It is very important to us at Wheel Estate that you enjoy your trip and reach your destination safely. This is why we have our 1M dollar trailer protection policy, and we offer roadside assistance to guests through Coach-net. We’ve also drafted this handy list of safety tips and highlights that all trailer users should know.
Before you hit the road:
- Plan your trip, and know important things along the route like alternative campground options, sani-dumps, fresh water stations, and fuel.
- Check the weather and road conditions for where you would like to go, as well as construction on the route and route closures – be prepared and know what you will be facing on the road.
- Make sure everything is strapped down and put away before you turn on the engine – you don’t want anything flying around or breaking!
- Close your windows and vents, this will keep dust and fumes outside.
- Turn off the propane and make sure all appliances that use it are off, including pilot lights.
- Shut off water valves.
- Confirm that power lines are disconnected.
- Make sure that any awnings are completely closed and locked in place.
- Complete a pre-trip inspection of your towing vehicle and trailer – there are lots of free pre-trip checklists available on the internet, ChangingGears.com in particular has some great ones.
- Never drink and drive.
- Passengers are not allowed to travel in a trailer that is being towed.
- Take wide, slow turns.
- Use gradual acceleration and braking.
- Practice backing up and parking before you leave on your trip.
- Try to take speedbumps slowly and straight on – if you take them on an angle it can cause your trailer to rock from side-to-side.
A Few Special Notes About Winter Safety
- Make sure you have good quality winter tires on both your trailer and the vehicle you are using to tow your trailer. Think about packing tire chains as well.
- If you end up in a snow or ice storm, pull-off the road and seek shelter. Icy roads can cause your trailer to jackknife. Because of storms, make sure you are prepared to take unplanned stops and are well stocked in case one of these stops turns into a couple days until conditions or roads are cleared.
- Go slow on the roads for optimum safety.
- It is important to layer your clothing, and stay dry if possible.
- Have good quality sleeping bags, or if you use regular bedding, consider an electric blanket.
- Before you go to sleep, do some quick exercises like jumping jacks as it increases your body warmth.
Disclaimer: This list is to be used as a starting point and not an exhaustive guide on trailer safety. Consult the trailer’s owner manual and other documentation for more specific information. Also, please visit your province’s guidelines on recreational vehicle towing for comprehensive guides on trailer safety and how to tow a trailer.