Summer Towing Guide
With summer just around the corner it’s time to start planning a getaway. Take the tarp off the boat so it’s ready for the water, dust off the RV and get ready to cruise. When it comes to summer towing there are a few best practices to make sure your car and your gear arrive in the best shape possible.
Before You Tow:
There are a few main things to look at before hooking all your gear up. First, ensure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure and are in good working condition. Not only can underinflated tires contribute to tire failure, but they will also lower your fuel economy and put more strain on your engine. Second, different loads are going to require different hitches. Before you attach a trailer make sure that your hitch system is compatible with your car’s towing capacity. Finally, it’s important to keep your brakes in proper working order as it takes longer to break when you’re towing.
Loading the Car:
An important element of towing is packing the car. When it comes to packing a car, not only does it matter how much weight you’re towing but also how you distribute the weight throughout your trailer. When packing a camper, the first thing you want to load is the heaviest items in the back. You’ll also want to tie down heavier and larger cargo. Then as you load the rest of the trailer, balance everything as evenly as possible between the left and right side.
Know the Strength of Your Vehicle:
When it comes to towing, every car model will have different capabilities for what it can handle. Towing comes down to suspension, chassis capacity, engine power, vehicle weight, and transmission. You can find your specific vehicle’s towing rating in the owner’s manual. Just make sure to never surpass your vehicles maximum payload capacity when you’re pulling a trailer.
Go for a Practice Run:
Even if you’ve driven with a trailer in the past, before you embark on a big trip make sure to take a practice drive with the RV or trailer attached. Find a low traffic road and make sure you feel comfortable with breaking at a variety of speeds (especially while driving fast), changing lanes, accelerating, and backing up. When you’re towing it’s going to take longer to break and accelerate, you’re also going to have a lot more room to work with for turns. Make sure you feel comfortable on a low traffic stretch of road before going to a higher traffic area.
The main thing to remember when you’re towing is that you’re not in a race. Keep safe, as the higher your speed becomes the more difficult it becomes to maneuver. If you want to up your towing game be sure to check out Gullo Ford’s large stock of 2019 Ford F-150 trucks which are equipped with features like Dynamic Hitch Assist Back Up-Camera that make towing a breeze.