Towing Tips

Towing a trailer can make or break the quality of your trip. Whether it's a long haul out of state or an in-town move, the way you Tow your trailer affects you and the safety of your car.

  • Make sure to check your owner's manual to learn the towing capacity of your vehicle. Many vehicle manufacturers also list towing capacity on their websites.
  • Learn your hitch system rating. This is the maximum weight your hitch system can tow.
  • Every U-Haul trailer has an empty and maximum gross (fully loaded) labeled on the inside of the trailer at the front.
  • Load your trailer with at least 60% of the cargo weight in the front half of the trailer closest to your car.
  • Secure your load with rope to the trailer tie-downs. This will prevent the load from shifting or damaging your belongings.
  • See our hitch glossary to learn any unfamiliar towing terms
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