Towing Mistakes That Could Wreck Your Vehicle


  1. Use a tow vehicle that is large enough for your trailer and has the needed power and appropriate towing equipment package (heavy-duty radiator, transmission, suspension, wheels and tires). The tow vehicle must be rated by its manufacturer both to tow the gross weight and to carry the tongue weight of the fully loaded trailer.
  2. Weigh your loaded trailer. Improper loading can lead to axle and frame damage, and can lead to loss of towing stability and control.
  3. A competent hitch installer MUST perform installation of the hitch, sway control, and brake control equipment. Make sure the installation follows the tow vehicle and hitch manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Use a brake controller unit that automatically applies the brakes in proportion to the tow vehicle brakes and also has a hand control for applying the trailer brakes only.
  5. Inflate all 4 tires of the tow vehicle AND the trailer tires to their maximum cold pressure. See the maximum pressure rating on the tire sidewalls.
  6. Use outside mirrors installed and adjusted to allow a clear view of the area along both sides of and behind the trailer. Locate them as close as possible to the driver to provide the maximum field of view.
  7. Practice turning, braking, parking, backing up and hitching in an empty parking lot until you get the feel of your rig. Learn what to do in emergency driving situations that may occur while towing.
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