Trailer Towing Tips

APC Equipment and Trailers 30 Year Anniversary Celebration Event!

APC is proud to announce we’re celebrating our 30th year serving the Arizona communities for trailer needs. We’d like to extend our thanks to customers across Arizona. We will be offering free delivery on our trailers up to 150 miles. Each additional mile will be charged accordingly. Please take advantage of this offer while it lasts. This is also in addition to our low tax rate of 6.1%! Lots of money savings for you! Please call or stop in today to meet with our family of staff members and get yourself a new trailer! Click Here for Our Inventory

Terms and Conditions:

Trailers must be a value of $4,000 or more before taxes on any open style trailers. (Car haulers, dump trailers, equipment trailers, aluminum trailers, etc)

Enclosed trailers must be a value of $6,000 or more before taxes.

Delivery must be agreed upon at time of purchase. 30 mile delivery minimum. Credits for delivery fees not provided. Not valid on previous purchases. Not to be combined with additional discounts or savings.

Deposits are required at time of purchase/order. Remaining balance must be paid upon delivery with cashiers check or prior to arrival with bank wire. Credit accepted at additional fee.

TOWNG TIPS

PRE-TOW CHECKLIST

 

Before towing, double-check all of these items:

 

  • Tires, wheels and lug nuts
  • Tire Pressure. Inflate tires on trailer and tow vehicle to the pressure stated on the Certification / VIN label.
  • Coupler secured and locked.
  • Safety chains properly rigged to tow vehicle, not to hitch or ball.
  • Test Tail, Stop, and Turn Lights
  • Test trailer brakes.
  • Safety breakaway lanyard fastened to tow vehicle, not to safety chains
  • Cargo properly loaded, balanced and tied down.
  • Tongue weight and weight distribution set-up.
  • Ramps secured for travel.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flares and reflectors
  • After each 50 miles, or one hour of towing, stop and check the following items:
  • Coupler secured.
  • Safety chains are fastened and not dragging.
  • Cargo secured.
  • Doors latched and secured.
  • Safe Trailer Towing Guidelines
  • Recheck the load tie downs to make sure the load will not shift during towing.
  • Before towing, check coupling, safety chain, brakes, tires, wheels and lights.
  • Check the lug nuts or bolts for tightness
  • Check coupler tightness after towing 50 miles.
  • Adjust the brake controller to engage the trailer brakes before the tow vehicle brakes.
  • Follow the brake controller manufacturer’s literature.
  • Use your mirrors to verify that you have room to change lanes or pull into traffic.
  • Use your turn signals well in advance.
  • Allow plenty of stopping space for your trailer and tow vehicle.
  • Do not drive so fast that the trailer begins to sway due to speed.
  • Generally never drive faster than 60 m.p.h.
  • Allow plenty of room for passing. A rule of thumb is that the passing distance with a trailer is 4 times the passing distance without a trailer.
  • Use lower gears for climbing and descending grades.
  • Do not ride the brakes while descending grades; they may get so hot that they stop working. Then you will potentially have a runaway tow vehicle and trailer.
  • Slow down for bumps in the road.
  • Do not brake while in a curve unless absolutely necessary. Instead, slow down before you enter the curve.
  • Do not apply the tow vehicle brakes to correct extreme trailer swaying. Instead, lightly apply the trailer brakes with the hand controller.
  • Make regular stops, about once each hour. Confirm that
  • The coupler is secure to the hitch and is locked,
  • Electrical connectors are made,
  • There is appropriate slack in the safety chains,
  • There is appropriate slack in the breakaway switch pull pin cable,
  • The tires are not visibly low on pressure, and
  • The cargo is secure and in good condition.
  • It is critical that the trailer be securely coupled to the hitch, and that the safety chains and emergency breakaway brake lanyard are correctly attached. Uncoupling may result in death or serious injury to you and to others.

WARNING
Proper selection and condition of the coupler and hitch are essential to safely towing your trailer. A loss of coupling may result in death or serious injury.

  • Be sure the hitch load rating is equal to or greater than the load rating of the coupler.
  • Be sure the hitch size matches the coupler size.
  • Observe the hitch for wear, corrosion and cracks before coupling.
  • Replace worn, corroded or cracked hitch components before coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle.
  • Be sure the hitch components are tight before coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle.
  • Check emergency breakaway brake system BEFORE each tow.
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