As we move into spring we know many of you are itching to hit the road with your new travel trailers and fifth wheels. Perhaps you’re an experienced RVer with many years of travel under your belt. Maybe you’re a newbie, with your first shiny RV sitting in the driveway. In either case, we hope the following tips for driving with your new RV will help you stay safe this camping season.
Invest in extended mirrors so that you can see around your RV while driving. Many varieties are available and you can often find ones for your specific truck make. Start by just searching “tow mirrors” on a site like Amazon and then look for a clip-on model that will work with your vehicle.
Most RVs these days are wired for back-up cameras. These are handy for several reasons. First, if you’re traveling alone, having a camera to see what’s behind you as you back into a campsite is quite useful! However, back-up cameras are also a great way for the passenger to check on bikes or other items attached to the back of your trailer. This also allows you to see traffic behind you as you travel (please allow the passenger to relay information! Don’t look at the back-up camera while you’re driving.)
Allow Extra Time
One of our most important tips for driving with your new RV is to allow extra time. In other words, slow down. You’re hauling a 20-40 ft trailer behind you and winds, especially here in the west, can cause sway (we’ve got remedies for some of that below). Allow extra time to get where you’re going so that you don’t have to travel at unsafe speeds while towing your RV.
If you’re concerned about too much sway with your trailer, there are plenty of weight distribution and sway control hitches that you can purchase. Andersen is one brand of weight distribution hitches to consider. These after-market hitches can be attached to your trailer and connect to your tow vehicle when you hitch the trailer up for travel. They help keep your trailer from swaying as you travel down the road.
Don’t get Distracted
Finally, make sure you’re able to give the road your full attention. Whether it’s an interstate or a winding mountain road, driving with a trailer is much different than cruising down the road with nothing behind you. Make sure there are others who can provide directions and answer any questions/needs from others you’re traveling with, like kids or pets. Though, if your pets are asking questions we don’t blame you for being distracted!
If you need parts and accessories for your RV come see us! We’ve got all you need to make your camping trip a success!