Tow by Using a trailer

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Tow by Using a trailer

Another method of towing a vehicle is to use a trailer. While safer than other methods, a trailer has its own drawbacks, the main one that the combination of the towed vehicle and trailer might be too heavy for the towing vehicle to handle.

  • Warning: It is important that you know the tow rating of the tow vehicle. Make sure it is rated to haul the weight of the vehicle and the trailer used to haul it.
  • trailer coupler attached to hitch ball

Step 1: Attach the trailer: First, you must securely attach the trailer to the hitch ball of the tow vehicle.

Make sure the trailer coupler is securely attached to the hitch by driving the tow vehicle forward slightly.

Attach the safety chains from the trailer to the tow vehicle.

Connect the trailer wiring harness to the tow vehicle sockets.

If the trailer comes with a brake battery, check its charge before setting out on a trip.

Step 2: Load the vehicle. Next, extend the trailer ramps and drive the towed vehicle onto the trailer.

Center the towed vehicle and drive it slowly up the ramps.

Continue driving until the front tires are resting against the tire stops at the front of the trailer.

Place the vehicle in park and set the parking brake.

wheel net of front tire strapped to a trailer

Step 3: Secure the vehicle. The last step involves securing the towed vehicle to the trailer.

Using nylon straps or wheel nets, position the straps over the center of the front tires. Ratchet the strap down until tight.

Fasten the security chains to the front and back of the vehicle frame, making sure to avoid brake and fuel lines.

 

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