Towing Your New Trailer

Written by W. H. Ingle

You have bought a new trailer and have your first trip all planned out. Are you ready to start out on your trip? Assuming you have done all inspections for your trailer and cargo, then here are a few tips for being onrepparttar road and towing your trailer safely. Remember, there is a big difference between just driving your vehicle and hauling a load behind it. Handling characteristics will be startlingly different. Practicing on roads with little traffic or even in empty parking lots will help to give you a feel for how your vehicle will handle in different situations. And while in a deserted parking lot, it is a good time to practice backing and parking.

To back a trailer, turn your wheel right to back right and turn your wheel left to back left. Oversteering can causerepparttar 142274 trailer to turn sharply, so do gradual movements. If you get in a bind, just pull forward and straighten everything out and try again.

Don't forget to consult your vehicles's owners manual for information onrepparttar 142275 correct driving gear when towing. If your manual is unavailable, callrepparttar 142276 dealer for your make of vehicle. Usuallyrepparttar 142277 service department has allrepparttar 142278 information you need and may have a few tips onrepparttar 142279 do's and don'ts that may be useful to you.

Always drive at moderate speeds when towing. Some states even have laws and regulations for driving a certain speed belowrepparttar 142280 posted limit when towing a trailer. Just be sure to leave plenty of time for your trip and don't get in a hurry. This will also put less strain on your towing vehicle and may help in avoiding breakdowns. Also, driving at moderate speeds can avoid trailer sway .

While driving, it is essential you stay alert for potential problems ahead. Lane changes and braking are best when planned. Heavy braking can cause great problems such as sliding or even jack knifing, not to mentionrepparttar 142281 extreme strain on your trailer, cargo or animals. A good rule of thumb on following distance ofrepparttar 142282 vehicle in front of you is one and a half to two car lengths for every ten miles an hour of speed when towing. If people pull in front of you, drop back. Better safe than sorry. Try to anticipate having to stop for lights or traffic and begin slowing ahead of time. Remember, your braking time and distance are going to increase with a heavy load behind you. Try to avoid sudden steering maneuvers that could put you out of control when towing a load.

Ifrepparttar 142283 road you are traveling is bumpy or even gravel, you will need to travel at much slower speeds to maintain control. Gravel or "rutty" roads can even cause your vehicle and/or trailer to "float" and cause you to face disaster. Road and weather conditions will have an even greater effect on how you drive when towing.

When you make your first turn towing a trailer, you must remember to compensate for a much wider turn. The trailer's wheels will be much further torepparttar 142284 inside of a turn thanrepparttar 142285 towing vehicle's. The trailer will ride up onrepparttar 142286 curb, or into a ditch or, on left turns, even sideswipe vehicles.

There are other problems onrepparttar 142287 highway in dealing with other traffic and wind conditions. Large vehicles can cause wind shifts as they pass you. Just keep your hands onrepparttar 142288 wheel firmly and avoid over compensating. Ifrepparttar 142289 winds start your trailer swaying, do not hitrepparttar 142290 brakes. Instead, userepparttar 142291 trailer brake activator to lightly applyrepparttar 142292 brakes on your trailer. Try shifting into a lower gear and decreasingrepparttar 142293 speed of your vehicle. Just hittingrepparttar 142294 brakes onrepparttar 142295 tow vehicle can makerepparttar 142296 sway worse as centrifugal force pushesrepparttar 142297 trailer forward.

Support Group for Performance Challenged Engines

Written by Dee Scrip

The heart ofrepparttar circulatory system in vehicles isrepparttar 142273 engine. Your engine could be performance-challenged if it exhibits one or more of these symptoms:

·Chronic Fatigue ·Listlessness or Sluggishness ·Difficulty Maintaining Former Miles Per Gallon ·Hemophiliac Emissions ·Irritability ·Octane Deprivation

Asrepparttar 142274 primary caregiver of your engine, you’ve acceptedrepparttar 142275 responsibility for maintenance, e.g., purchasing fuel, changing spark plugs, lubricating valves, changing oil, etc., but in spite of meticulous nurturing, your engine continues to be unreceptive.

According torepparttar 142276 Fuel Doctor,repparttar 142277 problematic symptoms are indicative of a common eating disorder known only to vehicles, e.g., automobiles, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, etc. The eating disorder is a direct result of gasoline or diesel fuel feedings. This vehicle food produces sulfuric acid reflux inrepparttar 142278 engine.

Sulfuric acid (created fromrepparttar 142279 union of fuel and water – which is present in all fuel), never completely burns off during engine combustion, andrepparttar 142280 end result is grotesque carbon deposits clinging to spark plugs, valves, etc., choking away its life. When these toxic carbon deposits fester inrepparttar 142281 engine, its performance noticeably diminishes, even after nourishing with higher octane fuel.

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