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PRI 2019

The annual PRI Trade Show takes place December 12-14, 2019 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis Indiana.

The week leading up to and including the PRI Trade Show is known as Race Industry Week. Over 45 conferences, seminars and social gatherings provide PRI attendees countless opportunities to learn, engage with industry experts and have some fun along the way. See specific Race Industry Week event times and locations hereh.

Note: The PRI Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public.

2019 Exhibit Hours

Thursday, December 12 ········· 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 13 ············· 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 ········· 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 12 ········· 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 13 ············· 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 ········· 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

New! Lucas Oil Stadium Exhibit Hours

Indoor Trailer & Featured Product Showcase

Thursday, December 12 ········· 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Friday, December 13 ············· 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, December 14 ········· 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Trailer Care

Exterior Metal Surfaces

The exterior metal surfaces of your trailer are painted with coatings that are combined for lasting color, clarity and durability. However, standard maintenance is still required.

In the case of light surface dirt, standard rainwater will usually be satisfactory. If there is a heavier layer of dirt and road grime that rain does not remove, you may need to use a normal solution of water and a household detergent. A soft brush with light pressure may be used and always follow the washing with a thorough clear water rinse.

In the past couple of years, it has come to our attention that many states and local governments are using chemicals on the road that are cost effective for them to keep the highways free of snow and ice. These chemicals may cause reactions to both your exterior metal paint and undercoating’s used on your trailer. In some states the wiring has also been affected. Please call your local government and find out what they may be using and what they recommend to remove those chemicals before they cause damage to your trailer.

General Cautions/Warnings

Over cleaning or scrubbing of a coated metal surface can do more harm than good to the life of the metal and its finish. Solvent and abrasive type cleaners should be avoided.

Roof Maintenance

Check your roof before every trip for debris from trees or buildings. Check the roof sealant for any holes caused by the debris. It is recommended that you reseal your roof every two years as a standard maintenance procedure.

Axle and Tire Maintenance

Your trailer is no different than your car when it comes to proper maintenance of axles and tires. You need to have the axle greased and the brakes checked. See your owner’s manual for more information.

If your trailer has brakes, check the breakaway switch and its battery to make sure your vehicle has been charging the battery. If your trailer has sat for any length of time, that battery may need to be charged before your trip to ensure your safety.

Check for proper tire pressure before every trip. Also, check the lug nuts and make sure that they are also torqued at the proper torque rating for your trailer. See your owners manual for the correct torque rating for your wheels. Check to make sure the tire tread is wearing properly as well. Your trailer is equipped with trailer tires; most trailer tires are designed to be ran at no more than 60 mph, which is the maximum speed for towing a trailer. Faster speeds may cause the tires to overheat and cause a blowout which could result in serious injury or even death.

Driving Tips

Towing involves the interaction of a number of components; the driver, tow vehicle, and trailer. Each of these contributes to the towing experience and safety of the combination. The driver is responsible for selecting the proper tow vehicle and trailer for the load, properly hitching the trailer, properly loading and securing cargo, and properly operating the tow vehicle including operating the combination at the appropriate speed, steering, and braking. The overall towing experience is greatly improved by choosing a tow vehicle with the appropriate brakes, tires, mirrors, hitches, etc. for the intended trailer. The trailer components should be appropriate for the trailers intended use including appropriate brakes, tires, axles, lighting and more.   Safe and proper driving habits are a crucial component of overall trailer safety. Drivers should always maintain focus while operating a motor vehicle and eliminate distractions

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Check and correct tire pressure on the tow vehicle and trailer, including the spare tire
  • Make sure the wheel lug nuts/bolts on the tow vehicle and trailer are tightened to the correct torque
  • Be sure the hitch, coupler, draw bar and other equipment that connects the trailer and the tow vehicle are properly secured and adjusted
  • Make sure the safety chains are properly crisscrossed and connected, not touching the road but with enough slack to make turns
  • Check that the wiring is properly connected; not touching the road, but loose enough to make turns without disconnecting or damaging the wires.
  • Make sure all running lights, brake lights, turn signals and hazard lights are working
  • Verify that the brakes on the tow vehicle and trailer are operating correctly
  • Ensure the breakaway system lanyard is connected to the tow vehicle but not to the safety chains or ball mount
  • Check that all items are securely fastened on and in the trailer
  • Be sure the trailer jack, tongue support and any attached stabilizers are raised and locked in place
  • Check load distribution to make sure the tow vehicle and trailer are properly balanced front to back and side to side
  • Check side- and rear-view mirrors to make sure you have good visibility
  • Check routes and restrictions on bridges and tunnels
  • Make sure you have wheel chocks and jack stands

Speed

Slow down and create longer following distances between you and the vehicle in front of you. Most states have a speed limit of 55 when towing. According to U-Haul, towing while maintaining speeds over 55 mph can consume 35% more gasoline. Slowing down is not only safer, it is more economical.

Stopping

On trailer models with brakes installed, the combination will require a greater stopping distance with a trailer in tow than the tow vehicle requires while operating by itself. Likewise, even smaller trailers that do not require brakes will require longer stopping distances for the combination than the tow vehicle requires while operating by itself. Even with adequate trailer brakes, if applicable, the tow vehicle will still have a greater stopping distance with a trailer attached. It takes experience for drivers to become comfortable with the difference between the way their vehicle handles by itself, versus the way the vehicle handles while towing a trailer loaded with cargo.

For following distances, a general rule of thumb is at least a 325 foot gap (about 5 seconds) between your vehicle and the vehicle or obstacle in front of you. Prolonged use of brakes can cause overheating and loss of brake effectiveness. Giving yourself ample space to respond should help prevent frequent and/or hard braking.

Turning

The turning radius of your vehicle will increase with a trailer attached. A gooseneck or fifth wheel attachment has a tighter turn radius than a traditional ball mount attachment.

When turning, swing the tow vehicle wider, giving yourself ample room for curbs, corners, or any other obstacles on the inside corner.

Hills

While traveling both uphill and downhill, slow down and shift into a lower gear. While traveling downhill, reducing your speed will help stabilize your vehicle and trailer combination.

Backing Up

Backing up can be the most difficult aspect of trailering. If possible, have another individual acting a spotter to aid with blind spots.

The trailer will move the opposite direction of the tow vehicle when backing up. The best method is to hold the bottom of the steering wheel. To turn left you move your hand to the left and to turn right you move your hand to the right.

Single axle trailers will cut more rapidly than tandem axle trailers. If you find you are turning too far, have jackknifed, or are otherwise situated incorrectly, pull forward and start again.

Once parked, make sure to have blocks ready for the trailer tires, avoid parking on slopes, and apply the parking brake. If the trailer is to be unhitched, unload the cargo first. Then make sure safety chains and the pin connector/electrical plug are disconnected.

Crosswinds

Decreasing speed and steering straight will lessen the effects

Passing

Passing in a combination (tow vehicle and trailer) will take more time and more distance to pass. As with driving a car, do not pass on a hill or curve as you will need to ensure there is plenty of clear roadway ahead. Your larger vehicle combination has a larger impact on airflow and will cause both your vehicle and the vehicle being passed to sway or move more than usual, plan accordingly, ensuring enough roadway space for both vehicles.

Respond To Sway

Gas off, brake off, steer straight and wait.

DO NOT attempt to control sway by turning the steering wheel as it will only make the issue worse. If you have a brake controller, gently apply only the trailer brakes.

2019 PRI Trade Show – Expanded Floor Plan

For the first time ever, the PRI Trade Show will feature exhibits and products directly on the Lucas Oil Stadium field. Connected to the Indiana Convention Center and easily accessible from the parking lot, this new-for-2019 area allows for an expanded trailer display alongside the Show’s popular Featured Products Showcase.

The allocation of additional space comes after PRI management moved all trailer displays indoors for the 2018 Show—a decision praised by exhibitors and attendees alike.

“Because Lucas Oil Stadium is connected and easy to get to from the Convention Center, it’s the ideal place for our trailer exhibits,” said PRI Trade Show Director Karin Davidson. “We saw great success from moving the trailers indoors and moving to the field this year will give companies in this essential market segment a larger area to display their products and conduct business.

The new exhibit area will continue to allow trailer exhibitors to showcase their product lineups alongside their booths and give attendees some of the best side-by-side shopping of race trailers, motorcoaches, haulers, and toterhomes.

“Attendees will now get an up-close look at a greater number and variety of transportation options,” said Davidson. “They can easily compare available features and meet with more company representatives in one location.

This year’s PRI Trade Show, held December 12-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will feature over 1,100 companies exhibiting in more than 3,300 booths and showcasing the latest products, services, machinery, simulation and testing technologies, and trailers for the racing industry in a single location.

Now in its 32nd year, PRI encompasses all forms of racing and attracts attendees from all 50 states and over 70 countries, including professional race teams, retail shops, warehouse distributors, engine builders, fabricators, dealers, installers, jobbers and media.

Numerous conferences and seminars, among them the Race Track Business Conference and International Council of Motorsport Sciences’ Annual Congress, offer unlimited business opportunities and provide invaluable insight on the latest technologies and how to apply them throughout the racing world.

Known as Race Industry Week, the days leading up to and including the Show will offer a range of motorsports-related activities in and around the Indiana Convention Center beginning on Monday, December 9

To register for the 2019 PRI Trade Show, secure hotel reservations, and sign up for free business seminars, log on to prishow.com.

Why Buy a United Trailer


A trailer with an NATM Compliance Decal affixed to the frame is a trailer that was manufactured by a member who successfully completed the consultation process.

The NATM Compliance Verification Program (CVP) is a mandatory program for all NATM member trailer manufacturers. This program involves multiple components, all of which are geared toward creating safer trailers and in turn, safer roadways.

The program begins with the Guidelines for Minimum Recommended Manufacturing Practices (Guidelines). The Guidelines are a compilation of applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, regulations, and industry best practices – all found in one easy to use, organized compendium. The purpose of the Guidelines is to create easy access to reference materials and federal regulation with which trailer manufacturers are required to comply.

NATM then provides technical support in understanding and applying these often complex regulations to trailer construction.

Through the CVP, it is the mission of NATM to educate our member manufacturers on those requirements set forth by governing bodies. With this free flow of information and open lines of communication NATM members are provided with access to resources and information that can often be time consuming and difficult to compile on their own.

Members then undergo a biennial consultation. The consultation features an extensive checklist of items, all pulled from the Guidelines, intended to ensure member manufacturers have the processes in place to build trailers in accordance with federal safety regulations and industry best practices. A key component of the program is that an independent third party from NATM, knowledgeable in the requirements, conducts the consultation.

Members then undergo a biennial consultation. The consultation features an extensive checklist of items, all pulled from the Guidelines, intended to ensure member manufacturers have the processes in place to build trailers in accordance with federal safety regulations and industry best practices. A key component of the program is that an independent third party from NATM, knowledgeable in the requirements, conducts the consultation.

Though the following is not a complete list, the consultation includes a review of the following items;

  •  Administrative: WMI number, information current with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), record keeping (i.e. tires, Early Warning Reporting, etc.), Vin Labels, and Owner’s Manuals
  • Safety Standards: safety chains or cables, brakes, emergency breakaway systems, rear underride
  • Lighting: as required for trailers 30 feet in length or longer or trailers under 30 feet in length, as required for trailers 80 inches in width or wider or trailer under 80 inches in width
  • Conspicuity Tape: as required for trailer 80 inches in width or wider and 10,001 lbs. GVWR or larger
  • Recommendations: various recommendation based on industry best practices. All NATM trailer manufacturer members are required to successfully complete a compliance consultation. Once a member has done so, they are able to purchase and place NATM Compliance Decals on their trailers.

www.natm.com

Trump Orders 25% Tariffs On Chinese Imports

The United States and China have embarked on a trade war following a breakdown in negotiations. The 10% tariffs imposed last September on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports rose to 25% on May 10, 2019.

However, the tariff hikes will not take effect until June 1, 2019, for products shipped before the deadline on May 10 but still in transit to the US. 
 
The Trump Administration had already imposed 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports in July and August 2018. 

China had already imposed retaliatory tariffs in the amount of 5% and 10% on $60 billion worth of US goods. Most of these levies will increase to 10%, 20% and 25% and include many agriculture products. The tariffs will stay at 5% for a few categories including vehicle parts.
 
US/Chinese negotiations continue despite the tariff wars, with the June 1 effective date allowing a little hope for a truce. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet at the G20 summit on June 28-29, 2019.
 
The trade talks were reportedly nearing completion until a disagreement on how to end the practice of forced technology transfers whereby US companies are coerced into sharing technology trade secrets with their Chinese business partners. There is also a dispute on how to enforce the agreement, with the US wanting to keep some tariffs in place for at least six months while compliance is demonstrated.

US and Chinese officials are reportedly drafting six separate agreements covering agriculture, services, non-tariff barriers, currency, intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, and cybersecurity. If talks break down further, President Trump has threatened to impose 25% tariffs on the remaining $325 billion worth of “List 4” Chinese products as soon as the end of June. Public comments on the List 4 tariffs are due June 17, 2019.

The United States and China have embarked on a trade war following a breakdown in negotiations. The 10% tariffs imposed last September on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports rose to 25% on May 10, 2019.

The United States and China have embarked on a trade war following a breakdown in negotiations. The 10% tariffs imposed last September on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports rose to 25% on May 10, 2019. However, the tariff hikes will not take effect until June 1, 2019, for products shipped before the deadline on May 10 but still in transit to the US. 
 
The Trump Administration had already imposed 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports in July and August 2018. “List 1” and “List 2” goods include some miscellaneous metal and rubber parts for auto equipment, machinery, tools and measurement devices.
 
China had already imposed retaliatory tariffs in the amount of 5% and 10% on $60 billion worth of US goods. Most of these levies will increase to 10%, 20% and 25% and include many agriculture products. The tariffs will stay at 5% for a few categories including vehicle parts.
 
US/Chinese negotiations continue despite the tariff wars, with the June 1 effective date allowing a little hope for a truce. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet at the G20 summit on June 28-29, 2019.
 
The trade talks were reportedly nearing completion until a disagreement on how to end the practice of forced technology transfers whereby US companies are coerced into sharing technology trade secrets with their Chinese business partners. There is also a dispute on how to enforce the agreement, with the US wanting to keep some tariffs in place for at least six months while compliance is demonstrated.

US and Chinese officials are reportedly drafting six separate agreements covering agriculture, services, non-tariff barriers, currency, intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, and cybersecurity. If talks break down further, President Trump has threatened to impose 25% tariffs on the remaining $325 billion worth of “List 4” Chinese products as soon as the end of June. Public comments on the List 4 tariffs are due June 17, 2019.

For more information, visit the SEMA website or contact SEMA’s Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

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2019 PRI Show

Attendees will have access to hundreds of rooms at newly added hotels in downtown Indianapolis when Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show registration opens May 14.

Motorsports professionals attending the 2019 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, December 12-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, can begin making hotel reservations on May 14, the same day registration opens for the Three Biggest Business Days in Racing.

New this year, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels join more than two dozen others in downtown Indy as official PRI Show host hotels.

“With tens of thousands of attendees and buyers looking to conduct business and network with fellow industry professionals at the world’s premier motorsports trade event, we encourage all PRI attendees to register and secure their hotel rooms on May 14,” said PRI Trade Show Director Karin Davidson. “By registering and booking a hotel as soon as possible, participants will ensure their housing needs are met and that they are a part of what will be another amazing Show.”

In addition to downtown hotels, Show attendees also can secure accommodations near Indianapolis International Airport, including the Plainfield area. Guests in these locations will enjoy complimentary shuttle service to and from the Indiana Convention Center, as well as free guest parking and courtesy airport shuttles.

PRI, in partnership with Visit Indy Housing Bureau, have secured Indianapolis hotel packages that range from affordable to upscale. Extra benefits for guests booking through PRI’s only official housing partner include no deposits and free in-room Wi-Fi.

“Only by booking rooms through Visit Indy Housing are Show attendees guaranteed access to officially contracted room blocks and rates,” said Davidson. “Reservations made through an agency other than Visit Indy will be at your own risk.”

Hotel reservations can made online beginning May 14 at prishow.com or directly with Visit Indy Housing via email at prihousing@visitindy.com or phone at 317/262-8191 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET).

This year’s PRI Trade Show will feature over 1,100 companies exhibiting in more than 3,300 booths and showcasing the latest products, services, machinery, simulation and testing technologies, and trailers for the racing industry in a single location. Now in its 32nd year, PRI encompasses all forms of racing and attracts attendees from all 50 states and over 70 countries, including professional race teams, retail shops, warehouse distributors, engine builders, fabricators, dealers, installers, jobbers and media.
 

In addition, the days leading up to and including the PRI Show—known as Race Industry Week—will offer a range of motorsports-related activities in and around the Indiana Convention Center beginning Monday, December 9. Numerous conferences, seminars and special events will offer unlimited business opportunities and provide invaluable insight on the latest racing technologies and how to apply them.  

For more information, visit prishow.com.

Are Nitrogen Filled Tires Safer?

NASCAR Racing, The Space Shuttle, The United States Air Force, United Trailers; Nitrogen has been used for decades where safety matters most.  Each tire and wheel assembly that is mounted from the factory on a United Trailer is filled with complementary Nitrogen. United Trailers uses tire and wheel assemblies with Nitrogen because of the significant quality and safety benefits it provides. Oxygen contains moisture and can cause tires to deteriorate from the inside out. The Nitrogen Generator takes in air and separates out harmful Oxygen so that each tire and wheel assembly is filled with 98% Nitrogen.

Nitrogen Benefits:​

  • Reduces the chance of tire failure by up to 50%
  • Increases tire life up to 30%
  • Improves fuel economy
  • Improves braking and handling
  • Reduces wheel corrosion
  • Reduces running temperature
  • Helps maintains proper air pressure