Helpful Tips for Owning a Travel Trailer

Imagine camping in this 2017 Keystone Hideout.
Imagine camping in this 2017 Keystone Hideout.

If you own a travel trailer or are considering purchasing one from your local RV dealership, you’ve probably done your homework and know to have the proper vehicle for towing it and know how to handle it on the road. And you probably know the basics of setting one up at the RV park or campground.

However, owning and operating a travel trailer, as opposed to a motorhome, has its own nuances. Knowing these can help you maximize your experience in your travel trailer.

Learn How to Pack Efficiently

Travel trailers can get pretty large, but even the biggest trailer can’t approach the size of a brick and mortar home. Space is going to be limited. While you won’t be tempted to take the kitchen sink (your trailer already has one!), you might be tempted to take just about everything else with you. Whatever you do, resist that urge. You don’t want to find yourself on the road in a travel trailer that has too much stuff jammed into it.

You also need to distribute weight correctly to prevent things from falling or getting damaged and to prevent possible trailer sway.

Install Electric Brakes on the Towing Vehicle

Not only does an electric brake system provide the greatest control and stability when towing a travel trailer, but it’s also the law in some states. Since the whole point of traveling with your home on wheels is, well, traveling, you may as well get your vehicle to be compliant with laws everywhere across the country so you don’t have to worry about it.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop in at Capital RV Center this fall to tour a new or pre-owned travel trailer (or any other type of RV you might be interested in seeing). Learn more about the benefits of owning an RV and about the specific features of any model in our inventory. While you’re here at Capital RV Center, shop our parts and accessories store or schedule a service appointment with a qualified RV technician.