Owning a travel trailer and knowing how to drive a travel trailer are two very different things. One of the first places I turned for help was YouTube. It’s actually amazing the things you can learn from YouTube these days. I bet you could get your entire education through high school by watching YouTube alone.
Since making this decision and purchasing my 33ft. travel trailer, I’ve been thinking a lot about the size of my new trailer combined with the SUV (another 18ft.) and getting increasingly nervous about driving them. There are driving schools but you have to get to the school. The closest one I’ve found is in Connecticut. The dealership where I’m buying my trailer from is almost 2 hours north of me. The school is about 2 hours south of me. By the time I do all that driving, I’m wondering how valuable the school will end up being. It is 2 days and covers hooking and unhooking (which I will also have done several times before getting to the school) and all of the ins and outs of the trailer.
So in an effort to be more prepared to pick up my trailer and get it home, I have been watching as many YouTube videos on driving travel trailers as I can find.
I found a great series of videos produced by Lazydays. Including a great video about Backing Your Travel Trailer into a Campsite using a 3 point system. They have others on turning, driving with confidence, adjusting your mirrors and more. They are very well done and make you think you can actually do this.
I’ve also been watching videos on all of the things that go along with setting up your trailer like leveling and found this nifty contraption by Andersen Hitches. You just place them in front of the wheels and drive up them until your level is even. Evidently, the alternative to these is carrying wood blocks or other building block types of levelers and guessing at how many you need. If you guess wrong, you basically have to start over. The reviews are good and they seem to do what they claim to do, so I will be ordering a pair of these for my new rig.
I know there’s nothing like experiencing the real thing to learn something new but I can at least get more prepared for the real thing while I’m waiting for my trailer to be built. Knowledge is power!