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Trailer Advice and After Care

Here are some helpful tips and information

General Maintenance

It is not advisable to use a pressure washer on the trailer body as this could damage the protective sealing.
A gentle wash down with a sponge and soapy water is advisable followed by an application of a waterless wax polish with a soft cloth.
Routinely grease the hubs, check/adjust bearings we would advise every 500 miles approx.
Check the torque of the wheel nuts after the first 100 miles and 200 thereafter.
65nm unbraked hubs with 18mm socket
110nm braked hubs with 19mm socket
Tyres should be checked regularly for wear and tear. The psi of the tyre is embossed on the tyre wall.
If your braked trailer is not being used place chocks under the wheels rather than using the handbrake especially over the winter months.
To ensure that the trailer is correctly balanced it is advisable to use a nose weight gauge.
The MGW is the payload + the weight of the trailer.(Maximum Gross Weight)
The trailer brakes are self adjusting but will need regular maintenance they can be adjusted using 17mm and 13mm spanners.

Before Travel

Your trailer is going out on the road and it is your responsibility to ensure that it safe to travel.

  • Ensure that the safety loop is over the towball when hitching on. Braked trailers must have the safety cable attached to the small ring on the towbar
  • Plug the electrics in and check that all lights are working properly
  • Check the jockey wheel is wound back up and is securely clamped, failure to do so may damage the A frame and jockey wheel resulting in replacement at your cost
  • Check that the rear prop stands are pushed up into the clamp and the clamp is tightly closed
  • Items inside or on the trailer are properly tied down and secured.
  • All doors, ramps, flaps and any other opening or attachment has been closed/locked
  • When you think you are ready to go, walk back around the trailer and visually check that all looks good

Trailer Electrics

UNBRAKED TRAILERS 7PIN PLUG                            
PIN 1 YELLOW L/H indicator 
PIN 2 BLUE x2 fog
PIN 3 WHITE x2 earth
PIN 4 GREEN R/H indicator
PIN 5 BROWN R/H light
PIN 6 RED x2 brake
PIN 7 BLACK L/H light

PIN 1 YELLOW L/H indicator
PIN 2 BLUE from R/H loom fog
PIN 3 WHITE x2 earth
PIN 4 GREEN R/H indicator
PIN 5 BROWN R/H light
PIN 6 RED x2 brake
PIN 7 BLACK L/H light
PIN 8 PINK or BLUE from L/H loom reverse 


Towing Abroad

If you are planning to take your trailer abroad there are special laws in other countries regarding driving & towing.

Your Tickners Trailer will have its own Certificate of Confirmation and its own unique serial number.
The trailer is built to conform to the latest EU regulations.
We would advise that you take copies of the paperwork that comes with your trailer to take on your travels.
It is very important to check first what requirements are needed for driving abroad.
For example it may be legal requirement that certain items are within the vehicle such as a warning triangle, high visibility vests etc.
In time we will be updating this page with further advice and helpful tips regarding travelling abroad.
Our customers give us the best feedback with their experiences and knowledge and we welcome this information which we can put on our facebook pages too.

Here are some helpful websites for advice

On Towing

Trailer Insurance

Driving Schools/Trailer Training (Doncaster) (Kings Lynn/Wisbech) (County Durham)

Hire and Servicing


Interior Conversions

The above links are posted for information only and are not endorsed by us

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