Monday, June 29, 2015

Towing Tips for your Next Summer Road Trip

Summer is officially underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico! With just a few short months to take in the warmer weather and lazy vibes, at Melloy Dodge we hope that you'll make the time for that ultimate summer adventure- the road trip! Whether you're headed across country, or just out of the city, Melloy Dodge has a vehicle for you to tow your trailer so you can achieve the ultimate in comfort and convenience when you head out on the road this summer. Our line of high performance RAM trucks never fails to get the job done, whether it is hauling work supplies, or all your camping or beach gear. When it comes time to pack up and head out, keep in mind some of these towing tips so you make it to your destination safely and hassle free.

1. Know your load What's the max towing capacity of your truck? Be sure not to overload your vehicle, and keep in mind the combined weight rating of your truck, trailer, items in the bed of the truck, and even your passengers. Your owner's manual should help you make an approximation at this number so you don't go overboard on the weight your truck can handle, not that you need to worry much when you're behind the wheel of a Dodge RAM. The RAM 1500 can tow up to 9,000 pounds, while heftier models like the RAM 3500 can handle a whopping 11,910 pounds.

2. Have the right hitch Seem like an unimportant detail? Think again. Having a hitch that is the right size, shape, and fit for your RAM truck is essential for safe towing. For added peace of mind, you may want to consider a few worthwhile extras like safety chains. As you cruise down the road, in between sightseeing and pit stops, take a moment to check that you hitch is still level with the trailer.

3. Take extra precautions It may seem obvious, but a trailer set up will change the way your Dodge SUV or RAM truck handles. Be sure to reduce your driving speed, give yourself extra stopping distance, and increase your following distance as well. The staff of Melloy Dodge suggests you err on the side of caution- better safe than sorry!

4. Reverse with care You might feel pretty comfortable throwing your truck into reverse normally, but if you've driven a truck while towing nearly anything, you know it's a whole different ball game. If at all possible, avoid reversing. If you must maneuver in reverse, make sure you have plenty of room, and that you keep your hands at the base of the steering wheel in the direction you need to go.

Ready to head out? We hope so! Just be sure to consult your owner's manual and a trusted mechanic, and have a great time! Enjoy your summer, Albuquerque!

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