The trip is relatively central United States, Utah to Tennessee, with a stop to Chicago area as well. I know how to back trailers, but I just bought a hitch for my CRV 2003 I am going to practice with. Unfortunately i can’t afford a vehicle that might enjoy hauling better than my ‘03 at the moment. However, I believe it just may be able get the job done. I just need to go through that list of inspections and check off a few projects beforehand for safety. Thanks for the tips. I guess I just need to plan out slower arriving times to destinations, and double my budget for gas spending money.Have pulled a camper from "Austin to Boston" several times. What type of roads will you be traveling on?
Will second getting the bearings replaced. Also, take a good look at your tires & spare [if you have one]. Not much more fun to be had than changing a trailer tire on the side of the highway.
Gas mileage will suffer. The front end of that trailer will act like a drogue parachute, holding you back. Not to mention the effect of crosswinds. Don't want the tail wagging the dog.
Do some PM on your tow vehicle, especially your braking system & transmission. Maybe new fluids for both systems.
Have you ever towed that trailer? Regardless of the combination, adding a trailer to a vehicle changes all sorts of vehicle handling characteristics. Starting, stopping, & turning are all greatly affected. Get some local practice in before starting your trip.
If you know that all your parking places on the trip will be pull-throughs, you should have no problems. However, it doesn't hurt knowing how to back up with the trailer attached. Find a large parking lot - mall, football stadium, etc & practice. Obviously the size of it limits your rear vision, so take your co-pilot with you to standardize your communications when backing up.
Finally, is the trailer structurally sound? Waterproof?
I'm sure others will have more to say.
Have a safe trip. Let us know the results.
Things are getting a bit overkill. It's a lightweight trailer. My friend brought a 4000+ lb caravan from the UK behind his Gen4 and it was perfectly fine for a pan-European towing trip.You need to test tow it if you haven’t already and consider adding a set of air bags to the rear suspension
This is all really good stuff! Thank you!BTW, if you don't yet have wiring for the trailer, visit the etrailer.com site and see what they offer that fits your CR-V. I bought a harness for my '09 that plugs into the factory harness in the rear cargo area. (Requires removing a panel to get at it.) That is much better than splicing into existing wiring. Pretty sure my wiring adapter was made by Curt, the same company that makes the hitches.