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

Tuson launches RF Wireless Camera System

  By Bob Difley Tuson RV Brakes announced it is launching its new and improved RF Wireless Camera System for sale immediately. “We now have RF Wireless Camera Systems in stock at our Tuson Vernon Hills, Ill., facility. Tuson RV Brakes has worked hard to improve our RF Wireless Camera System before we decided to release it,” said John Soptich,... Read More

Trailer flips over on highway: dash cam captures it

  If you own a travel trailer, watching this video might hurt. Motorists traveling behind a travel trailer watch in horror as the RV gets slammed by a gust of wind and flips on its side out of control, whipping its tow vehicle 180 degrees. The message here: If the wind is strong, pull over and wait for it to calm. And... Read More