So, you own a vehicle that can tow. Perhaps you’ve picked up a new 2019 RAM 1500, or you own a Jeep® Wrangler. No matter what type of car you have, you want to be able to utilize its abilities. Maybe you need to move, or you want to tow a camping trailer.
At Village Motors Inc, we’re very familiar with towing. We know the last thing you want to do is waltz around New Philadelphia hitting curbs with a trailer. These tips will help you tow like a pro.
Equipping Your Car for Towing
The first thing to pay attention to when setting up for towing is weight capacity. Keep in mind that each component has an individual weight capacity. The car, the trailer hitch, ballmount, and safety chains all have their own. So if you have a car that can tow 12,000 pounds like the 2018 RAM 1500 trucks, you need to make sure you have equipment that can match that.
If you’re towing a trailer, there’s a certain way you can load it to prevent swaying. The tongue weight, which is Pack the heaviest items towards the front of the trailer, should be 10 to 15 percent of the trailer weight. This will give you a much more sturdy ride.
Driving while Towing
When towing, be sure to drive as if you’re in a large truck. This means you will have to slow down more gradually at stop lights and signs. You will also have to swing out much more when turning. Be sure to avoid sharp turns as well.
Towing may seem overwhelming at first, but after you master it, it’s one of the best things about owning a truck or SUV. Be sure to check out your local Jeep dealership to learn more about our cars that can carry.