5 Tips for Towing Your Trailer

November 18th, 2014 by

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Maybe you’re completely new to towing or you’re getting ready to haul with a new vehicle from a Dodge Ram in Miami. Either way, there are definitely some things you can do to make the experience easier.

Being preventative by avoiding overloading and practicing important skills can make your trip safer and less stressful.

 Go By the Numbers

Knowing your weights is absolutely crucial when it comes to towing. The first thing to find is your gross combined vehicle weight (GCVW). It’s usually located inside the driver’s door.

Then you need to figure out what your vehicle and trailer weigh when they’re fully loaded with passengers and cargo.

Don’t just guess. Take your trailer to a public scale that’s nearby. You should be able to find one online. It may cost a few bucks, but it’s absolutely worth it to have the information.

Once you know your weight, make sure that it’s below your GCVW rating. If it is, then you’re safe to tow. Otherwise, it’s time to reduce some of that weight and try again.

It’s All About the Mirrors

Depending on what you’re towing, it’s likely that your rear view will be drastically reduced. So you have to be ready to use your side mirrors to guide you.

Practice relying on them beforehand. You may also want to invest in some wider towing mirrors to extend your view.

Do a Dry Run

Towing a trailer for the first time can be really stressful. Even if you’ve towed before, you may feel worried about whether you’ve secured everything properly.

So do a dry run. Tow your load for a short distance to make sure that everything feels right and is ready to go for the real trip.

If you have any trouble during your trial, you won’t be far from home, and it will be easy to get assistance if needed.

If all goes well, you can make any needed adjustments and feel confident when it’s time to hit the road.

Slow Things Down

Always check your brakes before setting out on a towing trip. Make sure that you have plenty of stopping power. When you’re hauling, don’t hit the pedal abruptly or press on the break the entire time.

Make sure you begin any downhill trek at a low speed. Then gently brake with short presses.

Remember that your load adds a lot of weight to the vehicle that you’re not used to from everyday driving. Leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you because it will take you longer than usual to come to a complete stop.

Back It Up

Oh boy, this is one of the trickiest ones. You’ve got a lot going on when you first get used to backing your trailer up. Make sure that you spend some time practicing in the yard or an open lot.

Work on getting comfortable with the distance between the front of your vehicle and the back of the trailer. Also focus on using your mirrors to orient yourself. Steer gently, and avoid any sharp movements.

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