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Tom Severin

Where is Your Winch Controller?

Mt. Patterson was our destination that beautiful autumn day. Part of the Sweetwater Range and located on the western edge of the Great Basin, Mt. Patterson’s summit offers a commanding view of that area.

The drive entails a slow climb on a one-lane shelf road. I was leading a group of seven vehicles up the long switchback. The road can be a little dicey if you encounter anyone coming down. There aren’t too many places to pull off.

At one point a party of six motorcycles came up from behind. Being courteous folks, we let the cyclists slip past. To create additional room, one driver decided to back up. His intention was to aim for the trail’s edge. But he almost went too far, dropping two wheels off the side.

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John Stewart

Tips for Accelerating and Braking While Towing

Accelerating and braking aren’t the same when you are towing a trailer behind your vehicle. With the additional weight of your trailer and any cargo you are hauling, as well as the length of your trailer, acceleration is slower and your stopping distance is increased. In order to tow as safely as possible, it’s important to know the best practices for accelerating and braking while towing.

Accelerating
It will take longer to get up to speed when you are towing a trailer, so it is recommended that you take some time to adjust to these new variables so you are used to how long it will take you to accelerate when you hit the road. First, make sure your trailer and tow vehicle are properly connected and that your cargo is loaded properly. Then, find an open area with little or no traffic for a practice run.

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John Stewart

How to Hitch Your Trailer

When you’re getting ready to tow your trailer, whether it’s to haul a load across your property or across town, there are many steps you need to take to ensure a safe trip. One of the most important steps is knowing how to properly hitch your trailer to your tow vehicle.

The hitch is the mechanism that includes the ball support platform, ball, and other components that extend and attach to your tow vehicle, including bumpers that are intended to serve as hitches. It’s extremely important that you match your hitch and trailer. Both your hitch and tow vehicle should be rated for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of your trailer. Using a hitch with a load rating less than that of the trailer, as well as using a tow vehicle with a towing capacity less than the load rating of the trailer, can result in loss of control, an accident, and potentially lead to serious injury or death. You should also be sure the hitch size matches the coupler size and that all hitch components are tight before coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle.

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John Stewart

If an OHV is on the holiday list, don’t forget the safety gear

Six items all riders need before hopping behind the steering wheel or handlebars

PHOENIX — Another year has passed and if a new off-highway vehicle (OHV) is in the cards this holiday season, the Arizona Game and Fish Department advises you to remember the wear the following equipment.

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John Stewart

10 tips for OHV safety

10 Tips for safe, responsible OHV riding during Labor Day weekend Off-highway vehicle operators, passengers to ride safely

With the Labor Day weekend days away, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds residents and visitors looking to head outdoors on their off-highway vehicle (OHV) to do so safely and responsibly.

AZGFD officers and partner agencies will be seeking unsafe and reckless OHV operators this holiday weekend to ensure the safety of those riding responsibly.

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