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How To Tow A Trailer

Almost anytime you drive down the road you’re bound to see someone towing a trailer or motorhome of some kind. Whether they’re going on vacation, taking a load to the dump, or moving, it looks so effortless. At least, until it’s your turn to do it and you don’t know how to tow a trailer.

If you’ve never towed a trailer before, you may find yourself nervous, wondering what to do. Don’t stress, almost every first-time tower experiences those feelings. Thankfully, towing is relatively easy, and if you prepare ahead of time, it can also be quite safe. There are a few simple steps you can follow that will have you towing like an expert in no time. If you’re wondering how to tow a trailer, here’s what you need to know!

Choose The Right Trailer

You shouldn’t just use any trailer or buy the cheapest one you find. When preparing to tow, it’s important to make sure you have all the right gear, and that includes a trailer that matches the weight requirements of your truck as well as a few other qualifications. 

Factors to consider include things like the size and type of trailer you need, what hitch you should use, what your gross trailer weight capacity is, etc. While you could certainly attempt to research this information on your own, mistakes can be costly on the road. It’s better to reach out to a qualified towing expert like those at GEN Y Hitch to help you determine what trailer you need.

Buy The Right Hitch

Aside from the trailer you’re using, you also need to consider the hitch you’ll be using to tow it. Not all hitches are created equal, and a poorly constructed hitch or one that is simply the wrong size can easily result in a terrible accident. 

GEN Y’s hitches are expertly made from high-quality materials and offer benefits not offered by other hitches on the market due to their use of GEN Y’s patented Torsion-Flex technology. Before towing, make sure you have a hitch that’s up for the job.

Create A Checklist

Once you’ve acquired the right trailer and hitch, go over a checklist to make sure that you’re ready to tow. Items to include on your checklist are:

  • Tire pressure
  • Weather forecast
  • Map/directions
  • Lights on your trailer such as turn signals, brake lights, etc
  • Even weight distribution of your load

While you may feel at times that this checklist is unnecessary or a waste of time, anytime you notice an issue with one of these issues it will have been well worth your time. When towing a heavy load that is potentially thousands of pounds, you are responsible (and liable) for not only your safety but also the safety of the drivers around you. Don’t take chances. Complete the checklist. 

Practice How To Tow A Trailer

If you’ve never towed a trailer before, one of the best things you can do is practice. Go back to when you were 16 and learning to drive in an empty parking lot. It’s time to do it all over again. While this may feel embarrassing, practice can go a long way in helping you feel comfortable and learning basic maneuvers such as backing up. 

If you’re still uncertain about driving a trailer or have more questions about how to tow a trailer, reach out to a qualified towing expert today for advice.

We Can Help You!

Our goal is to better the lives of our customers by providing only the best products possible. We never sacrifice quality for profit and we strive to provide you with exactly what you need. Contact us today with any questions you may have!

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GEN-Y Hitch Limited Lifetime Warranty

This Limited Lifetime Warranty covers defects in the materials or workmanship of All GEN-Y manufactured products and is limited to the repair or replacement of the product by GEN-Y Hitch. The decision as to whether the solution is replacement or repair shall be at GEN-Y Hitch’s sole determination. This Limited Lifetime Warranty is provided only to the original purchaser and applies only to the original installation.


All rubber components for TORSION-FLEX Hitches are assured for 5 years from the date the unit was purchased.

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This Limited Lifetime Warranty Warranty is expressly IN LIEU of any other express warranty and is further IN LIEU of any implied warranty, including, but not limited to, any implied WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE except as may otherwise be required by applicable Federal or State law at the time the hitch was manufactured.

This Limited Lifetime Warranty does not cover the following:

  • normal wear and tear 
  • the finish on the product  →  wear around the shank of the hitch, the ball mount & the pintle saddle is inevitable and should be expected with normal use of the hitch due to metal on metal contact from trailer couplers / lunette rings
  • replacement of the product by any person or entity other than GEN-Y Hitch
  • any consequential or incidental damages including, but not limited to: commercial loss, loss of time, loss or damage to personal property, lodging, meals or other related travel costs or any other incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use of the product, the inability to use the product or for any other reasonable delay in performance under this Lifetime Warranty
  • service or labor charges for:
    • installing the product 
    • removing the product
    • returning the product to GEN-Y Hitch or replacing the product by anyone other than GEN-Y Hitch
    • damages caused by abuse, neglect, misuse, misapplication, overloading or improper installation, improper maintenance, repair, negligence or acts of God
    • alteration of the product in any way other than by GEN-Y Hitch
    • failure to utilize the product in compliance with it’s User Manual
    • failure of any product to which the GEN-Y product was attached

GEN-Y Hitch shall not be held responsible for any or all “compatible parts or products” being used or being utilized for towing with or around a GEN-Y Hitch product. GEN-Y Hitch products shall never be altered in any circumstance or for any reason and will void any warranties if done so.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This Limited Lifetime Warranty gives you specific legals right, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. The laws applicable to any litigation, dispute, mediation, arbitration, or any claim whatsoever arising from the sale, purchase, or use of the product shall be the laws of the State of Indiana, without regard to rules pertaining to conflicts of law. The exclusive jurisdiction for deciding any claims, demands or causes of action relating in any way, from the sale, purchase, or use of the product shall be with the courts of the Circuit or Superior Courts of Elkhart County, Indiana.

Changes in the Design of and/or Improvements to GEN-Y Hitch products and substitution of parts or components

GEN-Y Hitch reserves the unrestricted right at any time and from time to time to make changes in the design of and/or improvements upon GEN-Y Hitch products without thereby imposing any obligation upon itself to make corresponding changes or improvements in or upon GEN-Y Hitch products already manufactured. GEN-Y Hitch further reserves the right to substitute parts or components of substantially equal quality in any warranty service required by the operation of this Limited Warranty.

If your GEN-Y product was involved in an accident, do not continue to tow with it. There may be structural damage to the hitch that you cannot see that could result in product failure