Even the most experienced drivers struggle when it comes to towing a trailer. Yet, developing this skill is extremely useful when renting a trailer for your next family vacation. If you’re planning to go camping during these holidays, renting a trailer is a fun and budget-friendly way to do it.
Even the most basic process, such as hitching and unhitching a trailer from a tow vehicle, requires multiple steps and enough knowledge. In this blog, we’ll provide tips for preparing to drive a travel trailer rental.
Getting Ready To Tow
Here are some checkups you must get done for you before you hit the road with your Airstream Travel Trailer rental:
- Check trailer tires: Quest RV ensures the tire pressure is paired with the recommended PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). We also do a general check for any cracks or worn spots that could potentially cause a blowout while driving.
- Make sure your tow truck’s maintenance is up to date: Towing puts additional demand on the vehicle. Make sure to check your truck’s oil and filter status, the condition of the brake pads, the amount of time left in the engine coolant, and whether or not there is adequate transmission fluid in the reservoir before setting out on a road trip.
- Use trailer safety chains: Safety chains act as a precautionary measure in case the trailer becomes disconnected. At Quest RV, we ensure they’re securely connected to the tow vehicle and not dragging on the ground.
- Properly distribute weight: Make sure to distribute weight evenly inside the trailer and have heavier items towards the front of the trailer, closer to where they will be hitched onto the tow vehicle.
Driving Tips For Safely Towing
- Be familiar with your trailer’s capacities: If you overload your truck with cargo, it will struggle to brake and make tight turns. Another potential problem is height; travel trailers are often taller than trucks. So, if you’re planning on going under a low bridge or stopping at a gas station, consider clearances.
- Beware of curves and turns: The distance between the two vehicles is one of the most important factors in determining how well your tow vehicle and trailer negotiate a turn. Because your trailer’s wheels will be closer to the inside of a turn than the wheels of your tow truck, its tires are more likely to hit or ride over curbs. The driver must exercise constant caution when passing around any bend to give a greater space than normal.
- Practice driving with a trailer first: Driving with a travel trailer rental attached can feel completely different than driving without one. It’s important to practice in a safe and open area, such as an empty parking lot, before hitting the roaring.
Find Your Perfect Airstream Travel Trailer Rental At Quest RV!
Ready to hit the road in your dream Airstream rental travel trailer? Come to Quest RV! We offer a wide selection of rental trailers that will make your next trip unforgettable.
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly option or something more luxurious, we have the perfect rental travel trailer. And if you need help choosing, our team is happy to assist. So what are you waiting for? Rent an Airstream Travel Trailer rental today at Quest RV and explore the world at your own pace!