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What should I know about putting a camper on my pickup?

Posted by Robert T. Karns | Apr 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

Using a pickup equipped with a camper to go on road trips has several advantages. For one thing, by outfitting your pickup with a camper, you have a very versatile vehicle that you are already familiar with. However, driving your pickup will be very different with a loaded camper on board. And it is important that you take the differences into account so as to stay safe when on the road.

Of course, by adding a camper to your pickup you increase the vehicle's weight, length and height. These differences will require that you adjust your driving accordingly. The camper may actually make the truck run more smoothly as the extra weight could activate the truck's suspension system.

But on the other hand, a camper will also create blind spots. Remember, the camper will block your rear view, meaning you will have to depend on your tow mirrors to see behind and beside the truck. You will need to fully extend the tow mirrors, and if you don't have extendable mirrors, you should strongly consider having them installed. If your mirrors are properly adjusted, you will be able to see the camper's front corners and the jacks.

Driving a truck camper is certainly different from driving a standard pickup truck, but with a bit of practice, you should have no trouble out on the road. But just as you must take care while behind the wheel, so too should your fellow drivers. But unfortunately, accidents can and do happen.

If you or a loved one is injured while traveling in your camper truck, a Rhode Island personal injury attorney may be able to help you get appropriate compensation. If the accident was due to the negligence of another driver, the attorney could carry out an investigation and compile evidence to help you prove liability.

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