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East County Trailer Repair

1657 Chase Lane, El Cajon, California 92020, United States

(619) 623-5715

Hours Of Operation

Perform a safety inspection before each trip

  

  • The pin securing the ball mount to the receiver is intact.
  • The hitch coupler is secured.
  • Spring bar hinges are tight with the safety clips in place (load equalizer or weight distributing hitches).
  • Safety chains are properly attached.
  • The electrical plug is properly Installed.
  • Tires – Check tire pressure when cold and inflate as needed. Also, check for damage.
  • Wheels (lug nuts or bolts and hub) – Check for tightness and tighten. For new or remounted wheels, check torque after first 10, 25, and 50 miles of driving and after any impact.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHAT ARE THE LAWS ON TRAILER LIGHTS?

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. 

Q: DO I NEED TRAILER BRAKES?

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.

Q: WHAT IS A BREAKAWAY SYSTEM? DO I NEED ONE?

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.

Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SERVICE MY TRAILER?

A: AT LEAST EVERY 2 YEARS TO PREVENT FAILURES.

Q: WHAT DOES A BRAKE AND BEARING SERVICE INCLUDE?

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. 

Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF MY TRAILER BEARINGS ARE BAD AND NEED REPLACEMENT?

 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.