It is against the law for a child under what age to ride in the open bed of a truck or trailer? | Answered

One of the more common questions asked when regarding the open bed at the back of a truck is as follows; it is against the law for a child under what age to ride in the open bed of a truck or trailer? Well, it’s a simple question that follows Texan law and is easy to answer.

8 years old.

The law of Texas states that a child must be over the age of 8 to be legally allowed to ride in the back of an open bed truck without facing any form of punishment. This is a super common question if you are looking at taking your driving license in the states of Texas. In fact, it is an extremely popular question in many different states driving tests through the United States and Canada. Remember, what we have stated here is only applicable to the state of Texas, so do not answer this if you are taking the test for a different states or a different country.

Another question that you might face whilst you are taking your truck driving license within Texas is this; what is the minimum height to ride in the open bed of a truck or trailer? Well, another simple question to answer;

4 feet 9 inches.

This is the bare minimum that a child’s height must be before they can be in the back of a pick up truck in Texas. This is definitely not worth risking if your child is shorter than this as the police can be very strict in this state and you don’t want to risk losing your licence or getting a big fine from the government.

An example of how strict the law can be in Texas is this judge that looked into the sanction law and found it was far stricter than what was necessary. The judge did end up changing the law but it is an example of how strict some of these law can be, which is quite upsetting if you really think about it.

How to back up a trailer

 Backing up a trailer can be a simple task and can be a challenge depending on how you do it. If you have little knowledge on how to back up a trailer then it’s important to ask for help from professionals with enough knowledge about how to back up a trailer. The following are some important tips that can help you in the process.

• Look for a good site and prepare yourself

When backing up a trailer you will require a good site without obstructions. This will not only make work easier for you but also it helps to avoid accidents especially if it is a busy place full of vehicles. After identifying a good site, go ahead and prepare yourself to back up your trailer. Back up your truck and the trailer from the left side, parallel to the driver side; this makes it possible for the driver to have a good view on both the trailer and the truck. Also, make sure you place your hand at the bottom of the wheel to ensure you don’t put exaggerated moves.


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• Use your side mirrors and have a spotter

The side mirrors help the driver to have a clear view on what is going on around. It helps one to notice any obstructions and avoid hitting any obstacles on the ways. With the side mirrors still, it is a good idea to have a spotter. A spotter outside the vehicle has a better view and can help to warn or alert you especially on what to do especially if you are in a blind spot. He can be able to notice any exaggerated moves made that are hard to notice using the side mirrors.


• Have enough knowledge on how to move the vehicle

A hitch joint ball is used to attach the vehicle and the trailer and it’s important to clearly know the moves to make. By moving to the left, the trailer moves to the right. During reverse, you will have to steer to the right. Turning the wheel to the right will, in turn, make the trailer move to the right. When backing up in turns you will have to pull forward until the truck and the trailer is aligned and then start the process all over again.

Check this great vid from Burbilly if you’re still confused;

If you are looking forward to being an expert in backing up a trailer, then keep practicing and always take it slow. Lack of experience and quick moves will only lead to accidents and hectic eras during the process.

How to wire a trailer

Wiring a trailer or an RV (Recreational Vehicle) involves a lot of variables. Although most manufacturers follow a standardized pattern, there are mavericks that’d prefer to go slightly different. I intend to explain to you how to wire a trailer in a scenario that’s most common and the ones that you’re more probable to be facing.


First things first, routing the wiring through your frame is utmost important. Make sure that all the wires are very well tucked within the frame and that they could not come in contact with or rub with anything, while operating.

If the one you own is a square tube trailer, the best way to route the wires would be through the insides of the tubes. This would make it look much neater and will also protect the wiring, as I mentioned above.


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It would be highly advisable to drill in a few holes in the tubes, in case the manufacturer hasn’t done it, and fish the wires out. This may take slightly longer and seem tedious from the sound of it, but trust me, you’ll only be happier in the long run with the results. Also make sure that the holes are sealed well in order to avoid any water dripping or leaking into your frame.

If the one you own is a U-Channel trailer or of the angle iron make, you are spared the effort of drilling. In this case you will need to clip the wires tightly inside the frame using clips that are specially made for this. You should be able to find these clips in most of the automotive stores around you.

A little more depth into how to wire a trailer:

There are 4-wire, 6-wire and 7-wire connectors that are used to connect a trailer to the vehicle.


4-wire connectors are the most commonly used ones and contain 3 exposed posts called “Male” connectors and 3 sockets called the “Female” connectors. The one left out is the ground. The male connector goes to the trailer side and the female goes to the vehicle side in this arrangement. This is done to ensure that the male connector is not exposed when your vehicle is ON and you don’t have a trailer connected.

6-wire connectors have 2 additional poles and the male “Plug”, as it is called in this case, has a protecting covering that makes sure that the prongs inside the plug do not come in contact with anything. So, the male and female roles are reversed in this one.

7-wire connectors are much like 6-wire connectors except for that they let you hook up another 12v source circuit to your vehicle using dedicated batteries. This lets you have a back up.

I hope my guide on how to wire a trailer has been helpful to you.