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Safety First Towing Your Fifth Wheel

If you are a new RVer with a fifth wheel, or even if you are experienced in towing a trailer, here are some angles on safety that you should know. If you miscalculate, or make a mistake it will cause far more damage than it would if you were driving a car. Some of these may sound elementary, but it never hurts to review the basics.

Basic safety precautions

  • Before you get into the tow vehicle, make sure that both truck and trailer are current on their maintenance.
  • Verify that all of the required lights are connected and working.
  • Check your brakes.
  • If you are a newbie, or have not driven for a while, find a large vacant lot in which to practice.
  • Do not ever allow anyone to ride in the trailer, or on it.
  • Make sure that your hitch mechanism is one that is acceptable for your vehicle.
  • Drive carefully, and at a sensible speed for the road, weather, and weight of your trailer.
  • Be prepared to stop gradually. Sudden stops can be the starting place for sliding, or worse.
  • Do not make any sudden moves with the steering wheel. It may cause your vehicle to sway.
  • Drive slowly over gravel, railroad crossings, and uneven ground.
  • In order to execute a safe turn, go wide to give the trailer room to get around the corner without going up over the curb.

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