If you have trouble towing your travel trailer, it’s high time to consider the towing tips we’ve compiled in this guide. Towing a travel trailer is among the most challenging tasks for first-time RVers. It requires a lot of practice, especially when it comes to maneuvers.
What are some important things to remember when towing a trailer?
A lot goes into towing a travel trailer due to the nature and complexity of the RV. For that reason, it’s essential to invest in accessories and practices to protect you from accidents. Such essentials include brake lights and safety chains.Consider the following tips and ideas for safe towing: #camperland #towingtips #traveltrailer Click To Tweet
- Hitching the Travel Trailer
- Camper Weight Distribution
- Backing Up with the Trailer
- Parking the Trailer
- Routine Inspections
- Trailer Braking System
1) Hitching the Travel Trailer
Hitching a travel trailer comes first when considering towing safety, and that’s why you have to do it correctly. Consider your travel trailer’s weight and vehicle’s towing capacity as you buy a hitch. In that case, a weight distributing hitch is an excellent choice.
2) Camper Weight Distribution
As you load your travel trailer, you need to distribute the weight uniformly to protect it from swaying or losing balance. Keeping your items from side to side lowers the center of gravity, giving you more control over the trailer. Also, keep heavy items in the trailer.
3) Backing Up with the Trailer
Backing up a travel trailer can be very tricky, especially when it’s your first time towing it. To back the trailer like a professional, do the following:
- Let someone guide you from the outside whenever possible
- Move the steering wheel gently when changing directions
- Ensure the towing truck and trailer are aligned
4) Parking the Trailer
When parking a travel trailer, you don’t have to rely only on the rearview mirror. It’s ideal to ask someone to stand outside and guide you. Once you park it, let the person put blocks on the trailer wheels. Next, shift into the park gear and apply the brakes.
5) Routine Inspections
Another way to ensure safe towing is by inspecting your travel trailer regularly. During the inspection, check the tires, wiring, and hitch’s condition. Also, ensure that all the tires are properly inflated. Don’t over-inflate or under-inflate the tires.
6) Trailer Braking System
Don’t forget to check if the braking systems are working as you inspect your RV. It’s also a good idea to inspect the condition of the brake lights. Most importantly, the travel trailer brakes must sync with the towing vehicle’s brakes and brake lights.
Keep the Roads Safe When Traveling and Towing
Consider these towing tips for safe towing as you plan to tow your travel trailer. Remember to check the tow capacities of your towing vehicle and travel trailer. Most importantly, inspect all the travel trailer parts to ensure everything is in good shape and working efficiently.
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