How Do I Properly Load a Double-Axle Trailer?

How Do I Properly Load a Double-Axle Trailer?
An axle is the shaft on which a wheel rotates; the wheels on a double-axle trailer rotate around a double shaft. Double-axle trailers are built to carry a variety of loads. From sports and travel equipment to lumber, tools and building materials, double-axle trailers are ideal for hauling just about anything (depending on the individual specifications of the trailer, of course). Trailer types range from cargo to utility to specialty. Floor options can range from wood to steel and high-grade aluminum.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Load capacity
  • Platform dimensions
Step 1
Load the trailer according to the load capacity of the vehicle. The manufacturer will specify load capacity on the data plate of the trailer or in the owner's manual. Measure the weight of each item to be loaded.
Step 2
Load the trailer according to the platform dimensions. For example, a double-axle trailer might have platform dimensions of 13 feet by 3.9 feet. Measure the length and width of each item before loading.
Step 3
Check the quality of the towing eye and handle for damage. A towing eye is a custom-made stainless steel device used for towing. If the device does not fit your trailer properly or the tow handle is damaged, you may experience problems towing.
Step 4
Load the trailer front to rear and left to right. Keep enough of the weight forward of the axle center point for a balanced load. Pack the load tightly so shifting does not occur during travel.

Tips & Warnings

 
Lay items flat and reserve oddly shaped objects for the top of the load to maximize storage capacity.
 
Never overload a double-axle trailer.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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