Introduction: Hooking Up a Trailer

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How to hookup a trailer in Ten Easy steps:

Step 1: Test the tow vehicle's wiring.

Step 2: Verify the trailer ball & hitch meet the min. gross vehicle weight rating. Also check that the ball and hitch size match.

Step 3: Back up to trailer

Step 4: Lower the tongue jack, secure the tongue latch, and insert the safety keeper.

Step 5: Lift up on the trailer using the tongue jack to make sure there is a secure connection between the trailer and the hitch.

Step 6: Raise and secure the tongue jack for towing.

Step 7: Hook up safety chains making sure to cross them as you do

Step 8: Connect the lights. Run the light cord through the safety keeper.

Step 9: Step back and verify that the trailer is level or slightly up hill.

Step 10: Check all the running lights, left and right signal, and brake lights.

Step 11: Drive safely.

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