Towing Problems and How to Solve Them 

» Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Towing Problems | 0 comments

As a tow business operator, you know that towing comes with standards, rules, laws and requirements and it’s your legal responsibility to do them all. Laws and requirements vary from state to state. There is one thing constant; you can be claimed if something goes wrong. The following are some of the towing problems identified by Virginia Beach Tow and tips on how to solve them.  

Towing Problems 

Problem #1: You Don’t Realize Your Tow Truck is Rated to Tow 

There are many reasons why this problem arises. It’s probably because you did not check the manual, the pickup truck model and its rated capacities. Or, you’ve seen other people towing some loads with the truck that looks just like yours. You shouldn’t be wrong with this because ignorance is bliss especially on towing on public roads.  

You can double check the truck’s capacity by checking the Vehicle ID sticker. It will indicate how much weight the axle can carry. It also states what exact wheels you should use, the exact tires and the exact psi tire pressure. If the truck says it can tow 10,000 pounds and says “when properly equipped”, you should check the manual. This information will tell you how much weight you can put in the tow vehicle, how heavy a trailer you can tow and how much weight can the combination handle.  

Problem #2: You Have No Idea About the Truck’s Weight 

Not everyone knows how much their trailer weighs. You will be surprised at how much weight your vehicle can gain if you go out camping with your family. The weight of everything in your tow vehicle-food, passengers, tools, food and gears takes away from the amount of trailer weight the truck can manage.  

To solve this problem, ask a scales operator at a certified truck scales and ask for the gross trailer weight plus the gross vehicle weight plus the gross combined weight. That would be 3 in all. It will be a hassle but it’s safe for you. Knowing the weight of your trailer will certify that you operate on the recommended weight limits.   

Problem #3: Equipment Combinations Affect Tow Ability 

Not all of us are good at reading owner’s manual. It’s not easy as it sounds. Tow ratings vary by engine, body type, drive system, transmission and even the weight of the options. For example, Suzuki Equator can tow 6,500 pounds but when you check the manual it only includes the Extended Cab, V6-powered, 4×2 Equator with the automatic transmission. Tow ratings for others are less. Again, you just have to do a checking of the fine print in your manual. It will help you find the vehicle’s actual capacity.  

Problem 4: Identical Appearing Trucks Have Different Towing Capacities 

The actual tow capacity is tricky to guarantee because trucks that appear the same with other trucks have actually different towing capacity. For example, two models of a Dodge Dakota SLT Quad Cab can tow 6, 850 pounds up to 11, 700. They have the same curb weight, axles and equipment package but they have different ratios. If you don’t check, there might be changes in the towing capacity ratings.  

You can solve this by getting under the truck and find the axle tag. Compare the info with the one written in the owner’s manual.

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