mx2000 Trailer OperationTowing (Instructional Drawing)
|CAUTION: Hitch ball capacity must be greater than or equal to trailer GVWR. Do not use a worn hitch ball, it is unsafe and must be replaced./td>|
Trailer Coupling and Towing
|CAUTION: Do not use breakaway cable as a parking brake!|
- Follow step 1 through 12 for Towing, above.
- Before backing up a slope or through soft ground, pull trailer forward slightly to assure that the actuator socket is in the fully forward position.
- Move the lever knob on the side of the actuator down-ward from the "Towing Position" along the curved slot in the actuator frame to the "Back-up Position" (Figure 7). The slot has a notch at the bottom of its travel. Push the lever knob down to engage the locking notch.
- Back trailer up.
CAUTION: Avoid sharp turns. This could bend, create extreme stress or fracture either the actuator or trailer tongue.
If trailer is to be uncoupled from tow vehicle after backing with the lever knob engaged, block all trailer wheels and pull forward slightly to take strain off of the actuator. Uncouple the actuator by lifting the release handle and raising the trailer tongue. Make sure the lever knob is in the "Towing Position" when uncoupling from the trailer.
CAUTION: Before towing trailer, always ensure the lever knob has disengaged and is in the "Towing Position".
If your trailer is to be stored for an extended period of time or over the winter, it is important that the trailer be properly prepared.
- Jack up the trailer using the four corner levelling jacks so that the weight will be off the tires. Never jack up or place jack stands on the axle tube or on the equalizers.
- Lubricate mechanical moving parts such as the hitch, locks and hinges, and suspension parts that are exposed to the weather.
Before removing trailer from jack stands:
- Remove all wheels and brake drums. Note which spindle and brake that the drum was removed from so that it can be reinstalled in the same location.
- Inspect suspension for wear.
- Check brake linings and brake drums for excessive wear or scoring.
Lubricate all brake moving parts using a high temperature brake lubricant. (LUBRIPLATE or Equivalent).
CAUTION: Do not get grease or oil on brake linings.
- Remove any rust from braking surface of drums with fine emery paper or crocus cloth. Protect bearings from contamination while so doing.
- Inspect grease seals for wear or nicks.
- Lubricate hub bearings.
- Reinstall hubs, mount and tighten wheels.