How many times have you seen a beautiful dresser or a nice bbq grill on the side of the road? Their owners must not have known the few things to keep in mind when towing a trailer to make sure their belongings were safe. Here, we are going to go over those things, because grilling dinner is always easier when the bbq actually makes it to the backyard.
Strap It Down
First, always use tie-downs or ratchet straps to secure your load. This will ensure that everything stays in place during transit. Even if your item isn’t oversized, it’s still a good idea to use straps – you never know when a sudden stop might cause your belongings to shift, breaking the item itself, or scratching and denting your vehicle. If your items are large, you’ll definitely want to use multiple straps to make sure they’re secure. You can find these at most hardware or big box stores. When strapping down your belongings, make sure that you consider both forward and sideways movement. Tight turns or slamming on the breaks can make your belongings move so ensure that you have straps in both directions. Sometimes, you’ll need to secure multiple straps into place per the weight of the product and how secure it is.
Cover It Up with Tarps
If you’re transporting items that could be damaged by weather conditions, be sure to cover them up. In addition to weather such as rain or hail, wind can also damage your belongings so make sure that you cover everything before taking it on the road. A tarp is always a good idea, as it will protect your belongings from both rain and sun. Custom fitted tarps are a great option if you regularly haul large items, as they will provide the best protection. If you don’t have a custom tarp, make sure the one you use is large enough to cover your entire load and secure it with bungee cords or ratchet straps.
Use Caution on the Road
When driving, take care to avoid potholes, and construction zones, and if you’re transporting something that could be scratched or chipped, like a piece of furniture, you may want to invest in some bubble wrap or other protective material to keep it safe. It’s also a great idea to choose a route where traffic conditions are low, and you can adjust your speed to avoid any potential accidents.
Insuring your items may not be as involved as it sounds. In fact, depending on what you’re hauling, you may already be covered. For example, if you’re towing a trailer with your personal vehicle, your auto insurance will likely cover any damages that occur to the trailer itself, and your homeowners, renters, or business policy may extend coverage to whatever items you’re transporting. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your insurance provider to be sure. If you’re renting a truck or trailer, the rental company may have insurance options available.
Use the Right Hitch
Second, make sure you’re using the right hitch for your trailer and your vehicle. The wrong hitch can not only damage your car, but it can also cause your trailer – and everything in it – to come detached from your vehicle. If you’re not sure which hitch to use, consult with a professional, or do some research to figure out which one is right for you.
If you’ve taken the time to prepare a trailer and go pick up an item, it only makes sense that you take the necessary steps to ensure your belongings are well-protected. By following these simple tips, you can rest assured that your things will arrive safely at their destination.