure and lug nuts. If the tires are 10 years old or older, replace them. Worn, old tires are a leading cause of blowouts.
6. CHECK THE BRAKES!!!!
7. For truck mounted campers, make sure the connections and turnbuckles are properly lubricated and secure.
8. Verify vehicle license and/or trip permits are current.
9. Make sure all awnings, windows and exterior equipment are properly secured.
10. Properly secure and connect propane tanks and check for leaks. Many RV dealers and shops provide this service for free.
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