Choosing the Right Tow Vehicle

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Choosing the proper tow vehicle for your trailer is extremely important for your safety, as well as your cargo. However, the process of choosing a tow vehicle isn’t as easy as going to a dealership and picking out a truck or SUV. Selecting a vehicle that will safely haul your trailer and cargo requires some research and a little bit of math. This article will discuss a few important factors to consider when choosing the right tow vehicle for your trailer.

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Hydraulic Brakes vs Electric Brakes

hyd_brake_2_2Trailer brakes are an essential part of the installed towing equipment needed to make a trip safe. The majority of states have towing laws that stipulate that trailer brakes (separate from tow vehicle brakes) are mandatory when the trailer exceeds a certain weight limit; often times, that limit is around 3000 pounds (although in some states it’s 1500 pounds, and in others it’s 4500 pounds). The information for your state can be found at the Department of Transportation (DOT) or the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA). This article will discuss the difference between hydraulic brakes and electric brakes.

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