Preparing your Car to Tow

We know that getting your vehicle geared up to tow your new trailer can often be an intimidating process with a lot of confusion involved. We have assembled this short list of what equipment you will need in order to tow your trailer, as well as recommendations for additional equipment to help make your towing experience as stress-free as possible.

Required equipment

Receiver

 

 

BALL MOUNT

The ball mount is a removable metal tube that slides into the receiver opening and provides the support for a trailer ball.

IF YOU HAVE AN ALL-ROAD/OFF-ROAD SUSPENSION TIMBERLEAF TRAILER THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED.  YOU DO NOT NEED THE BALL BUT MUST HAVE A 1″ HOLE (VERY IMPORTANT)!

Click here to learn how to calculate the hitch height for your trailer & vehicle.

 

 

 

HITCH BALL

The hitch ball is attached to the ball mount, the hitch ball comes in sizes which include 1-7/8″, 2″, 2-5/16″ and 3″.

YOU NEED A 2″ HITCH BALL IF YOU HAVE A STANDARD SUSPENSION TIMBERLEAF TRAILER.

Click here to learn how to calculate the hitch height for your trailer & vehicle.

 

 

 

Pin & clip

A steel pin which locks the ball mount to the hitch tube keeping everything secure.

YOU WILL NEED A HITCH PIN (typically A 5/8″ PIN).

 

 

 

Wiring

This connects your trailer’s lights to the tow vehicle. While they mainly supply tail, turn, and stop lights, the 7-way RV connector shown here, and used on our trailers, allows for additional functionality such as electronic trailer brakes and battery charging off of the vehicle’s alternator.

YOU NEED A 7-WAY STANDARD RV CONNECTOR (SHOWN HERE).

 

 

 

Additional Recommended Equipment

Trailer brake controller

Our All-Road and Off-Road trailers are equipped with electronic trailer brakes, in order to take advantage of the brakes your vehicle will need to be outfitted with a trailer brake controller. These are not commonly found in the “Tow Package” for most vehicles, and will need to be installed by your mechanic or dealer. The brake controller allows automated control of the trailer’s brakes in sync with the vehicle’s braking, as well as manual control for additional control in a variety of situations. Brake controllers are available in two common types: Time-Delay and Proportional. We recommend proportional for the smoothest braking experience while towing your trailer.

 

Charge Line

Another one of the optional functions of the 7-way trailer connector is a charge line, a heavy-gauge wire installed from the vehicle’s alternator to the trailer connector, which allows the trailer battery to charge while you are towing. Charge lines are not commonly available on factory “Tow Package” wiring on most vehicles, so the charge line may need to be installed by your mechanic or dealer.

 

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