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Trailer Questions

Trailer Questions

Q. What screwdriver bit do I use for the eight point screw heads?

A. #2 square head bit.

Q. Why do I need to cross my safety chains?

A. To create a cradle to catch the trailer tongue, if the hitch comes off the ball of the tow vehicle.

Q. Does the little battery on the A-frame of my trailer power the interior lights?

A. No, the breakaway battery triggers the electric brakes should your trailer become disconnected from the tow vehicle and the attached lanyard is pulled from it’s switch.

Q. Does the breakaway battery recharge from the tow vehicle or do I need to charge it?

A. It does not recharge through the tow vehicle and you do need to charge it.

Q. What powers my interior lights?

A. The tow vehicle when connected.

Q. How do I add shelves and where are the studs in my trailer?

A. The vertical supports or studs are located on 16” or 24” centers dependent on model. They can be seen or located using the screw pattern on either the interior or exterior of the trailer. Keep in mind that they are steel or aluminum so you will require a self-threading screw. The wall cavity on some models is only 1” deep so keep that in mind when selecting a screw length.

Q. If I have a flat tire where do I locate the jack?

A. Once your trailer is securely blocked and cannot roll you can locate the jack either near the axle on the front to rear running main frame rail of the trailer or directly under the axle beam if safely accessible.

A short cut used for many years is to find an isolated curb along the road, and back your trailer up onto the curb. There will be a point in the transition backing onto the curb where your flat tire will be hanging free and easy to take off.