Safety tips when towing a trailer – Pro Tuning Labs

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If you are a trailer, there are important safety factors to consider. Trailer setup, maintenance and handling ensure a safe and trouble-free ride as long as the equipment is roadworthy. Also note that the second center of mass that you carry behind makes acceleration, braking and cornering to take longer and requires that you are more attentive and drive more carefully.

Loading

For safe weight distribution, load the trailer with the heaviest items in the front. 60% of the load weight should be in the front half of the trailer, this way only 10% of the weight is placed on the tow-hitch vehicle. All items in the trailer must be tied up and secured. You should never allow passengers to ride in an RV when it is being towed. Just charge to the hauling weight recommendations for your vehicle and trailer. Otherwise, you risk making the trailer unstable. Keep personal items that you will frequently need in the vehicle rather than on the trailer, so you don't have to disturb the area and possibly mess with the weight distribution.

Setup

If you are traveling a long distance, walk around the trailer and tow vehicle. Inspect the hitch, wiring, and tires. The wire harness connector and the breakaway trailer has yet to be attributed. The nut at the bottom of the hitch ball should be tight. Tire pressure should be checked about every three stops. You can use your palm to check the tire, brake drum and support wheels temperatures. No one tire or rim should be significantly hotter than another. Also remember to check and align the tow mirror to ensure proper visibility of the rear.

Handling and Driving

If you get a chance, practice driving with the trailer hitched. This will help you familiarize yourself with the way you drive and put you at ease, especially if you're not used to towing trailers. Using low range gears in situations like boat launch can give you more power and control. When on the road, sudden maneuvers should be avoided and more space allowed when cornering. You should also give yourself more distance to make stops, driving in a lower gear and pumping out the break lightly.

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