MITSUBISHI GUIDE TO TOWING

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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.

GETTING STARTED

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

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

Load Safety

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.

Attaching a 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 manufacturer’s instructions prior to attempting to attach for the first time.

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 the weight of the vehicle plus a full tank of fuel and 75kg.

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

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