A prop stand is commonly located on the front of a trailer close to the hitch. This wheel is utilised to help move the trailer into position or to aid in moving it around when not attached to the tow vehicle.
This type of wheel can be found in two different types:
- The soft, pneumatic tyre
- A solid rubber or plastic tyre
Both of them have their benefits.
- The soft, air-filled type is simpler to roll and can support a heavier volume of weight on a soft surface.
- The hard rubber or plastic tyre is generally cheaper will only support the heaviest amount of weight on hard surfaces.
- It’s now very easy to buy a prop stand online.
A Popular Item
The prop stand makes it that much simpler to attach a tow vehicle onto the trailer. By letting the user to easily move the trailer a few inches in each direction, the tow vehicle doesn’t need to be precisely placed to connect the hitch to the ball. This greater ease of mobility together with its minimal amount of maintenance makes this a favoured trailer accessory.
Caution is needed
When using the prop stand, you should be careful in making sure that there is not an overabundance of weight placed upon it. The prop stand wheel is actually intended for use in moving only empty trailers around. By trying to move a loaded trailer on this type of wheel, you can end up damaging it, the hitch and possibly even the trailer connection.
It is obviously in the trailer’s best interests to store it inside a garage or a large garden shed if possible as this will keep the trailer away from the elements and even more important – dry.
If you have no room for storing the trailer inside, there are a couple of things which you should consider when deciding to store your trailer.
- Tree Matters
Placing your trailer underneath a tree may seem like a great idea, but think about leaves which have not yet dropped, plus some trees give off a sticky sap to anything placed below them. Birds can also be a problem as toilet droppings can tarnish your trailer’s finish.
- Surface Matters
Will it be parked on grass, gravel, paving slabs, or asphalt? Think about the surface hardness, especially if there is a possibility that your trailer might be needed over the winter months as towing vehicles and soft wet ground do not mix well.
If your trailer is left at your property, it means that you can then keep an eye on it most of the time, and thus act as a strong deterrent to any wannabe thieves.
You can also try placing some obstacles in the way of your trailer, such as a parked vehicle or a locked gate if placed in a back garden.
May your trailer and accessories have a long life!