With anything in life there is always a risk factor. There is always the looming danger of something going wrong, and RV towing is no different. In this post, I will be explaining 4 of the simplest, and most important ways that you can ensure the safety of your property when your RV is being towed.
You must be aware of your RV’s weight
The weight of your RV plays a pivotal role in determining how the tow is executed. The weight of the RV must be within the safe range of the towing vehicle to make sure that there will be no issues. A good way to determine if your RV will be safe is to check if the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle towing your RV can handle the weight of your RV. This is vital to the safety of your RV, and cannot be ignored.
You should make sure your trailer’s tires can carry the weight of your trailer
Similarly to the first tip, knowing the weight of your trailer is also very important here. You need to be sure that, wherever your RV is being taken, its wheels can get it there. Old tires are often damaged, which could cause a blowout when being towed for the first time in a while, or even after regular use. If that occurs, it is likely that your RV, including your possessions inside, may be damaged. That is why it is important to see the tire weight rating of your trailer’s tires, and to check that your trailer’s weight does not exceed the recommended limit of the tires. Along with that, you should take wear and tear into consideration. Tires that have been used for years may not be able to carry the same weight as brand new tires.
You should verify that the hitch work can handle your RV’s weight
Consistent with the theme of this list so far, you need to check your trailer’s weight once again for another important reason. The towing vehicle may be able to support and tow your 6,500 pound RV, but if the ball mount being used can only support 4,000 pounds, you may encounter problems. This is why you should verify that all parts of the hitch-work, including the safety chains, receiver, hitch ball, and ball mount are all able to tow a vehicle the size of yours.
Finally, consider using a pre-tow checklist
Last but not least, you should always double-check your RV prior to towing it. There is no reason that an easily fixable mistake should occur, such as forgetting to disconnect water, electrical, or sewage connections. You shouldn’t have to deal with the embarrassment of facing substantial damage to your vehicle because basic precaution was not taken.
So that’s that. If you follow these general guidelines, you are almost guaranteed to have a safe tow with our company. Thank you very much for reading, and be sure to have a safe tow!