Tag: Trailer Storage

Tips for Hauling Trailers

Since we have many trailer hauling friends out there, we wanted to pass along some helpful tips for hauling trailers across this fine country of ours.

Getting Hitched

Before you embark on your next adventure, and especially before you latch on that trailer, check the label on your hitch to make sure your hitch can handle the load of the trailer. Checked that box? Good. Ok now you need to jack up the trailer a bit, drive your truck in reverse until the hitch ball is centered to receive the trailer couple. Once you’re all lined up, put your truck in park and put on the parking brake. You can never be too safe. Next slowly lower the trailer down until it’s completely seated. Engage the latching mechanism. Now you can hook up the trailer’s electrical chords. Don’t forget the safety chains, which are best attached in a cross-cross pattern. They should be loose enough to allow for turns but should not drag.


Remember that whole “objects in motion tend to stay in motion” deal from high school physics? Well, it’s true. And now you’re lugging a lot more weight, so be sure to give yourself extra space between you and whatever is in front of you when needing to slow down. Also the faster you’re going, the more space you’ll need as well.

Weight Distribution

To avoid your trailer rocking and rolling out of line, make sure you load it properly. You want the weight distributed evenly from left to right, and from front to back.

Backing Up

The dreaded backing up. Frustrating for most first timers. Use this trick and you’ll master it easily: place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and turn the wheel the direction you want the trailer to go. Turning the wheel clockwise will make the trailer go left, turning counterclockwise will make it go right.


Your rig is much longer now, about twice the size of your truck. So give yourself plenty of space while turning. The wheels of your trailer will always make a sharper turn than those of your truck, so make wide turns.


You finally made it to your destination! After all that fun with loading your trailer, turning, and backing up, now you’re ready to park it. If possible, have someone out of the truck helping you park. Once you’re in place, put the truck in park, put the parking break on, THEN let go of the break. Finally make sure to put blocks around the tires of your trailer to keep it in place.


Gateway Storage Center provides trailer parking and storage services for all types of trailers. With flexible terms and affordable rates, we’re the best choice for Alexandria, Springfield, and Woodbridge trailer parking. Give us a call today to learn more!

Woodbridge Trailer Storage

trailerSo not really sure who started this whole fad, but seems like on every long road trip we find another trailer that looks just like the car, truck, or van pulling it. The ones that are extensions of the car are particularly funny and really throw you off in the dark, especially late at night when you’re 12hrs in and not quite yet to your destination. Thankfully we caught one in the daylight to share.

Here at Gateway Storage, we welcome all trailers. Whether your trailer is hauling your boat, car, motorcyle, or a Revolutionary War cannon replica (yep have seen that too), our secure facility is the best choice to store your trailer in between trips. Needing to hit the road in the early morning to make beach week? No problem. We offer 24-hour gate access, with well lit storage areas and spaces featuring reflective parking markers and permanent signage.

Another perk at Gateway Storage is ease of maneuverability. We have extra-wide aisle ways to make it easy to navigate in and out with your trailer in tow.

Gateway Storage Center offers affordable rates and flexible terms for Woodbridge Trailer Storage, including short-term, long-term, and month-to-month options. Give us a call today and we’ll be sure to keep your mini-Mustang trailer safe and sound until you need it next. We take reservations by phone or via email. No deposit required!