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Car tips & advice | 13.05.2014 - 00:19

Carrying A Heavy Load: Six Tricks To Towing A Trailer

Towing a trailer can be difficult, but with the right training and practice anyone can become a professional.

When you hook up a caravan, boat, or trailer, it can be tricky. Towing is more than just hitching up the trailer and pulling into traffic for a road trip. If you make a mistake and lose control of the trailer, there can be serious consequences. If you are not adequately prepared, it could get out of hand if you are taking a load of junk to the dump or picking up a box trailer load of garden supplies. The first thing you need to figure out is what you want to tow. You need to figure out how much it weighs. It needs to be fully loaded when you try to figure this out. You can travel when this is done. You can decide if you need to buy something new or keep your existing car. A four wheel drive can do the job. There are tricks to towing a trailer.


1 Towing Capacities

A four wheel drive can have a capacity of 3500kg. A smaller car can a have towing capacity 1300kg. The towing capacity includes the caravan or the trailer and its contents. If you decide to tow a caravan, you should include everything you plan to take with you. This includes full water tanks. The mass of the trailer or caravan must not surpass the unladen weight of the tow vehicle or surpass 750kg if the trailer is not fitted with brakes.


2 Brakes

There are two common kinds of trailer brakes. There are the older type of brakes. They are mechanical. This means it triggers a hydraulic system that reacts when the tow vehicle decelerates. There is an electric braking system that is much easier to control on new trailers and caravans. These brakes are also adjustable. Electric brakes can be operated separately from the tow vehicles brakes. Sometimes a trailer may sway. If this happens, apply its brakes separately This gives the driver a better opportunity to get it under control.


3 Weight Distribution Hitch

A tow vehicle operating with its nose in the air and rear almost rubbing on the ground is dangerous. It also affects braking and steering. Weight distribution is a very important part of safe towing.


4 Maintenance

It is important that your trailer be checked and regularly. You can either rent one or find utility trailers for sale. Most trailers are stored in the back yard and frequently not used often. The gas cylinder need to be checked regularly as well.


5 Purchasing A Tow Car

When it comes to tow cars, bigger is generally better.  A four wheel drive is usually the best for the job. Turbo diesel engines are usually the best engine choice for tow cars as well. They have lots of torque. The more torque an engine has, the better it tows.


6 Tow Driving Tips

When you are in traffic, allow extra distance. You need to apply brakes and throttle more gently. If the trailer begins to sway, do not apply the tow vehicle's brakes. Apply the brakes slowly, if the trailer is fitted with independent brakes. This needs to be done manually. You can continue to drive at a steady speed or choose to accelerate slowly if the trailer does not come with fitted brakes. You can have better control downhill if you engage a lower gear, and allow faster traffic to pass. All you have to do is pull off to the side of the road. You also need to stop frequently for rest.

Towing can be safe and easy after some training and practice. Ask for help and don't operate beyond your capabilities.



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