How To Enjoy Improved Comfort & Safety When Using Lift Kits & Trailer Hitches

All truck and SUV owners have something in common with hardcore off-road enthusiasts; they want to enjoy a safe and comfortable ride. And while safety and comfort are priorities, these people also want their vehicles to look great.

Most owners of trucks and SUVs use their vehicles in multiple ways. While some may typically use theirs for routine transportation, others enjoy off-road adventures and others use their vehicle for hauling and or towing. With that in mind, most people that have a truck or SUV are also interested in lift kits and trailer hitches.

Lift kits are used to add more clearance between the vehicle and the road. This not only adds style, but it also allows for the use of bigger tires. Large, all terrain tires are an attractive way to enjoy a more comfortable ride, as well as improved traction. There are different kinds of lift kits available; each designed to offer specific advantages and solutions.

Suspension lift kits are great for adding increased performance. Leveling kits are designed to ‘level’ the front with the back of the vehicle. Most trucks and SUVs sit higher in the back than in the front. This leveling effectively makes it possible to use larger tires. Body lift kits work by suspending the body of the vehicle above the frame. Lift blocks and block kits can be used to raise a vehicle and still maintain the factory stance. An economical lift option is that of adding a leaf to the existing leaf springs. This is a great solution for sagging rear ends and add-a-leaf springs can increase your load capacity. Shock absorbers work to dampen shock impulse, thus working to provide a smoother and more comfortable ride.

Trailer hitches are used for towing. Whether you are towing an expensive boat or a trailer full of rubbish, the first priority is safety. It is always important to use the right type of hitch, according to your needs. There are two main configurations of trailer hitches; one is the receiver type and the other is the fixed-drawbar. Receiver-type hitches are very common. They mount to the frame of the vehicle and they have an opening that accepts hitch bike racks, removable ball mounts, cargo carriers, and other hitch mounted accessories. Fixed-drawbar hitches are usually one piece and they have a hole for the trailer ball – this is referred to as an integrated ball mount. Many of these hitches are not compatible with aftermarket hitch accessories.

Trailer hitches are classified according to the load weight they are designed to handle. For example, Class I is used for light loads of up to 2,000 pounds. And Class IV is for larger loads, such as a boat or camper. The capacity is up to 10,000 pounds. Having the correct combination of vehicle and trailer combined with the correct loading is essential to safe towing. After you have the appropriate type of hitch installed on your vehicle you will need to learn some of the basics related to safe driving while towing.

In order to have a safe towing experience you will need to remember some driving basics. For example, driving at moderate speeds will place less stress on your vehicle and trailer. It will also result in better control and less swaying. In addition to that, driving at a moderate speed will make stopping easier. It is especially important to slow down when traveling over rough terrain, ditches, bumpy roads, and railroad crossings. Wider turns than usual will also be necessary. The load you are towing should be properly distributed. What this means is the bulk of the weight should be over the axle(s) of the trailer.

Ensuring that the trailer hitch wiring is working efficiently is part of the process of preparing for towing. Your trailer lights add extra protection for your driving safety; the lights will come on each time you press the brake, use your signals, or turn on your lights.

Backing up can be a little difficult to get used to. One way to master this is to put your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and then move your hand, and steering wheel, in the direction you want to turn. Always back up slowly and if possible, have someone near the rear of the trailer guide your maneuvers. Towing mirrors can be very helpful.

Lift kits and trailer hitches are just some of the accessories you can add to a truck or SUV. Before making a purchase it is always wise to do a little research. That will help ensure you get the right product for your specific needs.

About The Author:

Tiffany Gazette and her husband Tim are ready to have some off-road fun with their monster truck. But first they want to add larger tires. Tim is checking into suspension lift kits that will offer increased performance and make it possible to upgrade the tires. Tiffany is looking forward to a smoother ride.

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