Understanding Emergency Protocol
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Understanding Emergency Protocol

A few weeks ago when my car died while I was driving, I didn't really know how to handle the situation. After things went south, I pulled over as quickly as I could to wait for the tow truck driver. Unfortunately, my car was basically sitting in the middle of a busy intersection, which made it really hard for my tow truck driver to do his job. After police closed off the intersection, I was finally able to have my car towed to a shop. On my website, you might learn how to follow basic emergency protocol so that you can stay safe and expedite repairs.


Understanding Emergency Protocol

How to Haul Your Tractor with a Trailer

Eevi Annala

If you are a farmer, you may eventually need to haul your tractor. This may be to participate in a fair, transport your tractor to a place where it can be serviced, or loan your tractor to someone else. To save money, you can haul your tractor yourself, but only if you have the equipment necessary and if you understand how to properly haul a tractor. 

Attaching the Chain to the Tractor

You will need to attach a chain for every point of contact on the tractor. That means you will need at least four binders. You can use either four chains or two long chains with four binders to follow this requirement.

Use the Right Truck and Trailer

Both your truck and your trailer will have a max weight that they can handle. Most compact trucks do not have the power to tow. Fortunately, when you purchase a vehicle or trailer, the owner's manual usually states exactly what the product is capable of. If necessary, though, consider borrowing or renting a heavy-duty vehicle that can pull both the trailer and the tractor.

To safely tow your vehicle, you will need trailer brake control. Since you will need to be able to see behind the trailer, you will need camper-style mirrors. Make sure that both the trailer and truck tires are inflated all the way.

Test the Trailer Lights

Check the trailer lights before leaving to make sure that they are functioning properly. You will also want to make sure that there aren't any strange behaviors with the truck lighting because this can indicate that there is a bad grounding between the bulb and the trailer.

Place the Tractor on the Trailer

Before you load the tractor onto the trailer, make sure that the rig is in a straight line and is placed on a level surface. Before driving the tractor onto the trailer, you will want to chock the trailer wheels to make sure that the trailer does not move.

Depending on the weight of your tractor, you might need to use one that comes with a built-in ramp that has support for the ramp. These types of ramps hold the trailer rear up and also provide better visibility.

Weigh the Tractor

With any dead weight hitches, make sure that 10% of the gross weight is sitting on the hitch ball. You can use a scale to determine how the load balances. If you do not place enough weight on the hitch, the trailer will have a tendency to sway. Swaying can put you at serious risk and possibly cause you to lose control and drive off the road.

Shipping a tractor will usually require that you have a specialized hauler. If you believe that hauling a tractor is too difficult for you given the equipment you have available, the best option is to hire a company that specializes in transporting tractors and has the equipment and training to do so, such as Santa Fe Tow Service.