Safety ChecklistTires And Wheels
- Are tires in good condition? Look for bulges, slices, bare spots, worn tread.
- Are tires the right size for the load?
- Rotate the tires (including balancing and properly inflating them).
- Clean and repack wheel bearings and replace seals.
- Are the wheel lugs tight? Are they all there?
Floor And Body
- Check for floor for soft spots, rotting, splintering. This includes the ramp if you have one.
- Replace damaged floor boards and treat floor with a preservative.
- If you are using mats, do they fit snugly? Are they worn and need replacing?
- Check metal for rust.
- Check fiberglass for damage.
- Check the registration to be sure it's up-to-date. Make sure the license plate is positioned so there are no sharp edges exposed.
- Check and oil all hinges, dividers, doors, locks, and windows.
- Check all gaskets and molding to ensure good fit of windows.
- Clean and oil the jack stand.
- Grease the ball and the coupler.
- Inspect and service the brake drums and wheels.
- Check fluid levels and lines to hydraulic brakes.
- Do a loaded and unloaded drive test to check for even stopping.
- Inspect emergency trailer brake battery.
- Check levelness of hitched trailer.
Wiring And Suspension
- Do all the lights work?
- Is the wiring intact, clean and secured?
- Grease the springs, shackles if appropriate.
- Check shock absorbers and bushings.
- Tighten up the axle bolts.
- Is your first aid kit complete?
- Is your truck and trailer safety kit complete?
- Do you have extra halters and lead ropes?