This database contains listings for towing services in the following subcategories: Junk Car Removal, Roadside Assistance, Auto Towing Equipment, Heavy Duty Towing and Towing.
Towing or loading a trailer can be a very effective way of transporting goods. Many things need to be taken into consideration such as the tow vehicle, brakes, the hitch, the ball and chains, lighting and connections, the tires, the recommended maximum weight, placing the load and weighing the trailer.
Before you buy your towing vehicle, it's important to understand the exact specifications needed. The towing vehicle, if too loaded to heavy for example, may damage your truck. The likewise if the weight is shifted too far forward or backward along the trailer, this can cause unstable and hazardous loads which will result in dangerous driving. The tow vehicle and the hitch together must be able to handle 15% of the total weight.
Pay special attention to brakes. If you are having problems uphill and you need to stop, you can easily pull over with no big problems. On the other hand if you are going downhill and you can't stop, it can be a bigger problem. You should not rely on the towing vehicle brakes to slow you down. Make sure your brakes are of good quality, functioning perfectly and maintain them well. Practice your brakes when you don't need them. Try and measure stopping distances and test them under different conditions.
Before towing, take your vehicle to a qualified hitch installer and have him or her install it on your vehicle. Don't try and do it yourself and don't always go for the cheapest option, it may not be the best for your vehicle and may cause more damage than you bargained for.
Make sure you place the ball so it's at the same level as the connecting vehicle. Don't drag the chains and oil up to prevent rust. All your lights must comply with legal standards. Make sure your connector cables are coped to deal with tight turns and sudden movements. Check your wheels, as they are more venerable to deflation due to heavy loads.
Finally, place your loads effectively on your trailer make sure you don't go over the maximum trailer weight. Remember it's your responsibility as a driver to make sure all your equipment is up-to-scratch.