Trailering Rules of Thumb - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-05-2007, 08:16 AM   #1
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So, we seem to have a bit of a knowledge base here. Broad as all outdoors. Maybe we can capture a bit of it. If you had to give one or two bits of advice to a newbie starting out, what would it be. Keep it general, not brand, person, religion, politics, gender, national origin, specific. Here are two to start:

- Chock the tires before unhitching the trailer.
- Put and keep a foot/rock/weight on the black water hose where it enters the dump hole BEFORE opening the valve.
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Old 01-05-2007, 08:22 AM   #2
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Backing:

Practice, Pratice, Practice.

So many folks "give up" and let others do it for them. There is no magic bullet for backing correctly other than experience. Keep trying, you'll get it.

After hitching up, raise the tongue on the trailer and verify that the ball is firmly attached. If the car lifts with the tongue, you got it! Do this EVERY time!
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Old 01-05-2007, 08:40 AM   #3
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Don't forget to fold up the stabilizers before towing. We've come all too close to dragging them out of a campsite!
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Already I'm guessing from looking at these that we shouldn't inquire too closely as how these lessons were learned!
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Don't ask me how I know this!!!!
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Close the windows and vents!
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Old 01-05-2007, 09:21 AM   #7
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Close the windows and vents!
This has the makings of a good rule of thumb, but we'll have to flesh it out some. Before moving the trailer? Whenever you leave the trailer? Our fictional Newbie needs a little more direction...
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Always strive to keep 10-15% of the total trailer weight on the tongue of the trailer. If you have any question, load the front of the trailer heavier than the back. While it is best to have the correct amount of weight on the tongue, it is always better to err on the side of having too much tongue weight than not enough, lest the tail begin wagging the dog.
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Don't over pack with clothes and non essentials--It needless weight.Remember you are camping.
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When plugging into an outlet at a campground, turn the breaker off, plug the cord in, THEN turn the breaker back on. Reverse the process to unplug.

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Replace the trailer tires BEFORE they get cracked and dry-rotted. Trailer tires often need to be replaced before all the tread is worn off.

On a trip, feel the trailer hubs when you stop for gas or a potty break. If they are very warm, especially one more than the other, it's a sign of bearing problems and they should be checked out ASAP. If the trailer has brakes and you've just come down off of a long hill it's normal for them to be pretty warm, though.
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Before hooking the freshwater hose up to the hose bib, wash the bib down with diluted bleach water. Owners have been known to water their dogs at the bib and allow them to lick the faucet (there again, don't ask me how I know). AND, previous site folks have turned the faucet on and off while wearing the same rubber gloves they wore while dumping their black water tanks.

Great topic!
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When you unhitch, put the rear stabilizers down before going into the trailer. Most important if you own a trailer with its door in the rear. Don't ask ......

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Make a list and check it each time before you pull out for such things as, TV down and secured, doors and drawers locked, loose items removed from tables and sink area.

Understanding your backers signals is important. Signals can mean so many things you need to talk about what means stop and turn. Does it mean turn the front, or back of the trailer, or front of the truck?

Only use your water hose to bring fresh water into the trailer.
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