Showing posts with label trailer hitches. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trailer hitches. Show all posts

Friday, December 20, 2013

Towing Trailers Safely

Trailers are a wonderful vehicle accessory to own; they allow you to tow large amounts of cargo without filling up or weighing down your vehicle. It’s important, however, to take precautions to ensure that you are traveling as safely as possible when you use your trailer. In fact, any time you are planning to go somewhere with your trailer attached, you should perform a quick safety inspection first.
The first thing you’ll want to look at is the pin that attaches the ball mount to the receiver; check to make sure that pin is safe and secure. Then, move on to check the hitch coupler, which can be found on all trailer hitches. Also make sure the spring bar hinges are firmly attached and then attach the safety clips if applicable and the safety chains.

You will need to perform these easy checks with all trailer hitches; however, you can reduce the likelihood of ever encountering a problem if you’re using only the highest quality hitches, such as those that can be found at Auto Truck Depot.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Traveling with a Trailer

If you’re about to start driving with a trailer for the first time or even for the first time in a while, it’s important to remember the basics of trailer-towing. To start with, make sure you’ve got a quality trailer and, even more importantly, that you’re using only the best trailer hitches. Cheap, poor quality trailer hitches could cause your trailer to become detached, causing some serious (and dangerous!) problems for you. The last thing you want to do is cause an accident with your trailer or lose all of your possessions when your trailer suddenly comes unhitched.

Also, remember to slow down your speed! You’re carrying extra cargo, and you need to accommodate for it. Be particularly adamant about slowing down when making turns. It’s also wise to give yourself ample stopping space—more than you normally would. If you’re smart and remember that you can’t drive the same way with a trailer as you do without one, all your travels should be happy (and safe!).
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Keep Your Trailer Safe

If you have a trailer, then you probably already know that trailer hitches are necessary to haul it safely. While you should definitely invest in a good, strong hitch, one that’s appropriately matched to your trailer and vehicle and that won’t allow your trailer to come unhitched, it’s also important to follow some other safety measures too.

Did you know, for example, that many trailers feature a battery that can work to kick in your trailer’s brakes in the event of an accidental detachment? If your trailer has this feature (check to see), then you’ll definitely want to make every effort to keep your trailer’s battery fully charged.

It’s also important to set your trailer’s tongue weight correctly. If you haven’t done this, then it won’t matter if you’re using the most high quality trailer hitches available or not. In order for your trailer to stay balanced and upright, the tongue weight should be approximately fifteen percent of the trailer’s overall weight.

If you follow these tips and use good common sense, you should have a terrific towing experience.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Check Trailer Hitches

In order to be considered a responsible truck owner, you need to regularly attend to your truck and perform various maintenance tasks. Some tasks, such as checking the windshield washer fluid and making sure all of your lights are in the proper working order, need to be performed as often as once a month. Others, however, can wait a little longer, generally around once every three months.
One thing you should do at least every three months or so is to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid levels. You can easily do this job yourself if you have the right know-how, or you can take it to a qualified mechanic. If fluid levels are low, fluid should be added. You can find the best fluid for your particular truck at Auto Truck Depot.

If you have trailer hitches installed on your truck, you should walk around and check the hitch periodically. Trailer hitches tend to be fairly stable, but there is always a chance that they could become partially or even fully detached from your vehicle. If you notice any signs of damage or wear, replace or repair your hitch before hauling any more cargo.

You should also check the exhaust pipe at least every three months. Look it over carefully for any signs of a hole or other damage. Generally, you’ll be alerted by strange noises if there’s a problem with your exhaust pipe, but this isn’t always the case, so be sure to give it more than just a passing glance and to fix problems promptly.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lets Hitch

20K R5 Fifth Wheel RollerIt might come as a surprise to you to learn that there are actually several different types of trailer hitches. Most people think all trailer hitches are essentially the same and do not realize that they actually come with classifications. It’s important to understand the different classifications so that you can end up with a hitch that is the perfect fit for you.

One element of a  hitch is the trailer hitch receiver. These hitches are the ones you’ll see the most often. They are usually constructed from steel and are designed to attach securely to the car or truck’s frame. While they are, of course, designed for pulling trailers, they can also be used for carrying bike racks and cargo carriers. Within this category, you’ll find different classes of hitches. The class is based upon how much weight the hitch can handle and the size of the receiver opening.

When you need a hitch for a super tough job, a fifth wheel hitch is going to be your best bet. These are mostly used with trucks and can often carry upwards of 30,000 pounds! They fit onto the truck bed. There are also specially designed hitches for specific jobs or for specific purposes. For example, you can get an invisible hitch, which can’t be seen but still hauls easily, or hitches specially designed for various types of cargo.

Fortunately, Auto Truck Depot has every kind of hitch you could ever need. While you’re encouraged to browse the wide selection, definitely check out the 20K R5 Fifth Wheel Roller. This is a fifth wheel  hitch as discussed above, and is designed to carry even the heaviest of loads with ease.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Reese Hitches are Top of the Line Trailer Hitches

It’s simple—if you’re going to be using a trailer with your vehicle, then you are going to need trailer hitches. These products should be reliable, keeping your trailer secure at all times, and durable enough to last and last for years to come. More than that, though, you deserve a hitch that is stylish and looks great on your vehicle. Whether you want it to just blend in seamlessly or to stand out with style, you can achieve it with the right hitch. Choose the wrong one, though, and you’ll have an unsightly eyesore on your beautiful automobile, and nobody wants that!

Some of the best trailer hitches currently available—hitches that are both functional and attractive—are Reese hitches. That shouldn’t come as a surprise either, not if you know much about Reese or the automobile industry in general. If you do, then you’re probably already familiar with the fact that Reese is responsible for setting the standard for advanced towing system designs. Each and every one of its products is guaranteed to be top of the line; they are designed with the most high quality materials, are safe and reliable, and even manage to be innovative and fun as well.

Choose from a wide range of Reese products or just get the one key hitch that you need. Either way, you’ll be glad you went with a top manufacturer. You can find all of the Reese products that you need at Auto Truck Depot, which prides itself on selling only the best and on doing so at an affordable price to you. With Auto Truck Depot, you don’t have to break the bank to get a great hitch!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Wild About Valley Hitch Trailer Hitches

Trailer hitches, as the name implies, are the special little attachments you’ll find on the backs of some trucks. They allow the driver to hook up a trailer and then go cruising down the road securely. These hitches, though, have to be extremely durable and capable of supporting the weight of the trailer in order to be safe. They should also, of course, be stylish and attractive, adding to the vehicle’s beauty, not taking it away or distracting from it. The thing with hitches is that they should be nice, but not all that noticeable. Plus, they also need to be durable enough to last for the life of the vehicle. These are not products you should have to replace.

Auto Truck Depot knows and understands all of this, and it wants you, the customer, to be happy and satisfied with your experience. That is why it only offers the very best trailer hitches from the very best brands. One such brand is Valley Hitch , which has been in the business, making these and other products for over sixty years. With a long, reputable history like that, you know you can trust their products.

These Valley Hitch products are super easy to install, so you get a great fit each and every time. In some cases, you can even accomplish this without cutting or drilling. Many of the line’s products are, in fact, no drill applications. No matter which model you end up choosing, you’ll also get a black power finish coat that will give your new hitch a lovely sheen that will blend in just right with your vehicle, making it more beautiful and attractive than ever before.

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