If you ever had a chance of planning a boating or camping trip, then it is likely that you would have to be involved in an activity of towing a trailer. This activity might seem like an extraordinary task but once the details are laid out, then knowing how to tow a trailer is not really hard task as it appears initially. Follow the simple directions.
To do this activity, only common intelligence is needed for adjusting the driving for towing a trailer. Knowing to do this task means that driving speed needs to be altered to half of what is usually applied when driving without a trailer. This means that acceleration and turning has to be done at a very slow speed besides using more space and time for stopping or switching lanes.
For towing a trailer without risking any incident, equal importance should be laid on the vehicle which will be doing the tow job in addition to the trailer. A rear wheel drive vehicle having a full size frame body with a capacity to tow a 2000 lbs weight is the minimum that can be used for towing a 2000 lbs trailer. Small cars can be used for small trailers. However in general, large vehicles are much better for towing objects that exceed 2000 lbs.
The hitch used for attaching the trailer to the towing vehicle is important. Many towing vehicles have a factory fitted Class 3 hitch. This hitch is the most common one and the attachment method which is preferred is bolting it rather than welding it. This hitch has the ability to tow a trailer having up to 5000 lbs weight. However a larger vehicle and a Class 4 hitch would have to be considered if towing something up to 7500 lbs is intended. Many trailers, boats and campers can be hitched to a Class 3 hitch. In different heights, the drawbar fastened to the receiver holding the trailer to the tow vehicle is available. This will ensure that the trailer is towed on a level plane.
Before boarding on a trip, it must be always ensured that the pin which is meant for securing the ball mount to the receiver is in one piece and the hitch coupler is locked. It is important for the safety chains to be properly attached and the electrical plug to be installed properly. The safety clips should be in place and the spring bar hinges must be tight. This will ensure that the load of the trailer is evenly distributed besides allowing the trailer to maintain a proper balance while on the move. It is important because if this is not done, the trailer may fishtail on the road due to the improper distribution of weight.
Tips & Precautions
- Drive slowly and carefully.
- Check all the legalities including trailer inspection and registration.