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 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 and likely fall off.... 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

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