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What should I know about hauling a trailer with an RV?

Taking to the road in an RV allows travelers the freedom to go where they want and stay as long as they want. On the downside, RVs are very large and can limit your ability to go to places that are more accommodating to smaller vehicles.

As such, some people opt to hitch a trailer to their RV and haul another vehicle. Others go the camper route and haul the camper with a pickup truck. In either case, the driver must be capable of safely operating a vehicle with a trailer attached.

Driving a vehicle with a trailer is definitely an acquired skill. Therefore, you should get in some practice before taking a road trip with a trailer in tow. There are a number of important things to keep in mind when driving with a trailer, which include:

  • When turning at curves and corners, your trailer's wheels will cut more sharply than your vehicle's. To compensate, make wider turns.
  • Avoid stopping or starting too quickly. These maneuverers could cause the trailer to slide or jackknife.
  • Slow down whenever you travel on bumpy roads or across ditches or railroad crossings.
  • Stick to driving at moderate speeds. Driving at increased speeds can put the strain on both your vehicle and the trailer. It can also increase the likelihood of the trailer swaying.

Also, be aware other vehicles on the road can generate wind when passing, which can cause your trailer to sway. When experiencing this situation, you should slow down and grip the steering wheel firmly so as to keep control of the vehicle and trailer.

Air turbulence and bumpy roads are only a couple of the potential hazards that you must worry about when hauling a trailer. If you travel hundreds of miles away from home, you will likely cross paths with many reckless and otherwise negligent drivers.

If one of these encounters should lead to an accident, then you may need the services of a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can carry out a thorough investigation of the incident and help you pursue fair compensation to cover medical expenses and other damages.

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