How To: Tips For Towing Your Trailer In The Snow

For those that often find themselves driving a 5th wheel or large trailer, you know that there is no telling what sort of conditions you may come across on the road. Instead, the truth is that you may start a journey with beautiful clear skies, only to find yourself stuck in traffic due to several inches of new fresh powder.

When it comes time to drive your trailer in the snow, it’s important to understand that the conditions are going to be much more dangerous than in otherwise clear weather. To help you stay safe, here are some tips for driving your trailer in the snow.

Watch Your Speed

It sounds obvious, but it’s extra important that you watch your speed during ominous snowing weather conditions. It’s understandable that you have a destination that you want to reach, and a timeline that you are trying to stick to. But when it’s snowing outside, watching your speed will help you avoid accidents that would otherwise turn into a variety of new headaches.

Know Your Vehicle

Whether you have your 5th wheel hitched to a heavy duty truck or if you have a complete all-in-one motorhome, you’ll want to ensure that you take the time to familiarize yourself with driving it in clear weather conditions. You might be able to attest to the idea that you get more comfortable when you drive any other sort of vehicle for an extended period of time, and this is the same idea with a large trailer.  The more that you drive, the better off you will be when the weather shifts on you.

Be Aware Of Your Load

Your trailer isn’t all that you should be familiar with before you hit the open road. Instead, you’ll want to ensure that you know what it is that is inside of your trailer. If you are carrying an oversized trailer, it’s not going to move as precisely as a smaller vehicle in the snow. In addition, you’ll also likely need to compensate for loose times that you may have in your 5th wheel or travel trailer.


Carry Extra Equipment with You

If you are expecting snow while you are traveling, you can do yourself a favor by preparing ahead of time and making sure that you bring along extra equipment. Some of the things you can pack to help you in the snow includes:

  • Snow tires
  • Emergency kit with flares
  • Extra food and clean water
  • Charged batteries

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Keep Your Trailer Maintained

Before you go out on the road, make sure that your trailer is maintained. If you are unable to do this on your own, consider taking your luxury trailer to a mechanic. They’ll be able to ensure that your trailer is ready for any snow that you may come across on the road.

Be Aware Of Other Drivers

No matter how well prepared you are, there is no telling what other drivers may do on the road. That is why you should always be aware of your surroundings and other people.

Consider Lessons

Finally, consider lessons for driving in the snow if you believe it will make you a better driver. When you consider that your trailer is such a large investment, it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry. By taking additional driving lessons, you’ll be a much more prepared driver for whatever you come across on the road.

The more prepared that you are, the better off you will be – as with most things in life, this is certainly the case when it comes to driving your large trailer in the snow. To ensure your own safety, as well as that of others on the road, consider the tips here for driving in conditions that you otherwise may not be familiar with.

9 thoughts on “How To: Tips For Towing Your Trailer In The Snow

  1. I really like how you advise familiarity with the load you are carrying and not just the thing holding the load. It might even be a good idea to get a professional towing company to help with heavy duty loads or other types of towing that you don’t have much experience with. My brother, for example, is going to be moving soon and may have some heavy loads to take to his new home so I think I will tell him to be familiar with the load or to get professional help.

  2. That would be really unfortunate if you took your trailer out and got stuck in the snow with no batteries or snow tires. My wife and I have been planning a road trip up north and want to make sure we have all the essentials just in case something goes wrong. We’ll have to consider these tips for when we get ready to go!

  3. Since you mentioned that one should keep a trailer maintained by taking it to a mechanic before hitting the road, another way to keep it in working order is to find a place to park and store them. Finding a place like that can also help RV owners where to get them parked during the off-days. Storing them can also help shield them from the effects of winter weather such as hail and snow.

  4. This is a really helpful article on how to tow a travel trailer in the snow. In northern Indiana, the winters have been especially bad lately and I always tell people to be safe when hauling anything. Your car will often move one way and your trailer will slide the other way, making a very dangerous driving condition for you and anyone around you. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

  5. I love your tip about hitching your trailer to the fifth wheel. My dad just bought a big truck and wants to take our horses to the mountains. We’ll have to consider getting a trailer to tow them all.

  6. It made sense when you said that we need to prioritize safe speed over meeting a timeline to ensure no accidents happen when towing the trailer. My husband wants to get a tilting trailer within the next couple of weeks to simplify the loading and unloading processes for his construction equipment. We live in an area that gets frequent snow, so the tips you shared here will be really helpful!

  7. I appreciate the advice you shared about how it is important to avoid accidents by driving slowing with a trailer in the snow. My wife and I recently purchased an ATV, and we want to purchase a trailer so that we can tow it with us when we go on vacations in the winter. These tips you shared will help us stay safe while we are traveling.

  8. You made a great point about being aware of your load and how you should know what movements you can make with it. My husband and I are looking for a tilt equipment trailer that we can buy to transport our equipment to our new home. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

  9. Thank you for pointing out that all vehicles behave a little differently in the snow, so you will want to know how to handle yours. I have been thinking of investing in a trailer so that I can get more use out of my snowmobiles. However, I hate having a ramp to worry about. I wonder if there are tilt equipment trailers that could be perfect for my needs!

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