Loading your travel trailer properly is essential safety. Distribute 60 percent of the load ahead of the trailer axle with between 10%-15% tongue weight. Also, make sure that the weight is distributed evenly from side to side. Uneven distribution can create unstable conditions, such as trailer sway and uneven tire wear. Firmly secure the load to prevent shifting during cornering and braking which could result in loss of control.
Take time to properly prepare your RV for travel. Secure all loose interior items that may fall and break. Make sure all drawers and cabinet doors are properly latched. Take a final walk around outside to insure jacks and steps are up, all exterior doors are closed and locked, antennas and vents are down, and all cords and hoses secured. Make one final check of your hitch, safety chains, exterior lights, tires, etc.
When backing your RV it’s easy to forget about the height of obstacles behind you. Overhangs, tree limbs, etc. may not be visible in your mirrors but can cause extensive damage to your RV. Distance is also hard to judge when backing a long RV. If you are not sure get out, walk back and look. Whenever possible have someone guide you from behind.
If you are unfamiliar with backing your trailer or motorhome, a large empty parking lot is a good place to practice maneuvering and backing.