Paul Worsteling: Well that is 21 and a half foot of Stabicraft, a couple of hundred horsepower Yamahas in the back, and a big heavy trailer. You want to make sure it is connected to your vehicle properly. There's a few things you can do to make sure that connection is really, really good.
First thing, I always cross the chains before I connect them, so the chains actually sit like this. The theory is if it happens to pop off somehow, it'll actually fall into that cradle and there's less chance it's going to ram into the back of your car. That's got to be a good thing.
Secondly, I always make sure I check that this is actually down properly before I take off. There's nothing worse when two people, oh I'll help, I'll help, they're all trying to put everything together. I thought he did it, he thought I did it, and this thing is up. Not a good look at all.
The other thing, always make sure the pin that holds your tow bar lock in is actually in, because that could cause you grief as well. And make sure your lights are actually working. Push the plug in, get somebody to go down the back, because if your lights don't work and the reds don't go on, and someone runs up the back it won't be a very good day.
So, a couple of minutes. As they say, a stitch in time saves nine. Make sure you got a good connection and your towing is going to be a lot safer. This tip is brought to by my friends at Club Marine.