Safe Trailering Tips and Tools from CURT Manufacturing
Source: CURT Manufacturing
Horses, trucks, and trailers are all big investments, so it makes sense to use the best tools available to help keep horses and drivers safe and comfortable while hauling down the road. In addition, horses are live cargo that moves around when traveling and hauls very differently than “dead weight” cargo.
Aside from the actual truck and trailer, there are many useful towing tools on the market, and CURT Manufacturing (CURT), the leading manufacturer of USA-made custom-fit trailer hitches, offers the broadest selection for nearly every vehicle on the road today. CURT specializes in custom hitches and wiring, but their product offering goes well beyond the basics.
Echo® mobile trailer brake controller
One such product is the Echo® mobile trailer brake controller, truly a brake control for the modern age. It plugs into your vehicle and wirelessly connects to your smartphone, allowing you to control and monitor all trailer brake activity right from your own device. It comes with a customizable app for Apple or Android phones, a portable design to easily switch between vehicle-trailer combinations. Echo® is powered by a Bluetooth-enabled system that connects right to your smartphone. Your phone becomes the brake control monitoring unit in the cab of your vehicle. There is no need for extra modules, controls, buttons, or knobs. The Echo® mobile trailer brake controller features automatic calibration to help eliminate setup requirements and has one of the easiest installations in the industry. The Echo® Smart Control app allows you to store multiple vehicle-trailer profiles, making ideal for commercial fleets. And it’s backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Products that help drivers hook up bumper pull trailers correctly plus ensure horses travel comfortably include SecureLatch™ Automatic Coupling products, which streamline trailer hook-up, ensure a proper connection every time, and greatly reduce chucking and noise. Additionally, the Rebellion™ XD Adjustable Cushion Hitch Ball Mount absorbs vibration, jerking, and jarring; improves control during sudden braking; and helps prevent undesirable trailer sway — all producing a safer and more comfortable ride for your horses.
SecureLatch™ Automatic Coupling (above); Rebellion™ XD Adjustable Cushion Hitch Ball Mount (below)
Combining the SecureLatch™ with the Rebellion™ unit gives horses the most comfortable towing experience. CURT also recommends using a weight distribution system such as the TruTrack™, which is made for bumper-pull trailers and combines a weight distribution system with sway control, thereby ensuring towing safety.
CURT offers many useful towing tools for bumper-pull and gooseneck trailers, as well as a variety of other products that help drivers and horses stay safe while hauling. Regardless of the rig you’re using and whether you’re traveling to a local lesson or hauling to the next province, protecting your horses, truck, and trailer — and yourself — with the industry-leading towing tools available from CURT will help ensure a safe, comfortable ride.