- Don’t overload your trailer
This is a major cause of damage. The maximum load your trailer can carry is the ATM minus the TARE weight shown on the VIN plate.
- Position the trailer load correctly
Loads should be positioned over the centre of your trailer axles. If the load is too far forward the drawbar will be heavy to lift. If too far back, the trailer will tend to tilt backwards. In both cases the load should be repositioned.
- Look after your running gear
Check wheel nuts and bearings after the first 50kms of travel, and then every 6 months thereafter. Excessive heat from the centre of the wheel rims is a sign of bearing damage and can cause wheels to detach.