Summer is finally here. It’s time to dust off the boat and head to the lake. Maybe it’s been awhile since you towed anything. If so, check out these helpful towing tips!
Before you go anywhere, crunch some numbers. According to Popular Mechanics, “What matters most is your vehicle’s gross combined weight rating (GCWR).” This number represents the weight allowed for everything. That’s the vehicle, everyone in it, and everything in it, as well as the weight of what you are towing.
Reference your owner’s manual of your vehicle to obtain the GCWR. If you are indeed towing your boat, then reference the owner’s manual for its weight. Add it all up to make sure you are not exceeding the GCWR.
If you happen to be towing a particularly heavy load, you should consider a trailer with electronic brakes and use trailer-brake controller (for heavier loads).
Never use a hitch ball that does not match the size of your trailer. Ensure they match in size and connect fully. Always use a safety chain as well.
- Increase distance between your rig and the vehicle in front of you
- Corner more sharply
- In case of trailer sway, brake gently
If it’s difficult wrapping your head around the contradictory motion involved in reversing with a trailer, hold the steering wheel at the bottom and move the wheel where you want the trailer to go.
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