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A Quick How-to Guide for Towing with Work Trucks

28 Oct Towing | Comments Off on A Quick How-to Guide for Towing with Work Trucks
A Quick How-to Guide for Towing with Work Trucks
 

The RAM trucks at Atlanta Commercial Trucks are known for their class-leading towing, with max towing of up to 37,500 on RAM chassis cabs with the legendary Cummins diesel engine. But with the power of the towing comes the safety and responsibility of hauling a large payload. Atlanta Commercial Trucks has taken some of the best and most important tips from RAM trucks to help those in Atlanta who may tow big payloads for their jobs.

Connecting the Trailer

A receiver hitch is the conventional way to tow a boat or a trailer up to 10,000 pounds. To attach a standard receiver hitch, you first must make sure your trailer tires are blocked an impeded so there is no moving around when attaching. Then, insert the drop bar and lock it in place. Line up the hitch ball with the coupler with your RAM truck. Step two is lowering the coupler onto the ball. A solid connection will be signified with an audible snap. After the coupler is in the upmost position, connect the safety cables and plug in the wiring. Always check your lights and brakes.

A gooseneck hitch is used to help tow weight that pushes your RAM truck to the limits and is a popular choice for chassis cabs with flatbed upfits. First, position the hitch ball directly under the coupler. Lower the coupler onto the ball and attach the safety chains and connect the safety break-away cable. Then, latch the coupler and connect the wiring harness.

RVs and other such vehicles are usually towed with a fifth wheel hitch. RAM 3500s at Atlanta Commercial Trucks have an available gooseneck prep package which helps make the job easier. Five easy steps will make attaching the fifth wheel hitch a bit easier.

  1. Grease the plate and line it up
  2. Back up to connect the pin
  3. Attach the chains and wiring
  4. Raise the trailer legs and
  5. Always check the brakes and lights

Loading the Cargo

Before you can tow, you have to load. After learning how much your RAM truck can tow, you need to make sure the load is even which will help with the braking, steering and sway control.

ACT-Loading CargoMost of the time, 60 percent of tow load weight should be loaded in the front half of the trailer and 40 percent on the rear half — however, always check the guide and manuals that came with your trailer. According to RAM, when loading cargo, you’ll want to balance it evenly side-to-side, keeping the center of gravity low to the ground and over the trailer axle.

A non-secured load can make the trailer sway and become unstable. Towing straps or nylons ropes are recommended for most jobs.

Check back for Atlanta Commercial Trucks’ next blog post where we’ll give some tips on how to drive safely with an attached trailer. We have Georgia’s No. 1 RAM dealer behind us, so you know your work and fleet vehicle purchase from Atlanta Commercial Trucks will be the right one.

Contact Atlanta Commercial Trucks today!