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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