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Towing Trailers 101: what you need to know before you begin trailer towing.
The most valuable rule of thumb for towing trailers is to coordinate the weight capacities of the equipment so the entire rig is stable. The towing capacity of the vehicle and the hitch’s rated capacity must match or exceed the loaded trailer weight.
Another important factor when towing trailers is having the correct tongue weight. Too much and the tow vehicle will sag in the rear and become unbalanced; too little and the towing trailer will sway back and forth down the road. Good towing mirrors that extend past the trailer are a must. You cannot safely back up without them.
Advance Auto Parts is your towing supply center. We carry hitches, balls, wiring kits, mirrors and a complete line of towing accessories -- along with a full selection of other quality auto parts for your maintenance needs.
Why towing trailer safety is so critical:
Hooking up your boat, horse, car or watercraft trailer and heading off into the sunset is the American dream. Active lifestyles usually demand that you haul some sort of trailer behind your vehicle.
The problem is that it’s not as easy as it looks and, if you don’t know what you’re doing, towing trailers can be downright dangerous. However, the trailer towing tips presented here should make your next towing experience safe and enjoyable.
Enhance your safety with these important trailer towing tips.
A crucial factor in towing safely is matching the vehicle to the trailer and to the proper hitch. The following information should help accomplish that goal.
Increase your trailer towing safety by buying quality auto parts and accessories from Advance Auto Parts.