How to Tow a Trailer

If you had ever got a chance of planning a boating or camping trip, then it is likely that you would have to be involved in an activity of towing a trailer. This activity may seem like an extraordinary task but once the details are laid out, then knowing hot to tow a trailer is not really big deal as it appears initially. Follow the simple directions.


For doing this activity, only common sense is needed for adjusting the driving for towing a trailer. Knowing to do this task means that driving speed needs to be altered to half of what is usually applied when driving without a trailer. This means that acceleration and turning should be done at a very slow rate besides using more space and time for stopping or switching lanes.

Tow Trailer

For towing a trailer without facing any incident, equal importance has to be placed on the vehicle which will be doing the tow job in addition to the trailer. A rear wheel drive vehicle having a full size frame body with a capacity to tow a weight of 2000 lbs is the minimum that can be used for towing a 2000 lbs trailer. Small cars can be used for small trailers. However in general, large vehicles are much better for towing objects that exceed a weight of 2000 lbs.

The hitch that is used for attaching the trailer to the towing vehicle is essential. Many towing vehicles have a factory fitted Class 3 hitch. This hitch is the most common one and is the attachment method which is preferred is bolting it rather than welding it. This hitch has the ability to tow a trailer having a weight of up to 5000 lbs. However a larger vehicle and a Class 4 hitch would have to be considered if towing something up to 7500 lbs is intended. Many trailers, boats and campers can be hitched to a Class 3 hitch. In different heights, the drawbar fastened to the receiver holding the trailer to the tow vehicle is available. This ensures that the trailer is towed on a level plane.

Before embarking on a trip, it must be always ensured that the pin which is meant for securing the ball mount to the receiver is in one piece and the hitch coupler is locked. It is important for the safety chains to be properly attached and the electrical plug to be installed properly. The safety clips should be in place and the spring bar hinges should be tight. This will ensure that the load of the trailer is distributed evenly besides allowing the trailer to maintain a proper balance while on the move. It is important because if this is not done, then the trailer may fishtail on the road due to the improper distribution of weight.

Tips and Precautions

  • Drive slowly and cautiously.
  • Check all the legalities that include trailer inspection and registration.