Whether you’re moving to a new home or transporting large cargo across town, a trailer can be a helpful tool to get the job done quickly. However, it’s important to be aware of proper trailer loading and towing guidelines. Improperly loaded trailers can sway, cause braking or accelerating issues, or cause damage to the tow vehicle or trailer itself. Continue reading for tips on how to load a trailer, and contact Broadway Rental with any questions.
How to Load a Trailer
While the specific loading procedures will vary based on the trailer size, tow vehicle and cargo, there are a few general safety guidelines to keep in mind.
- Use a tow vehicle that can handle the trailer weight. Look in the vehicle owner’s manual or call the dealership if you’re not sure. Broadway Rental carries a wide selection of trailers, so downsize if necessary.
- Maintain a safe cargo weight. Just because cargo fits doesn’t mean it’s safe to pull.
- Follow the 60/40 rule. Load about 60 percent of the cargo toward the front of the axle, and 40 percent behind it.
- When loading heavy or dense cargo, place it directly over the axle.
How to Load a Moving Truck
When loading a moving truck, the general method is the same: heaviest items near the back and bottom of the truck.
- Load appliances and other heavy items closest to the cab. Secure them in place.
- Next, load furniture. Larger items toward the back, and smaller items nearer to the front.
- Then load boxes, with larger and heavier boxes toward the bottom, and smaller boxes on top.
- Make sure everything is stable and tightly secured. When the truck is in motion, items may shift and could be damaged. Use cargo restraint bars, moving straps and blankets to secure and protect your furniture and boxes.
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