Sand driving — don’t get stuck in the muck

By Russ and Tiña De Maris With summertime on us, where do you want to go? To the mountains for fresh air and cooler nights? To the forests with abundant shade? How about the beach? Yeah, break out the umbrellas, the beach towels, and sunscreen – but be careful about the trailer or the motorhome. Every year coastal tow companies... Read More

Trailer hitching: Keep your rig where it belongs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris For a “heart sinking into your stomach” experience, there’s nothing like looking in the rearview mirror and finding your travel trailer isn’t there. Friends of ours recall one such occasion when theirs “got loose” and rolled off the road and into the brush. Theirs was a “good” experience of a runaway trailer—nobody got hurt... Read More

Add a trailer hitch to your. . . trailer!

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician There are many hitch-mounted bike racks and cargo trays and boxes for the back of your car and truck, but they mount using a trailer hitch — which you don’t have for the back of your trailer. Adding these racks to the square bumper on the back is dangerous because it’s not designed to... Read More

Hitch your trailer without help with magnetic hitch alignment kit

Are you sometimes frustrated that you have to distract your co-pilot just to hook up your trailer? If you could do it yourself — every time — wouldn’t that be a great skill to master? Luckily it doesn’t take great skill to master the one-person hitch-up. Camco’s Magnetic Hitch Alignment Kit is designed for one-person hook-up on the first try... Read More

Stop that towed vehicle rattle

By Greg Iles   There are a lot of anti-rattle devices on the market, all aimed at limiting or removing the “clunk” from the loose-fitting tow hardware. Anybody who has towed anything recognizes that annoying clank-whack-thunk when you stop, start, go around a turn, back up, etc. Unfortunately, it’s not only annoying, it can actually cause towing problems. The loose... Read More

Fifth wheel hitching: an old-timer’s advice

By George Bliss   From several years of observations at campgrounds, it seems most RVers don’t know the importance of hooking up the umbilical cord from the truck to the fifth wheel trailer before trying to connect (or disconnect) the king pin to (or from) the fifth wheel. This is necessary so you can apply the brakes on the trailer,... Read More