Spring is almost here, and race season isn’t far behind. Now is the time to get in shape.
Put down the ankle weights and headband and step away from the short shorts, Richard Simmons, because we’re not talking about you. We’re talking about your race trailer and how you can get it in shape for another race season.
In our preparations for race season, we tend to focus on our actual race vehicles—and rightly so. We even dedicated a post to essential track tools to keep your race car running strong once you’re at the track. We also spent an earlier post covering how to choose a trailer hitch for your transport vehicle, so now it’s only fitting that we help you outfit your race trailer.
The proper trailer tools and organizers will make transporting your vehicle easier and keep you organized at the track. And that means you can stay focused on your true purpose for racing: WINNING! Here are seven great trailer-related accessories to consider:
Made from lightweight, solid-core polymer, Race Ramps are available in low-profile four-degree, 7.8-degree, and 8.4-degree inclines to make loading your vehicle easier. In fact, the low-profile design is ideal for vehicles with long, low front ends. Plus, they’re wide enough to support extra-wide tires.
Clear One makes a variety of organizers to fit your needs—wall/door cabinets, cord/hose hangers, tie-down hangers, jack pouches, fuel jug racks, helmet storage bins, and more. Why keep spray cans and oil bottles haphazardly spread around your trailer when you can keep everything right where you can find it quickly? That’s a lot less stress between rounds!
To paraphrase a very wise man: Stuff happens. And if you go to enough races, you might encounter an unplanned, roadside emergency along the way. We suggest packing a set of reflective warning triangles to keep you safe on the side of the road. Summit Racing offers a set of three 17-inch triangles that are weighted to stay in place even as traffic rushes by.
If you’re forced to employ the warning triangles above, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a flat—either on your truck or trailer. Trailer Aids will make it easy to change a flat tire on your trailer—no need to unload the trailer or flag down help! You simple drive the trailer’s good tire onto the ramp and the flat tire will be lifted off the ground. No jack required either!
There’s no shortage of tie-downs available. And it’s a good thing, too, because you need tough, durable tie-downs to keep your race vehicle secure during transport. You can’t go wrong with Mac’s straps and tie-downs, but we really like the Summit Racing Tie-Down Kit Pro Pack. It brings together four ratcheting tie-downs and four axle straps into one kit with a canvas bag for storage.
Safety should be your number-one priority. LED trailer lights, like ones from Grote or Summit Racing, light up faster and use less energy than traditional lights. Outfit your trailer with an assortment of affordable options, including sealed marker lights, backup lights, brake and turn signal lights, and more.
This Summit Racing folding work table folds to approximately 4 inches from the wall but opens up to give you about 6 square feet of work space inside your trailer. It locks securely in place, has a 100-pound working capacity, and comes with 2 sets of mounting buttons. It measures 45 inches long.