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Preparing your pickup truck to tow your RV

By on Mar 3, 2017 in Construction & Maintenance | 0 comments

Preparing a pickup truck to tow an RV is no easy task. Lots of people are concerned about what is going to happen if something goes wrong, and rightly so. An RV that is not properly attached could become detached at the worst possible moment, which is truly going to create a disaster of a situation. However, those situations are relatively rare. People are usually not going to experience disasters on that level. As long as they know how to prepare pickup trucks correctly, they will usually manage to tow their RV’s safely.

Weight

It is important to make sure that the tongue weight constitutes ten percent of the complete weight of the trailer, or there are going to be problems. The weight of the hitch has to be strong enough in order to give people the stability that they need in order to properly prepare the pickup truck to tow the RV. The trailer’s total weight is going to be as high as five thousand pounds in some cases. As a result, people are going to need to make sure that the weight of the hitch reaches a total of five hundred pounds.

Travel trailers in combination can weigh more than five thousand pounds, which is really going to make it difficult for some people to properly prepare pickup trucks to tow RV’s. The Ford F150 and Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles are both tough enough to be better at handling these situations. Still, it’s a good idea to understand all of the variables involved with preparing an RV in these instances.

Storage

The trailer should ideally be stocked in a way that balances all of the internal weight. Otherwise, people are going to be in a situation in which they are struggling with placing too much weight at the level of the hitch. Lots of people have a tendency to store plenty of canned goods and similar items at the floor of the trailer, and that is going to be a problem for the people who are trying to make sure that there isn’t too much weight on the tongue.

Storing everything in a more even way that is not going to place too much weight at the base of the trailer can really make all the difference. Plenty of people are going to store everything like this as a matter of course. Anyone who brings a lot of canned goods, books, and lots of other bottom-heavy items with them will struggle when it comes to balancing the weight involved with the trailer.

Some people are going to use equalizer hitches in order to truly manage to get the weight to a more level position. This is going to make it easier for people to be able to store what they want and bring what they want without having to worry about whether or not they are going to be able to successfully bring what they want or need.

Sway Controls

It’s a good idea for people to make sure that they are able to stop the trailer from swaying back and forth. While this is going to happen to a certain extent and there is nothing that anyone can do about it, it’s important to reduce it as much as possible for the sake of safety. Sway controls are somewhat controversial in terms of whether or not they make enough of a difference to matter, but most people should feel as if they will provide enough of a difference to promote some peace of mind.

Emergency Measures

People should have some measures in place in order to give them some assurances that they will be able to handle it when something happens on the road. If they use trailer brakes, they will have some sort of recourse if they are on the road and something happens. Using only trailer brakes can make a huge difference for a lot of people. This will make the whole endeavor more efficient, giving people the opportunity to stop the trailer in its place, while they can also control their own vehicles.

No matter how strong the hitch is, the trailer and the vehicle are not going to be moving at the same rate and in the same direction. Their directions and rates are going to be slightly different, and that just means that they’re going to need two separate braking systems. Having two separate braking systems can really make all the difference for the people who are trying to find a way to be as safe as possible on the road. The Ford F150 and Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles are both known for having good brakes, and they just need to be paired with equally solid trailer brakes.

Conclusion

The Ford F150 and the Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles are great for people looking to attach their RV’s correctly. Towing a trailer can seem like it is going to be a very daunting task. However, as long as people use the right safety precautions, everything is probably going to be fine. If they run into problems, they can correct them, and they probably won’t run into problems.