Loading and towing when moving is very important – it can turn into an unpleasant experience if you don’t do it right. When towing a trailer you need to be very careful and put safety first. Towing a small boat, a vacation trailer or if you plan to transport a car you should know well how to balance on the road and how to load a trailer. But loading isn’t everything – you should also know well how to drive a trailer on the road when towing. Here are the best tips on loading a trailer and a few extra details for a safe moving.
How to Properly Load a Trailer?
First of all you need to decide what will your shipment consist of. Prepare your moving inventory sheet and then think about how many boxes you will need to pack them all. After that it is time to purchase the materials. There are many ways in which you can get moving boxes for free but it will take you a lot of time. Another option is to trust a moving company with packing your belongings.
The boxes have to be packed fully and their content – secured with packing paper or bubble wrap if needed but you shouldn’t make them too heavy. Before the loading itself place some cushioning material on the floor of the trailer like carton from the cardboard boxes. Depending on the size of your boxes and their weight you may need to find a dolly to help you carry them.
Before towing a trailer you need to know the weight of the items you are going to transport and you should also know if the equipment you are using has the capacity to carry them. After that you need to distribute the weight – a bigger part of it (about 60%) has to go at the front part of the trailer. The rest has to be at the back. At the same time as you are loading the trailer try to center the weight by placing in the middle of the trailer on an equal distance from the left and the right sides. If you have furniture like couches and chairs cover them before placing anything on top of them. Use smaller objects to balance the weight in. These may be bags with clothes, bed linen, some pillows and blankets – anything that can fill up the space and at the same time provide protection.
Remember when loading a trailer that all the weight has to be well secured inside the trailer with ropes otherwise when you are on the road it may slide and move inside which will cause the trailer to be unstable and this as you can imagine brings a great danger on the road.The biggest one that may occur is loss of control of the vehicle.
In order to avoid swaying when you get on the road increase the speed gradually until you reach the normal driving speed. If you notice that the trailer is swaying just let go of the gas pedal. Use only the electric trailer breaks! Don’t stop sharply or speed up as this may increase the movement. Steer as little as possible until you find a place where you can stop and rearrange the cargo. Then repeat the same procedure. In this case it is good to have trailer breaks. Not all states require it but for reasons of safety it is advisable to use such. This is why knowing how to load a trailer properly is so important.
How to Drive on the Road with a Trailer
This is why driving is also important. The basic rule of thumb is to follow all road signs and do not speed. When you are towing keep the driving speed lower than your usual. If you can, take secondary roads that have a lower driving speed. At the same time keep larger distances between you and the vehicles in front and behind you so that if you have to quickly slow down you will be able to do it safely. When you are passing other vehicles on the road remember that you will be needing more distance. This is valid also when you are taking a turn – go a little bit further into the road and then make your turn so you can have enough space. If you see a downhill approaching slow down a little bit in advance. If you have informed yourself well on loading a trailer properly and you follow these driving rules they will help you reach your destinations and have a safe journey there. You should be well prepared with the idea how to drive especially if you are moving long distance or cross country.
How to Park a Trailer
When parking try to find such a parking space so that when you stop you can continue forward instead of having to back out. If you have to back out anyway, when needed go forward a little bit to straighten the trailer and then continue backwards.
Loading a Trailer Yourself – is it worth it
Learning how to load a trailer when moving is possible with the information above but think about is this the best option for you. When moving this type of transporting will take a lot of time in terms of loading and unloading. Do you have enough time to pack and load everything well for the moving yourself? You will need to have special driving skills as well since driving a trailer is dangerous and risky. On the other hand, movers have a built in routine from the trainings they go to and the experience in what to do and how to load your belongings into a truck or van. This is to inform you of the alternative options that you have.
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