An Overview of Rope Towing
When it comes to rope tow, it is a very difficult task to pull a heavy vehicle up a narrow trail. A rope tow is often needed when transporting a motorcycle or an RV. Motorcycle and RV's are very heavy vehicles that take up a lot of space when parking. I have pulled some pretty heavy bikes out of doorways only to find them crushed next to the trail. There is no question that rope tow is the best way to transport any type of vehicle up a trail, but there are some important safety tips to follow.
The first safety tip is never to tie directly to the trailer, use the strap or tie a second rope to the trailer for support. When going through a brush, always look behind you, never in front, because you may miss a big piece of brush and blow your ride. Always have enough rope to tie down with a second rope if needed. Also, never try to use more than two ropes at once because you may get stuck. A four-foot rope tow is sufficient to pull any trailer, but you may need more than six to assist in a rope tow for an RV.
Before performing a rope tow, make sure that your tires are not too worn or flat. I suggest using a tire gauge to test your tires before attempting to tie down your trailer with a rope. If your tires are worn, you should replace them before you attempt a rope tow. It may be tempting to just go ahead and tie down your trailer with the rope, but this is dangerous and can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. By purchasing a tire gauge, you will be able to accurately determine the level of your tires.
After checking your tires and flat wheels, it is time to purchase a rope tow unit. You can purchase these rope scaffolds at most lumber yards or home improvement stores. Just like any other scaffold, it is important to utilize a level as you tie down your trailer. When you purchase a rope tow unit, you will also need an eight-foot rope that is in solid shape. Never purchase a rope that is broken or damaged.
Next, you will need the two hooks on the end of the rope to secure the trailer to the rope scaffold. Place the hook on the rear of the trailer. Hook one over the front side of the trailer, and hook the other to the back side of the trailer. Now you are ready to tie down your trailer!
Once you have tied down your trailer, you can then pull your trailer behind you. If you need to move the trailer around, you can use a dolly to do so. However, it is best to pull the trailer behind you so that there is a good amount of ground to walk on. This will save time and keep you from getting yourself hurt from walking around with a rope in one hand!