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Truck Towing Techniques You Must Know


Owning a vehicle can bring great relief to our lives as it is the basic need for traveling and transportation whether we consider domestic uses or industrial uses. A vehicle is an everyday necessity. The size of the vehicle can be used according to the application and the need. For domestic purposes, one usually needs to use a car, but for industrial purposes, one needs to use a truck as it could serve industrial purposes well. This is because of the fact that a truck can carry a specific amount and it can be used to transport it as well.

But with so much ease and comfort, there could be some inconvenience in it too.  These could be in the form of troubles that we often get to face through when we overload the trucks or the trailers it can lead to various problems like failing brakes, broken suspensions, overheated transmissions, or other problems like broken tires. Thus, it is very much important that one needs to be familiar with the tow rating of your vehicle before you plan on towing something from it. most importantly it should be ensured that the system that needs to be hitched, meets the specifications of the vehicle that you are planning to tow from. It is usually mentioned in the list of the owner manual of the vehicle. It is often also mentioned over the window of the driver’s side door, thus, one should make sure to read it before towing an object.

Terms that we must know before Towing

While reading the manual or getting the instructions for truck towing, we might come across a few terminologies and truck towing parts that we must be aware of, in order to ensure that we have received the instructions correctly and to ensure the safety of goods as well as the people involved in the process. Some of these terms are:

1.       Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

It is said to be the weight limit for the whole vehicle, this includes the vehicle, all the passengers, the cargo, and all the accessories attached, collectively.

2.       Gross Combination Weight Rating

It is said to be the maximum weight that could be held by a tow vehicle plus the loaded trailer along with the types of equipment, fuels, or anything that is loaded in the vehicle.

3.       Gross Axle Weight Rating

It is the maximum weight that could be held safely by a single axle. Knowing this is the key factor as it is important for safety and to avoid mishaps from happening.

4.       Tow truck towing Capacity

It is the total amount of weight that could be pulled by your vehicle.

5.       Tongue Weight

It is the amount of the weight that could be picked by a trailer’s hitch, it is supposed to be 10 percent of the entire weight of the trailer. If too much of the tongue weight is added to the trailer the staring can become less responsive to the changes that we try to make. On the other hand, with very little weight, the trailer might start to sway. Various, specialized tools are used to measure the tongue weight of the vehicle. It can also be done at the weigh stations and the truck shops.

Tips and Precautions

Once a person is familiar with the parts and terminologies, it becomes very much easier for a person to read the instruction manual and to follow it. However, there are certain tips and tricks that one must follow in order to successfully tow the objects, some of these tips are:

1.       Loading the cargo correctly

The cargo should be loaded keeping in mind all the measurements of the weight and ensuring the distribution of weight evenly.

2.       Always remembering to put on brakes and wires

The weight of the vehicle along with the load added over it, adds on an extra momentum to your vehicle, thus the brakes should be in perfect condition to be used when needed.

3.       Checking the pressure of tires before towing it;

The tires need to be highly inflated when it comes to towing the loads as it would be highly dangerous to carry loads with the underinflated tires as they can lead to issues like crashes and rollovers.