RTTC Starter Guide
We have created this page to help assist you in getting started on your very exciting journey with your new trailer.
Towing your trailer
This is the exciting part! A new Rustic Trail Teardrop Camper is all yours! You may have tons of experience towing trailers or (if like me) you have never towed anything prior to the purchase of you RTTC. The good news is your Rustic Trail Teardrop Camper has been designed from the ground up to be easy to tow!
Trailer Hitch: It is recommended that you have a 2″ hitch installed on your tow vehicle. If you do want to install this yourself many of our members have had good luck at U-haul, car dealerships, or independent shops. E-Trailer is an excellent place to find the proper trailer hitch for your car. Visit their website here and input your car’s information. Watch the video below to learn more about a trailer hitch:
How to select the right hitch for your car:
How to determine the proper drop/rise:
Trailer Hitch Ball Mount: Every tow vehicle will be different in terms of what is needed for either a ‘drop’ or a ‘rise’ to make the trailer level in the back of the vehicle. A Rustic Trail Teardrop will sit approx 18” from the ground to the top of the 2″ ball. We recommend measuring this on your vehicle to determine a proper fit. Watch the video if you would like detailed instructions on how to do this:
Trailer Wiring & Braking
Trailer Wiring: All new Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers come equipped with a 7-pin connector. The difference between a standard 4-pin wiring setup is that the 4-pin does not carry a braking signal while a 7-pin does. Again, you should consult with your owner’s manual before ordering or installing parts. Our members have had good luck with u-haul and their favorite automotive shop to install the wiring while they are getting their brake controller installed.
Starting in late 2019 all Rustic Trail Teardrop Campers come standard with trailer brakes. This awesome feature will aid in keeping you safe out on the road!
Brake Controller: To activate your trailer brakes you will need a brake controller. The brake controller will send an electronic signal to your trailer brakes when you press the brake pedal in your car. Please note, you can technically tow a Rustic Trail Teardrop camper without a brake controller, however, the trailer brakes will not be able to operate. There many different options available to choose from. It is best to take a look at your vehicle owner’s manual to determine if your car came pre-wired for a controller. If you have difficulty installing any of these items we once again recommend u-haul or your favorite independent shop:
Torquing Your Wheels
With any trailer or camper, it is critically important to torque the wheels to ensure a smooth and safe operation of the camper. We recommend that you torque your wheels to 100 ft LBs. before departing on every trip and before you leave your campground to return home. Below you will find a video of Zach at RTTC demonstrating how to torque your wheels and a wrench and sockets that we recommend.
Mounting your license plate
Every Rustic Trail Teardrop will come with a license plate mount located on the spare tire side of the camper just under the brake/tail light. There will be two holes for mounting and an integrated light to make the license plate visible at night.
Basic Trailer Supplies
Powering your camper
All Rustic Trail Teardrops will come standard with a 15 amp shore power connection located near the spare tire. We recommend a 12 gauge extension cord and a 30 amp male to 15 amp female adapter in case you need it at the campground.
Recommended RTTC Solar Kit
To make it easier to use the solar port included with the optional off-grid battery kit on your RTTC we have developed a list of three items that should be purchased together. Step 1: Setup your Renogy 100-watt panel with the charge controller in the sun. Step 2: Plug the 10 AWG to SAE adapter into the cables coming off of the Renogy kit. Step 3: Use the SAE to SAE extension cable to extend the distance of your solar kit. Plug the other end of the SAE cable into the solar port on your RTTC. – Enjoy getting energy from the sun! Please note: There is no reason to use the reverse polarity adapter.
School of RTTC Videos
Different Trail Connections
How to operate the door and hatch
How the outside table works
How to set up and operate your A/C
How-To Properly Open/Close Windows
How-To Operate Max Air Vent Fan
Going from Dinette to Bed Mode
RTTC General Maintenance
Your Rustic Trail Teardrop was designed to be easy to maintain. However, there are some basic tasks that need to be done to ensure the smooth and safe operation of your camper for years to come. We will go over these below:
Greasing the axle
Depending on the year of your RTTC, your camper is equipped with a Dexter E-Z Lube System. Dexter recommends that your bearings should be lubricated every 12 months or 7,000 miles. Please watch the video below to gain a better understanding of how the system works.
Dexter E-Z Lube System
Keeping the Tires Inflated
To ensure the safe operation of your camper we recommend keeping the tires at around 40 – 45 PSI (40 in the summer and 45 in colder weather) Please note that this information is for non-off road tires. Before every trip, we recommend checking the tire pressure when you are torquing the wheels.
Caulking the Camper
We recommend checking the caulking along the seams of your camper at least once a year to inspect for cracks or thin spots. Caulking the camper can a little tricky at first, so we suggest trying it in a less visible spot. The ProFlex RV Clear Caulk requires a spray bottle with water a little bit of dish soap. Please watch the video below to apply it:
How to properly seal your RV
RTTC Owners Manual
If this starter guide has not asnwered your questions, please download our RTTC owners manual using the button below. The download will be in PDF format. Please note, for the latest manual and information please come back to this page every few months. The RTTC owners manual covers most models built June 2020 – current.