Loading up

Make sure all your supplies are stowed safely in the storage compartments or on the floor.  Contents will shift when you drive.  If you have heavy items place them over the axle and on the floor.  Evenly distribute weight around the trailer to get the best towing performance.  If your vehicle is riding low in the back because of the trailer tongue weight put more of the contents over the axle instead.  There should be 100-200 lbs on the tongue of the trailer.  

Hooking up and towing

  • Towing
  • Take down scissor jacks.
  • Line up trailer and ball
  • Lower trailer onto ball, use lever lock to secure it in place
  • Push down ball lock, then lock it with the padlock
  • Attach chains
  • Connect 4 prong, check lights!
  • Close all windows
  • Close vent
  • Check for any loose items or items that should be on the floor
  • Lock door
  • Remove castor under front jack.
  • And off you go!

Backing a trailer

Backing a trailer is a skill to learn and takes time to get good at it.  The basics are simple, the trailer turns the opposite way that the tow vehicle turns.  These little trailers respond quickly so take it slow.  Make small incremental turns then watch how the trailer responds.  Take your time and make sure the area around the vehicle is clear.  Lookout for branches, poles and fire hydrants!  

Set up

Find a flat spot!

  • Orient the trailer door towards your campsite
  • Put in wheel chocks (wheel blocking to keep trailer from rolling), use provided chocks or a rock or piece of firewood.
  • Lower Hitch leg, unlock hitch and turn handle on hitch leg until  hitch coupler lifts off of ball
  • Remove chains and electrical attachment to vehicle
  • Put scissor jacks under back bumper.
  • One on each crosspiece of the bumper.  They are stored in under the front right bunk seat.  Hand tighten them.  They do not need to be very tight.  They stabilize the rocking of the camper when you are inside.  They are not essential.

You are now set up to enjoy your camping experience!