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People decide to rent trailers for all kinds of reasons. You might be transporting cargo because you are moving to a new place. Maybe you have some other need to transport objects. Whatever the reason that you need to rent a trailer is, there are some certain things that you need to know when it comes to hiring a trailer. Below are some important tips that can make the entire experience much easier for you. It also reduces the amount of time that you spend getting everything moved around and perhaps most importantly, it can save you a lot of headaches later on.
1) Experience counts-
If you plan on hiring a trailer, you want to do it from someone who has the necessary level of experience to ensure that everything is done right. An experienced rental company can give you more information on the capacities of the various trailers, which trailer suits your needs and can answer questions if you still have any. This will keep you safe when it counts the most, because it keeps you from choosing a trailer that is too heavy for your automobile or otherwise not properly suited.
2) Can the car handle it?
Sometimes, you can get yourself into a lot of trouble without even realising it because the car is not capable of handling a trailer of a particular size to begin with. Therefore, it is imperative that you make sure the car is able to handle the load before you ever do anything else. If you load too much you can break your car, it impacts the manoeuvrability of the car and can void warranty.
There are three sources you can use to find the maximum weight your car can tow: Ask your dealer, look it up in your owner’s manual or search online. You can also search online to find an electronic version of your owner’s manual.
3) Does the trailer suit the job?
Know what you are moving and then make sure the trailer you want to hire is capable of handling that particular job. It won’t do you any good to choose something that isn’t suitable for the job you need it to do. There are many trailers available for any kind of job. Also think of the weather. If you are moving something that can’t be wet, make sure you get an enclosed trailer or keep a good eye on the weather forecast.
4) Driving Safely-
Operating a vehicle with a trailer is much different than driving without one. There are many special considerations that need to be made. It takes longer to stop the vehicle and the chance for accidents automatically goes up when pulling a trailer. The problems are further exacerbated when travelling in inclement weather. Therefore, it is important to drive more slowly and increase the amount of distance between you and the cars in front of you. Do NOT forget that your entire size is longer. If you stand still, you can still block the road behind you. This is especially dangerous when you stop near intersections.
Reversing with a trailer can be a real challenge, especially at first. The most important thing to remember is that in order for the trailer to go either left or right, the steering wheel must be turned the opposite direction of the direction that you want the trailer to move. In other words, do what is counter intuitive and you will get the trailer where you want it to go. You can actually get driving lessons for it if you are insecure about it. Additionally there are quite a few video’s on how to back-up and park trailers.
6) Securing the load-
Nothing is more dangerous than travelling with a load that is not properly secured. You don't want to end up with things all over the highway, nor do you want a trailer that is unbalanced because something heavy has shifted. Take the time to secure everything properly and balance the weight of the trailer from front to back. Special note: When you strap the load to your trailer, make sure all items are secured by it. Sometimes beams and such that are not in direct contact with the straps can slide back and forth.
7) Special considerations-
If you are travelling in an area that is more remote than you are accustomed to, you might want to find an alternate route if possible. This can make it safer when travelling with a heavy load. In addition, do your best to travel on roads that you are already familiar with so you know what is ahead, try to travel in good weather and avoid traveling at night if you aren't accustomed to traveling with a trailer in the first place.
The truth is, travelling with a trailer doesn't have to be a difficult experience, nor does hiring one. It really comes down to planning and then executing that plan. If you do this, you shouldn't expect to have a lot of problems and the ones that you do have will be much easier to handle.