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Frequently Asked Questions:

Question 1- When should I grease my axle?

Question 2- How much can my trailer carry?

Question 3- What is Tongue Weight?

Question 4- What air pressure should I put in the tires?

Question 5- Why are my tires wearing funny?

Question 6- What is the standard wire plug for trailers?

Question 7- Why do my lights blink on and off?

Question 8- I want an open trailer built with some custom features included. Do you build them?

Question 9- Do I need to register my trailer?

Question 10- Why are trailer prices not listed on the website?

Question 11- Do you take trade-ins?


Question 1- When should I grease my axle?

Speed, temperature, and heavy loads all affect the grease. A good rule of thumb is to lubricate once every 1000 miles or 3 months of use. Checking the grease before a long trip is a good idea. With todays axles having grease fillings in them, you really can't over grease and pumping fresh grease often can clean out dirt and water.

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Question 2- How much can my trailer carry?

The trailer ID placard should list the gross vehicle weight restrictions (GVWR). This is the total weight the trailer can carry including the weight of the trailer itself. The shipping weight should also be listed on the placard. To determine the payload weight or how much weight the trailer can carry, subtract the shipping weight from the GVWR.

GVWR - shipping weight = payload weight.

No ID placard? Then you need to know the tire size and axle bearing size. Smaller axles hold a maximum of 2000lbs total. All tires have weight limits on them. Two tires with weight limits of 900lbs each, equals 1800lbs GVWR for your trailer. Contact us and we'll be happy to help you.

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Question 3- What is Tongue Weight?

Tongue weight is the downward weight applied by the towable equipment on the hitch ball. Generally tongue weight should not be more than 10% of the gross trailer weight (GTW). Gross trailer weight is the total weight of a trailer including all of its contents. Too much tongue weight can loosen the steering of your tow vehicle. Too little tongue weight and your trailer will fishtail.

Example:  If your trailer weighs 400lbs and the contents on the trailer weigh 1600lbs, then your gross trailer weight is 2000lbs. The tongue weight for this GTW should be 10% or around 200lbs.

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Question 4- What air pressure should I put in the tires?

On the sidewall of all tires is the recommended maximum tire pressure. These pressures are different for every tire. It is important to locate these values and keep your tires at the maximum PSI.

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Question 5- Why are my tires wearing funny?

If you notice the tires are wearing out on the inside edge, it could be overweight or a bent axle. If you notice the tires are wearing down over the centers equally, overinflation is the likely problem. If the tires are wearing down along the outer edges, underinflation may be the problem

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Question 6- What is the standard wire plug for trailers?

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Question 7- Why do my lights blink on and off?

When all of the lights blink on and off, you usually have a bad ground. Check the grounding bolt and then check the connection between the tongue and the frame. If it's a tilt bed, sometimes the ground connection can't make it between the tongue and bed. If you're still having problems, please contact us.

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Question 8- I want an open trailer built with some custom features included. Do you build them?

We build custom open type trailers of various styles. We can include whatever custom features or options you wish. Just contact us with your specifications and we will get you a quote.

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Question 9- Do I need to register my trailer?

Trailer registration requirements and vehicle code interpretation vary widely from state to state and even between localities within some states. For specific information, contact your local agency. You can also contact us and we can get you to your states DMV website.

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Question 10- Why are trailer prices not listed on the website?

Sno Bird Trailers has a variety of trailers available with different qualities and specifications. Prices vary according to these options. Therefore we are unable to list the prices online. Contact us  and we'll be happy to get a quote for you.

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Question 11- Do you take trade-ins?

Yes. We will give you a fair price for any trailer you legally own.

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Sno Bird Trailers, INC.
3563 Hillside Rd
Slinger, WI 53086
Phone: 262-644-6599
Toll free: 888-822-BIRD