When it comes to vacationing with your RV safely, proper knowledge goes a long way. Since the roadways will already be packed during the holiday season, it’s best to know the common mistakes some people make when towing their RVs, and how to avoid them.
Worst mistakes and how to avoid them
Avoid getting yourself into a problem with RV towing by learning the basic ways on how to avoid them.
Not getting a quality tow vehicle
One of the worst mistakes people that people make is getting a towing vehicle that’s unfit for the job. In case you end up needing RV towing, choosing a tow vehicle that can haul your RV will make your trip a safe one.
Overloading your tow vehicle can cause a litany of problems including failing brakes, overheating transmissions, mangled suspension, or even blown out tires. These issues will ruin what should be an enjoyable trip and can even be life-threatening.
The only way to avoid this common issue is to know your vehicle’s tow rating before attempting RV towing. 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 in the VIN plate of the RV.
Not verifying your local regulations
A ticket is a sure way to ruin any vacation. It’s always important to know that towing rules and regulations varyfrom state to state.
Although most states require taillights on the trailer and safety chains connecting the trailer to the tow vehicle, some also require you to have the appropriate braking equipment or supplementary side and rearview reflectors.
There are also varying laws with regards to 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 know all these rules and regulations, not just for the state you live in, but also for the states you’ll be passing through.
Not conducting a pre-departure inspection
Many people tend to get caught up in their excitement and head out, they end up forgetting to inspect the overall safety of their vehicle. When you are towing your RV, be sure to inspect every aspect of the vehicle, from the brakes, to tire pressure, to the towed vehicle. This is extremely important for keeping your family safe on the road and eliminating any possible issues that might result from not being prepared. It’s also crucial to recheck your luggage and make sure that it’s been distributed evenly so that the trailer isn’t difficult to control.