Summertime is vacation time all across the U.S. The kids are off school for the next two months and its time to pack the family up in the car, SUV, or camper and head out for adventure. If you don’t have a driveable camper, and yet still have a large family to road trip with, then chances are you might have a towable camper to keep the family comfortable on your road trips.
Whether you just taking your boat out to the lake, or taking the family across the country, here are five tips you can follow to make sure that you, your family, your truck, and your camper arrive safely at your destination.
Distribute the Load
This is one of the most critical factors in towing anything, let alone a camper. You can check your manual and make sure that weight is evenly distributed between the front, back, left, and right-hand sides of your camper. Make sure that all items are kept with as low a center of gravity as possible, and cargo should be secured so it doesn’t bang around while traveling. Not only will this ruin your possessions, but if heavy objects shift at the wrong time this can lead to trailer tip over.
Use the Right Hitch
Know how much weight you have to tow, and use a hitch and tow bar rated to be able to handle it. Remember Maximum towing capacity is determined by the weakest link in the towing chain. For example, if your truck can tow 20,000 lbs, your campers tow bar is rated for 15,000 lbs, and your hitch is rated for 5000 lbs, then 5000 lbs are your maximum towing capacity.
Have Adequate Mirrors
You should be able to easily see the rear of whatever your pulling. If you are towing a trailer then you should have extendable side mirrors in order to be able to see into extended blind spots. Some campers even come with rear vision campers for extra visibility.
Sounds hokey, but practice really does make perfect. Take your truck and trailer out to an empty lot and make sure that you can easily maneuver your towable. Find out how long it takes to accelerate and completely brake. Determine if there is trailer sway, most importantly practice making turns.
Double Check Everything
The scout motto of always be prepared applies big time when hauling a heavy trailer. Double check everything before you leave. Check tires, lights, wiring, trailer brakes, car brakes, and basically anything on your truck or trailer you’ll be using during the trip. Make up a checklist and just go from top to bottom.
These are just a few of the many tips for towing safety. If you’re looking for a rugged vehicle to help you tow your camper or boat, check out Efird Chrysler Jeep Dodge and check out the huge selection of Ram trucks or heavy-duty Jeeps.