During the harsh mountain winters, many vehicles end up getting snowed in or stuck on bad roads. That’s why Bear Creek Towing knows the basics of towing services and offers fast and professional services to the community of Evergreen Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.
Today, we’re going to share the basics of towing services so that if you ever need to transport a trailer or boat, or help another driver out of a sticky situation, you will know how to do it safely.
First, calculate the weight of the load you intend to tow and make sure your vehicle can handle it. For campers and boats designed for towing, you can often find the total weight of the load, including the trailer weight, documented on a metal plate or sticker fixed to the trailer. Similarly, a cargo trailer will have its weight printed on an information label. You need to add the weight of the empty trailer to the estimated weight of the objects you intend to carry within the trailer to calculate the total payload.
With your payload calculated, now it is time to check your vehicle’s ID plate or sticker, usually located near the driver’s door. This plate specifies the details of your vehicle, such as tire pressure range and maximum payload or towing weight. Some other terms frequently used include GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) and Tare Weight. The Tare Weight of your vehicle is simply the weight of the vehicle itself, without any luggage, passengers or extra load to tow. The GVWR is the maximum combined load that your vehicle can safely operate while carrying.
If you subtract your vehicle’s Tare Weight from the GVWR, you will have the maximum additional weight you can put on your vehicle. This extra weight includes the payload you intend to tow as well as the weight of passengers, luggage, and fuel. You must ensure that the payload you intend to pull does not put the total weight of the vehicle over the GVWR. If it does, you will risk raising the front end of your vehicle, putting too much strain on the rear brakes and potentially losing control of the vehicle.
Once you have done the math on your towing weights, it is time to check your trailer is safely hitched up to your vehicle. Make sure the hitch and ball you are using have an appropriate load capacity for the weight you are towing. Check the pressure of the tires on your vehicle and trailer before starting your journey. It is also important to check that your trailer’s brake lights and turn signals are working.
Towing an additional load means you have to adapt your driving behavior drastically. Accelerating and decelerating must be done much slower than usual, and turns cannot be taken sharply. If you would prefer a professional take care of your towing needs, do not hesitate to contact Bear Creek Towing. We can offer the basics of towing services as well as roadside assistance, emergency vehicle recovery and commercial towing.
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