Tips For Safely Towing Your New Concession Trailer

Posted on: 28 July 2015

As the owner of a new concession trailer, it is important that you know how to safely tow it behind your vehicle. Safely towing your new trailer protects your investment, and it keeps you and other people safe on the highway.

Here are some tips to help ensure you are safely towing your new concession trailer to events:

Tip #1: Ensure Your Vehicle's Tow Rating Can Handle Your Trailer's Weight

Whether you are towing your new concession trailer with a car, truck, or SUV, it must have the proper vehicle tow rating. The tow rating is based upon several factors, such as your vehicle's

  • brake size
  • engine size
  • transmission gear ratio
  • tire size
  • weight

Before you tow your trailer for the first time, you must ensure that your vehicle's towing capacity is adequate to tow the weight of your trailer. Towing a trailer that is too heavy for your vehicle will cause damage to your vehicle and is a safety hazard for you and others on the road.

Tip #2: Load Your Trailer Properly for Towing

When you stock heavy supplies like cases of soda in your trailer for towing to an event, always ensure that you place as much of the weight as possible near the trailer hitch. It is always safer and easier to tow your concession trailer with as much weight distributed towards the towing end of the trailer as possible. By having the majority of the weight concentrated near the hitch, the trailer will be less likely to sway from side-to-side while you are driving at highway speeds. Swaying is very dangerous and can cause your trailer and tow vehicle to flip over.

Tip #3: Never Tow Your Trailer Without Safety Chains

Safety chains on a trailer are both a safety feature and a legal requirement in many states. If your trailer hitch has a mechanical failure for whatever reason while you are driving down the road, the safety chains will hold your trailer to your vehicle and give you time to safely pull over to the side of the road before tragedy can occur.

Conclusion

Your concession trailer was a big investment, so it is important for you and others on the road that you know how to safely tow it. If you need further assistance with towing your new concession trailer safely, you should speak with a professional technician, like those at CS Techs Inc.

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