Know your tow vehicle. Do not exceed the Gross
Vehicle Mass Rating (GVM) of your tow vehicle as specified by the
Check hitch ball to make sure it is the same size
as the trailer coupler. Also, the hitch ball should meet or exceed
the GVM of the trailer. Periodically lubricate the ball and visually
check for any signs of deterioration. With excessive wear, hitch
balls can come loose from the trailer coupler.
If you are towing with a vehicle that did not
come with a factory installed towing package, contact your local
Your tow vehicle should have properly installed
fastener points (either links or rings) for the trailer's safety
chains / cable. If you are using a bumper or a straight frame hitch,
you may need to have fastener points added to the tow vehicle.
Check your tow vehicle's tire pressure. When you
add the hitch weight to tires that are improperly inflated, tread
wear will be greatly accelerated.
Make sure the mirrors are wide enough to see the
back corner of the trailer. Most trucks have adequate mirrors, but
most motorcars might require add-on extended mirrors that can be
purchased at almost any Motor Spares and Accessories supplier.
When you are hitched to the trailer, make sure
both the tow vehicle and trailer ride level. If the hitch weight
makes the tow vehicle "squat" in the rear, check your
loading (the heavier items, should always be on or in front of the
axle), alternatively consider purchasing an equalizer hitch to eliminate
this problem. A tow vehicle that rides low in the rear will not
steer properly and may cause damage to the rear axle, hubs, and
tires from an overload situation.
If you are towing with an automatic transmission,
you should never tow in overdrive.
Know your trailer. Do not overload. Stay within
your Gross Vehicle Mass Rating (GVM) capacity. Refer to your trailer's
identification plate for the GVM.
Always ensure before a trip that your wheel nuts
are tightened, Follow the axle manufacturer's recommendations for
checking nuts on wheels.
If the trailer has been idle for several months,
it is a good idea to grease the bearings as condensation can build
up in the bearings. Regular use keeps the bearings free of moisture.
Check tire pressure on trailer regularly and keep
inflated per the info listed on the sidewall of the tire. (Keep
it at least between 2 - 2.4 Bar)
Scale your trailer after it is loaded to make
sure it does not exceed the GVM. Make sure the hitch weight does
not exceed a maximum of 100 Kg's.
Check your coupler periodically for adequate lubrication.
A dry coupler and hitch ball will cause excessive wear. This will
result in coupler or component replacement.
Make sure you have a pin or padlock to secure
the latching lever on the coupler. Without properly securing the
latching lever, it could accidentally disengage allowing the coupler
to jump off the ball.
We equip all the new trailers with breakaway systems
that meet SABS standards. When coupling your trailer to your tow
vehicle, be sure your battery is fully charged and the breakaway
cable is secured to the tow vehicle.
Make sure your trailer's safety chains have a rating
that meets or exceeds the GVM of the trailer. We manufacture all
our trailers with chains / cable that exceed the GVM rating of the
trailer. Securely latch the chains to links (or rings) on the tow
vehicle. Be sure to cross the chains before you attach them to your
tow vehicle. This crossing technique creates a cradle to catch the
coupler, should it disengage from the tow vehicle preventing it
from dragging or ploughing into the road. This will enable you to
stop more safely in such an emergency. Do not allow the chains to
drag on the road surface because over time this will weaken the
chains and lessen their effectiveness. All ball coupler hitch trailers
are required to have safety chains / cable.
Make sure all doors are closed and locked while
in transit. Make sure all roof vents and windows are securely closed.
Make sure your load has been properly secured
so is does not shift while you are towing.
Before each trip, check the operation of all lights
on the tow vehicle and trailer.
Before each trip check the trailer's brakes (if
applicable) and make sure they are properly adjusted for the load
you are carrying. Remember, it takes more room (and time) to stop
a heavier loaded trailer than a light one. Anticipate stops and
Use common sense when towing a trailer. Watch
your speed (maximum posted speed limit on any National highway is
120Kmph). Make your turns a bit wider to accommodate your trailer.