Subaru Forester: Trailer towing tips / Before starting out on a trip

  • Check the towing regulations for trailer or caravan vehicles that vary by state/ region. Failure to comply with the procedures set forth will not only compromise your safety, but will also negate your insurance coverage and/or may violate the state road and traffic acts and regulations.
  • Check that the vehicle and vehicle-tohitch mounting are in good condition. If any problems are apparent, do not tow the trailer.
  • Check that the vehicle rests horizontally with the trailer attached. If the vehicle is tipped sharply up at the front and down at the rear, check the total trailer weight, GVW, GAWs and tongue load again, then confirm that the load and its distribution are acceptable.
  • Check that the tire rating and pressures are correct.
  • Check that the vehicle and trailer are connected properly. Confirm that:
    • The trailer tongue is connected properly to the hitch ball.
    • The trailer lights connector is connected properly and trailer’s brake lights illuminate when the vehicle’s brake pedal is pressed, and that the trailer’s turn signal lights flash when the vehicle’s turn signal lever is operated.
    • The safety chains are connected properly.
    • All cargo in the trailer is secured safely in position.
    • The side mirrors provide a good rearward field of view without a significant blind spot.
  • Sufficient time should be taken to learn the “feel” of the vehicle/trailer combination before starting out on a trip. In an area free of traffic, practice turning, stopping and backing up.

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