How to Keep Your Belongings Safe in a Trailer

Dec 21, 2015

Keeping your belongings safe in a trailer begins with proper packing and follows through the entire loading, driving and unloading process. In order to safely move your items in a trailer, you need to have all of the right supplies.

Packing a Trailer

For starters, make sure you are using the right moving supplies as you begin the packing process. Glass items should be wrapped using packing paper or bubble wrap. For electronics, you’ll want to use the proper boxes. This means picture, mirror and tv boxes.

Loading a Trailerkeeping belongings safe in a trailer

Once you’re done with the packing, you can begin the loading process. Regardless of what style of trailer you’re using (open or closed trailer), the same rules will apply. Most importantly you want to load the trailer applying the 60/40 rule. This means you load the 60 percent of the weight in the front of the trailer and 40 percent in the back. It is crucial you do this correctly in order to avoid the trailer from swaying.

In addition to the 60/40 rule, you need to tie down your load in sections to avoid it from shifting during the drive. Use tie-downs and the sides of the trailer to do this. As you tie down your sections use blankets, towels or furniture pads to fill the gaps. Again, this will help prevent the load from shifting.

For more loading tips, check out this post.

Locking a Trailer

Lastly, before taking off it’s recommending that you use a lock to lock the trailer chains to your vehicle. This is to prevent any unwanted persons from disconnecting the trailer when left unattended. The video below can walk you through the correct way to do this.

Remember you’ll also want to use a second lock to lock the trailer door if you’re using a closed trailer. If you’re towing an open trailer, be sure to always keep an eye on the load and never leave it unattended.

What tips can you share for keeping your belongings safe in a trailer? Share in the comments below.


The Best Trailers for Camping

The Best Trailers for Camping

Camping is a great way to spend time with your family or friends, but anyone who has been camping before knows you spend hours packing.  Sometimes you have to bring everything you will need for an entire week, depending on where you are camping and the proximity...

How to Modify or Cancel a Reservation

How to Modify or Cancel a Reservation

Life happens; it's inevitable. Sometimes events or our scheduled plans need to be canceled or rescheduled. Moving is one of life's bigger events, and sometimes, rearrangements have to be made and may cause a scheduled move to get canceled. So, if you're reading this,...

What to Put In Each Moving Box Size

What to Put In Each Moving Box Size

Putting items in the appropriate moving box is important when packing your belongings. Don't pull your back when carrying items in the wrong box! A larger box might have more space, but that does not mean you should put more things into it. Each size moving box is...

Moving with a 20′ U-Haul Truck

Moving with a 20′ U-Haul Truck

Do you have a 2-3-bedroom move coming up? Perhaps you have an expanding family, or you’re moving into a home with a couple of roommates. You’ll want to rent a 20’ truck for this size move. Whether you have a local or a one-way move, there are several reasons why this...