One of the most appreciated conveniences of Isuzu vehicles is their impressive towing ability. With the proper equipment on your Isuzu vehicle, you've got built-in towing power useful for a multitude of activities -- from taking the camper to the lake for the weekend to hauling your brother's old jalopy around the corner.
To get the most benefit from your towing ability, get acquainted with the towing precautions and general tips highlighted here and explained in detail in your Isuzu owner's manual.
Don't enter the Paris-Dakar Rally while towing.
Additional care and cautious driving are essential when trailer towing. A vehicle will handle and respond differently while towing a trailer. Do not exceed the posted towing speed limit; higher speeds may cause loss of control.
Do ask the elephant to ride separately.
When towing a trailer, a gross trailer weight must be observed. This weight varies per Isuzu vehicle, so check your owner's manual to locate the maximum weight for your model.
Avoid buying towing equipment from the local garage sale or the "Any Car Auto Mart."
For your safety and the safety of others, use equipment specifically designed for your vehicle. Improper towing equipment and improper installation of such equipment can cause damage to your vehicle and may also result in personal injury. Your local Isuzu dealer can outfit you with the correct towing gear.
Do remember to make a few extra dates with your local Isuzu dealer.
Due to the extra load of a trailer, more frequent maintenance intervals will be required to ensure continued satisfaction with your vehicle. Consult your dealer for recommended maintenance and service.
Put a little light in your (trailer's) life.
Make sure the trailer you are towing is equipped with lights that conform to federal, state and local regulations. Only use equipment designed for your vehicle.
Do make sure your trailer ends up where you end up.
Always use a suitable safety chain between your vehicle and the trailer. Safety chains are used to retain connection between your vehicle and towed vehicle in the event the hitch disengages. For proper use and installation, consult your trailer manufacturer.
Don't overinflate yourself.
Always check the condition of your vehicle and trailer tires before operation. If they are worn or damaged, replace them. Inflate tire pressure to the recommended cold tire pressure indicated in the tire manufacturer's warranty booklet in the glove box packet. Underinflated tires get very hot and can lead to tire failure and possible loss of vehicle control. Overinflated tires can cause uneven tire wear.
Give your lift a brake.
Trailers with a total weight of 1000 pounds or more require trailer brakes that conform to federal, state and local regulations. Never connect a trailer braking system to your vehicle braking system. Braking efficiency and operation will be seriously affected.