News Release - 03/23/12
For Immediate Release
USRider Offers Trailer
Preparation Tips for Travel Season
Lexington, Ky. (March. 23, 2012) – Before
the start of the summer travel season, it is critically important
for horse owners to perform basic yet essential maintenance
on their trailers. USRider, the national provider of roadside
emergency assistance for horse owners, reminds equestrians
to invest time doing routine preventive trailer maintenance.
This will be time well spent because it will ensure that their
trailers will be in optimal shape to provide safe passage
for precious cargo during the upcoming season.
“A good roadside assistance program
is something all horse owners should have but hope they will
never have to use,” says Bill Riss, General Manager for USRider. “To that end, our mission is to continually
educate horse owners about trailering safety.”
To provide a reliable and accessible source
of information about trailering safety, USRider maintains
an Equine Trailer Safety Area on its website, www.usrider.org.
The safety information is developed with input from equine
travel expert Neva Kittrell Scheve.
“We have carefully developed this area
to be a resource with helpful and practical topics –
all free and available to Members and Non-Members alike,”
added Riss. “Our website is designed so visitors can
print out information as a handy reference. We also post safety
bulletins as new information is developed.”
Examples of the information available at www.usrider.org
include a list of items every horse trailer should have on
board, short trip and long trip precautions, and trailer inspection
“Horse owners can put these tips to
work and greatly reduce the chances that they will be stranded
on the side of the highway,” said Riss.
With the upcoming trailering season, USRider
shares some of the helpful tips from its Equine Travel Safety
Area www.usrider.org/safety.html here:
- Remove and inspect all wheels and hubs
or brake drums.
- Inspect suspension for wear.
- Check tightness of hanger bolt, shackle
bolt and U-bolt nuts per recommended torque values.
- Check brake linings, brake drums and armature
faces for excessive wear or scoring.
- Check brake magnetic coil with an ohmmeter.
The magnetic coil should check 3.2 ohms (+/- 0.3ohms). If
shorted or out of tolerance, replace.
- Lubricate all brake moving parts, using
a high temperature brake lubricant.
- Remove any rust from braking surface and
armature surface of drums.
- Inspect oil or grease seals for wear or
nicks. Replace if necessary.
- Inspect and grease wheel bearings.
In addition to these recommendations, USRider
advises horse owners to check all trailer tires, (including
spares) for signs of dry rot, correct air pressure, faulty
air valves, uneven tire wear, overall tire wear and damage.
USRider recommends investing in a high-quality air pressure
gauge – learn how to use it - and inspect tire pressure
before each trip. Always replace tires if worn or damaged.
In addition, tires should be replaced every three to five
years regardless of mileage. When replacing tires, always
replace the valve stems. USRider recommends that only high
quality tires specifically designed and rated for trailers
be used – never use retread or automobile tires on a
horse trailer. According to Riss, “Quality tires are
like fine leather shoes, they only hurt once – when
you pay for them.”
It is also important to service the wheel
bearings annually, or every 12,000 miles, regardless of mileage
due to moisture build-up. Keep a spare set of wheel bearings
in your trailer in case of premature failure. Be sure to inspect
trailer wiring and lighting; inspect door latches and grease
the doors; inspect the floor (be sure to remove any rubber
mats so the entire floor can be examined); and inspect and
lubricate mechanical moving parts, such as the hitch and suspension
parts. If the trailer has been sitting for a while, check
for wasp nests, spider webs and any other creatures.
Riss also reminds equestrians to check the
contents of their equine and human first aid kits. “Any
depleted and out-of-date items should be replaced,”
he said. A list of recommended items for first aid kits is
posted on the USRider website.
USRider advises horse owners to use ICE - In Case of Emergency. This important initiative
was designed to aid emergency responders in identifying victims
and determining who needs to be notified. Implementing ICE
is easy. Program your emergency contact information into your
cellular phone and designate it with the acronym ICE.
Horse owners should also ensure that their
emergency contact information is stored in their tow vehicle.
To facilitate this, USRider has developed an In Case of Emergency
form and posted it online for horse owners to print out. Simply
fill in the blanks and store the paper in the tow vehicle
as well as in the trailer. Additional recommendations as well
as a Power of Attorney form are posted on the USRider website.
For additional safety tips, visit the Equine
Travel Safety Area on the USRider website at www.usrider.org.
Neva Kittrell Scheve and her husband, Tom,
have been involved in the horse trailer business since 1983.
They have written three horse trailering books, including
the nationally recognized textbook The Complete Guide
To Buying, Maintaining, and Servicing a Horse Trailer.
The couple has become well-known for their high-quality EquiSpirit
horse trailers. For more information about EquiSpirit Trailers,
visit www.equispirit.com or contact them toll-free 1-877-244-2029 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USRider provides roadside assistance and towing
services along with other travel-related benefits to its Members
through the Equestrian Motor Plan. It includes standard features
such as flat-tire repair, battery assistance and lock-out
services, plus towing up to 100 miles and roadside repairs
for tow vehicles and trailers with Horses, emergency stabling,
veterinary referrals and more. For more information about
the USRider Equestrian Motor Plan, visit www.usrider.org online
or call 1-800-844-1409.