Safety tips for pulling a trailer

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(KSL News) It's summertime, and Utahns are towing everything from camper trailers and boats to horse trailers and off-road vehicles. It's also a good time to review a few basic tips to stay safe while towing.

Todd Murray
Todd Murray

Todd Murray is a hitching specialist at Terry's RV Center. He says the most important thing is to make sure the coupler is securely locked on the ball mount and secured with a pin.

Murray also highly recommends using stabilizer bars to spread around the weight of the load and making sure all brake and turn lights work properly. Use safety chains to help secure the load and an emergency breakaway cable that engages the trailer's brakes if it comes unhitched.

Safety tips for pulling a trailer

Murray doesn't recommend pulling more than one trailer, especially with just a ball-mount setup. "We don't really recommend with travel trailers doing a second hookup. But with fifth wheels, it's more OK," he said.

Also, Murray says to make sure the trailer's tires have the proper amount of air and that all lug nuts are tight.

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