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Towing

Trailer hitch

8 inch ( 203 mm )

3 inch ( 76 mm )

H2651

Your vehicle is equipped with a Class III trailer hitch receiver as standard equipment. When selecting a drawbar for the receiver, do not exceed a drop in height of 3 in (76 mm) or a hitch length of 8 in (203 mm) - both as measured from the connecting pin of the receiver.

An equalizing or other form of weight distributing hitch should NOT be used with your vehicle.

NOTE: Users of light trailers with loads not exceeding 5511 lb (2500 kg) and a tongue weight limited to 400 lb (180 kg), may opt for a drawbar with a drop height not exceeding 5 in (127 mm).

Towing guidelines When preparing your vehicle for towing, pay careful attention to the trailer manufacturer's recommendations and observe the following guidelines:

  • Ensure that the towing vehicle tire pressures are correct and that the trailer tire pressures are as recommended by the trailer manufacturer.

  • Within the limits quoted, choose a draw bar that allows for a level attitude of the trailer and vehicle.

  • Check the operation of trailer brakes and lights.

  • For maximum stability, ensure that loads are properly secured and unable to shift position during transit. Also, position loads so that most of the weight is placed close to the floor and, where possible, immediately above or close to the trailer axle(s).

  • After loading the trailer, check that the weight on the hitch point (this is called the tongue weight, or nose weight), is in accordance with both the trailer manufacturer's recommendations, and the requirements in this Manual, (see ‘Tongue weight’, page 149).

  • When calculating the laden weight of the trailer, remember to include the weight of the trailer PLUS THE LOAD.

  • Where the load weight can be divided between trailer and tow vehicle, loading more weight into the vehicle will generally improve the stability of the combination.

NOTE: It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that all regulations with regard to towing are complied with according to the state in which the vehicle is being operated. All relevant information should be obtained from an appropriate motoring organization or towing equipment retailer.

NOTE: When towing trailers, always consult and obey local speed regulations. Speed should be reduced to compensate for increased stopping distances.

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