Tips For Going On Camping Trips

Three Tips For Safely Towing Your Camping Trailer

by Sherry Mckinney

If you're a camping enthusiast, you might find yourself meticulously loading your vehicle every Friday night in anticipation of heading into the woods for the weekend. If your vehicle is on the smaller side or you have a large family, your available storage space can be limited as you pack. If you find this process to be an issue, it could be time to buy a trailer. Regardless of the specific style of trailer you buy, it will be able to easily carry your tent, cooking gear, coolers and all your camping accessories to allow you to load up quickly to spend more time enjoying your hobby and less time packing. If you haven't previously towed a trailer, here are three tips to help you do so safely.

Check Your Tire Inflation Frequently

When you're towing a trailer for your camping trip, the last thing you want to do is suffer a trailer tire blowout because you hadn't been paying attention to the health of your tires. Keep a digital tire gauge in your vehicle's glove compartment so that you can check the inflation of the trailer tires before you hit the road and whenever you stop to get gas. Because they're smaller that conventional vehicle tires, trailer tires spin more times per minute and can be prone to blowouts if the inflation isn't correct.

Ensure That Your Mirrors Are Properly Positioned

Unless you're towing a flatbed trailer, your vehicle's center mirror will largely become ineffective because of the bulk of the trailer behind you. As such, make sure that your side mirrors are always properly positioned to give you the best visibility behind and beside your vehicle. A smart investment is to purchase an additional set of add-on mirrors that you can temporarily mount to your existing mirrors whenever you're towing your trailer. These will further increase your visibility by showing you your blind spots.

Follow Others At A Greater Distance

One of the main differences you'll encounter when you're towing a trailer is that your stopping distance will be greater than usual due to your overall traveling weight. The simplest way to compensate for this problem and decrease your risk of accidents is to ensure that you always follow other motorists at a greater distance than you would while solely driving your vehicle. Cars should maintain a following distance of at least three seconds, and this interval should increase when you have a trailer.

For more tips about towing a trailer, or to check out some for your first purchase, contact a company like Camping World of Ocala.