What kind of vehicle do I need to tow my Food Trailer?

Find out details about your towing weight, ball hitch size, and brake style.

What vehicle do I need to tow the trailer?

We always recommend using a vehicle with a tow rating that is equal to or above the total weight rating (GVWR) of the trailer. For example, a food trailer that is 8.5×20 with kitchen equipment in it might weigh 7,000lbs, but has a GVWR of 10,000lbs. We recommend using a vehicle with at least 10,000lbs tow capacity. This way you know it can handle the weight and have plenty of extra power when needed. If you are constantly towing a trailer that is right at the maximum towable weight, it will most likely cause issues with the tow vehicle.

What size ball do I need to tow a food trailer?

Most trailers purchased from us are tandem axle trailers, which means they have two axles. All of our tandem axle trailers have a 2 5/16-inch hitch (which requires the tow vehicle to use a 2 5/16-inch ball).

Do the trailers have brakes?

Yes! As required by law, all of our tandem axle trailers have 4-wheel electric brakes, and a 7-way electrical plug that connects to the tow vehicle. Your tow vehicle will need the 7-way receptacle along with an electronic brake controller installed in the cab of the vehicle. 

Should I use a Weight Distribution Hitch?

With heavier trailers, it is recommended to use a weight-distribution hitch. It allows you to have more stability and control due to better distributing the weight on your axles. Many weight distribution hitches also come with sway bars that help prevent your trailer from swaying back and forth at higher speeds. Because each tow vehicle is different, we recommend engaging with a local RV shop, truck parts store, or online seller to see what might be the best fit for you! 


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