Driving and Towing Tips

Here are some important driving and towing tips for increased safety and enjoyment in your RV travels.

Motorized RVs

Mirrors: Before leaving on a trip, sit in the driver’s seat and adjust all mirrors for optimal road views.

Height: Know your vehicle’s exact height and always be on the lookout for low-hanging items like low-hanging branches.

Length: Account for your vehicle size when turning, passing, merging and parking

Breaking: Remember that you are big and heavy. Allow more time and distance to brake.

Weight:  Load your RV thoughtfully.  Haphazardly adding weight can potentially impact your RV’s center of gravity. Always secure heavy objects down.

Towables

Mirrors: Make sure you have adequate mirrors to give you the visibility you need for safe towing. If your mirrors aren’t adequate, change them to extended side-view mirrors.

Towing Capacity: Never exceed your vehicle’s towing capacity. To find out what your car/truck’s towing capacity is, consult your vehicle owner’s manual.

The Hitch: Buying the right hitch is crucial if your vehicle is not already equipped with a manufacturer’s towing package. Your hitch must not only match your vehicle’s towing capacity but must be the appropriate hitch for the load you are carrying.

Brakes in Sync: Make sure that the brakes and lights on your car or truck are in sync with the brakes and lights on your trailer. Your unit’s brakes and brake lights should go on when your car/truck’s brakes and brake lights go on. If your car/truck signals left, so should your trailer.

Weight:  Incorrect weight distribution can cause your trailer to flip.  Load heavier cargo first, making sure you secure your items with ropes or cords.  Fill in extra spaces evenly, front to back, and side to side.

Speed: Drive slower and give yourself ample distance for stopping when towing a trailer.

Passengers: You should never have passengers traveling in a towed trailer.

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