Record Rig Data

Trail Rider - - TRIP TIPS - EDITED AND PHO­TOS BY HEIDI ME­LOCCO

What do you do if you need to add oil to your truck while you’re on the road? Do you know the cor­rect oil to add with­out fum­bling through your man­ual? When you come to an un­der­pass with a low height clear­ance, do you know your trailer’s di­men­sions? If your trailer tire is low, do you know the pres­sure rat­ing to fill it safely?

The Trail Rider con­sult­ing ed­i­tor Bon­nie Davis of Two Horse En­ter­prises (http://ex­tend­inc.com/twohorse) rec­om­mends gather­ing such data be­fore you leave home. Write your tow ve­hi­cle’s oil type, the rec­om­mended pres­sure (pounds per square inch) for all tires, and your tow ve­hi­cle and trailer’s di­men­sions and weights onto a three-inch-by-fiveinch in­dex card. Clip the card to the driver’s vi­sor for easy check­ing on the road.

Dig­i­tally savvy? Take a photo of your card, and add it to your phone’s fa­vorite im­ages, or en­ter the data into your smart­phone’s note pro­gram. No more dig­ging around in the glove com­part­ment or try­ing to re­mem­ber where such in­for­ma­tion was writ­ten down!

Jot down im­por­tant trailer and tire data be­fore you leave home so they’ll be easy to find dur­ing travel.

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