Mother Nature loves to be unpredictable. Shoulder seasons are common culprits of freak weather and storms. Just one night of freezing temps can leave ice and slush on the roads. As you camp in October and November, be prepared for inclement weather with handy tips that can keep you safe no matter the situation.
Always be prepared to Tow in the Snow
Be prepared for any weather condition by keeping your vehicle and trailer well maintained. Annual service checks help spot brake repairs and electrical disconnections. Replace older batteries, which struggle to hold a charge in cold temperatures. Outfit your rig and tow vehicle with snow tires. Keep a set of snow chains on hand so you don’t get trapped anywhere where chains are required to pass.
Cold weather towing requires some additional tools in your toolkit. For travel trailers, invest in an anti-sway hitch. Snowy weather systems signal wind gusts and blustery conditions, so keep trailer sway to a minimum with this essential tool. A well-prepared camper always has a first aid kit on hand. Add some flares, water, food, blankets, and batteries to your stock for a winterized safety set up.
Know A Snow Route
Be prepared with stopping points and fuel stations along your route in case the weather takes a turn and you need to stop. Know how far you are from the next pull off when towing in the snow. Avoid routes with steep grades that could be iced over and treacherous.
Master Brake Control
Become familiar with your tow vehicles trailer brake override. Before heading out on the road, dial down your brake control sensitivity a few clicks. This will prevent lockup and skidding. As you’re driving, if the trailer starts to sway, pinch or squeeze the brake controller first while lightly tapping the gas. The trailer should pull itself straight behind the vehicle.
Go Slow When Towing in the Snow
The same rules apply for snow towing as snow driving. Take it slower than usual and double your driving distance. Allow more time for coming to a complete stop. Take caution when crossing bridges, and go slow around corners. Before leaving the campground, clear snow off the top of the RV so it doesn’t fall off mid-drive and harm others on the road. Think of your slowed travel pace as an opportunity to enjoy the winter wonderland around you!
Don’t wait to think ahead in the event of unexpected snowfall. Brush up on Winter weather towing best practices now, and outfit your rig with essential safety tools. Remember, if the weather worsens, stay put and wait it out.