Many of our customers at Bemidji Chrysler Center love the outdoors. If you’re planning your next adventure, it’s important to know how to safely and properly tow a trailer, boat, or camper. Our Chrysler dealers have many new vehicles in our large inventory that have high towing capacities, like the 2019 RAM 1500.

Here’s a look at how to tow.

Where do I start?

The first step is making sure you have a hitch. The good news for SUV and truck lovers is that these body styles may already have some of the towing equipment you need built in. The Class III hitch is the most common type of hitch that you’ll need, and often these are included. This class of hitch can tow up to 5,000 lbs, and the next level up, the Class IV hitch, can tow heavier loads of up to 7,500 lbs.

Safety considerations

The trailer you’re towing must have working taillights and brake lights to be safe on the road (and regulations require them). Additionally, you may want to consider trailer brakes, especially for heavier loads, which add protection when towing.

It’s also important to understand that towing something is much different than just driving in your car by itself. You have a much longer presence on the road, and should thus drive cautiously and slowly. You will also need to be careful when changing lanes or turning to ensure that you have plenty of room.

It may be a good idea for someone with towing experience to show you the ropes if you’ve never done it before. It can be difficult for any driver, so make sure you’re fully prepared before towing in your Jeep® Grand Cherokee.

To learn more, visit our Chrysler dealership near the International Falls and Bagley areas of Minnesota. We hope to see you soon!