Video: Trailer flips, tumbles on highway

It doesn’t appear any harm came to humans in this travel trailer wipeout, but the RV surely didn’t fare well. You can’t tell exactly what caused this accident, but the driver obviously didn’t deal well with the situation. Let this be a reminder to you why passengers are not allowed to ride in moving travel trailers. Oh, don’t even think about... Read More

Reader questions: Making the tow vehicle safer

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Reader Mike Connolly writes in with this question: I have a question maybe you can help me with. I just bought a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab, 5.7 liter hemi v-8 395 horsepower 8 spd tranny with a Class 4 receiver. It has a tow assist inside the cab, and I’m looking at... Read More

Is sway control necessary for a short travel trailer?

  Dear Gary, I am a newbie to RVing and I just purchased a used Prowler 22-foot travel trailer and I am towing it behind my F-250. My question is, do I need a sway bar? I am getting mixed messages mostly leaning towards not needing one. —Tami W. Dear Tami, I am a firm believer in both a weight... Read More

Best demonstration of travel trailer sway danger

Trailer sway is dangerous and can ultimately prove deadly when it results in a crash. Here, we believe, is the best video demonstration of how trailer sway occurs and how to prevent it. Watch as a toy car pulls a trailer on a special treadmill where the load in the trailer can be switched easily from place to place —... Read More

RV “chain” as strong as the weakest …

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris For years we’ve been talking to the bully pulpit to preach the importance of knowing your weight ratings and scrupulously sticking to them. I don’t know how many obviously overloaded rigs we’ve seen in campgrounds and on highways – sometimes broken down as a result of failing to heed such advice. Every RV... Read More

How to safely, quickly and easily hitch a travel trailer

This excellent nine-minute video was recently posted by our friend and now RVtravel.com contributor Gyro Gearloose (aka Wolfe Rose). If you use a sway bar, keep in mind that each end of the sway bar MUST have the appropriate hitch pin installed after the sway bar is popped onto the knob on the trailer and truck; otherwise, it will fail... Read More

Turbo diesel engine overheats. RVer wonders why

  Dear Readers, I received this email from reader Don Self about overheating problems with his turbo diesel engine. If you would like to offer Don a tip, please leave a comment. Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience. —Chuck/editor Don wrote: In 2007, I bought my first RV (5th wheel) and a new turbo diesel one-ton pickup the same day... Read More

Stupid RVer trick: Or is this just plain sad?

  This has to be high on the list of Stupid RVer tricks. In this case, it’s not just a trick, but an misguided attempt by a couple of English guys to tow a travel trailer (or a caravan, as they call them there) through a narrow passageway. If this weren’t so stupidly funny, it would be sad. Click the video. It’s only... Read More