A covered car trailer is one of the most popular methods of transporting vehicles. Just like the popular use of an enclosed car trailer, it isn’t uncommon for one to ask about how best to use it. The best tips and tricks for how to load a car onto a box van trailer are generally the most asked. This is understandable, as it’s important to load your trailer safely and securely. With this in mind, the following should help you understand how to carry out the loading process correctly.
To start, thorough preparation of your trailer is needed. Before doing anything, you must check the weight and size of the car you wish to transport. Check it against your covered car trailer, ensuring the trailer is big enough to store the vehicle, as well as checking the trailer’s information manual. In addition to this, the enclosed car trailer must have a weight load rating that exceeds the cars. Furthermore, you need to look at the handbook to ensure weight doesn’t affect oil and fuel levels.
Once you have carried out the above, you can then begin to load your vehicle on to your box van trailer. Firstly, it is wise to attach the towing vehicle and trailer, before loading the load. When doing this, you will find it eliminates the chance of the trailer and car moving when trying to haul it. As said above, the distribution of weight is vital, so the heaviest towed part must sit toward the front as far as it can go. However, remember the weight of the tow bar mustn’t exceed its limit. Good go-to load distribution for most vehicle and enclosed car trailer types is 60% at the front of the trailer and the rest at the rear.
For some trailers, like a box van trailer, they require straps for securing the load. This is often due to needing to secure all four wheels, so if sudden movements occur when driving along, it won’t bring anything off balance. Along with this, wheel locks are highly advised to further prevent loads loosening. After loading, ensure all straps are tied and tucked away. Otherwise, they can cause damage to your vehicle.
While transporting a covered car trailer, it is important to stop periodically if possible to check the load and straps attached, as they are sometimes likely to become loose. Furthermore, it is lawfully required of you to know the national speed limits for a vehicle towing a trailer. If you aren’t sure of the speed limits set, it’s 50mph on a single carriageway and 60mph for dual carriageways or motorways. The speed limits are set there for the safety for you and everyone else on the road, as the trailer is more prone to move side to side.
Keeping the above in mind, you should now have a better idea of how to safely secure a car load to a trailer and drive it along. If some questions remain unanswered, there are thankfully a wide variety of experts at hand to help. Additionally, your owner’s manual has all the specification details of weight and load instructions, if you need a quick answer.