Towing is a skill everyone should know, when I say this I mean from soup to nuts...hooking up to a trailer and driving safely with it attached to your vehicle.
To attach the trailer to a vehicle two people are best but it can be done by one person. Line the vehicle up with the trailer and back up to it as close as you can leaving about a foot or two of space between the tongue and the hitch ball. I usually get out at this time and make sure the tongue is raised up enough, if it is I get back in the vehicle, if not I raise it some more. Now comes the tough part if you are by yourself...back up slowly and keep checking how close you are by either getting out and checking or asking the other person to guide you. If the trailer is not super heavy you may be able to wrestle it a bit closer by hand if you have to.
Once you have the tongue over the ball get out and lower the trailer onto the ball. You will know if it is on correctly, once this is done push down with your foot on the trailer coupler to lock it onto the ball. I then raise the wheel up an out of the way and attach the electrical and safety chains. Your trailer may have come with a hitch coupler lockpin, if it did go ahead and put that in place...it keeps the hitch coupler from unlocking accidentally.
Some Safety Information:
The MOST important thing is to know the weight of you fully laden trailer and what the towing capacity of your vehicle is. Based on the above your vehicle should be fitted with the correct hitch classification and ball size.
If you tow more than your vehicle is rated for you risk damaging your engine and if things go badly enough actually hurtiung some one.
Trailer Hitch Classification (This is typical)
Class I 2,000 pounds GTW
Class II 3,500 pounds GTW
Class III 5,000 pounds GTW
Class IV 7,500 pounds GTW
Class V 10,000 pounds GTW
GTW=Gross Trailer Weight (including car or boat together, if applicable)
Some things to be aware of everytime you tow:
-Make sure the trailer is level, if it isn't get a hitch ball mount with the rise or drop you need to make it level.
-Make sure the hitch ball mount is securley fasted to the hitch receiver, usually uses a large cotter pin.
-Make sure your hitch coupler is secured over the ball.
-Make sure you actually raised the wheel the tongue rests on when the trailer is not hooked up.
-Make sure you attach your safety chains and they are crossed, the right chain hook to the left loop and the left chain hooked to the right loop.
-Verify you securely connected the electrical hookup and make sure your brake lights and turn signals are functioning.
Backing a trailer up can be very annoying for folks who are not used to it. The trailer will go in the OPPOSITE direction you turn your wheel. You will also need to adjust the wheel frequently or you will quickly find that you have formed a 90 degree angle. This just takes some getting used to is all. I can place my trailer right where I want it in my garage now because I have done it several times. The FIRST time I did this I had to pull out and back in at least four times to get it where I wanted it.
...that is all.
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