As summer fades to fall, and we take a look at our storm damaged property, the realization of clean up is inevitable. How in the world are we going to get the downed tree limbs and debris out of here? A Trailer. A one word solution. Now not everyone has a trailer, but I am sure most of you know someone who does. And they are readily available for rent in most areas too.
So you know that you have a hitch on the back of your vehicle, but have never towed. Have no fear. Trailering isn’t as intimidating as one might think. I will go over the basics of towing a trailer with you.
First, if there is a hitch on your vehicle, that part is technically called a receiver, or receiver hitch. This is the part that “receives” the ball mount and ball. There ar 3 possible ball sizes, 1 7/8″, 2″, and 2 5/16″ that need to match up to the trailers coupler. The last thing we want is to try to tow with the wrong size ball. Trust me, nothing good can happen of trying to tow without the right equipment.
Wiring, now that is a totally different animal. There are common configurations, but as soon as I say that there is a standard in the trailer industry, I will be proved wrong. Most small trailers operate on a flat 4 wiring system, and most tandem axle trailers with electric brakes use a 7 way plug. That plug has many names, but is now common on most newer truck with an OEM trailer package. In order to tow properly and legally, the lights must work. There are many adapters available too to make sure the vehicle and trailer are communicating properly.
Here at our shop, in Harrisburg, PA, we rent a few trailers to help with those emergency situations that have a way of popping up. We rent a landscape trailer, an equipment trailer, car hauler, and even an enclosed cargo trailer that is set up to haul a motorcycle. Whether you are local and want to stop by to rent or buy a trailer, or are reading this from afar, don’t be intimidated by a trailer. And most of all, be safe when you are towing. Follow all the necessary steps when hooking up, double check everything, and everything will work out just fine.
Until next time…..happy towing!