2016 Discovery 4

ESSENTIAL TOWING CHECKS

WARNING

Do not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), maximum rear axle weight, maximum trailer weight, or tongue weight. Exceeding any of these limits could cause instability and a loss of control, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

WARNING

Do not loop the safety chains over the tow hitch. The chains may slide off, preventing correct operation in the event that a connected trailer becomes detached when towing. Failure to correctly connect breakaway chains can potentially result in serious injury or death.

Make sure to perform the following essential towing checks:

  • To maintain the vehicle's stability, the trailer's tongue weight should not exceed 7% of the trailer's gross weight.

  • When towing a trailer with more than one axle, load the trailer to achieve even weight distribution between the axles.

  • When calculating the laden weight of the trailer, remember to include the weight of the trailer, plus the weight of the load.

  • If the load can be divided between the vehicle and the trailer, loading more weight into the vehicle generally improves stability. Do not exceed the vehicle's weight limits.

  • Check that the tire pressures are correct for the current loading condition of the vehicle.

  • Always use a suitable secondary coupling to make sure that the trailer cannot breakaway from the vehicle, i.e., safety chains. Refer to the trailer manufacturer's instructions for guidance.

  • Always connect the safety chains to the provided connection locations on the tow bar.

  • Make sure that the tow hitch is secure and is the correct specification for the vehicle.

  • Check the operation of all the lights on the trailer.