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Picking the Right Hitch

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by TTS2014

At The Trailer Specialist, we provide customers service beyond the sale of our durable trailers. This includes our helpful hints when it comes to trailers, their parts, and how to haul correctly and safely.

Part of that basic trailer knowledge is finding the right hitch for you.

When deciding what hitch is accurate, it is important to recognize your trailer’s overall weight and tongue weight. There are two types of hitches: Weight-carrying hitches and weight-distributing hitches.

Weight-carrying hitches are recommended for trips when the combined weight of the trailer and cargo is 3,500 pounds (1,588 kilograms) or less. Weight-distributing hitches, on the other hand, are recommended for heavier loads. When there’s too much weight on a trailer, the tongue weight – the downward pressure that the tongue exerts on the hitch ball – can get too high.

This causes the tow vehicle and trailer to sag, which can make the whole setup look like a very wide V. A weight-distributing hitch redistributes the tongue weight to the axles of the tow vehicle and trailer, which keeps both vehicles level, or parallel to the ground.

So when deciding which hitch is right for you, here are five things to consider:

Determine the Weight of the Trailer and Tongue

Not all hitches are made the same. The weight that your vehicle can haul is specified by the manufacturer and is listed in the owner’s manual. First, find the gross trailer weight (GTW) and the maximum tongue weight. The tongue weight should be about 10 percent of the trailers weight. Too light and the trailer will sway; too heavy, and it will make your vehicle hard to steer.

Hitches are split into five classes based on weight:

Class 1: 2000 pounds GTW/200 pounds tongue weight

Class 2: 3500 pounds GTW/350 pounds tongue weight

Class 3: 5000 pounds GTW/500 pounds tongue weight

Class 4: 7500 pounds GTW/750 pounds tongue weight

Class 5: 10,000 pounds GTW/1000 pounds tongue weight

The best advice is to install a hitch receiver that’s heavy-duty enough to match your vehicle’s GTW and tongue-weight specs – even if you’re only planning on towing a small trailer.

Selecting Your Hitch

Once you know your vehicle’s towing capacity and your total trailer weight, you have the information you need to select a hitch. As you shop for a hitch, bear in mind that it’s good to have excess capacity. Sometimes your towing needs will increase, and you don’t want to have to purchase a heavier hitch later on.

You can always tow a lighter trailer with a heavier hitch, with the exception of a weight-distribution hitch. Because a weight-distribution hitch is essentially a spring, using a higher rated spring bar than necessary will create a stiff ride and could cause problems

Matching Trailer, Tow Vehicle, and Hitch Class

hooking-up-trailerIf your trailer is a fifth wheel or gooseneck design, then you already know you need that style of a hitch, and all that remains is to select a hitch with an appropriate weight rating for your trailer. Make sure to check to make sure your particular trailer does not exceed the weight listed. Most hitches also employ a removable drawbar, which holds the hitch ball. The bars come in two sizes: 1.25 inches (for lightweight pop-ups and bike racks) and 2 inches (for heavy loads).

Shopping for a Hitch

When you know what hitch class you need, talk to your trailer hitch dealer about the designs that are available. Your dealer may have some recommendations for your particular vehicle. Some hitches are made to be unobtrusive and hide under your vehicle’s bumper while others are designed to be more prominently placed or can’t be hidden due to the vehicle’s undercladding.

You have many options in hitch style, quality, finish and in some cases even color, so investigate and invest in the trailer hitch that best meets all your functional and aesthetic needs. Armed with the right basic tools, the manufacturer’s installation instructions, and a little patience, most hitches can be installed by car/truck owners with little mechanical expertise.

Some hitches may require specialized installation techniques, and you should know what the installation requirements will be before you make a purchase. If your vehicle came with a hitch installed by the manufacturer, check to be sure that the class of hitch on your vehicle matches your needs.

Choosing a Ball Mount

Once you’ve selected a hitch, you also need to select the correct ball mount. The right ball mount has a shaft sized to match the receiver tube, and raises or lowers the hitch ball to ensure that your town vehicle and trailer each remain level as you travel.

Hitch balls come in three main flavors: 17/8 inches, 2 inches and 25/16 inches. Generally, the bigger the ball, the more weight it can support. If you own two or more trailers that call for different ball sizes, it’s recommended to buy separate drawbars with the proper balls permanently attached.

For other information about picking out the right hitch for you, give us a call at 209.334.9600. Serving you since 1988, The Trailer Specialist has everything you need when it comes to trailers, including helping tips and hints.

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The Trailer Specialist Provides LED Lighting on Select Equipment

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by TTS2014

The Trailer Specialist is providing customers with the finest quality when it comes to lighting. By furnishing some of our trailers and truck beds with LED lights, our hauling equipment will haul with ease even when traveling overnight. Carrying various models of truck beds and trailers, our LED lights will outlast other trailers that use only standard lighting.

LED lights are the latest and most exciting technological advancement in the lighting industry. LEDs are small, solid light bulbs that are extremely energy efficient and long lasting. Operating differently than traditional incandescent light bulbs, the benefits of using LED lights is matchless.

With this new form of lights for our trailers and truck beds, The Trailer Specialist’s products will not only have lights that are energy efficient and last longer but also will outlast the toughest hauling jobs.

So what’s so great about LED lighting?

LED Lighting has an outstanding operational lifetime expectation of up to 100.000 hours. According to, “This is 11 years of continuous operation or 22 years of 50 percent operation. If you leave on the LED fixture for 8 hours per day, it will take around 20 years before you’d have to replace the bulb.” Different than standard lighting, LEDs are not quick to burn out, or stop working. Instead, they emit lower output levels over long periods of time.

When hauling, sometimes the job can be tough and wear down on your trailer. Because of CM Trailers’ LED lighting, the wear and tear can be outlasted by whatever situations may occur. LEDs areexceptionally durable and built with sturdy components that are rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

“Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, the wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.”

ERLEDlightsLED lights also have an estimated energy level of 80-90 percent when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. This makes this new lighting system totally ecologically friendly. Free of toxic chemicals, this type of lighting contains no toxic materials and is 100 percent recyclable. This will help reduce the carbon footprint by up to a third. Meaning, “that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future.”

Besides long-lasting life and durable quality, LED lighting also has zero UV emissions, light disbursement, instant lighting, and frequent switching features.

These energy efficient lights have flexibility and can combine to any shape that produces highly efficient illumination. They are operational in extremely cold or hot temperatures and have a low voltage power supply for lighting. “This makes it easy to use LED lighting in outdoor settings or rural areas.”

The Trailer Specialist has always provided equipment that we use ourselves. With our expansive inventory of trailers and truck beds, now equipped with LED lighting, hauling has become more energy efficient and hassle free.

For more information about our LED lighting, trailers or truck beds, give us a call at 209.334.9600.

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General Hauling Tips from the Trailer Specialist

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by TTS2014

The Trailer Specialist not only services and sells trailers in California, but also provides customers with a trailer knowledge they can turn to when questions come about. If you are seeking to know all there is to know about your trailer, The Trailer Specialist is here to offer you some general hauling tips.

With our friendly, general hauling tips, customers will have a sense of understanding when it comes to hauling their trailer along the road.

Our Tips for Trailer Loading

First, never exceed the weight capacity of the tow vehicle, the hitch, as well as the ball and safety chains. This tip is a key factor to know and take into consideration before you hit the road with your durable Trailer Specialist trailer.

From start to finish, it is important to take all the necessary steps to ensure a safe and successful trip. To limit the swaying of your trailer, place the heavier part of the load towards the front, ahead of the axle. Make sure you center your load on the trailer, as well as use tie-downs when needed. When reducing the sway of your trailer, you lower the risk of losing control of the vehicle.

In order to test the sway, load your trailer and gradually increase your speed to highway speed. If you start to notice some swaying, stop immediately and re-adjust your cargo.

Our tips for driving your trailer

When driving your trailer, be conscious of the extra weight added to your vehicle due to your trailer.

There always needs to be additional time to speed up, and more notably, time to slow down. Because of your additional length, consumers also need to be aware of the space required to make a turn while operating the vehicle. Customers also should travel at lower speeds on rough roads to keep from wrecking.

Here are some more helpful hints to prevent accidents on the road:

  • Slow down gradually
  • Keep your steering wheel steady
  • Try applying only the trailer breaks to help reduce the sway
  • If you slam on your breaks, you could cause your trailer and vehicle to jackknife
  • Don’t increase your speed or think you can steer out of a sway
  • If your trailer continues to sway, evaluate what you should do to stop the sway, before continuing

These guidelines will warrant a safer and more industrious ride. Shifting out of overdrive will also help while maintaining your gas consumption.

Our tips for trailer components

When owning a trailer, it is important to know the parts of your trailer and what they do.

  • Hitches are distinctive to each vehicle
    • When hauling your trailer make sure you check your owner’s manual to ensure you don’t haul more than you can handle.
  • If you are going to haul more than 50 percent of your vehicle’s weight, take into consideration a Weight Distribution System
  • It is very imperative to make sure all lights, electric brakes, and breakaway switches are working on the trailer before you ever get on the road.
  • Keep your couplers clean and lightly greased. This will make your life easier and make turning a breeze
  • Always double check and confirm that your safety chains are hooked and crossed under the coupler.

For more tips and answers on your trailers, give The Trailer Specialist a call at 209.334.9600. We will be more than happy to assist all your trailer needs, because “we live this life.”

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Enclosed Trailers Part II – A Look at the Wells Cargo Road Force

Posted on October 11th, 2013 by TTS2014

As we talked about in part 1, at Wells Cargo, they realize that trailers are not a “one size, or model, fits all” product. They’ve designed many models with different styles and budgets in mind. The Road Force brand is their mid-range line-up, with rugged durability and exceptional value. Let’s take an in-depth look at the Road Force and what it has to offer. 

Road Force:  As listed on the Wells cargo website:

Designed and built by WELLS CARGO, the company that pioneered the cargo trailer industry over 55 years ago, the feature-rich Road Force delivers a whole new level of value. From the rugged tubular steel main rails to the pre-framed side entry door, the Road Force is no stranger to quality. So for the price of an ordinary trailer, you can step up to the quality and value of the extraordinary Road Force.  

Why Road Force?

The Road Force brand is our mid-range nameplate and offers a powerful combination of rugged durability, every day reliability, and exceptional value. Great for both recreational and light commercial applications, the Road Force takes dead aim at the competition and surpasses them in every key category. Feature for feature, component for component, the Road Force is the clear leader of its trailer class.”

Let’s take a look at the Road Force models and sizes available as noted from Wells Cargo’s website.

describe the image5′ Wide  Looking for a compact trailer that’s loaded with quality? Look no further than the 5′ wide Road Force. Perfect for personal use, its rugged construction means it can handle business applications as well. Easy to maneuver in your driveway and a dream to pull on the highway, you may wonder how you got along without one before. Available in both a Radius Roof/Radius Front and Flat Roof/V-Front profile for ultimate versatility.

describe the image6′ Wide – The Road Force 6′ wide line-up may very well be our most popular trailer. Why? Manageable size, wide selection (including single axle, tandem axles, and V-Fronts), impressive capacity range (1580 lb. to 5200 lb.), flexible (work or play), customizable (add packages or individual items) and sharp looks to boot!  
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7′ Wide – While you may want a typical 7′ wide cargo trailer for obvious reasons — like hauling equipment, tools, and other assorted gear — there are lots of other great reasons to upgrade to a 7′ wide Road Force instead. It’s designed and built by Wells Cargo, a company that knows what it means to deliver rugged durability, long-lasting performance and carefree maintenance. Don’t settle . . . buying a trailer should be a long-term investment, not a disposable expenditure.
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8.5′ Wide – Built Solid for Demanding Jobs!  It seems the 8.5′ wide Road Force has a special affinity for tough jobs. Road Force’s rugged reliability means you can tackle chore after chore with confidence. That’s because under the attractive exterior you’ll find a steel frame that doesn’t make compromises or excuses.  The 8.5′ wide Road Force features a 94″ wide rear ramp door and slim-line LED tail lights as standard equipment.

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Landscape – Landscape trailers may well be the hardest working trailers on the road today. They have to be built tough to withstand the daily punishment a work crew can dish out. That’s why the Road Force LSSeries is no ordinary trailer. It’s been beefed up with a reinforced front wall, a longer 3-piece A-frame, 16″ OC crossmembers, and 3/4″ pressure-treated plywood floor. Available 7′ wide or 8.5′ wide, these trailers are tough and ready to work. Plus, you’ll find corrosive preventative measures, incorporated into the floor & walls, that act as a shield against the caustic elements (fertilizer, grass clippings, etc.) common in the landscape industry. Added altogether, you can count on your Road Force LS Series trailer to work harder, last longer, and require less maintenance. 


                             Our 4-year Limited Warranty is proof positive.


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