Big Tex Towing Tips
Posted on August 12th, 2014
At Big Tex, we are concerned about your safety. As with most tasks, prior preparation is crucial to safe towing. Whether you’re experienced in towing or you’re a newbie, proper setup and maintenance will help you be successful no matter what you’re hauling. So, before you hook up and head out on the road, make sure your truck and trailer are road worthy. When you buy a Big Tex Trailer, you can tow in confidence and know that our trailers have been thoroughly designed and inspected and are legal to haul on all highways in the United States and Canada. Our lighting, reflectors, axles, connections, and couplers are all rated and tested to ensure that you never have to worry about what you are hauling. Remember, we can’t tow it for you but we can resource you with some tips to help make your trip successful and safe. We have been in the trailer business for years and we have the most experience when it comes to towing. At Big Tex, we build safe reliable equipment for your hauling needs, but YOU are the one that is responsible for your load.
Here are some simple tasks to do before you even load your trailer:
- Check the tires. Take the time and check to see if they are properly inflated. Rest assured when pulling a Big Tex Trailer, we outfit them with radial tires which offer many advantages including; less heat buildup, better ability to carry loads, better fuel mileage, longer wear and softer ride. Are your signal lamps working? Big Tex supplies their trailers with LED lighting, which has endless benefits. LED lights are designed to be brighter for better focus. They are also energy efficient and last longer than standard lamp bulbs: Check your brakes. Take a test drive and evaluate how your brakes are functioning. At Big Tex, an option we offer are Nev-R-Adjust electronic brakes. These brakes adjust to the load that you place on our trailers and ensure that you never have to worry about stopping when the unexpected happens: If your trailer is equipped with hubs that require lubing, check them and check them often. Don’t be a victim of a runoff crash due to a wheel falling off its axle. An option Big Tex has are E-Z lube hubs on Dexter axles. This safeguards your hubs by simply pulling off the cap and adding oil: Check your lug nuts. As a trailer is being constantly used, lug nuts can become loose. If you find loose lug nuts, you might want to take it to your local tire shop or stop in one of our 29 locations to service your tire and wheel needs. In all, take a 360 degree walk around. Look at everything… look under your trailer, look over your trailer, and inspect wiring and connections. It will be worth your while for the long haul.
Loading Your Equipment:
- Know you gross trailer weight. Most owners already know the answer. If not, we offer trailer specifications on all of our trailers with downloadable brochures. Knowing your gross trailer weight is critical to properly adjusting the tongue weight of your trailer. In fact, it’s your starting point. Keep in mind when loading, that the tongue weight should be 10% to 15% of the overall trailer weight. Use wheel chocks when necessary. This helps to avoid trailer movement while loading heavy equipment. Use a spotter. You may have a large piece of machinery that you are loading and have visible limitations. A spotter can help guide your equipment on the trailer safely. Before you begin loading, make sure you and your spotter understand each other’s hand signals. Make safety your goal. Position your equipment correctly on the trailer. Too much weight on the tongue or tail of the trailer could cause dangerous handling conditions. Use transport-rated tie downs, chains, and come along binders. Don’t twist or overstress chains or tie downs. Before driving off with a loaded trailer, make a final 360 degree inspection to verify that the load is properly secured. In conclusion, loading and unloading your trailer is a precision operation. Take your time and be confident that your load is secure. Protect yourself and others. Big Tex is there to help you protect your investment. We will be happy to answer any questions you have. Thank you and safe travels!