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Q: What should I know about preparing to tow?

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What should I know about preparing to tow?

If you plan to tow with your SUV, there are several things to know. Yes, you can definitely tow a payload, but the weight limit varies depending on the engine in your car (2.5-liter engines are limited to 1500 pounds, and 3.0-liter engines are limited to 3500 pounds). However, there are quite a few other things that should be addressed before you get started. Here are the basics:

  • Have any towing accessories professionally installed.

  • Only use load-bearing tow hitches and make sure that only 10-15% of the trailer’s weight is on the tongue (you have to balance the load properly).

  • Make sure the trailer complies with your state’s laws regarding brakes (some states require the trailer to have electric brakes).

  • Always use safety chains in addition to the trailer tongue lock.

  • Make sure that your trailer’s lights are functional and operate in sync with the lights on your vehicle.

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