Hauling a trailer while travelling can be fun and gratifying, but it takes careful consideration, planning, and attention to safety.
Taking a trailer on the road may be a thrilling adventure. It allows you to go wherever you want, at your own speed, and bring your house with you. But pulling a trailer can also be difficult, particularly for novice travellers. The following advice can help you travel with a trailer in a safe, pleasurable, and stress-free manner!
Plan Your Trailer Route
Be sure to plan your route before you start driving. The size, weight, and type of roads you will be driving on should all be considered. Look for anything challenging your car and camper, such as low bridges, confined spaces, or weight limitations. Online maps and mobile applications with route planning tools are available for trailers and RVs. Plan for rest stops, and allow enough time to safely get where you’re going.
Inspect Your Vehicle and Trailer
Before you embark on your journey, ensure your car and trailer operate well. Verify the hitch connections, brakes, lights, and tire pressure. Look for cracks, leaks, or loose bolts as indicators of wear and tear on your camper. Additionally, it’s critical to check that the weight of the cargo is within your vehicle and trailer’s weight limits and that it is spread evenly. Unbalanced weight distribution can cause tire wear, instability, and sway, which can be hazardous. Take a quick test drive to make sure everything is working before you go.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Accidents can occur no matter how carefully you plan and prepare. Ensure your trailer is properly covered, perhaps with a good trailer insurance policy. You may be protected by insurance from monetary loss brought on by mishaps, theft, or damage to your vehicle. Additionally, it can protect you from liability if you hurt someone or damage someone else’s property while towing your camper. A roadside assistance plan that includes towing and repairs is also a must-have. Ensure you know your insurance policy’s coverage and deductibles before you leave.
Driving a standard vehicle takes different abilities and strategies than driving a camper. The most crucial thing is to keep your distance from other cars and drive at a safe speed. It’s important to remember that your car and trailer are wider and longer than typical, making it more difficult to navigate and stop fast. Additionally, you might need to utilize your mirrors more frequently and look in your blind spots before turning or changing lanes. Before hitting the open road, take a driving school or practice in a parking lot if you’re not confident driving with a tow.
Consider your trailer’s constrained storage capacity as you prepare for your trip. Avoid overloading the camper, as this can harm your car, reduce fuel efficiency, and cause instability and wobble. Carry only what you must and leave the bulky, superfluous items at home. Make sure everything is safely tied so it won’t move while you’re travelling. Don’t forget to carry first aid kits, tools, spare parts, and other emergency supplies.
Practice Good Etiquette
And finally, it’s crucial to behave properly when driving a trailer. Be considerate to other motorists and drive safely when sharing the road. Keep an eye on your surroundings, and don’t disrupt traffic, or obscure other drivers’ views. Pick a reserved space or an area where the caravan won’t obstruct traffic or pedestrians when you park it. Reduce your volume and be considerate of other people’s privacy and space. Remember that you speak for the RV community and that your actions might affect how other drivers view and handle trailers.
The aforementioned advice can help you travel with a trailer in a safe, pleasurable, and stress-free manner. Have a safe and fun trip, and create some lifelong memories!
Peter is an LGBT travel and lifestyle writer at Queer Voices magazine, living between Australia and Europe. Besides writing, he also worked as a freelance fashion stylist for many magazines. A true craft beer and soy latte aficionado, he loves spending his days at the beach and visiting second-hand stores on a daily basis. Follow Peter on Twitter below for more tips.