Tips for Hauling Your Trailer During Winter
Apply Reflective Decals
Apply extra reflective decals on the back and sides of your Gooseneck trailer.
Applying reflective decals to your Gooseneck trailer allows other drivers to see your rig in poor conditions.
Invest in Good Tires
Invest in quality tires for your entire rig. Check your tire pressure before every trip you make.
In addition, make sure to comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Check All Lights
Recruit an assistant to help you check all the lights on your trailer, as well as your towing vehicle. Make sure to replace any non-functioning lights.
If snow or ice are significant in your area, be sure to keep quality chains handy. Also, check your state’s chain requirements.
Typically, if you have to chain up the drive axle of your towing vehicle, this requires chains on the trailer.
Top Off the Fuel Tank
Avoid letting your fuel tank get below a half-tank.
Also, be sure to carry extra fuel if you will be driving in remote areas.
Top Off the Windshield-Wiper Fluid
Be sure the windshield wipers are working properly.
Place a long-handled windshield scraper in your vehicle.
Sync the Brakes and Turn Off Cruise Control
Ensure that your trailer brakes complement the brakes of your towing vehicle. When you are on a steep downhill in slick conditions, you may need to slow your trailer with brakes greater than your vehicle’s brakes. Also, make sure to follow the brake laws of the state you are traveling in.
Typically, brakes are on dry, flat ground at a slow speed and require adjustments for the load. Position the electronic brake so you can manually engage it via the thumb control.
If your vehicle starts sliding, the precious second or two that it takes to turn off the cruise control may doom your chances of maintaining control.
Weight of Your Towing Vehicle
If you will be towing a trailer without cargo, it will jackknife more easily than a loaded one.
For better control, place concrete blocks or bags of sand into the back of your truck. This adds weight over the rear axle.
Pack Cold Weather Gear
If you have horses you are hauling, pack extra hay and at least 10 gallons of water (non-frozen).
For you, make sure to carry a cell phone with charger, emergency blankets, jackets, high-energy snack foods and a thermos of hot drink, in case your towing vehicle or trailer breaks down and you need to wait roadside for help.
These are just a few tips for hauling your trailer during winter. Contact Gooseneck Trailers with the link below for more information!