The idea of traveling with a travel trailer in tow may cause some excitement, but the excitement is just a part of the whole thing. On the more serious side of things, driving a vehicle with a travel trailer in tow means greater challenges and responsibilities. And one of the best ways of preparing for these challenges and responsibilities is by being knowledgeable of the various parts the travel trailer is equipped with and knowing how to take good care of them.
A travel trailer is made up of many parts. Among those parts that we would easily notice are the travel trailer frame and the various accessories and furniture inside the recreational vehicle. These parts, however, should cause the least of your worries. Most travel trailers are almost fully furnished with these parts, and, whether the trailer was bought or rented, damages in these parts can be detected easily.
The more critical travel trailer parts are those that connect the trailer to the vehicle. Among others, this would include the hitch, whether it’s a weight-carrying hitch or a weight-distributing hitch. Together with the hitch, the trailer-hitch assembly would also be composed of a coupler, a hitch ball, and safety chains. In the case of weight-distributing hitches, there are additional components like the spring bars, shank, receiver, and sway controls.
In addition to the trailer hitch, there are other important travel trailer parts that run from the trailer to the vehicle, including the brake system and the trailer’s electrical system. In a travel trailer’s brake system, a brake controller that controls the various drum and disc brakes in the trailer is often mounted inside the vehicle. The electrical system, on the other hand, is composed of wires that run from the vehicle to the trailer to control the various trailer lights and trailer turn signals.
Other essential travel trailer parts are the wheels and tires; there are still other minor travel trailer parts, although their size doesn’t make them appear too critical for the trailer’s performance and safety.
Ensuring that the critical travel trailer parts are always in good working condition is probably the best way to prevent various traffic accidents and mishaps. So each time that one of these critical parts gets damaged or deteriorates, they should be replaced or repaired before you make any attempt to use the travel trailer.