• Inspect the tires and all fluid levels on the tow vehicle to ensure it will safely tow the trailer.
  • Check the ball on bumper hitch or on gooseneck plate for tightness, security and proper fit. Make sure hitch ball is lubricated.
  • Hook up trailer. Check coupler on trailer to make sure it is locked into closed position on the ball.
  • Connect and check security of safety chains or cables and breakaway switch.
  • Plug in the electrical connector on the trailer to the tow vehicle.
  • Check operation of all lights and the brake system.
  • Inspect tires for proper inflation, adequate tread, and even wear.
  • Check that the spare tire is the correct size (tire, wheel bolt pattern and lug nuts) and is properly inflated.
  • Check that all lug nuts are tight.
  • Inspect the floor for weak spots.
  • Inspect security and strength of all tie rings and trailer ties.
  • Adjust roof vents and windows for proper ventilation.
  • Check all partitions and posts to ensure they are pinned or fastened in place.
  • Open escape doors to allow quick exit while loading.
  • Load animals.
  • Put all breast and butt bars in place and close and secure all doors.
  • Check the electrical connection between the trailer and the tow vehicle and that the coupler is securely locked onto the tow vehicle