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Module 03 - Servicing & Transporting Your Machine

Towing a Trailer with Your Machine: General Safety Guidelines

Only experienced riders should tow an OHV trailer behind their machine. A trailer with a heavy load will impact the way the machine brakes and handles and will cause you to feel less in control of the machine. So get some practice and start slow until you get to know how your machine will respond to the added weight load. Then follow these safety guidelines:

  • Only tow a trailer if the machine was designed with trailering capabilities.
  • Make sure the trailer is attached securely to the machine (the trailer tongue must be stiff).
  • Never attach the trailer to the OHV rack or to any other part of the machine, only attach the trailer to the machine’s trailer hitch.
  • Never overload the trailer and make sure the contents are balanced and properly secured with tie-down straps.
  • Always drive slowly and avoid making quick/sharp manoeuvres.
  • Allow for wider turns and long stopping distances.
  • Avoid steep hills and uneven surfaces and if you must travel over this type of terrain, shift to a low gear.
  • Use a tow bar to prevent the trailer from ramming up against the back of your machine.
  • Never allow passengers to sit in the trailer during operation.

 

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