Whether you are driving a trailer for the first time or the millionth time, you should always perform a safety inspection before you hit the road. In particular, you should check the following trailer parts:
As a wide load, your trailer lights serve to help you avoid accidents with other vehicles. Check the lights of your trailer if they work properly, especially the brake lights and turn signals. You may want to ask someone to help you do this so you won’t have to keep going back and forth between the driver’s seat and the rear end of your trailer.
Most electric brakes use a gel-cell battery as its power source. Although the alternator should keep the battery charged, it is a good idea to check the level of your battery, as failing to use it for long periods of time can drain the of the battery.
Check your hitch if it is safely secured to both your truck and trailer, and that it does not touch the ground. If you use your trailer to haul a boat, you should check your hitch and chains for any signs of rust. Should you find any, opt to replace the parts ASAP.
Chains often serve as a final hitch between your truck and the trailer in case of breakage. For an added layer of safety, experts suggest that you connect the safety chains so that they cross each other’s path (X-shaped).