For some of you this could very well be your first time owning and towing a trailer, so it is possible that you may not know good practices or what mistakes to avoid. So we are going to offer some friendly advice in a five part series covering some common areas if you are willing to follow these guidelines and put in some practice, we feel you will be comfortable towing your trailer in a short time.
Today, we will be looking at one of the biggest towing mistakes and how to avoid doing this on your next trip.
Towing too much weight
When you purchased your trailer, you may not have paid too much attention to the weight capacity—that is, the greatest amount of weight your trailer can safely hold. Lots of people forget to subtract the weight of the trailer off of their axle rating. However, this is actually one of the most important parts of towing safety! Never exceed the limit of what your trailer can carry so that you can avoid brake and tire problems and also axle and other safety hazards while out on the road.
While we’re discussing weight, it’s also worth mentioning your vehicle’s towing capacity. This is the greatest weight that your car or truck can tow, so it’s another number you have to keep in mind when deciding how much to bring along with you on work calls or family trips. You can typically find this number in the owner’s manual that came with your vehicle.
If your needs have changed and you need to upgrade to a stronger trailer with a greater capacity, we can help you pick out the one that’s best for you and your needs. Make the upgrade so you can avoid risking damage to your trailer as well as the safety of yourself and others on the road whenever you are towing on the roads.