The US Department of Transport Code of Practice states that if trailers have no brakes, its weight must not exceed 750kg or weigh half the kerb weight of the towing vehicle; the lesser of the two must be considered.
If the trailer has brakes, the weight must not exceed 3500kg. Additionally, the height of the trailer must be 3.0m or the wheel track must be 1.7 times.
However, if the height exceeds 3.0m, you must give a notice and also display it on the trailer itself.
Although this has not been legally enforced, it is a general requirement. In addition to this, trailers must be wired and hooked up properly to reduce chances of accidents.
Furthermore, when not in use, trailer hitch cover can be used to mask the drawbar and add to the stylish appeal of the trailer.
How to wire a trailer to your vehicle?
It’s very easy as most trailers come with a plug. If there is a plug, fit it with the vehicle circuit, as specified.
Otherwise, you can use the common plugs which come with a male prong and three round aluminum female pins.
A few other designs come with one receptor and one aluminum pin. Now, as you have decided on the plug, find the circuit wires behind the truck frame.
Test the wire of the tail light with a circuit tester and connect it with the female receptor to makes sure that it reaches up to the trailer connection.
While connecting each wire, you must keep the lights off. In a similar way, find the wire of the blinker with the circuit tester and connect it with the trailer to make sure that the blinkers work in the same manner as the truck.
How to install a trailer hitch cover?
The cover can easily be installed by sliding it over the drawbar tube and placing the pin holes correctly over the holes in the mounting piece.
Finally, insert a pin in the hole and fix it in place. You can also use a hitch lock to ensure that it does not loosen up or get stolen.
You can then flaunt the trailer hitch cover and give the ridgeline a whole new look, until there is a need for hauling a vehicle or trailer.