Post by schweetcruisers on Jun 5, 2013 22:28:39 GMT -5
If you have been on this board for anytime you've seen your fair share of "can I tow this with that" questions. I hope other members like Vikx and Mobiltec and other members with experience will chime in and add to this.
1) Read your vehicle owners manual, it is going to be your best source of information and it will know better than anyone on any forum if your vehicle can tow a trailer and how big. There more than just how much weight you can handle, other variables include, Tongue weight, surface area(how much front surface area is exposed to wind(drag))
2) Know your hitch, all hitches are classified, I,II,III,IV ect, if you don't know what you have go to a Uhaul and have them examine it. The lower the classes the lower weight. Never exceed the vehicle manufacturer's ratings.
3) Know your state laws, you may be required to have trailer brakes, but they are always a good idea. Remember pulling it is the easy part, STOPPING IT IS NOT!
I know the underlying message of this will be missed by some, but simply put the message is to be safe, it's not just you and your family on the road. This also isn't about your friend towing a 10,000lbs trailer with a KIA, it's about saftey, don't be stupid!
These trailers may be short but they can be very dangerous to tow. #1 Tongue weight-- very important!! If you have everything loaded in the rear compartments you will have no tongue weight and lots of swaying! If in doubt set up a scale and check your tongue weight. #2 Trailer tires!! Radial passenger tires don't work. The sidewalls are too soft and again-- lots of swaying. Get trailer rated tires which are available in radial or bias ply. I have both types on a couple different trailers and they work. #3 Sway control bars. Friction slide type works very well. Will not correct the problems of #1 or #2 on my list. #4 Last but not least. SPEED 70 to 75 MPH can be dangerous with some trailers. Slow down a little and enjoy the trip!!