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How to reverse a trailer?

How to reverse a trailer?

Reversing a trailer can be a daunting task for many drivers, especially those who are new to towing. However, with the right technique and some practice, anyone can master the art of reversing a trailer. In this blog post, we'll cover some essential tips for reversing a trailer like a pro.

1. Get the Right Positioning

The first step in reversing a trailer is to position your vehicle correctly. You should be in a straight line with the trailer, and your vehicle and trailer should be at a 90-degree angle. Make sure you have enough space to manoeuvre the trailer without hitting any obstacles.

2. Use Your Mirrors

When reversing a trailer, it's essential to use your mirrors to guide you. Adjust your mirrors to get a clear view of the trailer and use them to monitor the trailer's movements as you reverse. Remember that the trailer will move in the opposite direction to your steering, so be prepared to adjust your steering accordingly.

3. Go Slow

One of the most important things to remember when reversing a trailer is to take it slow. You should always move at a slow and steady pace to ensure that you have full control of the trailer. It's also essential to avoid sudden movements, as these can cause the trailer to swing or jackknife.

4. Practice Makes Perfect

Reversing a trailer is a skill that takes time and practice to master. If you're new to towing, it's a good idea to find an empty parking lot or open space to practice in. Take your time and focus on getting comfortable with the trailer's movements and how it responds to your steering.

5. Use a Spotter

Having a second person act as a spotter can be extremely helpful when reversing a trailer. They can guide you and provide you with valuable information on the trailer's position and movements. If you're not confident in your abilities, having a spotter can give you the extra confidence you need to get the job done.

In conclusion, reversing a trailer is a skill that requires patience, practice, and the right technique. By following these essential tips, you'll be able to master the art of reversing a trailer like a pro. Remember to take it slow, use your mirrors, and get the right positioning, and you'll be able to navigate your trailer with ease.

How are trailer light connectors wired?

Pinto Trailers use the New Zealand standard 7 pin plug for our wiring. Most of our trailers will use only 5, of the 7 pins. You will see in the diagram, the wiring for the plugs on a standard Pinto trailer. 

 7 pin wiring for trailers

Yellow: Left indicator light

Red: Brake light

White: Earth

Grey: Tail light

Green: Right Indicator light

It is very important to keep the lead and pins off the ground to avoid crushing the cable and/or the pins. Clean and check your pins and cable regularly for any sign of damage, as you should replace it immediately if there are any wires showing or broken, bent pins.

Handy tip: often the pins squash together causing a failure. If this happens, using a thin scraper or blade, gently slot into the pin to separate the two pieces.