OUTFITTING YOUR TRUCK FOR TOWING

September 19th, 2018 by

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Whether you’re in Chiefland with a trailer to attach to your truck, or in Ocala with a camper for family trips, or you have a business in Gainesville and need to haul heavy loads, you’ll want to make sure your truck is properly outfitted for safe towing. Take a look at our guide below, then contact our service center at Big Bend Chevrolet to learn more!

Choosing The Right Trailer Hitch For Your Truck
Not all trucks are created equal. For example, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a maximum trailer weight rating of 12,500 pounds, whereas the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 has a maximum trailer rating of up to 18,100 pounds. To prevent damage to your truck, and to avoid disastrous detachment in-transit, check your vehicle’s driver manual to find out the maximum towing capacity (and payload) your truck can handle.

You must also keep in mind that accessories, cargo, and passenger weight will affect this capacity. Below is a guide to which hitch can go with which capacities.

A Class III trailer hitch: Trucks that can pull up to of 5,000 pounds and have a tongue weight of up to 500 pounds.
A Class IV trailer hitch: Trucks that can pull up to 10,000 pounds and have a tongue weight of up to 1,200 pounds.
A Class V trailer hitch: For trucks that can pull a maximum of 17,000 pounds and have a tongue weight of up to 1,700 pounds.
For extra heavy-duty towing: unlike traditional trailer hitches that attach to a vehicle’s rear chassis, these types of trailer hitches below are mounted in the bed of a pickup truck in order to provide added stability and support.

Fifth-wheel trailer hitch: Handles up to 24,000 pounds.
Gooseneck hitch: Handles up to 30,000 pounds.

Towing Safety
To ensure safety on Crystal River and Chiefland roads, always check your trailer, hitch, and vehicle condition before heading out with a load hooked up, and follow this checklist as a guide:

Know your truck’s exact towing capacity.
Only haul properly-balanced loads.
Make sure tires are properly inflated–consult your local tire center if needed.
Check that all lights and brakes are working on both your truck and the trailer.
Avoid sudden stops and maintain a safe speed–more weight means slower breaking.
Up the safety factor with accessories and technology like trailer sway control hitches.

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