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towing_a_vintage_trailer_-_what_everyone_needs_to_know

This was posted in the TCT forums - Thanks to Jim of Truly Vintage Trailers for taking the time to put down this information


We received a call today from someone seeking transport of a 45 ft. long vintage trailer/mobile home.

We average about 5 calls a week from people seeking advice on towing older coaches and travel trailers Question

I have answered a few questions here in the Forums, but decided to post some Facts for consideration along with links to independent reference sources

To find out what the Class rating of your receiver hitch means

In general, do not count on a trailer ball mounted on a bumper to support your trailer for towing. It may prove fine for moving your trailer around the property, but the bumper support to the vehicle frame may not support your trailer tongue weight on the road

If you purchased a vehicle with a receiver hitch already mounted, take it to a qualified trailer supply store in your area to have it inspected for proper mounting to the vehicle frame and overall condition.

Be prepared to tell the person checking out the receiver hitch what the accurate loaded weight of your trailer is; do not guess, if you don't know then tell them 'you don't know'.

A good way to find out the weight of your trailer is to visit a local truck stop with certified scales, like a Flying J or Pilot. Go to the Truck desk and ask the attendant if you make a 'weigh' on the scales and pay for it….. will they let you return the same day for a free 'reweigh' ? Most truck stops will. Then simply pull up to the scales with your trailer attached and get 'weighed'. Then go park your trailer, disconnect your tow vehicle….. and 'reweigh'. Deduct the tow vehicle 'reweigh' from the first 'weigh' and you have an accurate trailer weight!

Our transmission repair shop owner recently purchased a used 2003 one ton dually truck from a reputable local Dealer. When Roger went to use the hitch, he could not get the ball mount to slide into the receiver tube all the way….. The previous owner of the truck had managed to overload a Class 6 receiver hitch and bent the truck frame

That covers receiver hitches……

Now, if you are considering the purchase of a larger vintage coach or travel trailer……

Check out this link

As a GENERAL rule, you cannot tow a trailer longer than 40 feet without an oversize permit.

As a widely accepted and enforced guideline, any trailer over 3000 pounds and having more than one axle requires:

  • An electric breakaway switch with a separate power source from the towing vehicle.
  • At least one braking axle in GOOD operating condition.
  • Safety chains.
  • Brake lights.
  • Tail lights.
  • Turn signals.
  • Clearance lights.
  • License plate light.

These have to be in place BEFORE you start towing

A State Patrol Officer will have no sympathy if you get pulled over and the danger you pose to yourself and others just is not worth the risk

I hope you consider this information BEFORE you purchase your next vintage coach or travel trailer….

Please make an informed decision and consider all information sources

towing_a_vintage_trailer_-_what_everyone_needs_to_know.txt · Last modified: 2017/04/16 19:23 (external edit)