Did you know that there is, in fact, a wrong way to tow a trailer? Incorrect latching, too-heavy or unevenly distributed loads can result in inefficient hauling or accidents.
Here are a few strategies and tips on towing your trailer.
Hitch it right. The gross trailer weight (GTW) and maximum tongue weight are not equal. Your hitch class needs to correspond with the appropriate weights to ensure a proper and safe hitch. Don’t forget that this can include your load weight too!
Generally speaking, the bigger the hitch ball, the greater the capacity. This is not always the case and you should refer to the manual before purchase, but it is something to keep in mind.
Chains are a helpful, last resort precaution. Though hopefully they won’t be needed, crossed chains under the tongue should keep your trailer from swinging off drastically in the event of a hitch failure.
If your trailer is swaying when you drive, make sure you keep that your tongue weight is optimized and that your load is balanced. It doesn’t hurt to check your tires as well; a low or flat tire can cause uneven wear and driving capabilities.