Overloading your towing vehicle or trailer can trigger a whole other set of issues, including failing brakes, overheating transmissions, mangled suspension, or even blown out tires. These issues will definitely ruin what should be a happy trip, and can end up being life-threatening.
The only way to avoid this common issue is to know your vehicle’s tow rating before attempting RV towing in Dallas. It’s always important to make sure that the hitch system complies with your vehicle’s towing specifications. These numbers can be found in the manual of your vehicle and is located on the sill of the driver’s-side door. The trailer’s weight ratings can be located on the VIN plate of the RV.
Not verifying your local regulations
Getting a ticket can ruin anybody’s vacation. It’s always important to know that towing regulations differ between states.
Although most of states require taillights on the trailer and safety chains connecting the trailer to the vehicle being towed, some also require you to have the proper braking equipment or supplementary side and rearview reflectors.
There are also various laws regarding the maximum speed you can have — the maximum trailer width, as well as the number of vehicles you are allowed to tow. It’s always important to be aware of all of these rules and regulations, not just for the state that you live in, but also for the states you end up passing through.
Not conducting a pre-departure inspection
While most people are just ready to get in the car and get going, they tend to forget inspecting the overall safety of their vehicle. When you’re towing your RV, make sure to inspect every aspect of the vehicle, from the brakes, to the tire pressure, to the towed vehicle. This is extremely important in keeping your family safe on the road. It is also essential to recheck your luggage and make sure that they’re distributed evenly so that the trailer won’t be hard to control.