- Trailer must be hooked correctly and properly – check exactly how to hook and unhook before you leave the trailer premises, especially when it has got a release pin on the coupler.
- Put the safety chain in place over tow-hitch.
- Make sure the all the lights are working when the trailer is hooked. You will have to pay the fine!
- Make sure that you know the tyre pressure needed when you are loaded and when you drive without a load. On long distances, you may release the tyre pressure to a lower pressure so that the trailer will be more smooth on the road when it is empty.
- Make sure that you are satisfied with the condition of the trailer, because you are responsible for it after you have hooked it. Wheel-bearing looseness must be checked.
- See that there is a spare tyre. To change the tyres, you must have a wheel spanner. (A cross spanner fits on all tyre tipes.)
- Load trailer evenly over axle with 60% of load towards the front of trailer. Never have the trailer heavier at the back than the front. It will swift downhill and jack-knive.
- Do not overload trailer. Consult the data plate and/or the owner of the trailer, because the axle could be changed after it was registered for a specific weight.
- Do not speed. According law, any vehicle that tow, may not exceed 80km/h. However, for long distances with not a big load, you can drive quite safe if you do not exceed 100km p/h.
- Increase your following distance to the vehicle in front of you. Keep a minimum of a 4 second gap between you and the vehicle in front. In poor weather conditions, increase this gap to 6 seconds.
- Anticipate stops and brake early.
Requirements for Trailer Hire
- Valid Drivers’ license
- Licensed vehicle, suitable for trailer
Necessary (on request)
Proof of a fixed residential address (i.e. municipal account)
RENTALS PER 25 HOURS, within office hours. Thereafter additional rate per hour. After 7 hours = another day