SINCE 1984

Important information about your KRISTI TRAILER

(315) 697-8234
31 Madison Blvd. Canastota NY 13032

Please read and understand the following information.

We cover as much of the steel frame as possible with painted aluminum. The remaining exposed areas such as the tongue are primed and painted with automotive enamel. The base frame is undercoated. During use, the lower portion of the trailer gets sand blasted and abraded very quickly by sand and salt on roads, especially during winter months. Also, chemicals used on roads for snow and ice removal by road crews are harsh on trailer paint. Most if the damage from these products will be seen Inside door and threshold areas. The abrasion and chemical deteriation leaves bare spots where corrosion can start. The rust if treated annually is superficial and does not in the short term hurt the integrity of the trailer. We recommend you spend about an hour each spring, touch up the tongue and coupler with automotive enamel, and the base frame with a can of spray undercoating from your automotive supply store. Doing so will allow your trailer to service you for many years to come.
Kristi trailers are designed to fit a majority of applications; however, we are not aware of your particular application. Loads on rollers concentrate weight in such a small area that even with a relatively light load you can easily end up with several hundred pounds per square inch in the area where the roller meets the floor. Going down the road and hitting frost heaves and potholes can increase the load many times over the static load. The flooring on general use trailers whether it be plywood or other manufactured flooring, is not made to withstand this type of use. Rollers could actually punch holes in the floor. If you have this type of application, or want to use a pallet jack, it is recommended to add steel or aluminum runners inside the trailer to distribute the weight. It is also possible to have the floor completely covered if the load will be in variable locations.
The exterior wall screws are tightened using a clutch mechanism. The clutch is set to make sure over-tightening, deformation of the skin, and stripping of the threads does not occur during manufacture. As the trailer is towed down the road and the frame flexes, some screws may come loose. This is not a defect. Usually this work in period will be the first 100-200 miles. It is recommended that you periodically check your exterior screws to assure they have not loosened. Some applications cause continuous flexing of the trailer and may result in particular screws that continuously loosen. It is recommended you apply a thread locker (such as loctite) to those particular screws. If screws do come loose, you fail to check them, and properly tighten them, they may back out all of the way until lost. Exterior skin damage can and probably will occur around loose fasteners. You can prevent your trailer from being damaged with simple periodic inspection. If screw holes become stripped for any reason, we have oversize replacement screws available.
Tire wear is a variable from application to application. In some applications tires will last for years. In some applications they won’t. Tire wear assuming no axle or frame damage has occurred, is dependent on a combination of the following:
the load, and its position in the trailer
the type of tires on the trailer
the towing vehicle and its suspension
the towing vehicle tires and their condition
the trailer configuration
the towing speed
road condition
air pressure inside tires
other unknowns

All of these factors act together to influence the performance of your Trailer. If you experience unusual or excessive wear patterns, Changing one or more of the items on the previous list will alter the system as a whole and may change the wear pattern of the trailer tires.

Trailer Safety and Towing Tips
These tips are for Kristi Enclosed Cargo Trailers. They are not all-inclusive and may not provide all of the specific details necessary for the combination of trailer, tow vehicle, and hitch that you have. Therefore, the trailer owner is responsible for reading, understanding and following the instructions for the tow vehicle and trailer hitch.

Common cause of loss of control of your trailer:
Driving too fast for conditions can be extremely dangerous. The maximum speed that the trailer can be safely towed, under ideal conditions, is 60 miles per hour. Do not exceed the maximum towing speed while towing your cargo trailer. Be sure you are familiar with your trailer and how it handles in all weather conditions. If in question, always err on the safe side, and slow down. When towing the trailer you will have slower acceleration, Increased stopping distance, Increased turning radius, and longer distance to pass.
Failure to properly couple the trailer to the hitch. Properly coupled and locked hitches do not come apart. Be sure you are using the correct ball size for the hitch and that the coupler is seated properly on the ball before towing. A secure coupling, including the correct attachment of the safety chains is vital. Safety chains must be properly fastened to the hitch. They should cross underneath the hitch and coupler with minimum slack to permit turning. The chains will hold the tongue up if the trailer is not connected properly and comes off the hitch.
Inadequate vehicle or towing hitch. Check with the tow vehicle manufacturer to make sure you are using the right vehicle for the job.
Absence of braking on trailer. Not all trailers require brakes by law. However brakes are always recommended. They help maintain control during normal driving, and are extremely desirable during emergency situations. The brakes (if equipped) need to “break in”. They should be adjusted after the first 50 miles of service. After the first adjustment, brakes should be checked for adjustment and proper operation each year or sooner depending on use.
Failure to maintain proper tire pressure. Improperly inflated tires wear out quickly. They also can affect trailer stability and towing performance.
Failure to keep lug nuts tight. Properly tightened Lug nuts usually do not loosen by themselves. However they should be checked after the first 20 and 50 miles. From that point, they should be checked on a regular basis at least annually.
Overloading or uneven loading of the trailer. Trailers are designed to take a specific maximum load. Exceeding this load can result in catastrophic failure of any number of components. Uneven loading can not only cause component failure, it can also cause instability and dangerous driving conditions. The driver is responsible for securing cargo in such a manner that it does not shift within the trailer while being towed. A trailer ride can be very bumpy and rough. A shifting load may result in failure of the trailer or loss of control
Failure to properly maintain the trailer structure. Trailers are mechanical devices prone to wear and degradation through time. It is important to maintain the frame at least on an annual basis to assure the frame integrity is acceptable for the job you are requiring of it.

Proper Towing for Trailers:

Single axle trailers should be towed level. Towing your trailer in any other manner may result in trailer sway or other instability. Tandem Axle Trailers should be towed level or 1” tongue high. Never tow nose down or it may cause the trailer to sway. Always check the doors for proper securing. Use of hitch pins or locks to secure doors is recommended.

Important Health Notice: These are “CARGO TRAILERS”
Some of the materials used in manufacture of trailers are hazardous. Preservative chemicals may be emitted from new cargo trailers. These Emissions may result in eye nose and throat irritation. Prolonged exposure inside a closed cargo trailer is not recommended. Over time the emissions will become much less to the point where they are undetectable.

Following these maintenance tips will make your trailering more enjoyable
Every 5,000 miles, or once a year, (depending on the use of the trailer) lubricate the axle bearings. Removing the rubber cover on the axle grease cap will expose a grease fitting. With a grease gun, pump grease into each spindle until old grease seeps out into the bearing cap. This method displaces water that may have entered into the bearing cavity. Pump slowly to avoid damaging rear seal.
Once a year lubricate the coupler mechanism with white grease or a comparable lubricant. This will help ease in the connection of the trailer to the hitch of the towing vehicle.
If your trailer is equipped with ramp doors, you can use the same grease you used on the axle(s) to lubricate the hinges. This will help reduce wear and possible rusting inside the hinge. 2-3 pumps on each hinge zerk fitting is plenty. Check spring cables for wear.DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ADJUST THE RAMP DOOR SPRING(S) UNLESS YOU SRE PROPERLY TRAINED TO DO SO. SERIOUS INJURY TO YOU AND THOSE AROUND YOU CAN RESULT.
To keep your trailer looking shinny and new, it is recommended that you wash and wax the exterior at least once a year.
Check tire pressure regularly. A properly inflated tire reduces the chance of tire failure. It will also keep the tires from wearing improperly. Proper recommended tire pressure for the tire is located on the tire or serial plate.
When hooking up trailer to tow vehicle, check that all lights are working correctly. If your trailer is equipped with brakes check to make sure they are working properly. All trailers with electric brakes are equipped with a breakaway kit; this is a safety mechanism and should be checked once a year for correct operation. To perform this test there are two steps

Jack trailer up so one tire is off the ground
Pull the safety cable and try to spin tire.
​If tire spins, replace the breakaway kit.