You cannot load a trailer the way you think it’s appropriate. There are certain technicalities that have to be taken care of while loading a trailer. Properly balancing the load on the trailer is important as it will determine how the heavy duty trucks will move. If the load is not balanced the vehicle driving will not be safe. Therefore, loading a trailer properly and correctly is very important.
Here are some tips that you should follow while loading a trailer:
Placement of the load
One of the major reasons behind trailer sway is not having large enough percentage of trailer tongue weight as compared to gross trailer weight. The tongue weight is supposed to be 10% – 15% of the total weight of the trailer.
Load heavy items first
This is the most important thing to consider before loading a trailer as these items have to be securely tied down. If you place heavier load in the front of the trailer, it will help in suppressing the trailer sway. In order to keep the load in place and prevent it from shifting, it must be centered left-to-right and firmly tied down. Tying them straight down will not be secure enough as they could fall over with the change in direction or speed.
Load the front first
When loading a trailer, you have to stick to the rule of thumb. Load the front part of the trailer first by placing around 60% of the weight forward on the front axle. One thing to keep in mind while doing this is that the weight should be evenly distributed side to side.
If weight is evenly distributed on all four tires, it will help the vehicle to restore balance at the same time it will also:
- Improve headlight aim
- Eliminate squat
- Improve handling and ride quality
- Control sway and body roll
- Overcome bottoming out
Attach an air-line
Attaching an air-line to each spring will allow infinite suspension adjustment in order to deal with any load or road condition. You need to add this trailer attachment part while loading a trailer and then release it for a softer ride when it is unloaded. It is fitted to the existing suspension and so the installation of this trailer attachment part is simple and fast. Most of the times, it does not even need drilling into the frame of the vehicle.
You should not put in or on the trailer once you are under way. Also, you need to bungee or clip the cabinet doors and drawers. In order to keep all the stuff in your heavy duty trucks in place, you need to use ratchet tie downs. If you follow all the above-mentioned tips, loading a trailer properly will not be a great deal for you.