1 – Wheel Nuts
Wheel nuts can loosen through vibration while driving. The best way to do this is by using a torsion bar and checking the manufacturers specifications for the right torque for your wheel nuts. If you don’t have a torsion bar you can check your wheel nuts by using the correct size socket and a breaker bar (often found with your spare wheel changing tools).
2 – Lights
It helps to have someone help you to check the lights. Make sure your trailer plug is connected to your car and the car engine is on. Run through your park lights, brake lights, indicators and check that the number plate and all side marker lights are working.
3 – Brakes (if fitted)
Mechanical Brakes – Make sure there is still 2-3 clicks left on your handbrake when the handle is applied.
Electric Brakes – Make sure when you apply override on your brake control unit that the brakes come on.
4 – Tyres
Visually inspect your tyres for any cracks or excessive or uneven wear of the tread. Also check the tyre inflation to make sure you don’t have a flat tyre. Your tyres will be marked with a ‘MAXIMUM’ PSI that your tyre can handle. Make sure that you inflate your tyres 10 – 15PSI less than the Maximum.
5 – Chains
Visually inspect your chains to make sure their attachment to the chassis is intact and that there are no worn down areas on the chains. Also check your Dee Shackles.
6 – Coupling
Check that your coupling is secured to your tow hitch and a locking mechanism is use to the coupling cannot bounce off the tow hitch while driving
7 – Stability Control (if fitted)
Visually check that your L.E.D indicator for your stability control is showing the correct colour. If not contact your nearest installer of the make of Stability Control you have fitted.
8 – Roof vent lids (if fitted)
Make sure all roof vent lids are secured and locked in their down and travelling position.
9 – Windows & Window seals (if fitted)
Make sure all windows and window covers are closed and locked shut for travelling.
Check the silicone around the windows to make sure it has not perished or been damaged.
10 – Awning operation (if fitted)
Make sure the awning opens and closes correctly. Also make sure it is securely closed and locked in for travel.
11 – Trailer Plugs
Visually insect the trailer plug to make sure it is not broken. Make sure none of the pins have broken off, pushed in, bent or closed together. Make sure the wiring going into the base of the trailer plug looks secure and is protected by conduit and/or electrical tape.
If you have Anderson plugs, make sure they are not broken and that the wiring going into the base of the plug looks secure and is protected by conduit and/or electrical tape.