|Half-ton pickups (150s and 1500s) are often rated by the manufacturer to tow a variety of small and mid-sized travel trailers.|
|SUVs, especially larger ones, can have a manufacturer towing rating that rivals many pickups.|
|Many passenger and cargo vans are built on chassis similar to 3/4-ton and 1-ton pickups.|
Smaller Single Pull Vehicle Requirements and Recommendations:Vehicles that are not pickup trucks or are 1/2-Ton pickups offer the driver a unique opportunity to transport smaller travel trailers in a vehicle that gets relatively good fuel economy. However, these special vehicles have some special requirements to help keep them safe and compliant:These smaller single-pull vehicles:
- Must have Heavy Duty Receiver Hitch rated at least 10,000 lbs (class IV or V) properly installed.
- Must have Leveler Bars to use when towing trailers with a 2 5/16" ball. If you do not have these, we can assist you in getting some.
- Should have a 5000 pound 2" ball on a 5000 pound insert.
- Should have mud flaps that extend to within 6" of the ground.
- Should have extended mirrors capable of providing an appropriate view to the rear when a 94" trailer is in tow.
- Must have Electronic Brake Control Module. (If your vehicle does not have one, we can help with this)
- Must have Battery, Box, and Strap for trailer breakaway system. Battery should be a liquid-cell 12V battery (such as a car, motorcycle, boat, or lawnmower battery). Strap can not be a bungee strap. Box must fully cover the battery.
- Should be registered for appropriate weight of truck and trailer (Basically add the actual weight of the vehicle to the actual towing capacity of the trailer and round up to the next plate class).
- Must pass annual inspection. This can be a D.O.T. inspection or, if your state offers a DOT accepted one-year inspection, a state inspection. State inspections that are valid for more than one year cannot be legally accepted.
- Must have certificate of insurance, sometimes called the "long form" or "declaration page." Insurance must include at least $500,000 of non-trucking liability coverage and appropriate levels of physical damage coverage. If you do not have this insurance, or are finding it to be too expensive, we have a solution for you.
- Must have no window tint on side front windows or on the windshield below the "AS-1" line. Federal regulations require that at least 70% of visible light be able to pass through your windshield and front driver- and passenger-side windows. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see that there is tint on the window, it is too dark.
- Must have 3 D.O.T. approved emergency devices. These can be purchased at orientation for $20.
- Must have a mounted and gauged fire extinguisher. Fire extinguisher must be securely mounted to the truck (inside or in the bed – no zip ties), have a gauge, and be rated at least ABC or 5BC
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