Regular maintenance of your vehicle and trailer is essential for safe towing. Have them checked regularly to ensure they are in a safe and roadworthy condition. The trailer’s wheel bearings, suspension and brakes must all be in good working order and tyres must be properly inflated. It is a good idea to take some of the mass off your trailer’s springs and tyres if it is going to be stationary for an extended period of time.
Gas cylinders and LPG regulators should also be checked regularly by a qualified person. For example, if left out in the open, your regulator may have been affected by water. If this is the case, it needs to be drained and cleaned thoroughly to prevent corrosion, which will prevent it from working properly.
Check that all hoses and pipes are securely connected and also check the date stamp on your cylinders, which must be regularly checked for service life expiry at a certified gas cylinder testing station.
It is illegal to fill cylinders which are beyond their service life.
Please Note: Make sure you do not obscure the number plate or any 12 Volt lighting.
If attaching after-market items or options to the trailer; ensure that the trailer does not become overloaded. The balance and tow-ability of the trailer can be adversely affected. In particular, driving stability may deteriorate and the chassis could be over-stressed by excess weight.
Added options may also change the dimensions of the trailer which may mean that:
i) It exceeds the overhang allowed past the rear axle
ii) It exceeds the overall allowable length of the tow vehicle/trailer
iii) It exceeds the allowable overall width of the trailer
Modifications to your trailer should be carried out by appropriately qualified people, in accordance with Australian Design Rule regulations.