HOW DO YOU LOAD YOUR CARGO?
Safe and secure towing starts with loading your cargo correctly. Uneven trailer weight can lead to problems with steering, braking and sway control.
FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOU CAN HANDLE
To avoid overloading your trailer, find your recommended weight rating on the VIN plate on your trailer’s frame. Confirm the Gross Trailer Weight Rating (GTWR) before towing. The GTWR is the total weight your trailer can handle plus the trailer’s weight itself.
ADHERE TO THE 60/40 RULE
Maintain even trailer weight by loading heavy cargo first. 60% of the weight should be in the front half of the trailer and 40% in the rear half. Make sure cargo is evenly balanced from side-to-side, keeping the center of gravity low to the ground.
ENSURE IT’S ALL SECURE
After the cargo is properly balanced, you'll want to secure it in place. Unsecured cargo can shift while the vehicle is in motion, which can make your trailer unstable. Use nylon rope or towing straps to tie everything down.
HOW TO CONNECT YOUR TRAILER
KNOW HOW TO DRIVE WITH A TRAILER
If this is your first time towing a trailer, be sure to practice in an open area before hitting the road. Here are the basics.