OPEN UP A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF EXPLORATION AND PRACTICALITY

It's almost always necessary to do your homework before setting off to tow something. You must ensure your vehicle is up to the task, know the law and how not to break it and take the time to practice driving with your load.

GETTING STARTED WITH TOWING

Ensure your vehicle can handle the trailer.

Every vehicle has a towing capacity that you must not exceed

Check the Gross Trailer Weight (that's the trailer + the load)

against the manufacturer's stated Maximum Towing Capacity for your vehicle.

The engine of your vehicle also needs to be powerful enough to cope with the extra load, particularly when climbing hills.

THE 85% RULE

In addition to the manufacturer’s stated Max. Towing Capacity figures it is recommended that the weight to be towed should not exceed 85% of the "kerb weight" of the towing vehicle. The "kerb weight" is defined as the weight of the vehicle plus a full tank of petrol and 75kg.

LOADING UP

 

The load must not project outside of the trailer as this can be very dangerous to other drivers and the stability of the trailer.

It’s dangerous and illegal for the load to stick out beyond the edges of the trailer.

Distribute weight evenly as much as possible. Overloading one side or having excess weight toward the nose or tail of the trailer can seriously impact the stability of trailers.

Most trailers will have a stated "Recommended Nose Weight" which should be followed.

 

SECURE YOUR LOADS

Unsecured loads can slide around causing a loss of stability, are likely to shoot forward when the brakes are applied and lighter items can even be lifted out of the trailer at higher speeds so make sure everything is as secure as possible.

WHEELS AND AXLES

Ensure that wheel axles are not overloaded.

LIVESTOCK

There are strict guidelines on the transport of livestock that cover condition of the trailer that cover everything from condition to the number of available tethering points. You can find the full guide here.

ATTACHING THE TRAILER TO THE VEHICLE

The best advice is to have help. Two people can hitch a trailer easier than one, though you can do it by yourself. Trailers vary from model to model though most will attach in a standard way. Thoroughly read the manufacturers instructions prior to attempting to attach for the first time.

Next: Driving whilst towing

 

Mitsubishi Guide To Towing

 

Whether you're planning to pull a caravan, a trailer, a horse box, a boat or anything else, you need to do it safely and legally. Our guide to towing gives you all the information you need to get started and ensure your towing experience goes smoothly.

 

SHOWROOM LOCATIONS & OPENING HOURS

Gallaghers of Sandycroft

Chester Road

Sandycroft
Nr CHESTER

CH5 2QN

Recommendation score:

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

View Map

: 01244 534 347

Opening Hours

Sales

Monday-Friday / 9.00 am  - 6.30 pm

Saturday / 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Sunday / 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Service / Parts

Monday-Friday / 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

Saturday / 9.00 am - 12.00 noon

Sunday / Closed

Gallaghers of Warrington

Manchester Road

Paddington
WARRINGTON

WA1 3TZ

Recommendation score:

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

View Map

: 01925 851 574

Opening Hours

Sales

Monday-Friday / 9.00 am - 6.30 pm

Saturday / 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Sunday / 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Service / Parts

Monday-Friday / 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

Saturday / 9.00 am - 12.00 noon

Sunday / Closed

All new retail vehicles are shown with OTR (On The Road) Prices. OTR prices include VAT at 20%, Government Road Fund Licence, First Registration Fee (£55) and the cost of delivery to the dealer’s premises. Commercial vehicles are shown with Commercial Vehicle List Prices (CV List Prices). CV List Price includes the cost of delivery to the dealer’s premises, but exclude VAT, Government Road Fund Licence and First Registration Fee (£55). Government Road Fund Licence for commercial vehicles is £250. All prices shown are for solid paint. Metallic paint extra. Official EU MPG and EV Range test figures shown as a guide for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Outlander PHEV figures are based on the vehicle being charged from mains electricity. Images shown are for illustrative purposes only and UK specification may vary.

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

 

Mitsubishi Guide To Towing

 

Whether you're planning to pull a caravan, a trailer, a horse box, a boat or anything else, you need to do it safely and legally. Our guide to towing gives you all the information you need to get started and ensure your towing experience goes smoothly.