7 Tips to keep in mind when towing a trailer
Towing a trailer successfully does require some skill and knowledge to it, but you can definitely learn what you need to know to make sure you hook up your trailer properly and you get to your destination safely with everything in one piece. Here are 7 tips to keep in mind when you need to tow your trailer.
Make sure you have the right vehicle
Just because you have a big vehicle – like an SUV – that doesn’t mean you can tow things with it. Not all vehicles are meant to tow things so you will need to refer to your owner’s manual and make sure your vehicle is meant for it. If it’s not, you may need to rent a truck – which may seem pricey – but replacing shocks and a transmission will be too if you wreck your vehicle.
While technically there aren’t any motor components to your trailer, there are still moving parts that need to be looked at. You’ve probably seen trailers abandoned on the side of the road because of seized or flat tires. Performing even a 10 minute inspection before you leave can mean you don’t have to unhook your trailer to go get help in the middle of a trip.
Get the right hitch
The trailer you buy will come with the appropriate hitch for its end, but that doesn’t mean your vehicle will have the right one. There are several options when it comes to installing a hitch. Make sure you choose the right one for the trailer you have, and if you have any questions you can contact the manufacturer of the hitch.
Light it up
Even if you’re only traveling during the day you trailer still needs to have working brake lights to alert other drivers to when you’re slowing down or turn signals. Check all the lights to make sure everything is hooked up properly and you may avoid a serious situation while travelling.
A trailer is meant to pull things, so presumably you are going to be putting something or multiple things in the trailer. While you’re driving there’s a chance these items will shift or move around. You’ll want to make sure anything that can move in transit is secured down safely so it doesn’t get damaged or cause damage to other items in the trailer.
Check your mirrors
Depending on the size of your trailer, your rearview mirror may be completely blocked so you will be relying on the other mirrors of your vehicle. Take the time to adjust your mirrors before you leave on your trip so that you can see everything especially when making turns and parking.
Take all the time you need
You’re towing something, maybe something very heavy. Your vehicle won’t drive as fast as it usually does nor will you be able to stop as quickly as you previously could. It’s important to make sure you take your time and pace yourself when hauling a trailer, especially if it’s loaded down. You don’t want to ruin your transmission by trying to take off too quickly.
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