Loading And Unloading A Flatbed Trailer ! WARNING Damaged or loose hold downs and/or “D”-rings can break, allowing cargo to become loose on the trailer. Loose cargo can shift the center of gravity, and result in loss of control of the trailer. Inspect hold downs and/or “D”-rings, and test them for looseness before loading cargo. Do not use a damaged or loose hold down or “D”-ring to secure cargo. 118 LOADING A RIGID-DECK TRAILER Before loading trailer, couple the trailer to the tow vehicle and make sure the deck is level. Do not load or unload the trailer when the deck is not level. Your trailer may be equipped with rear jacks (1) to prevent the front of the trailer from rising while loading and unloading. Rear Jack Remove pin and pivot both jacks to the vertical position. Install pin to secure jacks. ! CAUTION Use a safe lifting procedure to avoid injury when handing ramps. See section 6.1 for ramp weights.
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