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TOWING A TRAILER

WARNING

Only fit towing accessories approved by the vehicle manufacturer. Always use the towing accessories correctly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Using non-approved towing accessories may adversely affect the handling and stability of the vehicle, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

WARNING

Never use the vehicle's towing eyes or lashing points for towing a trailer. Doing so may cause serious damage to the vehicle, and may cause a loss of control, potentially leading to an accident. The potential result can be serious injury or death.

WARNING

Never exceed the maximum weights for either the vehicle or the trailer. Doing so can cause accelerated wear and damage to the vehicle, and adversely affect the vehicle's stability and braking. Serious injury or death can also result from a possible loss of control, a vehicle rollover, or an accident.

WARNING

Do not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), maximum rear axle weight, maximum trailer weight, or the trailer's nose weight. Doing so can cause accelerated wear and damage to the vehicle, and adversely affect the vehicle's stability and braking. Serious injury or death can also result from a possible loss of control leading to an accident.

CAUTION

The use of weight distribution hitches is not recommended. Using weight distribution hitches can potentially cause serious damage to the vehicle.

NOTES

When calculating the vehicle's rear axle weight, the vehicle's payload weights must also be included. Hence, add the combined weights of all the rear passengers, the vehicle's luggage, roof rails, accessory equipment, and the nose weight.

NOTES

Include the trailer's nose weight when calculating the GVW.

NOTES

A reduction in the performance of the Air Conditioning (A/C) system is a normal function under high load towing conditions.

The engine's power output always reduces with increased altitude. At 1 000 m above sea level, and for every extra 1 000 m, deduct 10% from the Gross Train Weight (GTW). See TOWING WEIGHTS.