Even if you are a driver who has never had an accident or citation, RV towing safety should be a priority for you if you are planning on towing a trailer or dolly behind your motorized RV. This is a fairly common practice among RVers, because they may like to tow a boat or car behind their RV. RV towing safety takes extra time and extra precautions, but it will be worth it. When you combine an RV that may weigh anywhere from 12,000 to over 40,000 pounds fully loaded and add an additional 1,000 to 5,000 pounds, there are definite RV towing safety issues to be concerned about.
You may feel unconcerned about RV towing safety because you have never had difficulties in the past, but this is irresponsible. Your safety and that of others on the road is in the balance, and if you have a day where you are distracted or tired and lose focus, you could cause an accident that would change your life forever.
One of the most basic RV towing safety steps that you can take to become a more confident and safe RV driver, is to take an RV driving course. See if there is one that has an emphasis on towing as well. You may learn tips that you weren’t aware of before and that will give you that added confidence and security.
Weight limits are very important for RV towing safety. If your RV and trailer exceed your maximum combined weight capacity, it makes it not only unsafe to drive; it will cancel the benefits of your RV insurance policy. Go to a weigh station and get your whole RV and trailer weighed if possible.
Check all locks, tow bars, etc. each time you get in the RV and as you travel to make sure that they are secure.
Remember that you will need much longer to brake-sometimes twice as long. Give other drivers plenty of time to react to your lane changes or slowing so that they can make adjustments as well.
Eriani Doyel writes articles about Recreational Vehicles. For more information about RV Towing Safety visit forrvs.com