Trailering Tips

Loading the Trailer

For most trailers it is recommended that you load the trailer so that your tongue weight is within 12% to 15% of the Gross Trailer Weight. (Boat trailers sometimes recommend as low as 8%) Too little tongue weight can cause tracking problems and contribute to sway. Too much tongue weight can overload receiver and hitch ratings also causing greater problems. If you need help regarding how to load your trailer properly, a trip to your local dealer can be most educational.   Loading the trailer correctly can lend to good overall trailer stability while towing.

Level the Trailer

Towing with the trailer level is important for many reasons. Clearance of the trailer tongue and tail is one of the most obvious benefits of this. You don't want to be scraping your trailer on the ground. Other reasons include proper balance on multiple axles, and to help your suspension work properly. Equal-i-zer® hitch's standard adjustable shank makes leveling the trailer a snap. Additional shanks are available for special fits. (Click here to see Adjustable Shank options)

Tires

Make sure your tires are rated and inflated. Tires should not be overlooked on your towing checklist. Make sure you have tires that are rated to carry the load that your trailer can present. Proper inflation can affect the ride of your trailer. Take care when inflating not to exceed the maximum pressures that your tires are rated. Tire ratings and proper inflation can aid in trailer stability and control.

Mirrors

Different states have different laws regarding mirrors. Usually these are only minimum requirements. You should find the best solution that fits your towing configuration. Ideally your mirrors should allow you to clear all blind spots. You should be able to clear your right and left sides for lane changes and clearances while backing. There are lots of solutions on the market with regard to mirrors. If you struggle to see with your current mirrors, talk to your local RV dealer to see what solutions they may have for you.

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