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A: Trailers in California are required to have reflectors, tail, brake, and license plate lights. Signal lights are also required if the tow vehicle's lights are hidden. Trailers over 80 inches wide must have clearance lights.
A: In California, brakes are required on any trailer coach or camp trailer having a gross weight of 1500 lbs. or more. Usually the braking capacity on tow vehicles is good; however, it may not be good enough to safely stop the several hundred to several thousand additional pounds that your trailer weighs. Most conventional and fifth-wheel trailers have electric brakes, activated by a controller in the tow vehicle. The controller automatically coordinates the tow vehicle and trailer braking so the two systems work together when the brake pedal is applied.
A: BREAKAWAY SYSTEMS ARE ACTIVATED IN THE UNFORTUNATE EVENT THAT THE TRAILER AND VEHICLE BECOME SEPARATED. UPON SEPARATION, A WIRE IS PULLED ENGAGING THE TRAILER BRAKES. CALIFORNIA LAW STATES THAT BREAKAWAY SYSTEMS ARE REQUIRED ON ANY TRAILER OVER 1500 LBS.
A: AT LEAST EVERY 2 YEARS TO PREVENT FAILURES.
A: INSPECTION OF SUSPENSION, AXLES, AND BRAKE SYSTEMS. REMOVING AND REPLACING THE GREASE, SEALS, CAPS, AND COTTER PINS, SETTING BEARING TENSION, ADJUSTING/BLEEDING BRAKES, AND LUBING TRAILER.
A: PLACE BOTH HANDS ON THE TIRE AT THE TOP. TRY ROCKING IT TOWARDS YOU. SMALL MOVEMENT IS OK BUT SUBSTANTIAL MOVEMENT MEANS THEY NEED REPLACEMENT.