Diesel trucks are made for towing. Whether they actually pull a trailer or not, one of the great things about diesels is their ability to haul large amounts of weight. Straight from the factory, most 3/4- and 1-ton diesels are rated to tow at least 7,500 pounds, which means a car loaded onto a trailer will fall easily within its means. While not everyone will tow with their diesel, everyone should know how to pull a trailer if the need arises. For this article, we're going to go over the basics of bumper towing, so you'll be prepared if a car breaks down, or your buddies need a truck to tow their fishing boat. Checking EquipmentWhen you're first looking to tow, make sure your vehicle is compatible with the trailer you are going to haul. Know whether your trailer requires a 2-inch or 2 5/16-inch ball, what type of brakes it has (surge or electric), and know what type of wiring (4-pin or 7-pin) you need so that all your lights and signals will work correctly. Once you've verified that all these parts match up, and are rated for the weight you're towing, it's time to hook up. Hooking up to a trailerHooking up to the trailer is probably the most important step in the whole process. First, take a look at the trailer that you'll be towing, and make sure it is in good shape. If it doesn't have lights or brakes, or has bad welds, it should never be towed until it can be fixed. If it checks out OK, then slowly back up so your hitch ends up right under the trailer receiver. Set the trailer down on top of the hitch, then secure the trailer to the ball. Double check that the trailer is secure, and that you are using the right size ball. Once you're hooked up, attach the wiring pigtail to your vehicle, and attach the safety chains from the trailer to the rear of your truck. Never tow without the safety chains in place, because if the trailer somehow comes loose, they will be the only piece of equipment between you and disaster. The back of your diesel will more than likely have a receiver for a trailer hitch, like the truck shown here. Class III and IV hitches use a 2-inch square tube, while Class V hitches use a 2 1/2-inch version. Also note that this truck has a provision for a round, seven-pin-type electrical plug-in that is right next to the receiver tube. The back of your diesel will more than likely have a receiver for a trailer hitch, like th Don't worry if your towing hitch doesn't look like this one. This Diesel Power Challenge competitor used a mammoth BF Hitch, built by Hide-a-Wayz Products. If you don't have a backup camera, a friend can be a lot of help when lining up with a trailer. Don't worry if your towing hitch doesn't look like this one. This Diesel Power Challenge c These tie-downs are the most familiar type of securing strap for trailered vehicles. Make sure the metal portion is ratcheted tight, and locked in place (arrow). These tie-downs are the most familiar type of securing strap for trailered vehicles. Make 1 | 2 | 3 | » | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!