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John Stewart

Tips for Towing on the Highway

Towing a trailer requires care and responsibility from the moment you start inspecting your trailer through to loading it and pulling out onto the road until you arrive at your destination. However, when you’re towing a trailer on the highway–especially when your trip covers long distances–you need to be extra cautious and follow all the rules of the road to ensure a safe trip from start to finish.

Know the Towing Laws

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How to Handle a Towing Emergency

While you can never entirely rule out the chance of an emergency while traveling on the road, you can certainly be an alert, cautious driver and do what you can to avoid such situations. The same is true when you are towing a trailer. However, a towing emergency can be the result of a number of factors, so you must know what can contribute to a towing emergency, as well as how to handle the situation if it arises so that you can be safe and keep your passengers and others on the road safe, too.

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How to Hitch Your Trailer

When you’re getting ready to tow your trailer, whether it’s to haul a load across your property or across town, there are many steps you need to take to ensure a safe trip. One of the most important steps is knowing how to properly hitch your trailer to your tow vehicle.

The hitch is the mechanism that includes the ball support platform, ball, and other components that extend and attach to your tow vehicle, including bumpers that are intended to serve as hitches. It’s extremely important that you match your hitch and trailer. Both your hitch and tow vehicle should be rated for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of your trailer. Using a hitch with a load rating less than that of the trailer, as well as using a tow vehicle with a towing capacity less than the load rating of the trailer, can result in loss of control, an accident, and potentially lead to serious injury or death. You should also be sure the hitch size matches the coupler size and that all hitch components are tight before coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle.

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Recent RV-Related Recalls from NHTSA

 

• Keystone RV Co. is recalling 3,585 model year 2008-2009 Big Sky, Challenger, Everest, Fuzion, Montana, and Raptor travel trailers and fifth-wheels equipped with an IOTA ITS-50R transfer switch. These transfer switches, used in vehicles wired to be powered by a generator, may fail when exposed to elevated electrical loads and used in higher ambient temperatures. Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the IOTA ITS-50R transfer switch with a different brand transfer switch, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin Oct. 5, 2015. Owners may contact Keystone customer service by calling 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 15-234.

• Forest River Inc. is recalling 5,374 model year 2009-2016 Forest River Cherokee and Vengeance recreational trailers manufactured May 16, 2008, to Sept. 14, 2015. The wiring harness for the trailer’s lights, electric brakes, battery charging and many of the interior 12V fixtures may have an insufficient ground wire. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the trailer wiring harnesses, and upgrade the ground wires, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Nov. 18, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River’s customer service number at 1-260-593-4005. Forest River’s recall number is 17B-0918-2015-0090.

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Next Generation Hitch from Draw-Tite®

Draw-Tite’s new Ultra Frame hitch, with the cast center section, has a higher towing capacity and tongue weight rating than standard hitches. For example, new Ultra Frame hitches for the Ford F-350, 450, and 550 (Cab & Chassis) are rated for 16,000 lbs. of towing, and 2,400 lbs. of weight carrying tongue weight. Being receptive to customer input is a key element in Cequent’s approach to towing.  In addition to drawing upon the company’s long-standing heritage in the towing market, Cequent takes a two-pronged approach to developing new products. The first part is the essential due diligence exercised in designing, developing and producing a product. The second aspect involves working in concert with customers to identify potential users who actually field test the products under real-world conditions. “When we develop new products, we want a trailer hitch to interact very cleanly with the electrical harness, coupler, jack and other products we’ve designed.  So we go to great lengths to meet, and sometimes develop, the highest criteria of testing standards,” said Walsh. “We also work with our dealers to connect us with professionals to test and critique our products before we commercialize them. At the end of the day, this approach helps us understand what our products are being used for and how to make sure the consumer will be happy.” “Cequent’s size and breadth of products, combined with the markets we serve, gives us the ability to design products for future vehicle trends,” said Walsh. “We’ve made a conscious decision to stay focused on innovation and developing new products. Our goal is to constantly reinvigorate our product line.” Draw-Tite receiver hitches are made in the USA and come standard with a limited lifetime warranty.

 

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