It is important that the brakes are checked to make sure they are functioning properly and not worn down or damaged in any way.
All lights and reflectors should be checked for proper operation, including headlights, brake lights, emergency flashers, taillights, and turn signals.
3. Tire Pressure & Tread Depth
Tires should be inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure and checked for acceptable tread depth per DOT regulations.
4. Hitch/Coupling Device
The trailer’s hitch or coupling device should be inspected for proper fitment to the tow vehicle as well as wear signs of aging or rust damage.
5. Suspension System
The suspension system should be inspected for any loose or damaged components, such as shocks, leaf springs, and U-bolts.
6. Frame & Structural Components
All structural components of the trailer frame should be checked for damage, such as cracks, rusting, and broken welds.
7. Safety Chains/Cables
The safety chains or cables that connect the trailer to the tow vehicle must be inspected for any signs of wear or fraying.
8. Loading/Weight Requirements
It is important to load a trailer in accordance with its weight rating and verify all cargo is properly secured to prevent shifting during transit.