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How to Buy the Right Trailer Size for Your Vehicle

A trailer can be a great accessory for your vehicle. It can expand your towing capacity, making it possible to do more with your vehicle. To get the most out of your trailer ownership, you need to make sure you get the right size trailer. Here are a few sizing tips to consider when you're looking to buy trailers.

Consider the Weight of Your General Towing Loads

Although load weight will vary from time to time, you should figure out the general towing weight that you would normally be dealing with. Any vehicle can handle the weight of the trailer itself, but you need to make sure that your vehicle can handle the weight of the vehicle, the trailer, and the load that will be on the trailer.

Consider the Towing Capacity of Your Vehicle

Each vehicle will have an established towing capacity, and it might be higher for larger vehicles. The towing capacity of your vehicle is often based on the power of the engine. A member of our team can also help you identify the proper towing capacity!

Consider the Available Connections

The available hitches on your vehicle can be changed, but you should make sure that you buy trailers that work with the hitches. The hitches themselves have specific strengths and weaknesses. You can talk with trailer experts when you're shopping to ensure that you have the right hitch to work with the trailer you're considering.

According to Kelly Blue Book, generally used for full-size vans, trucks, and SUVs, Class III hitches can pull up to 8,000 pounds and withstand a tongue weight of 800 pounds. All hitch systems are classified by special ratings. There are five different classes of hitch, and each one is rated to carry a different load amount; the higher the class number, the greater the towing capacity. When choosing a hitch, you also need to consider what your vehicle will accommodate. The trailer and the hitch must work together seamlessly!

You should take your trailer shopping seriously because you want to make sure you can operate your trailer safely on the roads. Poorly sized trailers and mismatched hitches can cause an unsafe situation that might result in a serious accident. If you're looking to buy trailers, please contact our team at Deer Valley Trailer; come by to check out our inventory today!

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