Before purchasing a trailer for sale you need to make sure that your car will be able to tow it. The following is a helpful guide on how to connect a trailer.
It is usually a good idea to connect the trailer to the car before it is loaded as it is easier to manoeuvre an empty trailer.
Prior to connecting:
- check the security of the towbar to the car
- check the bolts holding the towbar tongue if it is removable
- check the ball is securely fixed to the towbar tongue
Connecting the Trailer:
- Fit the trailer coupling over the tow ball, making sure that it seats properly and that the locking mechanism has engaged (you can do this by moving the trailer drawbar up and down).
- Check that the safety catch (or secondary locking mechanism) has locked.
- Connect the trailer safety chain to the car*.
- Connect the break lights and check that they are working properly.
- If brakes are fitted, check that these work as well.
* The safety chain should be strong and short enough to prevent the draw bar from hitting the ground if the coupling accidentally releases, but still allowing angular movement. Trailers less than 2,500kgs ATM (total weight) must be fitted with at least one safety chain of at least 9.5mm in diameter. Trailers over 2,500kgs and up to 3,500kgs must have two safety chains. Safety chains are compulsory in all States and Territories of Australia.