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Mitsubishi Guide To Towing

There is a lot to think about when you first come to tow. You could be planning to pull a caravan, a trailer, a horse box, a boat or a hundred other loads but the considerations are largely the same: You need to do it safely and legally.

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Open up a whole new world of exploration and practicality

It's almost always necessary to do your homework before setting off to tow something. You must ensure your vehicle is up to the task, know the law and how not to break it and take the time to practice driving with your load.

Check list

Getting Started with Towing

Ensure your vehicle can handle the trailer

Every vehicle has a towing capacity that you must not exceed.

Check the Gross Trailer Weight (that's the trailer + the load)

Trailer plus load

against the manufacturer's stated Maximum Towing Capacity for your vehicle.

max towing capacity

The engine of your vehicle also needs to be powerful enough to cope with the extra load, particularly when climbing hills.

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The 85% rule

In addition to the manufacturer’s stated Max. Towing Capacity figures it is recommended that the weight to be towed should not exceed 85% of the "kerb weight" of the towing vehicle.

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The "kerb weight" is defined as

Weight of the vehicle + a full tank of petrol + 75kg

The 85% rule

In addition to the manufacturer’s stated Max. Towing Capacity figures it is recommended that the weight to be towed should not exceed 85% of the "kerb weight" of the towing vehicle.

The "kerb weight" is defined as

Weight of the vehicle + a full tank of petrol + 75kg

Loading up

The load must not project outside of the trailer as this can be very dangerous to other drivers and the stability of the trailer.

Trailer loaded incorrectly and correctly

It’s dangerous and illegal for the load to stick out beyond the edges of the trailer.

Distribute weight evenly as much as possible. Overloading one side or having excess weight toward the nose or tail of the trailer can seriously impact the stability of trailers.

Correct loading

Most trailers will have a stated "Recommended Nose Weight" which should be followed.

Secure your loads

Unsecured loads can slide around causing a loss of stability, are likely to shoot forward when the brakes are applied and lighter items can even be lifted out of the trailer at higher speeds so make sure everything is as secure as possible.

Wheels and Axles

Ensure that wheel axles are not overloaded.

Livestock

There are strict guidelines on the transport of livestock that cover condition of the trailer that cover everything from condition to the number of available tethering points. You can find the full guide here.

Attaching the trailer to the vehicle

The best advice is to have help. Two people can hitch a trailer easier than one, though you can do it by yourself. Trailers vary from model to model though most will attach in a standard way. Thoroughly read the manufacturers instructions prior to attempting to attach for the first time.

Attaching a trailer
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