Towing boat trailers behind RVs (Recreational Vehicles) and travel trailers has become a common practice. Some people are even going as far as having a truck tow their travel trailers while also towing their boats behind them – an act known in the towing business as triple-towing. While it’s certainly convenient in saving time and fuel in the long run, these unique towing approaches include risks that must be managed carefully.
If not, aspiring towers and RV owners may experience property damage or get into an accident with another motorist. So it is always best to plan ahead.
Here are some tips for safely towing a boat from behind an RV:
Check the towing rules and regulations in the state you’re in and where you are headed. These vary from state to state and are subject to change. Be sure to consult the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) website for the regulations of each state that you’ll be staying in or driving through in the course of your journey.
Make sure you’re covered by an adequate insurance policy. Even if you do everything right when it comes to double- or triple-towing, accidents can still happen. Ensuring that you have an adequate insurance policy covering you, especially when it comes to vehicular accidents and collision damage, will make any unforeseen events that much easier to deal with.
Verify the tow capacity of your RV. Ensure that your RV has enough towing capacity to pull your boat. This means also checking to see if your hitch can take the load and won’t suddenly snap off in mid-journey.
Avoid tailgating. While towing, always ensure that there’s more than enough braking space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Remember that you’re towing something very heavy behind you, and having to slam on the brakes will require extended stopping time. Failure to account for that could result in some expensive property damage. Drive as defensively as you can and don’t rush.
Ensure proper rear visibility. Before setting out, make sure that you have a reliable way of checking your boat while you’re driving, especially if you’re triple-towing, because your boat will be obscured from your view. Either rig up a wireless webcam or have someone in the back of your RV keep a close watch on your boat at all times. You can also use wireless tire pressure sensors for your boat trailer as a way to see if any of the trailer wheels suddenly go flat.
Do a thorough walk-around inspection of your entire convoy with every stop. A thorough inspection of your RV, boat and trailer will help you spot and resolve any potential problems before they get out of hand. Doing so during every rest stop should be enough.
With these tips in mind, you’re sure to have a smooth and problem-free time towing your boat to wherever you’re going.
When you need to have your RV towed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, be sure to contact Euless B&B Wrecker Service immediately. We have extensive experience in towing a wide variety of vehicles for more than six decades. We can get your RV out of any jam, guaranteed. Call us at 817-857-6344 and we’ll have an emergency team dispatched to your location immediately.