Complete Guide to Understanding Towing

At first, it might seem like a daunting task. After all, pulling an RV behind your truck (or other vehicle) is quite a different experience from just driving down the road as you usually do on a day to day basis. With the combination of weight and size that is presented by an RV trailer, there is the potential for things to go very wrong if you aren’t careful out on the road.

complete-guide-to-towing-your-rvFortunately, it doesn’t have to be that tough – with a combination of some basic knowledge and a little practice, you can be towing with confidence in almost no time at all.

It All About the Weight

The first thing to understand and remember about this kind of driving is that there is going to be a significant amount of weight behind you while on the road. The exact amount of weight
depends on the size of your RV and how much stuff you have put inside. However, no matter how much weight there is behind you, it is assured that you are going to feel the difference from inside the cab of your vehicle. Driving will feel quite different from how it feels normally, and you will have to respond as such.

One of the basic rules of driving while towing an RV is that you want to avoid any sudden movements if at all possible. Ideally, you will be able to avoid turning the wheel quickly, braking
or accelerating suddenly, or anything else that is going to send a jolt through the weight of your trailer. You should keep one word in mind at all times while driving a truck and trailer down the
road – smooth. If you can be as smooth as possible with the operation of this kind of rig, you will be in good shape for a safe trip.

Bring Enough Power

You do not want to find yourself out on the road fighting against a trailer that is actually too heavy for your vehicle to handle. When purchasing a vehicle to tow your trailer, be sure the vehicle has more than enough power and towing capability to handle the job with ease. It can be tough to work your way up a long mountain pass under the best of circumstances, so don’t stress the situation by trying to walk the line with barely enough towing capability. Take the time to understand the ratings of your vehicle and then make sure you are within that range before setting off on a trip.

Leave Space to Stop

It should go without saying that it is going to take longer to stop your vehicle/trailer combination than it would to stop just the vehicle on its own. You are carrying a lot of weight down the road while towing, and that weight is going to take time to come to a halt. With that in mind, be sure to increase your following distance behind the car ahead of you to make sure you have plenty of time to stop if something happens on the road. Trying to suddenly stop a large trailer is a recipe for disaster, so don’t put yourself in that position if at all possible.

Towing an RV safely is all about being patient, paying attention, and respecting the size and weight of the vehicle that you are now operating. You aren’t going to be able to drive in your normal fashion, so don’t even try. With the tips above and a little practice on some quiet roads near your home, you should be able to safely navigate your way to and from the campground without any trouble.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I was ingormed that pulling a trailer doesn’t always depend on weight, it also depends on how y’all the trailer is, and also the airodinamics of the trailer, so that a trailer can be pulled by a vehicle, ad in a 5000 pound trailer can be towed by a vehicle that has a 3600 pound capacity. Can this be done?

  2. It’s so hard to leave a “cushion” in front of me because someone always gets into it ! I honk but it does no good !

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