Frequently Asked Questions: Towing

Q: What causes my trailer to sway side to side?

A: SIDE to SIDE MOTION (SWAY) THAT BEGINS as you reach a certain speed, will likely become WHIPPING at higher speeds. If you notice sway beginning SLOW DOWN IMMEDIATELY by letting off the gas pedal. Then stop to reload the trailer heavier in the front as soon as possible.

PREVENT WHIPPING by properly loading the trailer. Load 60% of the cargo weight in the front half of the trailer box. Loading heavier in the rear will cause the tow vehicle and trailer “combination” to begin WHIPPING, which is violent and uncontrollable sway.

IF WHIPPING or SWAY OCCURS, DO NOT steer, DO NOT apply your brakes, and NEVER speed up. Let off the gas pedal and hold the steering wheel in a straight-ahead position.


Q: How do I load my trailer?

A: NEVER exceed the trailer’s GVWR posted on the VIN label located on the trailer. This is the maximum allowed weight of the trailer and cargo combined. Load your trailer with 60% of the cargo weight in the front half of the trailer. NEVER load cargo on the outside of the trailer, or extend cargo out the rear of the trailer. Secure all cargo inside trailer. DO NOT transport hazardous materials, corrosives, explosives or flammables.


Q: What should I do before towing?

A: At each stop, check the following:

  • Towing hitch and hitch-ball are tight.
  • Coupler lever is latched and locked.
  • Safety chains are properly attached and secure.
  • All lights are connected and working.
  • Check all tires for correct pressure.
  • Check to make sure your load has not shifted.

Secure the load.


Q: How do I contact Carry-On Trailer?

A: Phone(706) 356-5379

     Fax (706) 356-4431

E-Mail: customer.service@carry-ontrailer.com