There are some things you should know about towing your RV. Since everyone is out on the roads during the holidays, it’s a good idea to know about common mistakes people make when towing RVs and how to avoid them.
Not getting a quality tow vehicle
One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is not having the right vehicle to tow your RV. You should make sure that your vehicle can handle the load of your RV and tow it without any issues.
Having your vehicle tow a load heavier than what it can bear can cause many issues, such as failing brakes, overheating transmissions, mangled suspension, or even blown out tires. Such issues will not only ruin your trip, but they can also be life-threatening.
One way to avoid such a problem is by knowing your tow rating. It’s always important to ensure 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
No one wants to get a ticket while on vacation (or ever), so it’s always important to know that towing rules and regulations differ between states.
Although most states require taillights on the trailer and safety chains connecting the trailer to the tow vehicle, some also require that you have the appropriate 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. You should always check and comply with these rules and regulations, not just for the state that you live in, but also for the state(s) that you will be passing through.
Not conducting a pre-departure inspection
Most people are so excited to be on their way that they forget to inspect their vehicle before leaving. When you’re towing your RV make sure to inspect every aspect of the vehicle you’ll be using to tow it, from the brakes, tire pressure, and even the towed vehicle. This is essential in keeping everyone safe. It’s also a good idea to check your luggage before you head out.