Rear stabilizer must be used during unloading when trailer is not coupled to towing vehicle. Fail-
ure to follow this warning may cause trailer to tip, resulting in injury to personnel or damage to
If trailer is not coupled to towing vehicle, ensure that rear stabilizers are in position.
Remove cargo cover and tiedown straps as required.
If possible, unload from trailer center of gravity working toward front and rear of trailer. This will keep the
load evenly distributed.
OPERATING AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT.
There are no auxiliary equipment items requiring operation by the HMT operator.
Chock wheels (para 2-8.1) and release handbrake handle.
Turn adjusting knob clockwise as tight as possible by hand.
Apply handbrake handle.
If handbrake cannot be applied, turn adjusting knob counterclockwise until parking brake can be applied.
Section IV. OPERATION UNDER UNUSUAL CONDITIONS
OPERATION IN COLD CLIMATES.
Refer to Appendix G, Lubrication Instructions, for proper lubricants to use in cold weather.
Refer to FM 9-207 and FM 21-305 for special instructions on driving hazards that may be found during cold
Extreme cold can cause wires and cables to become stiff and brittle. Avoid excess bending of intervehicular
cable when connecting to or disconnecting from towing vehicle and wiring harness when performing
Ensure that tires are properly inflated. Tires may freeze to the ground or have flat spots if underinflated.
Brake shoes may freeze to the drum and require preheating to prevent damage (FM 9-207).
OPERATION IN HOT CLIMATES.
Refer to Appendix G, Lubrication Instructions, for proper lubricants to use in hot weather.
Do not park the trailer in sunlight for long periods of time. Heat and sunlight shorten tire life. Shelter or
cover trailer to provide adequate protection.
OPERATION IN RAINY OR HUMID CLIMATES.
Inspect, clean, and lubricate inactive equipment frequently to prevent rust and fungus accumulation.
If installed, inspect canvas cover for fungus, rot, or standing water on top.
Wet brakes increase stopping distances. Factor this increased distance into your driving.