For many small Australian families, hitting the road in an RV and with a camper trailer in tow is the best way to spend time away from home, be it along the coast, at a spot by the river, at a holiday park, or wherever the search for adventure send them. If you are contemplating buying a camper trailer so you can start enjoying the little joys of life with your young family, you will need to learn how to tow your trailer safely and properly.
Driving an RV with a trailer in tow requires proper preparation. Luckily, it is not too complicated. Follow the guidelines discussed below if you want to know how you can tow a camper trailer safely and without any problems.
- Know your RV's towing capacity. The first and most essential thing to find out before investing in a camper trailer is your RV's towing capacity. Attempting to tow a trailer whose weight exceeds the towing capacity of your tow vehicle will lead to vehicle damage but also expose you and your loved ones to harm. Keep in mind that the weight to be towed comprises the weight of the trailer itself and the weight of the people and stuff it is carrying, so make sure you don't confuse the weight of the trailer to be the weight you will need to tow.
- Figure out the right setup option. For you to tow a camper trailer behind your RV, you will need to attach the trailer to your RV. Different tow vehicles have different specifications on trailering setups, so make sure you get yourself a trailer that matches your RV's trailering specifications. Some of the most common types of hitches available for RV trailering include: weight distribution hitches, rear receiver hitches, fifth wheel hitches, bumper hitches, gooseneck hitches, etc.
- Ensure the trailer and tow vehicle are properly maintained. Because trailers are non-motorised, many trailer owners often overlook the important of making sure they are properly maintained. Like your RV, a camper trailer compromises various mechanical and electrical components that will require routine maintenance to keep operating properly. Therefore, make sure you take your trailer to the auto service centre on a regular basis the same way you do with your RV. This will ensure potential problems with your trailer are remedied before they can lead to a road accident.
With these vital tips in mind, you should be able to drive your RV with a camper trailer in tow without having to worry about your safety, that of your family, and other road users.