As you plan your next RV trip, you may decide that you want to tow a trailer holding motorcycles, quad runners, jet skis or even a boat. Most RVs have a place to install a tow bar right on the bumper area without much effort. In addition to the tow bar, it is important to invest in supportive safety items that prevent accidents during your travels. The safety items may protect against decoupling, stabilize the trailer or automatically apply the brakes if the tow bar suddenly disconnects. One of the most important, yet simplest, pieces of equipment provides a better viewing angle while driving and parking. Check it out.
You can add an extra layer of protection by attaching tow cables to the trailer and RV frames after hooking everything up to the hitch. Make sure to stretch the cables at the closest point between the frames to prevent the trailer from jackknifing after losing the initial connection. The tow cables feature galvanized steel lines attached to heavy duty hooks that withstand extreme forces during disconnection incidents. The safety cables do not take a lot of time to attach and easily store in a small compartment when not in use.
Although the tow bar connection and attached safety cables often fully prevent loss of the trailer while driving down the road, some states still require the installation of auxiliary brakes on heavy trailers. In fact, the weight limit in some states sits at just 1,500 pounds, which is much less than the average loaded boat or jet ski trailer.
The auxiliary braking system automatically applies the brakes on the trailer if it senses disconnection at the hitch point. The system prevents the out of control trailer from continuing to move down the road at high speeds. Beyond protecting against costly infractions, the extra safety equipment is definitely worthwhile since accidents involving disconnected trailers cause grave injuries and extensive property damage.
When driving down the road, divots and other abnormalities in the surface often make trailers to start to sway wildly. The same wild movements can occur when relatively high wind speeds are a factor. If the upper load on the trailer gains momentum with this movement, the trailer could tip over unexpectedly and even take the RV with it.
Luckily, you can install a sway control device on the tow bar to stop these movements the second they begin. The sway controller uses electronically controlled dampers to dissipate energy that would otherwise build on itself.
The original mirrors installed on your RV only allow you to see just past the end of its stock length. When you add a trailer to the backend of the RV, no amount of adjusting will help eliminate all of the blind spots around the trailer. Thankfully, you can obtain extended view mirrors that stick out further from the sides of the vehicle.
For the best chance at eliminating blind spots, make sure your passenger side towing mirror utilizes a convex shape that instantly brings potential obstructions into your field of view. Since the mirror sacrifices proximity for a wider view, practice identifying the true location of objects depicted in the reflection before heading out.
Taking The High Road
Even if your particular state doesn't require the above safety equipment, it is likely a good idea to go ahead and invest in those items anyway. Once you install the safety items, you can easily extend your journeys outside of your given state without worrying about getting a ticket or causing an accident. Furthermore, the safety equipment will give you peace of mind as you move down the highways or travel down windy country roads. Do you have more questions? Get more advice from trailer dealers in your area.