Driving with Trailer

Written by Norm Kerr

TIPS FOR TOWING

THE TOWING VEHICLE

Most modern passenger vehicles are designed to carry four or five passengers and a reasonable amount of gear not to tow a large home on wheels.

Ideally, the towing vehicle should be:

  •   Fairly heavy in relation to the item being towed. The regulations on mass ratio vary from state to state so do your homework.
  •   Capable of producing powerful torque (twisting power) at low engine speeds. Important in the stop – start conditions of heavy traffic as well as hill terrain.
  •   Robust construction and carry capacity, especially regarding suspension, tyres and brakes.

The towing capacity of most passenger vehicles varies widely so no “Rule of thumb” can be applied. It is essential that you consult the vehicle owner’s manual prior to using the vehicle for towing.


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