Trailer Towing Tips

September 2007 Feature Viewed 880 time(s)

When considering the purchase of a cargo trailer or hauler, answer these questions:

  • What am I going to typically transport?
  • What are the dimensions and weights of the typical load?
  • What vehicle will I use to tow the trailer? Make sure the vehicle is rated to pull the trailer with the expected weight of a typical load.
  • Where do I plan to store the trailer-inside or outside? If you live in northern climates snow loads can be an issue.
  • Do I need any special options/accessories for this typical load such as:
    1. Tie downs, D rings, track to provide optimal security/prevention of movement during transport (again, think of a typical use. D rings work best with some thought of what is going to be secured.
    2. Ventilation, lighting, power, work surfaces, storage, etc., if you plan to work in the trailer.
    3. Tires. If you frequently tow or trailer on non-paved surfaces (example: construction or off-road), a radial tire may be desirable. You may also order a spare tire-a small price for peace of mind.
    4. Extra height if you plan to work in the trailer or just want to avoid bending over to get equipment in or out.
  • Benefits of purchasing from a quality manufacturer which has numerous dealers nationally with the ability to take care of your needs while you're away from home.


Here are some additional points snowmobilers might want to consider when thinking about purchasing a trailer.

  • Extra height
  • Side vents
  • Fuel doors
  • Finished interiors
  • 12V lights
  • A front ramp on the road side if you usually park near roads where snow is piled up or plowed on the curb side.


Trailering checklist:

  • Check that loads are secured properly before moving.
  • Inspect tires, lights, safety chains, hitch, etc., before towing.
  • Check lug nuts or bolts for proper tightness and tires properly inflated.
  • Make sure mirrors are properly adjusted for unobstructed views.
  • After pulling the trail for 30-50 miles, check the connections again.
  • Always allow more passing and stopping distance with a trailer (especially on snow and ice). Passing distance with a trailer is four times the passing distance without a trailer.
  • Use a lower gear for city driving and ascending and descending grades.
  • Use care with your brakes. "Riding" brakes can cause heat to build up rapidly. Avoid braking in curves unless mandatory. In either case, loss of control could result.


(This information comes courtesy of Pace American,

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