During towing, you want to exercise caution and go slow. This means deceleration, slow acceleration, and making wide turns. Every movement has to be eased while towing. Towing can be simple, however, it does require some planning, experience, and practice. Learn the basics of hooking up a load and tow safely is a good start.
Points to Note for Towing Setups
Hitch and Hitch Ball
It is necessary to inspect the hitch and hitch ball to make sure they are the proper size and capacity. They are available in various different classes each one with different weight limits. You can obtain the correct both the capacity hitch receiver and the ball at most local automotive parts store at reasonable prices. Prices will differ among manufacturers and retailers. Manufacturers.
Ball Hook Up
Always remember to hook the hitch ball up all the way and ensure it is not loose on the receiver. Clamp down completely, followed by inserting the pin and clip for extra security and safety.
Weight Distribution Hitch
Apart from selecting the correct size hitch and ball, you need to ensure your load does not need this additional part. When you are towing more than five thousand pounds, you need to get a weight distribution hitch. This can even out the amount of weight to provide better control and transportation. Refer to your owners’ manual for information about your vehicle’s recommended weight distribution hitch.
Check the tread of the tire to make sure the traction is optimal. This is important for the towing vehicle to travel safely in wet weather or slippery roads. The tires also need to be inflated properly or replaced if they are worn-out.
Make full use of the safety chains by hooking up the hitch; ensure they are hooked on tightly before every tow. Safety chains can limit your load from getting detached in case if something in your towing setup goes wrong or malfunctions.
The load needs to be evenly distributed and balanced before every drive. This can decrease the possibility of shifting while driving. Check to see if the trailer and hitch are lined up and at sitting level. Do not let the back end to stick up or let the hitch to be pressed down.
You need to regularly check all exterior lights on both the towing vehicle and vehicle being towed or the trailer. This includes brake lights, headlights, tail lights, flasher and etc. You also require an electrical wiring kit to connect the power the towing vehicle lights to the towed vehicle. Assure the electrical wiring is plugged in before leaving for each tow.