How to Tow Like a Pro
Want to tow like a pro? First, you've got to get your vehicle in order and learn the difference between the types of towing. Here are some things that you need to know.
Preparing for Towing: Getting Everything in Order
Your diesel truck is setup for towing, but what type of towing are you interested in? There are different types of hitches, all of which depend on the weight of the load that you're going to be balancing. Some balance the load on the hitch itself, while others self-balance their load on their own. Either way, your tow truck is going to have a specific amount that it can tow, and you need to avoid exceeding that weight.
Before you begin to tow, run down a maintenance check list: the brake system, brake controller, cooling system, battery voltage and everything else in your vehicle should be in perfect working order. Doing an inspection of both your truck and the trailer before you begin towing will avoid a lot of problems down the line.
The Differences in Weight for Towing
Light weight towing. This towing is generally under a few thousand pounds. Most trucks aren't going to handle any differently when towing something light, such as landscaping equipment or furnishings. But that can be dangerous, as your trailer can easily swerve around corners and be otherwise difficult to maneuver. When engaging in lightweight towing, you need to be particularly careful about moving slowly and taking corners carefully, as your load could go flying.
Medium weight towing. Perhaps the most common type of towing, medium weight towing goes up to around 10,000 to 15,000 pounds. When towing medium weight items, such as campers and car trailers, you need to be particularly conscientious when accelerating and braking. Your load is going to have its own momentum, and it could keep going when you don't! Your truck's braking system is going to be taxed.
Heavy weight towing. When you exceed 20,000 to 30,000 pounds, you'll be in the class of heavy weight towing. You will need to pay the most attention when maneuvering and when braking, though, most people aren't going to be towing such heavy weights unless they are professionals.
It can be tempting to test your truck when hauling, but it's important to avoid approaching the maximum weight of your vehicle. The maximum load of your trailer should never exceed the maximum towing weight of your vehicle. Overloading can wreck your engine, but more importantly, it can also cause an accident and destroy your truck.
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