Whether you need a professional towing for recreation purpose or to get your new startup business going, you will need 4 different accessories and these are: the Hitch, the Ball and the Wiring. Read on..
Before you go out and buy a professional towing system, you need to know your vehicle’s towing capabilities and capacity. This is vital if you are select the right professional towing system that suits all your towing needs. Again, what kind of trailer you attach/buy will also depend on your vehicles towing capabilities and capacity.
So, before you begin:
1. Identify your vehicle’s towing capabilities and capacity – you will probably find the relevant information towards the end of your vehicle manual.
2. Identify trailer type, weight and coupler style – again, refer to your trailer manual.
3. Refer manual to find information on which class receiver is required to safely tow your cargo – find out if a towing assist is required for towing heavy cargo.
The Hitch – This is a the hardware that is attached to your vehicle. The type of hitch you select (light duty to extremely heavy duty) would depend on your vehicle’s towing capacity and the type of trailer you need to attach.
Mount & Ball – This is the piece of hardware that raises or lowers the towing system to ensure that your trailer and vehicle are always at the same level as you drive.
Wiring – Every trailer needs to have brake lamps. Additionally, some trailers may have powered brakes and sensor systems connected to specialised equipment mounted in the drive cabin. Wiring would be required to power all these. These days most trailers have factory installed lighting and come with connectors that you can plug into your tow vehicle and be ready to go. Sensor and computer related wiring needs to be carefully handled and attached to the correct connectors. Once you have plugged in everything, be sure to test it out before you hit the main roads.
Locking accessories – optional, but required the prevent the trailer from being stolen. These days locking mechanism essentially consists of safety chains and coupler locks.
Safety Chains are attached to the trailer tongue and keep the trailer connected to the Tow Bar Accessories. This also helps if the coupler or hitch ball detach from the tow vehicle. Safety chains must be secured every time you tow. For additional safety and security, you should cross the chains under the trailer tongue.
Coupler Lock – This is a pin style lock designed to fit through the coupler’s latching mechanism disabling it from being removed from the ball. This in turn prevents someone from removing the trailer.
Hitch lock – This is a locking pin designed to secure the ball mount to the hitch, essentially to prevent theft.
Trailer Lock – For preventing unauthorised trailer use or theft.