Trailer tests are not easy to do, and if you are unfamiliar with the trailer you will need to hire a professional company to perform your trailer checks on your behalf. If you want to make sure that your trailer is in good working order you will have to do the testing yourself, and for a lot less money than you would pay a professional company to do the testing.
When you think of trailer safety, you probably think about the truck or the car, and the trailer is just as important to the trailer as it is to the vehicle. You should also know that trailer safety requires you to make sure the trailer is in good condition, even if that means that you need to hire a mechanic to make your trailer checks.
In order to get started, you will need to purchase the trailer. This is going to be the most expensive part of the test, but there is no reason to spend that much money. If you don’t have the money, you can use any of the trailers in your fleet that has a safety rating. You may also be able to borrow or rent a trailer from the company you are using for your tests.
The second step is to start looking over the trailer carefully for any signs of damage. Any signs of rust, or any visible signs of wear or tear are going to cause problems in the testing process. It is best if you inspect the trailer before you buy it because you will not know what kind of damage you will see until you get the trailer home. Once you are done with your inspections, you should now take all of the required paperwork to the trailer testing lab.
The third step is to begin the actual trailer testing process. The company should tell you what the testing procedure is, and they will give you a list of items that you will need to do the testing. Most companies will have you plug in your trailer into a machine that will let you hear the brakes apply and release, but others may ask you to pull up beside the trailer and turn on your lights. Some will have you roll up your window down and look out your window.
You should always remember to make sure that everything is plugged into the correct place so that it is ready for the trailer tests. If you forget anything, make sure you tell the testing company immediately, as this could cost you extra money in the long run. Make sure that all of the lights are on, the brake lights are on, and the lights are flashing.