Ministry of Transportation / Ministère des Transports
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II. Safe and responsible towing
Loading your trailer

When loading your trailer, strap everything down both on the inside and outside of the trailer. Do not overload your trailer. Too much weight in the trailer can put a strain on the wheel bearings and axle, and make driving your motorcycle more difficult.

The distribution of the weight in your trailer is also very important. Generally, more of the trailer load should be in front of the trailer axle than behind it for proper hitch weight. About five to 10 per cent of the trailer’s total weight should be supported on the hitch, within the weight limit marked on the hitch. Poor load balance can cause your trailer to sway or fishtail. The ball and hitch may also become separated, especially if there is too much weight in the rear of the trailer.