Centering a load in the middle of the trailer is a basic tenet in proper loading, but it sometimes is overlooked when adding attachments or loading a large piece of equipment with limited view of the deck. Using a deck board as a guide to keep the load centered is an effective method of keeping the load centered. Overall, the weight of the load should be slightly forward so that 10 to 15 percent is on the front tongue. Fifth wheel trailers can handle as much as 25 percent of the load on the front.
A dealer, who wishes to remain anonymous, says, “While trailer safety should mostly be common sense, it seems that the last thing many customers seem to remember is the safety of their trailer and what they are hauling. I estimate that 90 percent of the warranty claims we see are due to mishandling of the equipment. The time spent in training drivers, owners and those responsible for loading and securing loads pays off big time.”