Imagine you just purchase a boat that came with a trailer. Now, you’re trying to figure out if your vehicle is big enough and powerful enough to safely tow your boat. When evaluating what’s safe to tow, you need to be extremely careful not to make common trailer towing mistakes.
There are many factors that come into play — more than just Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWRs) — when determining the safety of your towing setup. Here are a few common issues consumers overlook when setting up a towing rig:
Assuming their GVWR is enough
Imagine your vehicle has a 9,000 GVWR and the trailer weighs 6,000 lbs. Is it safe to tow? Maybe not. Many vehicles have a high GVWR, but their hitch and tongues feature a low-weight rating. It’s like having a giant, sturdy suitcase with a cheap plastic handle that breaks as soon as you try to lift it. Be sure to analyze all the weight ratings on every component of your towing set up to ensure you’re safe.
Failing to consider the weight of the load
Another issue drivers forget to consider is that just because the trailer weighs 6,000 lbs does not mean that’s how much it weighs after loading. Always check the final weight of the trailer after it has been loaded to make sure your vehicle can handle it.
Buying the truck and trailer in the wrong order
It’s always best to purchase your trailer first, and second, find and buy a vehicle that can handle the trailer.
Avoiding these three trailer towing mistakes will help keep you, your family, and others on the road safe. As for individuals who were hurt by a negligent trailer owner in a vehicle collision, these injured individuals may want to investigate whether they can pursue a claim for financial damages.