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GENERAL MAINTENANCE

HITCH SELECTION CHART

TRAILERS

Class V 10,000–14,000 lbs. (GTW) 1,400 lbs. (TW)

Class IV 5,000–10,000 lbs. (GTW) 500–1,000 lbs. (TW)

Class II 3,500 lbs. (GTW) 300 lbs. (TW)

Class II Frame Hitch

Class II Frame Hitch

Class IV Weight-Distributing Hitch

Class IV Weight-Distributing Hitch

Class II Frame Hitch

Class I 2,000 lbs. (GTW) 200 lbs. (TW)

Class I Sportframe Sportframe Deluxe

TOW VEHICLES

Mid–Size Cars/ Small Pick-ups

Minivans

Class I Sportframe

Class I Sportframe

Full-Size Cars, Pick-ups Vans, Utility Vehicles

Always refer to your car or truck manufacturer’s owner’s manual for additional trailer towing information and limitations.

30% OF

70% OF

WEIGHT

WEIGHT

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GENERAL MAINTENANCE (continued)

LOADING TRAILER You should load 60% of your cargo’s weight in the front of the trailer. This will put approximately 10% of the loaded trailer weight on the hitch. If there is insufficient hitch weight the trailer will not tow properly. It could be unstable, difficult to control, and make towing unsafe. Proper weight distribution is imperative and diagramed below. Always secure trailer to tow vehicle when loading or unloading, especially from the rear of trailer. 40% OF WEIGHT 60% OF WEIGHT

For a gooseneck type trailer you should load 70% of your cargo’s weight in the front of the trailer as depicted below This will put approximately 10% of the loaded trailer weight on the hitch. If there is insufficient or too much hitch weight, the trailer will not tow properly.

JUDGING TONGUE WEIGHT The desired hitch weight is 10% of the total loaded trailer weight. If scales are not readily available, you may estimate your total loaded hitch weight by com- paring a known weight to the hitch weight. The proper way, however, to accurately measure tongue weight is by taking your loaded trailer to a local scale, such as those found at gravel companies or highway weigh station scales. Weigh the trailer and then the tongue separately and the tongue should be 10% of total loaded trailer weight. 10% tongue weight is necessary for safe towing and handling of trailer. To obtain the correct tongue weight, the trailer must be setting level to the ground.

SECURE THE LOAD Motorcycles, cars and cargo should be secured in your trailer. Pace American offers various solutions and items such as wheel chocks, E-track and a variety of tie-down rings installed wherever you wish inside the trailer. Your trailer must be hooked to the tow vehicle when loading or unloading a car or heavy item from the rear. Inspect E-track and tie-downs regu- larly for cracks or damage that may weaken them or cause them to fail. YOU MUST HOOK TRAILER TO TOW VEHICLE WHEN LOADING, ESPECIALLY WHEN LOADING TRAILER FROM THE REAR.

HITCH SELECTION CHART

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