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November 12, 2021

12 steps to taking down and towing your Ver-Mac units


Construction season is ending and many work zones will soon be packing up for winter. Your Ver-Mac units have contributed to keeping workers and motorists safe for months, but it’s now time to take them down, tow them away, and store them until next season.


Here are 12 steps to ensure this is done safely and efficiently.

1. Align your truck with the unit, in position for towing.


Make sure that:

  • There are no objects on the unit, nor obstacles around it.
  • The ground is levelled and suitable for towing.

position for towing


2. Turn the sign’s power off using the touch screen.

V-Touch


3. Remove the mast locking pin, lower the sign case and place it just above the transportation cradles.

  1. Release the manual brake (if your unit has one).
  2. Turn the sign into its transport position.
  3. Tighten the brake (if your unit has one).
Tighten the brake


4.
 Lower unit onto transportation cradles and insert the mast locking pin.

IMPORTANT
Do not hold the “down” button after the unit has been securely lowered.
This will make oil to leek out of the pump.

transportation


5. Make sure that the signboard is down in the transportation cradles and that the sign case, as well as mast brake are locked.

mast brake locked


6. If you have a tilt-and-rotate solar panel system:
  1. Unlock the system.
  2. Align solar panels over the transportation cradles using the handle.
  3. Lower the jack down to set the panels firmly onto the transportation cradles.
  4. Tighten and lock.
Tighten and lock


7. Position the unit for towing:

  1. Carefully back the tow vehicle as close as possible to the trailer and align the coupler with the hitch.
  2. Lower jacks and stabilizer legs until wheels are on the ground and the coupler is in place.
  3. Block the wheels and swivel all but the front right jack into horizontal travel position.     
Position the unit


8.
Attach the unit to tow vehicle:

  1. Attach the coupler/hitch securely and insert the adapter safety pin. Make sure the coupler fits snugly to the tow vehicle’s hitch ball.
  2. Cross the safety chains under the hitch and attach the hooks to the tow vehicle from the underside. Please make sure the chains are not dragging on the ground.
  3. If you have a breakaway cable, attach it to tow vehicle if the trailer is equipped with brakes. Make sure it is not taut, nor around the ball, nor caught in the chains.
  4. Connect the trailer to the truck’s power plug.
Attach the unit
 

9. Perform a final walk-around check to ensure that:

  1. All the latches and pins are in place.
  2. The jacks are up (and outriggers fully in and locked if your unit has them).
final walk-around check

10. Make sure the trailer’s lights are operational.
 
trailer’s lights


11. Check if:
  1. Wheel bolts are tight and tire pressure is good.
  2. The adapter is properly attached and operational.

12. Respect all towing procedures for single or nested trailers and driving speed limits for your unit.




Please refer to user manual for your specific unit’s details.


Drive safely

Drive safely


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