Whether your toy of choice is a motorcycle, ATV or speedboat, you will inevitably find yourself needing to transport your vehicle at some point. When toy hauling in a utility trailer is necessary, you need to make sure you take precautions to keep your toy safe and get it to your destination securely, so you can start enjoying yourself. Nobody wants to spend a nerve-wracking trip worrying about whether a trailer is safe and secure. Toy hauling is fairly easy, but don’t get into the habit of overlooking the basics.
When transporting smaller vehicles, like motorcycles, having a series of tie downs to hold the bike in place is a great way to keep it secure during transport. Once you properly install tie downs in your trailer, they should last you a long while, but you want to inspect the tie down straps, which can wear out over time, regularly. Be sure to buy quality straps! All of your vigilance will be wasted if a cheap strap breaks en route.
Hubs and Wheels
To ensure that your trip goes smoothly, regularly check your hubs and wheels, and replace them when they show signs of wear. It’s even a good idea to keep a spare wheel on hand for your utility trailer when hauling your precious cargo. If you are using your trailer to haul a boat, rinse your hubs down with fresh water after each time you unload your boat to extend their life. The water where you go fishing is harsh on your trailer components.
You know that you have to grease your wheel bearings regularly, but many people still forget or put off this basic maintenance. Be sure to check and grease your bearings so you don’t end up on the side of the highway!
Make sure you check your toy hauling components regularly, and replace items when they wear out. A good aftermarket parts company will save you money on maintaining your trailer.