Hello Everyone. Well Spring time has not only sprung, but we are teetering on the edge of our 100 degree days, nothing new here, just summer is so close you can hear the Air Conditioning running in the neighborhoods now. That means many of us are heading out of town with our boat, travel trailers and toy haulers in tow, getting out of Dodge so to speak. Many of you already are aware of some of these things, but it never hurts to be reminded, before, you start your summer journeys than during them.
General handling: check your gear to make sure it works with all manufactures (that’s the manufacturer's legal way of saying it ain't our fault, if you did not follow our directions). Watch those swinging trailers, which is most likely to occur when you increase speed. You are on vacation so take your time driving (Ok, that is really a problem with me, lead foot). My goal is to get to my destination as fast as possible so I can relax. Driving from point A to point B is kind of an oxymoron for me, as I am so hyped up about getting there, taking my time is not what I am thinking about. Fortunately, my wife Geri, is there is assist me with my mental state.
When Braking you have GOT to allow a lot more distance. Here in the city we tend to drive really close to each other which does cause issues, but add a thousand pounds or more of stuff behind your vehicle and the Newton's First Law of Motion becomes even more important (and you thought all I knew about was Insurance). What you want to avoid is Newton's third law occurring when your vehicle encounters a second body which exerts a force in the opposite direction, i.e. you biffed it and you will be calling me to help you with a claim (That’s what we are here for if you need us though).
Be extremely careful when you pass another vehicle. It takes more time and energy from your vehicle than what you are used to. Also those semi trucks are real problems with the wind gusts. Again Physics is involved but just know you are going to get blown away.
Backing up is always an adventure. If you are good at doing things backward, you should be great at backing up your trailer. Ford's little dial that assists you in backing up looks like a real god send. The shorter the trailer the quicker it reacts to your steering, so buy a long trailer and make your life easier (ha ha).
If we need to review your coverage for your trailer or you need coverage give us a call. Don't assume it is all covered because it may not be all covered.
I hope this helps remind you of some of the basics of trailer hauling. Enjoy your summer and remember I want to try and keep you all around so you can enjoy your Guinness and wings as well.