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Old 02-14-2019, 12:23 AM   #57 (permalink)
BigMike8504
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Great thread. Shame it has not been bumped in a while. Ill add. When towing, if ANYTHING does not sound or feel right, STOP and check it out. The side of the road is where you want to find and solve a problem, not after the problem has caused a failure at highway speeds. SLOW DOWN when pulling. Safe travel speed is 10 to 15 mph minimum slower than the flow of 4 wheel traffic when pulling a trailer. Your rig will not stop or steer the same with a trailer. Be aware of the speed ratings and load ratings on your tires and remember that 65 in your tow vehicle with large tires can feel like 90 on 15 inch trailer tires.

A word on tie downs. If you use ratchet straps in an over the cargo configuration, make sure to put the binder on the passenger side of the vehicle. If you have to stop and tighten a strap in transit, the grass on the shoulder is much safer than the emergency lane to stand in while doing so.
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