FIVE ESSENTIAL TOWING TIPS

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5. DO YOUR CHECKS

Like a pilot running through their pre-flight checks, you should always run through pre-towing checks. It’s too easy to become distracted or to be in a situation where you’re hurrying (such as packing up camp in in the pouring rain) and miss something that will come back to bite you when towing down the highway. These checks will take you less than a couple of minutes.
Scan your eyes over the coupling to ensure it is properly connected, that the safety chains and the break-away wire are secure, and that the trailer plug is plugged in.

Then check that the handbrake is released and that the gas cylinders are turned off.
Make sure that the weight distribution hitch (if applicable) is secure, ten-sioned and that the safety pins are in place.
Walk around the van, checking that all windows are closed, wheel chocks are removed and the corner stabiliser legs are raised.
Stand back and look at the top of the van to ensure that hatches and the antenna are secured.
Take a quick peek inside the van to see that everything is battened down and, finally, ask your better half to check that the van’s taillights are working, and you’re done.

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