Tips for the Road
Have an Exit Plan
Never zip into a parking lot, gas station or eatery too quickly. Scan it for an easy drive-through escape route before committing to the entrance lest you get stuck with no easy way to work with the trailer.
If you know you’re overnighting, reserve a good motel no more than 12 hours from your departure point. It will give you a goal to achieve and a welcome rest after hitting it.
Take It Easy
Stop for meals. Letting down for such a break might reveal what you overlooked driving: You need a nap. Pull up under a shade tree and take one.
No Jack Needed
If you have a tandem-axle trailer and the axles are torsion suspension, not leaf springs, you can lift the bad tire off the road by pulling the good tire up on top of a four-by-four block.
We encountered our only construction on Bull Shoals’ Dam. Double-check your transom straps and bow strap after a few miles and tighten. Level your trailer and keep your tires inflated for safety and maximum fuel efficiency.