Whether you’re an old pro at towing or going on your first tow trip, our Fleet Team has some quick tips for you when traveling with a boat, camper, or trailer hitched. Proper trailer set up and maintenance are key to completing your trip safely.
If you’re a first time tower, be sure to get a little practice towing before you head off on your trip. Keep in mind that towing a trailer (or boat or camper) will affect your car’s acceleration, braking, and steering.
- Inspect the condition of your trailer, its electrical connections, and the hitch before and during your trip. Make sure the tires are at their maximum recommended pressure. You can check your trailer’s electric brake function by sliding the brake controller level over an inch and feeling whether or not your brakes actuate.
- Be sure to follow the load ratings for your particular sedan, SUV, or truck. It is absolutely necessary that you take into consideration your vehicle’s gross combined weight rating (GCWR), which is the total amount of weight allowed for your rig: vehicle, occupants, trailer, and cargo in your vehicle cabin and in your trailer. You can find your car’s GVWR on a sticker inside the driver’s door.
- (We recommend you) Develop a pre-trick inspect checklist for whenever you are towing. Have you balanced the weight between the axles and the hitch? Are all the lights working properly? Have you secured the hitch and attached safety chains under the hitch? Every time you stop during your trailer-towing adventure, we suggest you do a walk-around inspection of the hitch, wiring, and tires.
Check back next week for more tips!
– Getaround Fleet Team