Safety is the most important factor in the design and build of Bloomer Trailers. We want our customers to have the proper knowledge to use and haul our trailers as safely as possible.
- Make sure the hitch, coupler, chains, and other equipment that connect the trailer and tow the vehicle are properly secured and adjusted. Verify that the trailer has two safety chains. Check the nuts, bolts, and other fasteners to ensure the hitch remains secure.
- Check your tires on both your trailer and vehicle, looking for damage from winter months. Make sure to inspect the tread for uneven wear. Verify that tire pressure is correct and always have a spare tire. Underinflation reduces the load-carrying capacity. Overinflation causes premature tire wear and affects handling characteristics of your trailer.
- Inspect all wheel lug nuts and make sure they are tightened to specifications. Verify that all the lug nuts are still in place.
- Make sure connector-plug prongs and receptacles, wire splices, and ground connections are clean and shielded from moisture. Verify all the wiring is connected correctly. Make sure all running lights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights are working.
- Verify the brakes on the trailer are operating correctly. Regularly have the brakes on both the trailer and truck inspected. Check to see how much brake pad material remains. The start of warmer months is a good time to replace them if they are getting close to the end of their life expectancy.
- Check wheel bearings before returning the trailer to regular use and be sure to replace according to Dexter Axles recommendations. Have the bearings serviced, which requires a repack, new grease and bearing.