The Towing Guide for Pickups – The Basic Gear You Need to Start Towing
The towing guide is a list of the basic equipment you need to tow bumper pull trailers using a pickup truck with a trailer brake controller already installed.
This Guide should help you get legal (trust but verify! Regulations change all the time.) but is not a full list for life on the road. The guide includes safety equipment required by DOT to be in your truck and our recommended towing gear. We are not including driver regulations such hours on duty, drug testing policies, ELD, IFTA, vehicle inspections, etc. Please contact us for more information on how we can assist getting you up to speed on compliance.
To be completely prepared for the road ahead while towing marketing trailers is nearly a big task. The list of what we carry in our trucks is much longer that the list here and can at times seem endless. Gear ranges from standard tools like power drills and wrenches to homemade wood ramps and thermal imaging cameras for troubleshooting HVAC. Since we have 2 mechanics on our team we have added additional gear such as putting a code reader in every truck. That way if there is an issue the driver can read the codes to our mechanic and we can decide how big a priority the issues is and react accordingly.
This guide is meant to provide the basics that you should arrive with at a trailer pickup. You can always add more gear down the road based on need. Please let us know if we missed anything in the comments below.
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