Welcome to The Village Square, the series that answers common RVing questions with tips, tricks, and camping hacks from RVillage community members just like you.
Do you suffer from towing anxiety? This unwarranted condition plagues new and veteran RVers alike and can ruin a well-planned camping adventure even before it begins. Did I remember to connect the trailer properly? Am I going to encounter city traffic? Will my campground neighbors laugh at me as I back into my campsite? If you find yourself frequently asking these questions, there’s a good chance you have towing anxiety. But fear not, with a few pieces of advice and a little practice, you too can overcome this calamity.
Whether you’re new to RVing or an experienced owner, these tips from RVillagers will help alleviate your towing anxiety symptoms so you can tow like a pro on your next camping excursion.
RVillagers Share Their Top Towing Tips for New RV Owners
Go slower than you normally would. It takes longer to stop and the wind can affect the handling of your RV. —Tom W.
Do a walk around to look at your tires every time you stop. —Colleen P.
Make a checklist and stick to it. It’s too easy to forget safety stuff, especially as a newbie with the added stress of being new, on top of travel day stress. —Kimberly B.
Swing wide on turns. The rear wheels on motorhomes and trailers travel well inside the path of your steering tires. The longer the unit (RV), the more inside the tires will travel. The rear of a trailer swings out on sharp turns, so leave yourself plenty of room to maneuver. —Wade B.
Download an app designed with directions for large vehicles. We use TruckMap. This keeps you on the roads designed for the size of your vehicle and RV. —Darine K.
Take your time, learn hand signals (instead of screaming at each other), be patient with yourself and each other, and have fun.—Ramon C.
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Learn how to change out a flat tire yourself. Practice in the driveway and make sure you carry all the right tools. —Ed B.
Get a TireMinder tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). —Randy P.
Check all of your hitch bolts after traveling every 100, 300, and 500 miles to make sure everything remains tight. —Mark J.
Always double-check your checklist, even after you become experienced. Think like you’re flying a plane and there’s no room for mistakes. —Gary M.
I painted the coupler on the trailer with fluorescent orange paint. It’s now much easier to see in my backup camera, and it’s more visible when unhooked (no more skinned shins). —Paul S.
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Find an empty parking lot and take advantage of the painted lines. If you can find some traffic cones to use, that’s even better. Practice not only backing up but giving and getting directions from your partner. And don’t be afraid to get out and look. —Habadabeer.
Stay in the slow lane and go slow until you’re comfortable with your rig. —Gary G.
Check your tire pressure every time you travel, make sure you put your antennas down (if needed), use walkie-talkies for backing up and watch for overhead limbs. —Sa I.
After you purchase your RV, get your hitch set up by an expert. It makes all the difference in the world when towing. —Lea S.
Thank you RVillagers for sharing your towing tips with the RVing community. If you want to see your advice featured on “The Village Square,” be sure to share your favorite RVing hacks, tips, and tricks with the community, and keep an eye out for questions from RVillage Camp Hosts.
Editor’s note: Some quotes have been slightly edited for clarity.