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ESSENTIAL TOWING CHECKS

WARNING

Do not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), maximum rear axle weight, maximum trailer weight, or nose weight. Exceeding any of these limits could cause instability and a loss of control, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

WARNING

Do not loop the breakaway cable or safety chain over the tow ball. The cable or chain may slide off, preventing correct operation in the event that a connected trailer becomes detached when towing. Failure to correctly connect a breakaway cable or chain can potentially result in serious injury or death.

Make sure to perform the following essential towing checks:

  • To maintain the vehicle's stability, the trailer's nose weight should not exceed 7% of the trailer's gross weight.

  • The trailer's nose weight must be at least a minimum of 4% of the trailer's gross weight and never less than 25 kg (55 lb).

  • When towing a trailer with more than one axle, load the trailer to achieve even weight distribution between the axles.

  • When calculating the laden weight of the trailer, remember to include the weight of the trailer, plus the weight of the load.

  • If the load can be divided between the vehicle and the trailer, loading more weight into the vehicle generally improves stability. Do not exceed the vehicle's weight limits.

  • Check that the tyre pressures are correct for the current loading condition of the vehicle.

  • Make sure that a suitable breakaway cable, safety chain, or secondary coupling is used. Refer to the trailer manufacturer's instructions for guidance.

  • Always connect the breakaway cable or safety chain to the provided connection point. Do not loop it over the tow ball.

  • Make sure that the tow ball is secure.

  • Check the operation of all the lights on the trailer.