Tow Dolly User Instructions

Tow Dolly User Instructions
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REA D and FOLLOW all of these instructions and guard messages before operating the tow dolly. DEATH, DISMEMBERMENT or SERIOUS INJURY to you, your passengers, and others on the road may result if you do not follow these instructions. Make certain all drivers read and understand all these instructions.

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See the Connecting Your Tow Dolly section for tow dolly hook up instructions. A U-Haul representative can assist if you require aid. Or, for a video recording proceed to :

Important towing information

PREVENT WHIPPING by by rights loading the tow dolly. The vehicle-in-tow must be loaded facing forward ( front wheels on tow dolly ). Loading the vehicle-in-tow backwards can cause the tow fomite and tow dolly “ combination ” to begin WHIPPING, which is fierce and irrepressible swing .
SIDE to SIDE MOTION (SWAY) THAT BEGINS as you reach a certain speed, will probably become WHIPPING at higher speeds. If you notice sway beginning SLOW DOWN IMMEDIATELY by letting off the natural gas pedal. then stop to check the tow dolly and vehicle-in-tow ampere soon as possible .
IF WHIPPING or SWAY OCCURS, DO NOT steer, DO NOT apply your brakes, and NEVER speed up. Let off the accelerator pedal point and hold the steering bicycle in a straight-ahead position .
A “ combination disturbance “ is improper handling, whipping, rock, over-steering or early deviation of the tow vehicle or tow doll from their intended path, due to one or more causes ( improper loading, steering inputs, excessive speed, cross winds, passing vehicles, rough roads, etc ). IF A COMBINATION DISTURBANCE OCCURS, DO NOT tip or brake. Steering or braking during a mental disorder can cause a loss of command or crash .
If a WHEEL GOES OFF THE PAVED ROADWAY, DO NOT steer sharply and DO NOT bracken. Let off the boast pedal and slow down below 25 miles per hour. then steer gradually back onto the roadway. Proceed with circumspection entering traffic

Loading your tow dolly

Your tow vehicle must be at least 750 pounds heavier than the vehicle-in-tow .
The MAXIMU M weight the vehicle-in-tow can be is determined by your specific tow vehicle. This is done during the lease process, so NEVER place a vehicle-in-tow on the tow dolly that is different than listed on your rental contract .
  NEVER load cargo inside the vehicle-in-tow or on the tow dolly. Cargo weight inside the vehicle-in- tow can cause carry or WHIPPING .
NEVER overload your tow vehicle. Do not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating ( GVWR ) and the Gross Axle Weight Ratings ( GAWR ), which are posted on a tag inside the driver ‘s door open .
Make sure the tow dolly is securely attached to the tow vehicle before loading and unloading .
Keep children and others at least 25 feet away during loading and unloading .

Slow down when towing

AVOID CRASHES by slowing down. Reduce your accelerate from what you would normally drive without a tow doll under alike road conditions. The maximum speed is 55 mph when towing a U-Haul tow doll. Do not exceed any station focal ratio limit .
DRIVE DEFENSIVELY – anticipate stops, brake early, and never follow close .
BEFORE going downhill, slow down and shift the transmission into a lower gearing. DO NOT RIDE BRAKES on downgrades .
Slow down for curves, adverse upwind, hazardous road conditions, road construction and expressway exits .

Before towing and on the road

Use the checklist at the end of these instructions before towing and while on the road .
Make certain your tow vehicle is by rights equipped and maintained. Be certain all tires are inflated properly .
ALWAYS wear your seat belt. Be sure children are by rights restrained .
DO NOT drive when you are fatigued, sleepy or distracted. Avoid driving at night .
NEVER use a cellular telephone telephone when drive. If you need to use a cell call find a safe home to exit the roadway .
NEVER drive under the influence of alcohol or any substance that might impair your sight, judgment, or ability to control the vehicle .
NEVER tow without by rights installed tire straps and vehicle-in-tow security chains .
NEVER let passengers to ride inside the vehicle-in-tow or on the tow doll .
No open or soft-top sport utility fomite is allowed to tow a tow dolly, because in the event of a crash, these vehicles offer less collision and ejection security .


Your tow vehicle

For episodic tow, your fomite can tow the tow dolly, provided the bridle weight of your tow vehicle is at least 750 pound. more than the weight unit of the vehicle-in-tow. exercise : A 2,750 pound. cable car may tow no more than a 2,000 pound. car. Never use a tow fomite unlike than listed on your rental compress .
refer to the owner ’ s manual of arms, decal instructions or an authorized automotive trader for any specific handling characteristics of your tow vehicle .
Changes made to your tow vehicle after it was manufactured can affect its ability to tow. These changes can include different tires, suspension changes, etc. Check your owner ’ sulfur manual or with an empower automotive principal to make certain any changes to your tow vehicle are approved. DO NOT tow the tow dolly if your tow vehicle has changes that are not approved .
Avoid driving on a compact spare tire any longer than necessity. Follow the vehicle manufacturer ’ mho instructions .


alimony and condition of your tow vehicle ’ randomness engine, infection, steering, pause, front- end conjunction and tires may affect your vehicle ’ s ability to tow the tow dolly. Have an authorized repair facility inspect and repair your vehicle BEFOR E tow .
To find the towing capabilities of the locomotive, transmittance and axles of your vehicle, refer to the owner ’ s manual of arms, or check with an authorized dealer .

Towing equipment requirements


Hitches must be able to tow the weight unit of the tow doll and your vehicle-in-tow. A U-Haul representative can advise you on the type of hitch required for your intended habit .

Hitch Balls

Hitch-ball sizes of 1-7/8 and 2 inches are acceptable with a U-Haul Tow Dolly coupling. A U-Haul representative can advise you on the correct ball size and weight rat for the tow dolly .

Other Hitch Systems

Weight circulate or sway see devices ARE NOT USED for towing a U-Haul Tow Dolly. Towing a by rights loaded tow dolly does not require these devices. These devices may have a negative effect on vehicle cover and brake and may restrict the operation of the tow dolly coupling mechanism .

Lights and Mirrors

When towing a tow doll, all lights must be functional. Your tow vehicle may require external mirrors on both sides. A U-Haul spokesperson can advise you of the systems available if your vehicle is not properly equipped .

Loading your tow vehicle

To find how much slant you are allowed to put in your tow vehicle :
Ste p 1: Find your tow vehicle ’ s GVWR on the pronounce inside the driver ’ south doorway .
Ste p 2: Subtract the control ( empty ) weight of your tow fomite from the GVWR. Contact a U-Haul representative for help in finding the curb weight of your tow vehicle .
Ste p 3: Subtract 200 pounds from the suffice in Step 2. This accounts for tow doll tongue weight .
The answer in Step 3 is the amount of weight you can put in your tow fomite. This weight includes driver, passengers, cargo and any extra equipment. If the raise of your tow vehicle seems low, reduce the warhead in the rise seat, luggage compartment or cargo bed areas. besides much lode in the rear can affect handling .

Tire pressure

Set all tires to the proper pressure. Find the recommend COLD blackmail on the run down sidewall, owner ’ s manual, your vehicle ’ s doorway decal or on the tow doll decal. DO NOT put more imperativeness in the tire than is indicated on the tire sidewall. run down pressures go up during driving. DO NOT let off this extra pressure .
Air pressure in the buttocks tires of some tow vehicles may be increased to accommodate the extra weight unit of the tow dolly. Inflate rise tires approximately 6 psi above convention, but do not exceed the pressure limit stamped on bore .

Your vehicle-in-tow

The maximal weight the vehicle-in-tow can be is determined by your specific tow vehicle. This is done during the lease process, then NEVER place a vehicle-in-tow on the tow dolly that is different than listed on your rental contract. A different vehicle-in- tow than listed on your lease condense may cause a disturbance or damage to your tow fomite, tow dolly or vehicle-in-tow .
The vehicle-in-tow tires MUST fit on the tow dolly ramps without hanging over the sides .
DO NOT load a vehicle-in-tow that is more than 75 inches wide at the presence doors .
moo hanging equipment on your vehicle-in-tow, such as spoilers, air dams, prime effects, etc., may be damaged by contact with the Tow Dolly during loading and unloading. Make sure there is adequate clearance for these items. If there is not enough clearance for these items, they must be removed, or do not load the vehicle-in-tow .
The tow dolly is designed for carrying vehicles with criterion, factory-installed suspensions. Modified or lowered pause vehicles may not fit on the tow dolly, damage may occur to the vehicles during loading or conveyance. U-Haul is not responsible for price to vehicles with modified suspensions .

Transmission damage to your vehicle-in-tow

When towing a rear axle driven front engine vehicle, the drive cheat must be disconnected to prevent transmission wrong. Simply placing the transmittance in impersonal is not sufficient and will not prevent price ascribable to a lack of home lubrication. You must disconnect the drive shot at the rear axle and bind or wire it up. The universal joint hold caps must be taped on to prevent loss of the bearings. If you choose to remove the drive shaft wholly, it may be necessary to cap the transmission tail cheat to prevent fluent loss and potential future price. Consult your vehicle owner ’ s manual .
U-Haul Centers and dealers are not required to remove or reinstall the tug cock as separate of the rental. however, some U-Haul Centers and dealers can do this for an extra fee .
Front rack drive vehicles do not need drive shafts disconnected because the drive wheels are loaded on the tow dolly .

Connecting your tow dolly

Follo w the instructions in this section while hooking up the U-Haul Tow Dolly. A U-Haul representative can assist you if you require assistance. Or, for a video go to: .
Lower the coupling onto the hitch-ball and follow the instructions below to by rights fasten the coupling to the hitch-ball. Do not allow yourself to become distracted. guarantee that the coupling is by rights fastened to the hitch-ball before moving to the following step .


Tow Dolly User Instructions Push down on the latch ( C ) and amply loosen the hand-wheel ( D ) by turning counterclockwise .
Lower the coupling ( B ) onto the hitch-ball ( A ) as shown .
Tow Dolly User Instructions Check that the ball clamp ( E ) is positioned below the coupling ( B ). The coupling should wholly cover and enclose the hitch-ball ( A ).

Tow Dolly User Instructions Hand tighten the coupling by pushing down on the latch ( C ) while turning the handwheel ( D ) clockwise. At least 10 accomplished revolutions of the handwheel are necessity .
When the handwheel becomes compressed, move the tow vehicle advancing slightly or push rearward on the tow doll to ensure that the hitch-ball is by rights seated inside the coupling. Recheck that the handwheel is tight.
Check all connections at each stop. Make surely the hitch and hitch-ball are securely attached to your tow vehicle and that the tow doll coupling is by rights connected to the hitch-ball. Use the checklist at the end of these instructions. If you suspect or detect that something is faulty, contact the nearest U-Haul congressman .

Safety chains

The function of the safety chains is to keep the tow dolly connected to your tow vehicle in the unlikely event the coupling comes off the musket ball or the ball comes off the hitch. base hit chains are attached to the tow doll tongue and are equipped with “ S ” – hooks on their free ends. DO NOT tow the tow doll without the condom chains securely attached to the tow fomite .
D O NOT undertake to pull the tow dolly by the base hit chains alone, unless this is necessity to get the combination off the roadway to a safe place .
The impart chain ( A ) crosses underneath the tow doll tongue ( B ) and hooks to the veracious side of the tow fomite permanent hitchhike ( C ), frame or structure, or to the tow vehicle bumper brackets. Do not attach chains to the ball or to a musket ball climb that is obliterable. The right chain hooks to the impart english in the same manner. The “ S ” -hooks ( D ) can be placed through a yoke in the chain. Crossing the chains under the tongue allows the minimum amount of slack for turning. Control slack by hooking the chain spinal column to itself or by twisting the links to shorten chain. Be certain the “ S ” -hooks are secured with a rubber servant. ( D ) .
The chains need slow to allow your vehicle to make turns. Make sure these chains attach securely to your tow vehicle and do not drag on the roadway
Tow Dolly User Instructions

Lighting connections

Make certain all tow fomite and tow doll lights function properly. The connect wires need slake to allow your tow vehicle to make turns. Do not allow wires to drag on the roadway .
tied though the tow dolly has operating lights the jurisprudence requires that a vehicle-in-tow rear-end be equipped with functioning arrest, turn and running lights. detachable vehicle-in-tow towing lights can be purchased at your U-Haul Center or dealer. Disconnect the tow doll wires from the tow vehicle and plug in the vehicle-in-tow lights when the tow dolly is loaded .
When using a detachable tow light system, a reason telegram between the tow dolly and vehicle-in-tow may be required as follows :
A .   If the portable light up system has a land wire, attach it to the tow dolly or tow vehicle .
B.   If the portable unhorse system has no grate wire, install a desirable reason wire from the vehicle-in-tow to the tow doll or tow fomite .
NOTE: The ground wire must be attached to a metallic element surface that is solidly attached to the main structure .

4-Way Flat

If your tow vehicle has a 4-way flat light up system, connect the tow dolly lights by plugging into the tow vehicle connection fireplug. If your tow vehicle does not have a 4-way flat lighting connection system, your U-Haul spokesperson will be able to instruct you on the connection steps and products available for your fomite .


The vehicle-in-tow MUST be loaded facing forth ( front wheels on tow dolly ). failure to load facing forth may result in carry or WHIPPING and lead to total loss of control .
DO NOT load cargo in your vehicle-in-tow or on your tow doll. Loading cargo in your vehicle-in-tow or on your tow doll may result in rock or WHIPPING .
Before loading your vehicle-in-tow, make surely the Tow Dolly is securely attached to your tow fomite hitch. Turn the coupling handwheel clockwise. Make sure the safety chains are properly connected. During the load summons, keep children and others at least 25 feet away .
Be certain that you complete each step of the follow instructions .

  • Park the properly hitched tow dolly on level ground in a straight line with the tow vehicle, in park, motor off, and parking brake set.
  • Tow Dolly User InstructionsPull on the ratchet release and raise the handle as far up as you can; (Figure 5) then pull on the tire strap to unroll adequate slack from the spool. Lay the strap assembly to the outside of the ramp, next to the tow dolly fender.
  • Tow Dolly User Instructions
  • Tow Dolly User Instructions
  • Continue pulling the ramp out until it stops, then lower it to the ground. Both ramps must be pulled out completely to properly load the vehicle-in-tow without damaging the tow dolly or the vehicle-in-tow
  • If you have a tow dolly with tilt platform loading ramps (Figure 8), tilt the wheel platform back for loading. Swing the bottom of the locking latch toward the coupler far enough to allow locking pin handle to be lifted. Swing the locking pin handle upward then pull locking pin towards the coupler as far as it will go. Wheel platform will tilt back to allow loading.
  • Tow Dolly User Instructions
  • Position the vehicle-in-tow behind the tow dolly centered as well as possible. Make sure that the entire width of the tires will be on the ramps BEFORE driving on the ramps.
  • Approach ramps slowly. Make sure there is enough clearance for spoilers, air dams, etc. If more clearance is needed, the spoiler or air dam may be removed to allow clearance.
  • Keep doors closed and drive slowly up the ramp until tires are resting firmly against the wheel stops. DO NOT brake quickly or ram the tire stops at the front of the ramps. Make sure the vehicle is centered on the platform. There must be at least three inches of clearance between the side of the towed vehicle and the tow dolly fenders. Towed vehicle tires must fit in wheels troughs without overhanging sides.
  • If you have a tow dolly with pullout ramps, lift and push the loading ramps back into the storage compartments inward until the pin engages the hole in the ramp.
  • If you have a tow dolly with tilt platform loading ramps, slide platform-locking pin back into lock position.
  • The vehicle-in-tow steering wheel must be locked. If the vehicle is not equipped with locking steering column the steering wheel will have to be tied securely.

Securing the vehicle-in-tow

  • Center the tire strap ratchets in the front of the tires. Place the tire straps over the tires.
  • Route the tire straps behind the tube and through the slot in the ratchet spool. Pull about 6 inches of the tire strap through the ratchet spool. Keeping the strap evenly over the tire, operate the ratchet until the strap is tight. Your vehicle-in- tow tires are too big if 6 inches of the tires strap will not pull through the ratchet spool. DO NOT put a vehicle-in-tow that has tires that are too big on the tow dolly.
  • Tow Dolly User InstructionsMake sure that the part of the strap that was placed through the slot is secure between the ratchet shaft and the tire strap. After tightening the straps, push the handles down and completely rearward.
  • Perform the same procedure for the tire on the other side.
  • Connect the two (2) vehicle security chains, found next to the ratchets, to the vehicle-in-tow frame or other structural member. Keep the security chains away from brake and fuel lines and other items that may be damaged by the chain. DO NOT place the chain hook on the vehicle’s frame member or other structural member. Loop the chain around the member and place the hook through the hole in one of the chain links. Leave several inches of slack in the security chain. Be sure the “S”–hook is secured with a rubber retainer.
  • Tow Dolly User InstructionsDisconnect the drive shaft if required. Make sure the vehicle-in-tow parking brake is released.
  • Install portable towing lights on the vehicle-in-tow as instructed in the Lighting Connections section.
  • When loading and securing is complete, take a test drive making slow left and right hand turns. Recheck the tire tie down straps and retighten as necessary.


Reduce speed

Slow down for curves, adverse weather, hazardous road conditions, road structure and expressway exits. Do not feel secure because the tow dolly tows easily at higher speeds. A road hazard that could be avoided at 55 mph, may become ineluctable at a higher speed .
When driving at a lower rush you are less likely to lose restraint of any fomite, than when driving at a higher speed. excessive speed is a major induce of accidents .
U-Haul does not recommend using cruise control or overdrive when towing a tow doll .

Stopping and following distance

Your combination is heavier and longer than your vehicle alone. This means it will take you longer to stop .
Allow at least 4 seconds between you and the fomite in front of you. Start counting when the spinal column of the vehicle in front of you passes a sterilize object, such as a line or crack in the road. If the front of your fomite reaches the object before the end of the 4 seconds, increase your distance .
If you are driving in adverse weather, such as rain, bamboozle, or fog, consumption at least a 5 second base break .


Whipping is violent and irrepressible carry caused by loading a tow dolly heavier in the rear half. haunting side to side rock motion is not convention. If this occurs at a certain focal ratio, it is a signal that WHIPPING will likely occur if accelerate is increased by a modest amount. If you notice this behavior immediately slow down and maintain at least 10 miles per hour below the travel rapidly this sway was first gear noticed. then stop at the first opportunity and reload the vehicle-in-tow lining forward and remove any cargo from the vehicle-in-tow .

Combination disturbances

A “ combination disturbance ” is improper treatment, whipping, carry, over-steering or other deviation of the tow vehicle or tow dolly from their intended path, due to one or more causes ( improper load, steering inputs, excessive accelerate, cross winds, passing vehicles, pugnacious roads, etc ) .

If a combination disturbance occurs:

Let off the natural gas pedal. NEVER speed up to try to control a combination perturbation .
DO NOT apply your brakes .
HOLD THE STEERING WHEEL in a straight- ahead situation. DO NOT try to control the combination disturbance by turning the steering wheel .

After a combination disturbance has stopped:

Pull a dependable distance off the roadway and stop. Get all occupants out of the fomite and away from the roadway .
Check the vehicle-in-tow to make indisputable the tire straps are properly attached. besides make sure there is no cargo in the vehicle-in-tow and it is loaded facing fore .
Check that all the tires are by rights inflated and all lugsail nuts are compressed .
Check the trunk or rear cargo area of the towing fomite to make certain it is not overloaded .
REDUCE SPEED to 55 mph or LESS. Combination disturbances happen most often at higher speeds .
If the combination disturbance persists, contact the nearest U-Haul example and have them inspect or exchange the tow doll. If the combination noise still occurs, something is ill-timed with your tow vehicle .


Your combination is heavier and longer than your tow fomite alone and will require more time and outdistance to pass .
Passing by another vehicle in the lapp or diametric direction can result in a combination noise. See the combination disturbances section on what to do if a combination perturbation happens .


SLOW DOWN BEFORE starting down mound. Shift into lower gearing and let off the gasoline pedal, this allows the engine to help you control your accelerate. Combination disturbances happen more frequently going downhill and at higher speeds .
DO NOT ride the brake pedal going downhill. Prolonged use of your brakes results in overheating and possible loss of braking. When you need to slow down, apply the brake pedal and slow down below the mean accelerate. then let off the brake pedal completely. Repeat as needed .
transfer into lower gear to prevent your tow vehicle from jerking due to engine lugging when traveling up hills. This will improve gas mileage and reduce locomotive overheating

Road shoulders

If a rack goes off the pave roadway :
DO NOT turn the steering wheel aggressively .
DO NOT apply your brakes .
Let off the gasoline bicycle and slow down below 25 miles per hour. then steer gradually back on the roadway. Proceed with caution entering traffic .
The tow doll is wider than the tow vehicle. Allow for this by driving in the center of your lane .

Backing up

DO NOT BACK UP. To avoid damage to the hitch system, the vehicle-in-tow or the tow dolly, do not attempt to back the tow doll improving .

Rough road

To prevent bounce and damage to the tow vehicle or the tow dolly, reduce rush when towing the unloaded tow dolly over boisterous roads .


Avoid U-turns. Avoid turning excessively aggressively. Turning excessively aggressively may cause the slope of the vehicle-in-tow to come in contact with the rear of the doll fender and cause damage to both .

Sharp corners

Avoid turning excessively sharp on corners, in accelerator stations or parking lots. Because the combination is longer the vehicle-in-tow will track inside the turn and may sideswipe a vehicle or aim. Drive slenderly past the corner before turning or turn wider than you would with a cable car to avoid this. Or simply plan ahead and avoid astute turns where you can .


Before unloading the tow doll make certain it is securely attached to the tow vehicle. Turn the coupling handwheel clockwise. Make surely the base hit chains are properly connected. Place the combination on level ground. Make sure the tow dolly is directly behind the tow fomite, in a straight line. Set the tow vehicle ’ second PARKING BRAKE hard and turn the motor off. Allow room behind the tow doll to back the vehicle-in-tow unclutter of the tow dolly .
During the drop process, keep children and others at least 25 feet away .

Be sure to follow these instructions

  • Remove portable towing lights from vehicle-in-tow.
  • Connect drive shaft if previously disconnected.
  • Disconnect the security chains from the vehicle-in-tow and lay them on the ground in front of the tow dolly.
  • Disconnect the tire straps and lay them to the sides of the ramps.
  • If you have a tow dolly with pullout loading ramps, pull both loading ramps completely out. To release the loading ramp pull and hold the (spring-loaded) ramp release pin outward. Pull the ramp rearward a short distance, then release the pin. Continue pulling the ramp out until it stops, then lower it to the ground. Both ramps must be pulled out completely to properly unload the vehicle-in-tow without damaging the tow dolly or the vehicle-in-tow.
  • If you have a tow dolly with tilt platform loading ramps, swing the locking pin handle upward then toward the coupler. This will allow the platform to tilt as you drive off the tow dolly.
  • Straighten the front wheels of the vehicle-in-tow if necessary, then SLOWLY back the vehicle-in-tow off the tow dolly.
  • Reconnect the tow dolly lighting wires to tow vehicle if they are disconnected.
  • After unloading the tow dolly. Lift and push the loading ramps back into the storage compartments push inward until the pin engages the hole in the ramp. NEVER tow the tow dolly with the loading ramps out.
  • After unloading the tow dolly with tilt platform loading ramps, pivot platform fully forward, and slide platform locking pin back into lock position. NEVER tow the tow dolly with platform in tilted (loading) position.
  • Place the end of the tire strap through the spool, then tighten the tire strap as far as the ratchet allows.
  • Tow Dolly User InstructionsRoute the security chains through the triangular rings on the frame, then attach the hook through the chain. Remove as much slack as possible. Secure the “S”-hooks with a rubber retainer.


immediately park your combination in a safe place, wholly off the roadway. Turn on your hand brake flashers. Get all occupants out of the vehicle and away from the roadway .
If you must continue on the roadway to reach a condom place off the road, turn on your emergency flashers and proceed with caution .
If necessity, drive on a flat tire to reach a dependable position wholly off the roadway. Drive slowly.

If the tow dolly ’ s mechanical problem is minor and the combination can be safely driven, proceed to the nearest U-Haul location, get help at or call wayside Assistance at 1-800-528-0355.
If the mechanical trouble is major or if the tow dolly is inoperable or can not be driven safely, get avail at m or call wayside Assistance at 1-800-528-0355. Be prepared to give your exact localization and a recall telephone number. Have your abridge with you when you call. They will have a U-Haul congressman liaison you and do whatever is necessity .


In subject of an accident, get everyone out of the vehicle and wholly off the roadway. Call an ambulance if anyone is injured. Notify the police arsenic soon as possible and then report the accident at m or call wayside Assistance at 1-800-528-0355

Towing checklist

(Use at each stop)

Before towing

  • Towing hitch and hitch-ball are tight.
  • Coupler handwheel is tight.
  • Safety chains tire straps and security chains are properly attached and secure.
  • All lights are connected and working.
  • Check all tires for correct pressure.
  • Vehicle-in-tow is facing forward.
  • Ramps securely stored and latched.

Before driving

  • Fasten seat belts.
  • Properly adjust mirrors.

On the road

  • Reduce speed to 55 mph or below.
  • Stop often for rest.
  • Inspect your vehicles and tow dolly connections at each stop.
  • Anticipate stops; brake early.

Remember – crashes are caused by

  • Driver error or Inattention.
  • Excessive speed.
  • Failure to load vehicle-in-tow facing forward.

You should always

  • Load vehicle-in-tow facing forward.
  • Reduce your normal driving speed.
  • Wear your seat belt.
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