RV TIPS & TRICKS

Top 5 Towing Tips

Most full and mid-size family cars, vans, SUVs, and light-duty trucks can be equipped to pull a trailer. Here’s a few things to consider if you’re thinking about towing.

1.     LICENSE TO THRILL 

Ensure you have the correct class license for whatever you plan to tow. Recreational trailers weighing up to 4,600 kg fully loaded usually only require a regular driver’s license, but you may have to upgrade your license.

2.     KNOW YOUR WEIGHT

Know your vehicle’s gross combined weight rating (GCWR), including its load, and how much weight is on the hitch to calculate if your vehicle is capable of towing your trailer. A trailer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is noted in the owner’s manual. This is the manufacturer’s recommended maximum weight of the trailer.

3.     TIRE PRESSURE

Check your trailer and vehicle’s tire pressure often. Run tires at their maximum recommended pressure and they’ll run cooler, saving you gas. Consider investing in a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)—it’ll alert you before you get a surprise blowout.

4.     EYES ON THE ROAD

Make sure you have the right mirrors, they’ll give you the visibility you need for
safe towing. Extended side-view mirrors help you see rear and side-approaching traffic.

5.     PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

If you’re towing for the first time, it can be a little intimidating. We recommend practicing driving, turning, stopping and backing up in a quieter area. This way you can learn the basics, and you’ll get used to the extra weight and mirrors.

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