So you’re thinking of getting a vehicle to use as a personal towing machine. That’s awesome. Now, you’ve probably got the details down like what you’ll be towing and what kind of hitches you’ll be using. The only thing that’s left is to decide what vehicle to use. Buying a vehicle to use it to tow is an investment and like any good investment, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Pressured yet? Don’t be, we’re here to help you out! We’ll be sharing with you a list of some of the best tow vehicles to use depending on what you’ll be using it for!
2017 Nissan Titan
When set up correctly with the right tools and equipment, the 2017 Nissan Titan is a beast of a vehicle. It can tow up to 9,390 pounds and has a 390-horsepower v8 engine to boot. Towing is a breeze for this powerful truck even when you’re towing uphill. Plus, the Titan’s stick-shifting transmission and strong brakes are an awesome feature that every driver will enjoy.
2017 Ram 1500
With a towing capacity of 10,690 pounds, the 2017 Ram 1500 is a great vehicle for towing because of a few reasons. One is that it’s one of the best trucks when it comes to fuel efficiency. Second, the Ram has 420 pound-feet of torque making it an excellent choice for towing. Third, is the value at which you get the truck. For the awesome value you get, the price of the Ram is fairly low and it also features one of the slickest interiors among its class.
Nothing defines muscle better than the Ford F-350. It’s robust, it’s powerful, and it’s stable. It’s one of the best choices you can ever make when deciding on what truck to purchase for all your towing needs. It has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds and that in itself is a great reason to buy it. Not only that but it’s a very flexible vehicle that can be used to get down and dirty for work related purposes or luxurious occasions.
2016 GMC Sierra 1500
The Sierra can tow up to 12,000 pounds with its impressive 5.3 liter V8 engine. It boasts a tow / haul mode which makes towing a whole lot more convenient because it holds gears for longer periods of time. It even has Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control which is a dream come true for experienced towers.
These trucks are just a few of the options you have when you’re looking to purchase the perfect towing machine but they’re among the best. When it comes to towing you want to make sure you have a hassle-free experience that has absolutely no room for error. So whether it’s the Ford F-350 or the GMC Sierra, we’re confident you won’t be disappointed with what you decide – as long as it’s found on this list. Enjoy and happy towing!
When it comes to towing cars, there’s little room for error. That’s why it’s important to know every detail because even attempting to tow because one mistake can lead to unwanted consequences. So whether you’re going to be towing a truck or a small vehicle, here are some things that you should know to successfully tow a car.
Know What You’re Dealing With
Knowledge is power and in this case it definitely is. Even before making your way to where the designated car is, what you need to do is to find out exactly what kind of car you’ll be towing. When you’ve got that detail, you’ll want to make sure you bring the right kind of vehicle that is properly equipped (finding the right hitch to attach) and fully capable of doing the job. To find out it’s capable of doing the job, read the manual of your vehicle and learn how much it is rated to tow. Common practice is that you shouldn’t be towing more than 75% of what’s listed in the manual for the maximum safety of your car. We don’t want to end up towing two cars, right?
To properly tow your vehicle, you’ll also need to take its weight into consideration. For example, if you’re towing a trailer that has a boat in it you’ll need to calculate or estimate the weight of the trailer and the boat. This will help you determine the tongue weight which is the amount of weight that presses down on your hitch. This is an important factor to consider because too little tongue weight means what you’re towing will easily sway and too much tongue weight can cause complications such as not enough weight on the front wheels of the vehicle you’re using to tow (this causes difficulty in steering).To fix this you can use weight-distributing hitch which brings us to what you should know next.
Hitches are one of the most important things you should familiarize yourself with when attempting to tow. There are three main hitch classifications: weight-carrying hitch, weight-distributing hitch, and fifth-wheel hitch. Weight-carrying hitches carry all of the vehicle’s tongue weight, weight-distributing hitches distribute the weight of the vehicle, and fifth-wheel hitches carry a much heavier load compared to others. Know which hitch you need by checking the weight of your vehicle.
Depending on what kind of vehicle you use to tow and what you’re towing, you’ll need a specific kind of braking system. If you’re towing a huge vehicle, some states may require you by law to have a separate braking system and breakaway switch for safety. Make sure that your vehicle is equipped with the proper braking systems to ensure proper road safety.
Last but not least, always bring a spare tire/s with you. The least thing you want to be when towing a car is not prepared. There have been numerous occasions when the vehicle that’s supposed to tow another vehicle ends up getting towed as well because of, you guessed it, a flat tire.
So that’s the basics information you need when you plan on towing a car! If there’s one key takeaway from all of this, it’s that you should always be prepared even before you attempt to tow a car. If you’re not confident in towing a car you can always seek professional help and at most times it’s an even better solution than doing it yourself. For that, tow truck in Oak Lawn Services is what we recommend for any of your towing needs.