Towing Safety: 5 FAQs About Towing RVs and Trailers

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) reports that there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts, including RV renters, across the United States. These recreational vehicles are great for long road trips, camping, and just for enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, towing these vehicles isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that there are over 50,000 accidents every year related to towing. In order to prevent these roadway incidents and keep you, your family, and your RV safe, it’s essential that you drive very carefully whenever you’re towing another vehicle or trailer.

Here are some frequently asked questions about towing that should hopefully help with your next road trip:

 

    • Are their different kinds of recreational vehicles? — Yes, there are two main categories of RVs: motorhomes, which are motorized themselves, and towables, which must be towed by a car, van, or pickup truck.

 

    • What are the main dangers involved with towing RVs and trailers? — Though driving any vehicle on the U.S. roadways can be dangerous, towing large vehicles or trailers certainly increases the risk of danger. The two main problems that occur when towing involve swaying issues and trouble braking. If you lose control even a little bit while you’re towing, the trailer or RV can begin swaying and cause serious problems. Conversely, if your vehicle’s brakes aren’t properly functioning or you are braking too soon or too late, the trailer or RV being towed could smash into the back of your vehicle.

 

    • How can I prevent brake problems when towing? — First, you should make sure that your vehicle’s brakes are high-quality and working correctly. Next, in order to give yourself the best chance at avoiding braking issues, you should equip your vehicle with a single axle trailer brake control. There are electronic brake controllers that work great for safe towing and safe driving. Make sure you work with a professional when acquiring and installing a single axle trailer brake controller.

 

    • Can weight distribution systems help with towing? — Yes, they can actually help a lot. If you’re only towing a small trailer that weighs much less than half of your towing vehicle’s weight, you likely won’t need a weight distribution system, though it couldn’t hurt. Weight distribution systems are recommended if your trailer weight is more than 50% of your vehicle’s weight, however.

 

    • How can I prevent trailer sway? — There are two main types of trailer sway devices that work great for combating this dangerous problem. Trailer sway devices can reduce sway once it has started and other devices can prevent sway from occurring altogether.

 

If you want to learn more about towing RVs, motorhomes, trailers, or any other vehicle, as well as find high quality single axle trailer brake controllers, give Hayes Towing Electronics a call right away. Stay safe out there!