Traveling in a trailer is one of the most convenient ways to hunt and travel. For starters, it has everything a person needs to stay comfortable. Secondly, it has a large storage area that may benefit a hunter that likes to be well-prepared. Say you’ve rented or finally purchased a travel trailer of your own, how to prepare for hunting with your travel trailer?
How to Prepare for Hunting With Your Travel Trailer
Step 1: List down the essentials
For every hunting trip, or any trip for that matter, there needs to be ample preparation. Most of us won’t know what and how many equipment to pack before a hunting trip. To be able to pack all of the essentials effectively, you need to make a list of all the things you need and all of the things that will make you as comfortable as possible on your hunting trip.
However, just because you have ample storage space on your trailer doesn’t mean you can pack everything you want. Instead, prioritize the essentials and the comforts you would want and need.
Start by listing all of the essentials, such as toiletries, weapons, ammo, food, water, first aid kit, clothes, etc. Then, move on to your comfort stuff such as books, gadgets, accessories, pillows, and other things that will make your trip more enjoyable. After all, you have enough storage for both needs and wants unlike when you’re traveling with a best hunting backpack.
Step 2: Start packing
I recommend packing your things in your travel trailer two to three days before your hunting trip. The one day before your hunting trip should be reserved for re-checking of your stuff.
Work down throughout your list and tick things off once you’ve packed them in your trailer. On the day before your hunting trip, check all of your things if they are complete, especially those that you really need.
Step 3: Buy a trailer cover
You may think that a cover is for cars and motorcycles only, but trailers need a cover, too. A trailer cover will protect your vehicle from the elements, especially rain and the sunlight. It will prevent it from getting to dusty or hot, both of which you don’t need during a hunting trip.
Moreover, the things that you should look for in a trailer cover is waterproof protection, sunlight blockage, and the quality of the material. Of course, quality comes first before anything else. A trailer cover should be durable and perform the things that it’s supposed to; such as the things mentioned before; waterproofness and sunlight blockage.
Step 4: Perform preventive maintenance
All vehicles, especially those as big as trailers, should be checked for faults before use in order to avoid accidents and inconveniences on the road. If you are not an experienced mechanic, you should take it to a professional to check all the necessary parts.
It’s important also to check the trailer’s breaks thoroughly. Brakes can fail to function when worn or overused. Thus, it is essential that you have your brakes checked before proceeding with your hunting trip.
Aside from checking your tires, you should also pay attention to your tire pressure. For a vehicle as big as a travel trailer, you should check the tire pressure carefully. Aside from the tire pressure, you should also make sure that the tires aren’t too old or too worn for travel.
Ideally, you should change your tires every 5 to 6 years. You should take a look at your tires before every hunting trip most especially if you ride on hard terrain.
Step 5: Know how to drive a trailer
A trailer is definitely different from driving a simple car. Thus, you need to get a license in order to drive a full-sized trailer. In fact, you also need a special license in order to drive a tow-trailer (a smaller trailer that you attach to your car).
Aside from that, you also need to get the hang of driving a full-sized trailer. It’s almost the size of the bus! To be thoroughly safe on the road, make sure you now all the mechanics and strategies of driving a travel trailer.
Step6: Adapt to your life on the road
When you’re on the road, your supplies are supposed to last for the number of days you plan on being on the road, and not more. Thus, you need to be able to be able to adapt to your life on the road, stretching out your necessities as much as possible so that your supplies don’t run out.
For a seasoned hunters, stretching out necessities doesn’t seem like a hard task. However, if you’re just starting out using a travel trailer for your hunting trips, the convenience and comfort may lead you into overusing your supplies. Thus, I recommend that you keep track of your supplies until you get the chance to replenish them.
Step 7: Take care of your hunting companion (optional)
If you are bringing your hunting dog with you, make sure that you bring his essentials, too. Aside from that, you should also bring his hunting essentials as a hunting dog. High visibility vest is a must, as well as an ID tag. Other essentials include dog food, dog toys, a dog water bottle. If you have the budget, you can also get a microchip identification in your hunting dog’s collar to find him easily just in case he gets lost.
Step 8: Read the trailer manual
Reading the manual can pay off. If you’re using a travel trailer for your hunting trip, you can benefit off knowing the instructions of your trailer. For instance, you can figure out getting the side-awning to work with a simple manual instruction.
Bottom line is: you should not put off reading the instruction manual. It contains many instructions that can get your trailer and its accessories to work. So, do yourself a favor and pick up that manual before you go on your hunting trip.
In this article, we’ve answered the question on how to prepare for hunting with your travel trailer. In this way, you will be thoroughly prepared for your hunting trip in terms of using your hunting trailer. The steps are relatively easy to follow, so almost all hunters should find this tutorial simple.
I hope you learned a lot from this article. If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comment section below. It would also be a great thing if you could share this with your friends on social media. Thanks for reading!
Sheldon Martin is the founder of Captain Hunter. CaptainHunter.com is a site dedicated to the sport of hunting. We have a deep respect for nature and for the environment, and we therefore take the sport of hunting very seriously. Never think that you are alone in the woods again. Our goal is to share what we know with who needs it most.