How to Safely Tow a Camper or RV With Your Car

Often when going on holiday, there is a lot of packing involved. Find a thousand holiday makers and ask them the same question: "What do you least enjoy about going on holiday?" It is not a bad bet to say that the vast majority of respondents will say that their real bugbear when it comes to holidays is the packing. Taking a lot of stuff with you makes for a lot of bored, frustrated excitement that has to wait. This kind of irritation can rise even further for people who are not just taking clothes and sunscreen, a few books and DVDs with them. If you are taking along a boat, say, or an RV, then you have got even more logistical hi-jinks on your hands. And that is never fun.

However, if you are going on holiday to somewhere that has good lake fishing potential or you want to spend some time camping in the wild, then a trailer or RV will be important, if not indispensable. It will undoubtedly be the source of no little irritation when it comes to hooking it up and transporting it, but it will be worth its weight in gold once you are at your chosen location. It is all the more important, then, that you make sure it is hooked up properly and securely. It is great to look in your rear view mirror and see the back of a boat or a trailer full of something that will make your holiday fly by. It is terrible to look in your rear view mirror and see it getting smaller and smaller. That is the kind of thing that really spoils a family vacation.

Attaching a trailer is hard work, and often pretty unforgiving. You need to make sure before you do anything else that your vehicle is equipped to tow whatever it is you are carrying. In the owner's manual for your car or van it will give a "tow rating" telling you what you can realistically expect the vehicle to tow along behind it. Obviously cars will have a lower tow rating than trucks. The lighter the car, the lower the tow rating, and the same goes for trucks. You may even find on buying a new car that the packages of options include one that allows you to tow an RV or a trailer with more confidence - including a heavy-duty barrier and shocks along with the right set-up of tow bars.

There are numerous add-ons that can help you tow a trailer more confidently. Trailer mirrors, for example, allow you to see not only your trailer but the road behind it more clearly, and prevent you from having major problems. Remember as well that, as a driver, the trailer will change the rules to some extent as turning and braking are now slightly more of a challenge. As long, however, as you keep all of this in mind and test out your trailer before you take it anywhere, you will be fine, as will your holiday.


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