EXISS TRAILER USE & MAINTENANCE
Below you'll find a listing of information and tips for trailer use and maintenance on your Exiss trailer. The information below is provided as a convenience to trailer owners and should not be used in lieu of your owner’s manual. Please refer to your Exiss owner’s manual or contact Exiss at 877-553-9477 with any specific questions that you may have.
Distribution of Load
There are three aspects to proper loading:
- The trailer should sit as close to level as possible when loaded to allow for even weight distribution to the axles. Use a drop hitch on bumper pull trailers or adjust the gooseneck coupler.
- Distribute the load to ensure proper tongue weight. Since most horses do not weigh the same, the heavier horse should be put in front, so tongue weight stays over 10 percent of total weight.
- Know the trailer’s capacity. Do not overload the trailer. A typical 3-horse trailer will safely hold three large horses and a reasonable amount of tack.
Tongue weight is a determining factor in trailer handling. Too little tongue weight causes sway or hitch disengagement from the ball. Too much tongue weight may exceed guidelines set out by the manufacturer of the tow vehicle and cause steering or suspension problems. A general guideline is that for bumper pull trailers, tongue weights should be 10-15 percent of trailer weight. Tongue weights less than 10 percent of trailer weight can cause stability problems. For goosenecks, tongue weight should be approximately 25 percent of trailer weight.