Trailer tips before you hit the road
The favourite season of Manitobans is nearly upon us, mosquito season! (Err… we mean summer.) And because this time of year goes by so darn fast, spending it outdoors is highly recommended. While we could go on and on about our favourite summer activities, we’re here to talk about one: camping. Read on to learn our top tips for prepping your trailer or RV for the best summer possible.
Pack lightly + be organized
Of course, you’re going to want to pack the essentials, but when you’re in such a cramped space (or cozy, as some would put it) you’re not going to want to pack every clothing item you’ve ever owned. To ensure you’re not on the next episode of Hoarders, take a few days to pack your trailer and ensure everything you’re bringing has a proper – and logical – spot. (A label maker may just be your next best friend!)
Check the tires
If you’re new to this camping thing and have just bought a brand-new trailer (congrats by the way!), you’re going to want to check the date on your tires, as well as check if the tires you have match the weight of your RV. In any case, it’s always important to have a spare as you never know what will happen on the road.
Ps. If you’re towing a boat on a trailer, you’ll want to check those tires too. Make sure they are in good condition and have a spare just in case.
As obvious as this one sounds, driving an RV or towing a trailer is extremely different from your everyday vehicle. Slow down, be aware of your surroundings, factor in wind, test the brakes, and, most importantly, enjoy the ride. Remember, practice makes perfect.
Distribute the weight
Although a difficult task, you’ll want to ensure weight is distributed evenly. Start by loading items in the front of the trailer (by the hitch) and then evenly balance the weight throughout. Also, make sure you store heavier stuff closer to the floor, (you don’t want to mess with the trailer’s centre of gravity!)
Understand the tanks
Knowing the difference between freshwater (drinkable), grey (used water from sinks), and black (used toilet water) is extremely important. You’ll also want to get a firm handle on how much your tanks can hold, and plan accordingly. A helpful tip is preserving as much water as possible when doing dishes; your grey water tank will fill up faster than you think!
Last but not least, protecting your precious summer home is of utmost importance. If you’re towing a trailer behind your vehicle, you’ll have to register it with Manitoba Public Insurance. You’ll receive basic coverage, but if you want extra protection, our friends at Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance have your back. Get in touch or visit our trailer insurance page for more info!