Towing and Hauling Tips for Motorcycle Trailers
Driving your car, truck or van with a trailer in back hauling your true love – your motorcycle – to any destination can be make anyone nervous. After all, you have either spent money, time, or both, keeping that motorcycle running and it probably holds a special place in your heart for the joy it brings you when you ride it. Having it hanging out behind you, where you cannot see it too clearly, will certainly make you paranoid about every noise or weird feeling you get through the tow vehicle’s steering wheel.
So, what can you do to put your mind somewhat at ease and help make the drive a much less stress-inducing task which you must endure? Below are some simple tips which, if you follow them, should allow you to be closer to a clam state when behind the wheel far from home.
Keep an eye on…
- After you have loaded your motorcycle on your trailer and it is hooked up to your tow vehicle, go back every single connection and tie down point to ensure everything is tight and firmly in place. Do a visual, sometimes physical, inspection of each connection every time you stop for fuel or a break.
- Once under way, stop after about 30 minutes on the road and check each of the above areas again. If anything is loose already, make sure to make a mental note and play close attention to that area.
- Check the tire pressure on the trailer’s tires regularly while driving. Trailer tires usually hold more pressure than either motorcycle or your average automobile tire, so that means they have more to lose. Watch this closely.
Remember, you are towing a trailer…
- Do not forget that you have an extra vehicle attached to the rear end of your towing vehicle; some people will place a note where it can be easily seen by the driver to remember this fact. You might invest in mirror extenders, available at auto accessory stores, to allow you to see beyond the end of the trailer.
- Be careful when changing lanes as your vehicle is much longer now.
- Take your time on the roads. Both accelerating and slowing will take extra time and space, so be prepared for that. Hopefully, you have taken a few ‘demo’ rides with the trailer attached so that you feel more comfortable with it connected.
- Always park properly with the trailer attached. Your total vehicle length may be doubled by adding a trailer, so ensure you have enough room to park when you need to do so.
Just take your time and include the trailer’s presence in every driving decision you make. Driving a vehicle which is towing something – anything – can be a completely different experience, so get some practice in before you start out on the long road to your destination.