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Old 06-29-2010, 01:46 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:11 PM   #32 (permalink)
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as for the comment your chain should be strong enough for the tongue weight of your trailer you are incorrect. the chain should be rated to the total weight of the trailer you are towing. why would the chain only be strong enough for the tongue weight if the hitch comes undone or gets destroyed what happens to the chains rated for the tongue weight? they
A) if it is quality transport grade chain they distort and bend once you exceed anywhere between 3-4 times the rated working load limit.
B)if it is off shore or non-transport rated grade chain it basically snaps and stretches and then sends your trailer on its way down the road to possibly hurt or kill someone.

not trying to be any sort of @$$%0!3 but this is one of my petpeeves i see thousands of people hauling anything from small utility trailers up to large TT's with using stupid carbiner clips(a little bigger then the ones off of a water bottle) or the improper type of chain and being in the towing business i know the proper way to and not to tow a trailer/vehicle it blows my mind i saw a guy towing an older TT around the 22' with a 97blazer zr2 bumper on the ground with a class III trailer hitch and he was using rope as a safty chain i waited till he stopped at a gas station and polietly told him he was a complete and total **** head and he had no business with being on the road driving a vehicle alone towing a trailer. its people like that they make my blood boil, i can get an insecure load ticket for a strap (the loose end about 2' of it) flapping around sorry it came loose just the least bit but seriously the guy was towing this tailer told me he didnt even have the right size ball it was 2" and he was using 1 7/8". at that point i asked him where it was going and told him he had 2 options he could have my company tow it the 50miles or i was going to flatten the tires on his trailer, i gave him an account rate on the tow and it was cheaper then the gas he would of had to pay since he was moving it to a permanent site.

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Old 07-26-2010, 09:26 PM   #33 (permalink)
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If you see something unsafe on another person's trailer, CALL A COP. Report the violation and save a life.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:19 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Great thread and good tips! I think a big one is distractions. I make a mental note of doing a perimeter check before takeoff just to be sure everything is secure and attached properly.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:28 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Somebody else mention using a laser thermometer. I do this as well. Bought one for 29 bucks and almost every gas stop I zap both the tires and bearings. While perhaps a little overkill it does offer a great piece of mind and a fun toy to have for $29. Great entertainment on a long drive, ever wonder how cold it is inside your AC vents? How about the wifes beverage glass?
Just figured I would throw this out there. When using an IR Temp Gun if you are shooting for a reading off a polished or reflective surface you will not get anywhere near an accurate reading. Painted or dulled surfaces they work just fine. I learned this when trying to do some validation work on an induction heating and assembly process.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:57 PM   #36 (permalink)
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In addition to doing the checks that have been listed I also make it a point to look under the trailer check the spring shackles and trailer undercarriage at every stop. I check to make sure the bolts that hold the springs are in place and tight, the welds holding the shackles have not failed, and nothing has come loose such as sewer piping.

No one has mentioned it, but I also use an aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system on the truck and trailer. Its' not really a safety check per se, but it allows you to check all of the tire pressures at any time. It also alerts you to a 10% decrease or increase in pressure on any tire. As anyone who has towed for a long time will attest, a tire can fail on the trailer without you ever knowing until someone flags you down. Been there, done that; had to repair the damage to the trailer. Now I use the TPM.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:28 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Make sure your load is secured. A few years back, tied my car down, was on a long road trip. First stop checked it, still good. Next stop, checked it and car was against the back door of the trailer. Front straps worked loose going down I10 in Louisiana and let the car slide back. It was even in park with the e-brake on.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:37 AM   #38 (permalink)
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that is a good point. I do a lot of towing of boats and when doing so I strap both front and rear and position the straps so the buckle end is on the left side. That way you can easily see they come loose.

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Old 12-30-2010, 08:16 PM   #39 (permalink)
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I have always gone a few miles down the road and then stop and check that the load is still tied well. Things may shift and things become lose.
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when i haul cars on my trailer, i only use chains and binders. and something i have always done is get teh binders as tight as possible with a load bar and then wrap a bungee cord around the handle of the binder so that it cannot come loose. anytime i use straps for anything, whether it be on my trailer or in the back of my truck, i have the ratchet mechanism on the drivers side so i can keep an eye on it.

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