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Course Outline

When you hit a bump while driving down the road, the last thing you want is to look in the rearview mirror and notice the trailer moving on its own. This does happen, and it's very dangerous. It's critical that you hitch the trailer properly.

  • Use a towing hitch appropriate for the loaded trailer.
  • Make sure the size stamped on the ball hitch on the towing vehicle is the same size that is stamped on the trailer’s coupler. If the ball hitch is too small, a bump in the road could cause the coupler to lift off the hitch.
  • Crisscross two strong safety chains to support the trailer’s coupler if it becomes disconnected.
  • Connect the trailer to the towing vehicle’s lighting system. Make sure all the lights work, including the brake lights and both blinkers.
Crisscrossed chains under the trailer’s coupler

Crisscross the safety chains under the trailer’s coupler when attaching them to the towing vehicle.

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