Trailers act as giant trunks, allowing you to safely stow gear, supplies, water toys and more. Before you step on the gas, follow this checklist from Charlie Farmer, CAA Manitoba's fleet supervisor.
- Verify vehicle's towing capacity in owner's manual and ensure you have the right hitch—from Class I (up to 2,000 lb) to Class V (up to 12,000 lb).
- Check tires for pressure and wear.
- Ensure turn signals, brake and running lights are functional.
- Inspect wheel bearings and lubricate as needed.
- Inspect leaf springs on the trailer and look for cracks in each leaf.
- If the trailer has a ball-hitch, lock the latch and secure safety pin. On fifthwheel hitches, fully insert the bar and secure safety pins.
- Safety chains should be connected in an X pattern under the hitch.
- If trailer is equipped with emergency braking, ensure the battery is charged.
- Ensure the load is secure before leaving. Check again at pit stops.
Is your RV accessible?
Travelling with seniors, kids or people with mobility challenges? Follow these helpful hints for a safe and comfortable ride.
- When buying a new motorhome or trailer, look for floor plans featuring larger bathrooms to better accommodate wheelchair users.
- Consider installing stairlift-style accessories. They really help anyone with mobility issues more easily enter and exit their RV.
- Travelling with young children? A typical 26- to 32-foot family trailer should have enough room to accommodate a standardsize crib.
- You can babyproof most RVs using the same gear you'd use in your home—electrical plug covers, cabinet latches and adjustable baby gates.
- Protect yourself on the road with CAA’s Plus RV or Premier RV coverage.
How to roast the perfect marshmallow.
Find a sturdy stick that's about as long as your arm. Whittle the tip to a point and wash it with a clean cloth.
Roast marshmallow about 10–15 cm above the glowing embers at the base of your fire. Don't stick it directly in the flame. Turn the stick slowly, like a rotisserie, to evenly cook the marshmallow.
After a few rotations, find a natural "oven" in the coals—a walled enclosure to reflect heat and cook the marshmallow's centre. Your 'mallow is ready when the skin is crisp and golden brown.