TRAILER OPERATION - Continued
TOWING TRAILER - Continued
Do not back up trailer without an assistant. Operator has limited vision while
backing trailer. Failure to comply may result in serious injury or death to
personnel or damage to equipment.
Increased length of towing vehicle and trailer combination will affect left and
right mirror adjustment in towing vehicle. Mirrors must be adjusted prior to
operating towing vehicle. Failure to comply may result in injury to personnel
or damage to equipment.
The trailer cargo will affect stopping and off-road maneuverability: the heavier the
cargo, the greater the stopping distance and the less the off-road maneuverability. Allow
adequate stopping distance, and drive cautiously in off-road conditions. Failure to
comply may result in damage to equipment.
Overall length of towing vehicle and trailer will affect the passing of other vehicles.
Increase time and distance needed to complete pass. Failure to comply may result in
damage to equipment.
Stopping distance will increase when towing trailer. When possible, plan stops in
advance. Apply brake pressure gradually and smoothly. Failure to comply may result in
damage to equipment.
When turning corners, trailer wheels turn inside turning radius of towing vehicle. Allow
adequate turning room. Failure to comply may result in damage to equipment.
When backing, trailer moves in opposite direction of front wheels on towing vehicle.
When front wheels on towing vehicle are turned right, rear of trailer will go left. When
front wheels on towing vehicle are turned left, rear of trailer will go right. When trailer
has turned and backing in a straight line is required, turn towing vehicle wheels in
direction that trailer is moving. This will bring towing vehicle and trailer back in line with
Use two ground guides when backing towing vehicle. Station one ground guide to right or left
rear of trailer and other ground guide to left or right front of towing vehicle. Front ground
guide must be visible to Operator at all times to provide backing instructions.
Back up slowly and pay close attention to ground guide's signals.