There are many recent modifications made to towing vehicles in recent times. Trucks such as Toyota Tundra (2016), Ford F-450 (2016) and RAM 3500 HD (2016) are prime examples of upgrades when it comes to towing methods.
A towing truck will always have a towing capacity, different accessories and some unique characteristics to pull some weight making life easier for you. In order to carry on the process, there are 5 important things you should know about before pulling some serious weight.
It is necessary to know how much your pickup truck can pull. There are three things taken into consideration which include the base weight (weight of the entire vehicle), external weight (extra cargo weight) and most importantly the weight limit of your pickup truck which should not be exceeded.
Setting up a hitch with equalizing capability is a must. Your truck’s hitch should be able to remain intact and in place. There are two kinds of hitches, weight equalizing hitches and weight pulling hitches.
The best hitch for redistribution of weight when there is too much pressure on the hitch ball is the weight equalizing hitch. Its main function is to stabilize the structure when there is too much tongue weight. Hitch classes range from Class 1 to Class 5 with Class 5 being the latest upgrade. The classes increase in the order of weight pulling and distribution values. Accessories of hitches include hitch balls, hitch covers, stabilizer, extenders, adapters, pins etc. the most important thing to know is which hitch to choose. The best hitch will have a receiver with weight capacity more than the Class 3 hitch including a stabilizer for the tongue weight.
Another thing to consider in the hitch connection is the stillness of the receiver. The receiver is connected from both sides by the help of a large nut and sometimes it gets loose. It is highly essential to keep a check on the receiver after connecting the trailer to the truck.
Weight Control And The Use Of A Safety Chain
You definitely need to know how much your truck can control. In case of emergencies, there are safety chains and sway bars. These accessories are built to provide the extra safety when the weight limit exceeds or in case of high pressure on the towing material. It is easy to install and highly important tool in the connection with the trailer. Safety chains are tied along the stronger part of your vehicle to manage any mishap due to overweight. You are not supposed to tie chains with a light bumper or even the hitch.
You should always be concerned when there is a sway factor. The reduction of the factor keeps the hitch and the receiver steady which results in a smooth pull up. The factor will increase due to minimal receiver loosening so it’s important to have safety chains for connection.
Upgrading Your Suspension Performance
There is a high probability of damage to your vehicle’s shock and spring system. Installation of an additional spring system and airbags on the towed vehicle help in reducing the overall weight. The adjustment of airbags is easier and saves your time. Installation of such accessories before towing will give protection to your tires as well which are in danger of wearing out.
Another addition can be shock absorbers. Suspension upgrades are different for each truck depending on the type and the company of the truck. An example is of Ford F-150 which is an ideal pickup truck and can hold a lot of weight.
Braking System And Further Improvements
There is a dire need for a separate braking system for both the vehicles. It is important to synchronize the system as a whole to avoid vehicle combinations and terrible road accidents. The next step is adding additional equipment to the primary equipment as well. Something to consider is the exhaust system. This will certainly reduce the pressure on the engine enabling the vehicle to pull more without overheating.
There are some things you need to keep a check on. These are some important equipment such as brake breakaways, electrical plugs, and ramps. There can be brake locking system if in case the gear system fails to cooperate.
The process is being followed in the correct manner to ensure maximum safety and efficiency of the towing techniques. There are always some aspects which are quite basic and important as well. Checking for tire inflation, fuel quantity, extra fuel addition and spark plugs is an important any mishap.
Some trucks with the latest accessories include GMC Sierra 2500 HD, Ford F-150, Ford F-250 and Ford F-450 Super Duty all lined up with hitch class 5 and the high towing capacity to make your journey easier, more secure and more comfortable.