One of the most nerve-wracking things about heading out for a camping trip in a bumper-pull is the drive. After all, most people aren’t exactly accustomed to pulling a trailer, and even after doing so several times, there is always a feeling of nervousness at the beginning of a drive until they get comfortable with their added cargo.
While you may always get butterflies in our stomach as you hit the road for your first trip of the season, there are some things you can do to help yourself feel a bit more comfortable. In this article we will cover a number of those things in hopes that you will feel confident and ready to head out onto the open road this camping season.
1. Invest in Roadside Assistance
Roadside assistance is an important and invaluable tool for any motorist. This is especially true for those who will be traveling far from home.
2. Pack Wisely
Tow vehicles have weight limits. The more stuff you pile into your trailer, the more strain you will be putting on your vehicle. For this reason, it is important to carefully consider everything you pack.
3. Lock the Refrigerator
Anyone who has ever forgotten to lock their trailer refrigerator before hitting the road will tell you that this is a very important step to remember during the packing process—unless, of course, you enjoy cleaning up spilled milk and gathering your fruits and veggies off the floor.
4. Store Things Down Low
Storing things on the shelves or countertops of a trailer that is going to be towed is an accident waiting to happen. Make sure you move everything off of the shelves before hitching up to avoid any problems down the road.
5. Hitch Up Properly
Before you ever leave home, it is crucial to make sure you are using the proper hitch for your vehicle and trailer. Additionally, it is equally as important to use said hitch properly and according to the manufacturer’s directions.
6. Drive Slowly
Towing a trailer makes stopping your vehicle a more difficult prospect than you’d expect. Therefore, it is important to drive slowly, carefully, and always with plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Also, remember to apply the brakes sooner than you normally would in order to account for the trailer’s momentum.
7. Make Wide Turns
One of the most difficult things to become accustomed to while towing is the incredibly wide turns you must take. Always keep your trailer in mind when turning and make decisions accordingly.
7. Take a Map
Modern technology is great, when it works. However, sometimes technology—such as the wonderfully helpful GPS—isn’t the most reliable thing. Make sure to bring a map along just in case your GPS acts up during your trip.
These are just a few tips on how to tow a bumper pull trailer. Before traveling you should consult your RV’s user manual for details about your model. Now it’s time to hit the open road, practice makes perfect!