Loading a car onto a car hauler trailer can be disastrous if you don’t know the safety measures. It must be done carefully to ensure proper loading and prevent damage to the car.
Keep the handbrakes on
Always be aware that the handbrake of the towing vehicle is on, and the trailer is attached properly with the towing vehicle. This must be checked before you load or unload any of the cars to or from the trailer. If the trailer is not attached properly, then the towing balls can force the trailer to move or tip. And that can potentially damage the car while loading or unloading.
The Pattern Of Loading
While loading on a 4 car hauler trailer, for instance, make sure that the vehicle is straight. The engine must be facing forward while traveling. A greater portion of the weight must be kept in the front half of the trailer. It would prevent the trailer from swaying. Positioning the car is a big issue. If the car’s engine is faced toward the rear of the trailer, it may get damaged. This is because, the rear of a trailer can have a tail wagging effect on the car. This causes the car to get bumpy experience.
On the contrary, if the front half of the trailer is loaded heavily, then the rear of the towing vehicle receives a force on its suspension, which causes a knocking effect on the front wheels. Remember most of the weights should be loaded slightly ahead of the axle.
Strapping The Car
Use approved tie down straps that are made to withstand heavy load. The straps must be strong enough to prevent the car from moving. Before you choose the straps, you need to know the weight of the car.
Knowing About The Loaded Trailer
After all are set in place, determine whether all the cars have been loaded properly or not. If the steering wheel is very light, it means that the cars are positioned too far forward. On the contrary, if the loads are positioned on the too far towards the rear, the backward wheels may start to weave, once the trailer reaches a certain speed (based on the weight). If this is the case, pull over as soon as possible and re-position the cars.
All these helpful tips must be considered before you load a car onto a car hauler trailer.