Trailer Safety Tips

If you’ve ever owned or seen one of those gigantic pick-up trailers with the “stuffing” in the back yard, then you know how useful and necessary they can be. It can be hard work to load your vehicle on a regular truck or a flatbed truck – especially if you live in an area that has extreme weather conditions, or if your vehicle has unique features that make it impractical to transport with a traditional vehicle. For these reasons, many people who own pick-up trailers choose to use them for transporting either recreational vehicles (RV’s), or goods or equipment that requires more strength and bulk than a car would be able to handle.


Most trailers (pl. trailers) come in standard sizes, typically single axle, low-load and affordable, single-wing vehicles. However, there are various types of trailers that can be attached to a tow vehicle, including: tandem, four-wheel drive, or two-wheel drive, and are designed for specific applications. Trailers can either be loaded from the rear or the top, with a hitch securing either the back or the front of the trailer. There are also rear-end trailer and side-by-side trailers that allow two vehicles to be transported at the same time.

One of the most common types of recreational vehicles that are pulled by pick-up trucks are travel trailers. Travel trailers (or travel trailers as they are more commonly known) offer a wide range of applications and can often be pulled by larger trucks. They are often used to haul camping equipment and supplies, or simply to provide protection against harsh weather or natural disasters. A travel trailer can be made to fit any size vehicle, as well as being flexible and practical, often serving a dual purpose.

Perhaps the most common trailer used by most Americans is the short-term or day-to-day trailer. These trailers can be pulled by both the pickup truck and a car or can be pulled by the truck only. The term trailer can apply to these small trailers, as well as the longer types such as school and ranch trailers.

Towable fifth-wheel trailers can be secured to the back of a truck or semi-tractor, or towed behind another vehicle. Most often, tow vehicle with this type of trailer will have a hitch ball, which is a ball hitch on the back of the trailer that locks in place with the tow vehicle, protecting the ball from damage should it come loose. There are a number of different types of safety chains that attach fifth-wheel trailers to the back of cars and trucks. Safety chains come in a variety of styles and colors, as well as different numbers of links (one link = five). These safety chains are often used to secure the fifth wheel, but there are other uses as well.

Hitches are another common form of securing a trailer to the back of a vehicle. However, hitches can also be used in conjunction with other types of tie-downs. Hitch hitches are typically used for securing a trailer to a flatbed semi or truck, or they may be used to secure a trailer to a bed of a pick-up truck that does not have a hitch. In addition to the different types of hitches that exist, a person can also purchase different accessories, such as ball hitch weights, tire weights, and spring bars.