5 Important Safety Tips for Towing a Teardrop Trailer

teardrop trailer in Marysville WAWith spring rapidly approaching every day, many of our customers are starting to daydream about their upcoming adventures.

Today we will be discussing some easy-to-follow towing safety tips that will help put your mind to ease on your upcoming adventure with you teardrop trailer in Marysville WA.

Make sure you have a capable tow vehicle:

Instead of just hooking it up and hoping for the best, you need to find the official documentation about your vehicle’s towing capacity, and compare it to the weight of your trailer — including the weight of all the stuff you put into it!

Pack light:

When determining the weight you are going to be carrying, you may want to go easy on clothing, food, accessories, gear, and other belongings. Bring only necessities to ensure that you do not overload your teardrop trailer, especially if your vehicle and hitch do not have a very high towing rating. Did you know that water alone weighs more than eight pounds per gallon? Your weight sure can add up fast if you don’t pay attention.

Pay attention to trailer weight distribution.

Try to distribute the weight so that 60% or more is in the front end of the RV to help keep it running smooth and straight on the road behind your tow vehicle. If more than 40% of the weight is concentrated in the back of the trailer, it will become “tail heavy,” and can cause some major issues on the road.

Remember to take your time and take it slow:

Don’t forget that you are hauling extra weight. It is always a good idea to hang out in the right hand lane and get used to watching smaller cars pass you.

If possible, never slam on the brakes:

Your trailer is simply too heavy to stop on a dime. When you try to slam on the breaks, all that extra weight can cause you to skid, jack knife, or worse.

Now that you know the most important tips about hauling your teardrop trailer in Marysville WA, you can start planning all of your spring adventures! Feel free to contact Trailer Boss today to discuss all of your options or to have your trailer inspected before you hit the road.