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Towing (Instructional Drawing)

Towing: Instructional Drawing

      CAUTION! 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
  1. Position actuator ball socket above 2" ball.
    Note: Take care not to damage actuator when backing up towing vehicle for hook-up.
  2. Hold release handle in open position (Figure 5).
  3. Lower trailer tongue until ball rests in ball socket.
  4. Close release handle.
    CAUTION: The release handle will close freely with finger pressure when ball is properly inserted into ball socket. If the release handle does not close freely, do not tow the trailer. Do not force release handle into closed position.
  5. To make sure that the actuator is securely latched onto the ball, extend the trailer tongue jack to the ground and lift the car and trailer combination 2" to 4". If the ball does not disengage, the actuator is securely attached.
  6. Insert padlock or bolt through lock hole for theft protection.
  7. Connect breakaway cable solidly to bumper or frame of tow vehicle as near to center as possible. The cable must hang clear of trailer tongue and be long enough to permit short radius turns without pulling breakaway cable forward.
  8. Make sure breakaway cable is in released position with indicator bead touching or resting against cable spring stop(Figure 6).
    Note: Check location of breakaway cable periodically during each trip. Indicator should rest against spring stop.
  9. Cross safety chains under tongue and securely attach to bumper or frame of tow vehicle.
  10. Retract swivel jack fully. Check for proper car-trailer hook-up; the tow vehicle and trailer should be level with a positive tongue load.
  11. The back-up lever knob must be in the "Towing Position" (Figure 7).
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       CAUTION CAUTION: Do not use breakaway cable as a parking brake!


Backing Up
  1. Follow step 1 through 12 for Towing, above.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Back trailer up.
    CAUTION CAUTION: Avoid sharp turns. This could bend, create extreme stress or fracture either the actuator or trailer tongue.
  5. 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 CAUTION: Before towing trailer, always ensure the lever knob has disengaged and is in the "Towing Position".

Storage Preparation

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.
  1. 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.
  2. Lubricate mechanical moving parts such as the hitch, locks and hinges, and suspension parts that are exposed to the weather.
Inspection After Prolonged Storage
Before removing trailer from jack stands:

  1. 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.
  2. Inspect suspension for wear.
  3. Check brake linings and brake drums for excessive wear or scoring.
  4. Lubricate all brake moving parts using a high temperature brake lubricant. (LUBRIPLATE or Equivalent).
    CAUTION CAUTION: Do not get grease or oil on brake linings.
  5. Remove any rust from braking surface of drums with fine emery paper or crocus cloth. Protect bearings from contamination while so doing.
  6. Inspect grease seals for wear or nicks.
  7. Lubricate hub bearings.
  8. Reinstall hubs, mount and tighten wheels.

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