North Avenue Automotive
5714 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208 414.442.8500

Let's talk about towing safety in Milwaukee. Too often Milwaukee drivers just slap a trailer on the hitch and take off. But there are safety considerations to protect your tow vehicle, comply with WI laws and limit your liability.

Know your tow vehicle. Your options will affect the tow rating, so you need to carefully read the towing section of your manufacturer's owner's manual to know how much your vehicle can tow.

Know the weight limits of your trailer hitch. It will have a maximum tongue limit and an overall limit.

Know your hitch type: a weight-distributing hitch may be required by your manufacturer for certain trailer weights.

Know the towing laws for the areas in which you'll be towing as they may have stricter equipment requirements.

Your owner's manual will also give you some help in determining how to calculate how much weight you can tow. It's more complicated than the maximum weight the marketing guys trumpet. There are two codes Milwaukee drivers can find on the driver's side door. One is GVWR – or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This is the maximum weight of the tow vehicle, including passengers and cargo.

The other is GCWR – or Gross Combined Weight Rating. This is the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, cargo and loaded trailer.

Every locality requires safety chains and they also have regulations for when trailer brakes are required in WI. And the tires on your vehicle and trailer should be in good condition and have the proper load rating. Your suspension should be inspected to make sure it can handle the load. Also your transmission may need additional fluid cooling, so check with your friendly and knowledgeable North Avenue Automotive service advisor about adding a transmission cooler and/or performing maintenance.

Carefully follow your vehicle's towing guidelines to maximize your safety, protect your vehicle from damage and protectyourself from liability.

A quick note on your trailer: wheel bearings on trailers are often neglected by Milwaukee drivers. They need to be serviced on schedule to avoid failure. This is especially important for trailers that are driven through water. We can help you at North Avenue Automotive in Milwaukee. Give us a call.

North Avenue Automotive
5714 W North Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53208
414.442.8500
http://serviceassistant.autonettv.com


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