It’s hard to resist the call of the open road, especially when you have a chance to connect a camping trailer and escape for a weekend, or haul your boat to a favorite fishing spot.
But before you hitch any trailer to your truck or SUV, make sure you consider today’s safety tip.
- STAY WITHIN YOUR LIMITS
- PACK YOUR TRAILER PROPERLY
- EXAMINE YOUR TIRES
- TEST YOUR LIGHTS
- CHECK YOUR BRAKES
GET PROPER MIRRORS
Before you leave home, make sure the side-view mirrors on your tow vehicle are adjusted properly. Ensure that you have a clear line of vision that extends way back to the end of the trailer.
Having one of the best towing mirrors installed or mounted onto your car can give you the peace of mind you need while driving. Whether it is a fifth wheel, cargo or boat trailer, you will need to maintain an unobstructed view.
Features to look for include the ability to telescope (extend or retract the mirrors arm length), dual lenses and heated mirrors, puddle lamps, and integrated turn signals.
Telescoping Towing Mirrors
To clearly see out past the side of the trailer, tow mirrors need to extend farther from the side of the vehicle than normal side mirrors. Temporary tow mirrors can be easily removed when not needed. Telescoping allows the mirrors to be returned to a normal position when you’re not towing a trailer.
Heated Towing Mirrors
Great for driving in extreme weather, or to remove morning dew. Adds convenience and safety. On some dual mirrors, only the main mirror is heated.
Dual-Mirror Towing Mirrors
Mirrors with dual lenses allow you to see two different angles, the big mirror showing the lane next to you and the smaller mirror to check your blind spot. Of course, the size of the mirror itself can be important as well. You don’t want to change lanes hoping someone is not there, you want to know for sure.
Integrated Turn Signal
Helpful to let vehicles that may be approaching your vehicle or trailer from the side advanced notice that you intend to change lanes.
Allows you to electrically adjust the angle of the main mirror.
Here’s something else that takes less than 30 minutes…
You already know how the heavy body-mass of the average motorhome or travel trailer can cause serious sway and instability. Why not remove these problems altogether?
Well, here’s the thing: Timbren SES upgrades are the perfect fit for your motorhome. Why? It’s because they…
- provide a smoother ride
- reduce body roll and sway
- improve over-all handling
- are easy to install
- require zero maintenance
Every Timbren SES upgrade comes with a limited Lifetime Warranty and an unconditional Customer Satisfaction Guarantee.
Click here for “How to increase towing safety in 30 minutes” – part 5 and to start over from the beginning, click here for part 1.