Last updated 12 days ago
Staying on top of trailer maintenance is important both for the functioning of your trailer and your personal safety. Find out how to tow a trailer safely, how towing weight distribution systems work and how to maintain the wheel bearings on your trailer by visiting the following websites.
For more information, contact APC Trailers and Equipment of Tucson, Arizona at (866) 945-1720.
Last updated 19 days ago
Keeping the parts of your trailer clean is essential to avoiding damage and staying safe on the road. Especially in Arizona, where sand and dust is ever-present, maintaining the trailer wheel bearings and other trailer parts needs to be done before a long trip to prevent problems like corrosion and brake grab. Read on to see what is involved with cleaning and greasing the wheel bearings on your trailer:
Inspecting the Wheel Bearings
To check your trailer’s bearings, you will first have to jack up your trailer. Then, check the wheels to see if they wobble or if they are loose. If they are, the bearing will need to be replaced at trailer shop.
Cleaning the Wheel Bearings
If you didn’t notice looseness or wobble in the wheels, it’s time to clean the trailer wheel bearings. To do this, first remove the tires from each wheel and any other parts that secure the wheel to the axle. The wheel bearing is located on the wheel hub. To get to it, you will probably have to remove the hardware that’s holding it in place. Once you remove the wheel bearing from the trailer, it’s a good idea to remove the seal and the inner bearing to soak each part in gasoline. This loosens up the old grease and all of the grime. After soaking the wheel bearings for an hour, take them out and let them dry.
Greasing the Wheel Bearings
Once the wheel bearing is dry you can put the parts back on the wheel hub and grease. When you do this, be sure that you add the grease gently so that the seal doesn’t break, and that you wipe off any extra grease before re-installing the wheel bearing to the wheel.
Not all trailers are built the same, and the process of removing, cleaning, and greasing the wheel bearings is oftentimes different. To get your trailer wheel bearings maintained or repaired by a professional trailer shop, come to APC Trailers and Equipment of Tucson, Arizona. If you have any questions, get in touch with us at (866) 945-1720 or by visiting our website.
Last updated 26 days ago
Hauling hundreds or thousands of pounds on a trailer behind your truck can be nerve wrecking at times. In order to keep driving scares to a minimum, there are a number of precautions that a driver hauling a trailer should take. One of these precautions is the proper utilization of a tow weight distribution system, which can make handling a vehicle that is hauling a trailer safer and more manageable. Here’s how a tow weight distribution system works.
When it comes to pulling a trailer, it is important that the overall weight, or gross weight, of the trailer does not exceed the vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. Beyond that, the most important weight-related consideration is the concentration of weight that is held by the front reaches of the trailer. Referred to as tongue weight, this weight presses down on the trailer hitch. Overbearing tongue weight is responsible for much of the bouncing and swerving of travel trailers. Fortunately, it can be balanced with a tow weight distribution system.
The Anatomy of a Tow Weight Distribution System
A tow weight distribution system contains several different parts, including a shank, a head assembly, spring bars and chains. Most trailer hitches have a small receiver into which the shank can easily be plugged. The parts attached to the shank are what help with the weight distribution, especially the chains and spring bars. As a load’s weight exerts increasing pressure on the trailer tongue, friction occurs with the chains. This pulls the spring bars up, resulting in a more even distribution of weight.
No matter what you hauling needs are, APC Trailers and Equipment can help you meet them. In addition to providing you with the ideal trailer for your needs, we can equip that trailer with a tow weight distribution system and other parts that are considered fundamental to trailer safety. For more information, visit our website. Or you can give us a call at (520) 620-1968 to speak with a representative from our Tucson, Arizona office.
Last updated 1 month ago
Hauling a trailer is a challenge that many adventurous and experienced drivers are happy to undertake. But before embarking on a trip with a trailer, it’s important to take into account the important safety considerations given in the following video clip.
Since hauling a trailer adds length, width, and momentum to the vehicle being driven, both speeding up and slowing down take longer than normal. Drivers can adjust to these differences by decelerating at least twice as far from a stop sign or stop light as they normally would. It is also important to swing wide when turning to avoid hitting curbs or other obstacles with the excess cargo, and to pull over and examine the trailer connection should the trailer ever swerve.
For optimal safety, it’s important to purchase a high-quality trailer to begin with. For an unparalleled selection of new and used trailers in Tucson, call APC Trailers and Equipment at (520) 620-1968.
Last updated 1 month ago
Since 1986, APC Trailers and Equipment in Tucson has provided Arizona drivers with a large selection of high quality trailers for towing cargo, industrial equipment, and more. If you need a trailer, a hitch, or any other accessory, call us today at (520) 620-1968. Learn more about towing safety from the links below: