How do I hook up my trailer to my car or truck?

Our trailers require a 2” diameter hitch ball.  Use of any other hitch ball diameter size will create an extremely dangerous condition that can result in separation of the coupler and ball, and/or hitch ball failure.  Other than this crucial 2” diameter requirement, there are numerous trailer hitches and hitching components available to you for your trailer.  Be sure to consult your tow vehicle manufacturer for hitch and/or hitch assembly alternatives.

Pre-hitch/coupling/trip considerations and inspection …. be sure your hitch and tow vehicle are rated for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of your trailer.  Remember that the hitch load rating must be equal to or greater than the coupler load ( one is attached to car, other to trailer).  Be sure the hitch size matches the coupler size.

Examine all hitch components before hitching, looking for wear, corrosion, deformations, stripping and cracks. Replace worn, corroded or cracked hitch components before coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle. Be sure the hitch components are tight and that the ball-locking device works freely before coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle.  Remember to also Inspect the safety chains.  Be sure to correct any noted problems or defects before towing the trailer.

Other Important Note: be sure to raise all trailer jacks and close the trailer fully before hitching (i.e. close all doors and windows and raise the step ladder). 

Your trailer is equipped with a 7-pin connector, which synchronizes the lights of your tow vehicle and trailer, and can connect their respective braking systems.  Although your trailer is equipped with electric brakes, you will need to separately purchase a brake controller for the trailer electric brakes to operate.  Electric brakes are not required in every State.  However, we recommend that you use them and thus, that you separately purchase a brake controller.

Hitching up your trailer will get easier with practice. The hitching steps described below are typical. However, we highly recommend that you also consult the hitching and unhitching instructions associated with your particular tow vehicle and hitching co

hitching steps and instructions:

  1. Crank the tongue of the trailer jack until the hitch coupler is raised enough to clear the tow vehicle;
  2. Back the tow vehicle to the trailer until the hitch ball is directly under the trailer coupler.  The use of a backing aid mirror may be helpful, especially if you are hitching alone;
  3. Set the parking brakes;
  4. Be sure the coupler latch-locking lever is fully open, and then lower the tongue jack until the ball is firmly seated in the socket;
  5. Close the coupler latch and secure it with a locking pin or bolt (you can use the pin that locks the caster wheel on to the front jack);
  6. Securely attach the safety chains in a crossing pattern to the tow vehicle and confirm that they are properly connected to the trailer.  Do not fasten chains to any part of the hitch unless the hitch has holes or loops designed specifically for that purpose, be sure the chains do not drag during towing.;
  7. Connect the breakaway switch. Attach and secure the breakaway switch cable to the tow vehicle bumper or frame independently of the safety chains. The following are guidelines for attaching the cable:
    • The cable should come straight out from the switch to attach to the tow vehicle
    • The switch and cable should be located and secured on the same side of the trailer and tow vehicle
    • Do not loop the cable over the hitch ball; the cable may bounce off while the vehicle is moving

    Before towing you may test the breakaway assembly by pulling the pin out of the switch to confirm activation of the trailer electric brakes.

    Note: your breakaway switch will automatically engage the electric trailer brakes if the safety chains fail during uncoupling. 

  8. Connect the power cord between the tow vehicle and the trailer, leaving enough slack for the tow vehicle to turn without disconnecting the power cord;
  9. Adjust side mirrors;
  10. Check all lights on trailer and tow vehicle, ensuring that they are communicating properly;  and
  11. Confirm the brakes are working properly prior to towing the trailer on a public road.  You can, for example, check the operation of the trailer brakes by pulling forward and using the hand control, if any.

WARNING: IMPROPER RIGGING OF THE SAFETY CHAINS CAN RESULT IN LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE TRAILER AND TOW VEHICLE, LEADING TO DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY, IF THE TRAILER UNCOUPLES FROM THE TOW VEHICLE.

WARNING:  DO NOT CONNECT THE BREAKAWAY SWITCH LANYARD TO THE HITCH BALL OR ANY PART OF THE HITCH ASSEMBLY.

WARNING:  THE PROPER SELECTION AND CONDITION OF THE COUPLER AND HITCH IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SAFE TOWING OF YOUR TRAILER. A LOSS OF COUPLING MAY RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.

WARNING:  AN IMPROPERLY COUPLED TRAILER CAN RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.

WARNING: USE OF A TOW VEHICLE WITH A TOWING CAPACITY LESS THAN THE LOAD RATING OF THE TRAILER CAN RESULT IN LOSS OF CONTROL, AND MAY LEAD TO DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.

FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY YOUR VEHICLE’S TOW PACKAGE MANUFACTURER AND/OR INSTALLER.

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