We finally get everything to where we are comfortable to tow a trailer for the first time. I wish it was on some grand adventure, but it was just about 35 miles to our home from the campground in Monroe, WA. We did stop a couple of times to make sure nothing was being destroyed and just to check on things. The first thing we heard was the safety chains dragging on the gravel road. Then we heard this plastic sound as we went over our first speed bump. Yup, that was the gray tank plastic cover that had come off and was skipping across the gravel.
Luckily no sway at all! The little T@B trailer tracked like a champ. We did have some up and down bouncing (more than just bumps in the road) We decided that we did not need the 2-inch drop on the hitch as the previous owners had with their taller SUV. So we need to flip that hitch over. That way the hitch will only have a 3/4-inch rise instead of the two-inch drop. We do however need to now add an adapter piece since the sway bar will have nothing to attach to. (Sway bar adapter)
Check out the video! Can’t wait for our upcoming trip 1 month out.
We may have all seen the images of travel trailers or just trailers being towed on the highway, losing control into a roll over crash. Some can be attributed to weight distribution or poor loading of the trailer. Some others can be attributed to driving way too fast for conditions. A few can be attributed to side winds or the pushing and pulling from larger trucks passing on the highway. Since we are not experts on the subject, the information we have provided here and in our attached YouTube Video is based on our own research and is not advice in any way.
Since a sway bar for our T@B travel trailer is new to us and we have never towed a trailer before, we decided for the $30 or so that it costs to purchase a sway bar would be a good idea. If we never have to use it, that would be great! If we really needed it at some point, it would be the best $30 ever spent to prevent a potential loss of control or a roll over crash.
We have never heard that a T@B needs one. They are low to the ground, light weight, and you really can’t over pack it. Our tow vehicle has plenty of available weight to pull the trailer.
Here are some of the resources we used to make that decision:
U-haul trailer sway of death
Caravan Sway Crash
How To Control Trailer Sway by RV Education 101®
how to avoid trailer sway
towing tips for preventing trailer sway
Here is where we found the one that we purchased:
pro series sway bar link
Here it is the big reveal!
We found this great 2014 T@B camper/travel trailer. We totally fell in love with its cuteness and versatility. It is lightweight (about 1600 lbs) to tow but still has all of the amenities of a full-size RV. We have a kitchen, hot water, propane stove, air conditioning, and even a commode/shower combo.
Check out the latest video of our little teardrop being delivered….did I mention that it is the coolest shade of blue?
This was my birthday trip out to the Washington coast! Links to locations are in the notes below the video.
This is a two-part series while exploring Elk City, Oklahoma this summer. Great free camping right off of I-40 in Oklahoma! So many roadside attractions to see along the entire length of Route 66. It is a great summer road trip idea… especially in your RV!
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It was hot and humid late August in Tennessee. We stopped in Nashville to stock up at Costco since we were going to be out in the country right off of the Natchez Trace Parkway. I love pulling up the RV right into the large Costco lot shopping and putting the groceries right into the fridge! What we didn’t know is that part of the Parkway was closed for some reason. In a car that would be mostly ok but in a 36-foot Motorhome pulling a smart car not so OK. It required a turnaround possibly u-turn. It was not even marked ahead of time nothing written on the thousand trails website! (See the video for full information. It did say it would be closed for a while on the sign.)
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile long drive through 10,000 years of History. (NPS Gov Website referenced) From Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN you can bike, camp, tour, hike and more recreational opportunities abound in this area.
We were intrigued by the ominous story of Lewis and Clark’s Meriweather Lewis and his suspicious death. While we did not have time to drive the length of the parkway, there is a ton to see in each area!
I would caution those in RV’s to make sure to check the height of the bridges and make sure to have ways around the low clearances. We had a bridge right outside the thousand trails campground entrance that was 11 feet tall while our RV was 12 feet 10 inches tall.
Check out these links for more information: