Buick ROADMASTER 1996 Owner Manual

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I Use at least one friction sway control it your trailer is over 2114]) lbs. [900 kg} loaded weight. and consider using one for trailers under 2.000 lbs. [900 kg},

i Trailers that weigh more than 1.000 lbs (454 kg} shnuid be equipped with trailer brakes.

I Surge brakes work with most weight—distributing hitches as long as all the equipment is properly installed. Check with the hitch manufacturer for advice and installation instructions.

Safety Chains

You should always attach chains between your vehicle and your trailer. Cross the safety chains under the tongue of the trailer so that the tongue will not drop to the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. instructions about safety chains may be provided by the hitch manufacturer or by the trailer manufacturer. Foliow the manufacturer‘s reconnnendation for attaching safety chains and do not attach them to the bumper, Always leave just enough slack so you can turn with your rig. And- never allow safety chains to drag on the ground.

Trailer Brakes

If your trailer weighs more than Lilli] lbs. {450 kg] when loaded. then it needs its own brakes ... and they must be adeq uate. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for the trailer brakes so you‘ll be able to install. adjust and maintain them properly.

Because you have anti-lock brakes, do not try to tap into your vehicle’s brake system. if you do. both brake

systems won‘t work well. or at all. Driving with a Trailer

Towing a trailer requires a certain amount of experience. Before setting out for the open road. you’ll want to get to know your rig. Acquaint yourself with the feel nl‘ handling and braking with the added weight of the trailer. And always keep in mind that the vehicle you are driving is now a good deal longer and not nearly as responsive as your vehicle is by itself.

Before you start. check the trailer hitch and platform [and attachments). safety chains. electrical connector. lamps. tires and mirror adjustment. If the trailer has electric brakes. start your vehicle and trailer moving and then apply the trailer brake controller by hand to he sure the brakes are working. This lets you check your electrical connection at the same time.

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