Drive Your RV Safely This Winter Season


Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you won’t be towing your RV. Whether moving or simply taking a vacation to a warmer destination, towing your RV in the winter takes skill, patience, and a willingness to learn. Never try towing your RV in the winter, until you have a handle on summer towing. Remember, these tips might seem like commonsense, but they could save a life.

Driver Comfort

Make sure the driver of your vehicle is comfortable and familiar with the vehicle. Ensure their seat is cozy, that they have ample leg room (don’t pack the backseat so much so that you can’t move theirseat back), and that they’re well rested. Plan out enough breaks, every three or four hours that allows everyone to walk around and stretch their legs. If this is an overnight trip, plan to either boondock in a Wal-Mart parking lot or grab a hotel room.

Check Your Vehicle

Give your tow vehicle a complete once over. Winter weather tends to lower you tire pressure, so be sure to check it and adjust as necessary. This is really important, as low tire pressure can cause an accident, decrease fuel efficiency, and reduce traction. It’s also important to make sure all of your lights and turn signals are working well, and that your oil is changed. It’s also integral to make sure you use window cleaner that can withstand freezing temperatures.

Actual Driving

The actual process of driving in crummy weather is pretty simple: drive slowly and carefully. With the extra weight of your travel trailer or fifth wheel behind you, you’re at an increased risk for slipping and losing control. Once a trailer starts swaying, especially on slippery roads or in high winds, it can be very hard to regain control. Remember that if you get stuck in bad weather you can always pull off the road and hang tight until the weather subsides.

Pack for an Emergency

Pack your tow vehicle for an emergency. If you end up stranded or have to pull off the side of the road you’ll want to make sure you have extra blankets and pillows to keep warm, snacks to keep you satisfied, water to drink, and a first aid kit to treat minor injuries.

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