Date: October 12, 2021
If you are looking for an SUV, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes time to tow.
First of all, make sure that your SUV is rated for towing and that the rating on the window matches what you will be using it for. You can check this on the sticker located on either side of your driver’s doorframe near the bottom. It should say something like “TOWING CAPABLE: YES/NO” with a rating number after; if there isn’t one or if it says "NONE," then you need to find another vehicle for your towing.
Second, make sure that your tires have sufficient tread depth and air pressure as well as proper wheel alignment before any long-distance trip with a trailer.
Third, be sure to check your oil and fluids as well as the rest of your SUV's systems before taking it on a long trip with a trailer. You don’t want something to fail you while you are driving down I-95—that would be no good at all! Be sure that everything is in working order and up to date so that you can safely tow without worry.
An SUV suited for towing will have an additional transmission cooler (because more weight is being towed) or has air springs which take some pressure off the engine when pulling heavy loads. If possible, also look for one that has limited slip differentials which help get power to the wheel that has traction instead of just spinning the wheels.
One thing that you don’t want to forget about is a weight-distribution hitch which can also be known as sway control or anti-sway bars. This helps even out the weight between your car and trailer so that you can drive down the road safer at high speeds while making turns. Be sure to get one with proper capacity for your SUV, too; if it isn’t rated well enough then it will be ineffective at controlling sway.
Finally, make sure that you have ample brake controller space; some SUVs do not allow for the wiring of an additional one. If yours doesn't, you might need to get an external controller instead (make sure it matches your other brake equipment).
Also make sure that the tow package you purchase includes all of the following: 7-way wiring harness, auxiliary transmission cooler (if applicable), and trailer brakes. If you are buying an aftermarket setup, be sure to get wiring for any accessories that may require power while you are driving down the road so that your car will run properly even when it is towing something.
The last thing you want is to ruin a good day by having your SUV break down in the middle of nowhere with no one around!
We hope this article helped you. Visit the Binghamton Auto Exchange today at 209 Vestal Parkway West in Vestal NY or call us at 607-754-9118 and see why we are the most trusted name in pre-owned luxury under $15,000 in the Southern Tier since 1976.
209 Vestal Parkway West
Vestal, NY 13850
Sales: (607) 754-9118
Monday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
After Hours Available by Appointment