Sooner Trailer Use & Maintenance
Below is a collection of tips for trailer use and maintenance of your Sooner trailer. This information is provided as a convenience to trailer owners and should not be used in lieu of your owner's manual. Please refer to your Sooner owner's manual or contact Sooner at 800-256-6668 with any additional questions that you may have.
Distribution of Load
There are three aspects to proper loading:
- The trailer should sit as close to level as possible when loaded, to allow for even weight distribution to the axles. Use a drop hitch on bumper pull trailers or adjust the gooseneck coupler.
- Distribute the load to ensure proper tongue weight. Since most horses do not weigh the same, the heavier horse should be put in front so tongue weight would stay over 10 percent of total weight.
- Know the trailer’s capacity. Do not overload the trailer. A typical 3-horse trailer will safely hold three large horses and a reasonable amount of tack.
Tongue weight is a determining factor in trailer handling. Too little tongue weight causes sway or hitch disengagement from the ball. Too much tongue weight may exceed guidelines set out by the manufacturer of the tow vehicle and cause steering or suspension problems. A general guideline is that for bumper pull trailers, tongue weights should be 10-15 percent of trailer weight. Tongue weights less than 10 percent of trailer weight can cause stability problems. For goosenecks, tongue weight should be approximately 25 percent of trailer weight.