What You Need to Know Before Towing with an SUV

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There is nothing like a pandemic to make you long for getting on the road and taking along your friends or family for the ride. If you have never towed a travel trailer with an SUV, there are some pointers you need to know before you hitch up and hit the road.

Tips for Towing

You need to know how much your SUV is able to tow without a problem. If you aren’t sure, you can look at the gross towing rating for your vehicle, as well as gross axle limits and the gross combined rating. All of these weights should be available on the inside driver’s side door. You also could look in the owner’s manual for information on towing. These ratings will help you select the best travel trailer for your SUV. You will also need to make sure that your vehicle with your fully-loaded travel trailer doesn’t exceed the gross combined vehicle weight rating.

HItting the Open Road

Next, you need to check for a trailer brake controller. The trailer brake controller is used to communicate directions to the braking mechanism on the trailer. If you plan on towing a travel trailer frequently, you will need to check to see if you have a controller. If you don’t have a trailer brake controller, you will need to have one, especially if you are planning on towing in excess of 5000 pounds.

Trailer Hitches

Does your SUV have a trailer hitch? If not, you need to have a trailer hitch installed. There are a couple of different types of trailer hitches. In general, the ball hitch is the type of hitch most commonly installed on an SUV, and it fits small to medium-sized travel trailers. The pin hitch is usually made for larger travel trailers. Whatever type of SUV you are buying, you need to make sure the trailer hitch fits the trailer you have already. If it doesn’t, you need to change out your trailer hitch.

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