How To Tow A Trailer Or Camper

Summertime is here, and for some that means road trips and hauling campers to their favorite sites, for others it doesn't mean much else than a hotter work day while they're towing what they need behind them. Maybe you have a truck, maybe you have an SUV, but whatever you have, you need to make sure you can handle hauling something big behind it. Here are some quick tips on the right way to tow a trailer or a camper.

  • Drive Like You're Towing Something: Don't make the mistake of thinking that your driving will be the same as normal when you're towing something. Make adjustments in the way you drive accordingly to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

  • Make Sure Your Vehicle Can Actually Do The Job: Check your vehicle's towing capacity to find out the maximum weight it can haul before ever setting up. If you don't have the power to tow it, you shouldn't. Trying to tow something that's heavier than max capacity will probably damage your vehicle and lead to costly repairs. If you're dead set on towing around a camper this summer, we recommend switching to a vehicle that can handle the load.

  • Make Sure You Have Everything You Need: You should have a hitch, hitch receiver, drawbar, and a hitch ball. If you're missing any of these items DO NOT attempt to tow. Double check to make sure that all of the parts are compatible and fit well onto whatever vehicle you'll be using to tow your gear.

  • Pay Attention To The Details: Before you get on the road, make sure you've done all of the following to ensure a safe trip:

    • Secure the load. It doesn't matter what you're hauling, every time you're in motion, you need to have all items being towed properly secured. 

    • Make sure your trailer lights are set up and functioning properly.

    • Cross a set of chains under the hitch to make an X, this will help keep your trailer steady as you drive.

    • Check your tires before hitting the road. Flat tires are one of the most annoying things that can go wrong during any drive, but a flat tire with a trailer is a completely different story and more than just an inconvenience. If you see balding tires, take them to a service expert and get them swapped out.

We hope that these tips for towing helped you to understand what needs to be done in order to have a successful trip while you're pulling something heavy behind you. If you don't have a strong enough vehicle for towing, don't take the risk. Come on down to Matt Bowers Ford Metairie today and let one of our service experts get you behind the wheel of a truly powerful machine like the new 2019 F 150 King Ranch Truck!


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