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The Way to Tow

Towing a large load with your vehicle, such as a travel trailer, fifth-wheel trailer or cargo trailer, is a great way to carry additional items without making many trips. When towing, motorists must be careful to prevent accidents and remain safe on the roadways.

Before making your trip, here are the top 5 safety inspections you should conduct:

  1. Ensure the pin securing the ball mount to the receiver is intact and in place.
  2. Look to see that the hitch coupler is secure.
  3. Ensure the spring bar hinges are tight with the safety clips in place.
  4. Ensure safety chains are correctly attached.
  5. Examine the electrical plug and make sure it is correctly installed.

Additional considerations when towing a trailer with your vehicle include the following:

Motorcycle thieves may try and steal your bike when you are putting it up for sale. When potential buyers come to test drive your bike:

  • Your vehicle must match the trailer properly.
  • Do not allow passengers to ride in a trailer while towing.
  • Weigh the trailer to ensure that the loads are adequately distributed from the front to back and left to right – hitch weights for trailers should typically be at least 10 percent of the trailer’s gross weight to avoid complications.

If your trailer’s weight and hitch adjustments are correct, it should handle well. If you detect any swaying, stop and check to see if the load has shifted and if the trailer hitch is secure. Also, look for suspension problems and ensure the tires are secured and inflated.

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