How to safely load cargo

Coupling pressure and cargo safety

The coupling pressure is the pressure that the trailer puts on the vehicle’s coupling head. The pressure should not be too high or too low. If the cargo distribution is too much centered in the rear, the trailer will pull the rear side of the vehicle upwards, disturbing the vehicle’s driving behavior.

If the trailer cargo is focused too much on the front side, the trailer will put too much pressure on the coupling head, pushing the vehicle’s rear downwards. This effects the vehicle’s balance and can cause damage to it as well. 

As a rule of thumb, maintain a coupling pressure of about 5 to 10% of the total weight of the trailer including cargo. The boundary is the maximum threshold that the manufacturer of your vehicle sets out. The lowest threshold should also be considered.

To transport your cargo load in the trailer, be aware of the following guidelines:

  • Distribute your cargo evenly across the trailer’s surface
  • The most important weight of your cargo should be above the axis
  • A lower center of gravity is beneficial
  • Do not let your cargo extend beyond the trailer wands
  • Secure your cargo against slipping
  • Do not exceed max cargo weight threshold

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Het belangrijkste gewicht moet, met een zo diep mogelijk zwaartepunt, bij de groene pijl liggen.

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Verkeerd achterin verdeelde lading met daardoor een te lage draaglast.

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Verkeerd voorin verdeelde lading met daardoor een te hoge draaglast.