Get hitched. Know the pulling capacity of your vehicle. The coupler (the part of the hitch system attached to the trailer must be secured, tight and locked.

It’s a good idea to apply a new hitch, like the Ultra-Tow Complete Tow Kit. Always reference the “coupling to tow vehicle” section of your vehicle manual.

Feel the (tire) pressure. Make sure the trailer’s tire pressure is at the right level. Inspect tires for wear, and be sure to have a spare.

Be a chain agent. Once you place and pop in the coupler over the ball mount, the next step is applying the safety chains, which need to be rigged to the tow vehicle. Safety chains are federal law.

Light it up. Communicating with other vehicles is paramount. That means properly working brake, tail and turn signal lights. Sync the trailer lights with the tow vehicle, and test it out.

Locked down and loaded. Once everything is hitched, load up. It’s best to be balanced with weight distribution, but put heavier cargo in the front of the trailer. Do not overload.


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