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Tips To Optimize Safety While Hauling A Trailer

by Amanda Phillips

Pulling a trailer behind a vehicle does have its challenges. Not only does the trailer bounce around and pull your vehicle as you drive, but the stuff that you've loaded onto the trailer also bounces and can become dangerous for the vehicles around you. Here, you'll find a few tips to help maintain optimum safety while pulling a trailer behind your vehicle.

Install Aluminum Trailer Storage Boxes

Instead of hauling smaller loose items with a tarp over them and hoping that they stay in place, install an aluminum trailer storage box or two. This will give you a permanent place to store or transport the smaller items without any concern of them falling off.

These boxes can be equipped with locks so that your items will be secure while you're not with the vehicle. They're perfect for tools and other high-cost items.

Tip: To keep the stuff from shifting around inside the storage box, get a moving blanket or two to keep on hand. The blanket can be tucked into the box to secure the items, and it's always good to have a few moving blankets around for other uses, like padding delicate items so that they don't bounce in the trailer and get damaged.

Install a Trailer Camera

A trailer camera is great for two reasons – it allows you to keep an eye on the load, and it makes it easier to back the trailer into places. There are a variety of styles available for you to choose from, but the most basic to install works with your smart phone. You just have to mount the camera to the back of the vehicle that you pull the trailer with and connect it via Bluetooth connection to your phone. In just a few minutes, you can have a clear view of everything behind your vehicle and trailer.

Invest in Quality Tarps and Straps

When you notice that your tarps and straps are beginning to wear, don't wait for them to completely fail before replacing them. When you do have to buy new ones, don't choose the cheap ones that will fall apart prematurely or fail when you need them to hold a load on the trailer. Get straps that are no less than 2 inches wide and thick tarps that won't tear easily.

Hauling items on a trailer can be quite dangerous, but it doesn't have to be. Hopefully, the tips above will help keep your trailer travels safe from here on out.