Camper Trailer Weight Distribution Hitch

A weight distribution hitch is a type of hitch attachment that slides into the receiver of the tow vehicle to redistribute the weight on the tongue across all of the axles. A weight distribution hitch adds spring bars on each side of the hitch system that are used to apply leverage between the tow vehicle and the trailer allowing the tow vehicle and trailer to ride level in proportion to the road surface which helps the the tow vehicle to operate more safely.

The purpose of weight distribution. Trailer weight distribution redistributes the weight of the trailer that is sitting on the rear of the vehicle to all of the axles of the tow vehicle and trailer. The redistribution improves vehicle stability while towing and helps to reduce the amount of sway of the trailer. With the weight from the trailer distributed between all of the axles, the vehicles are leveled off and driving performance is improved. A weight distribution system should be used anytime the trailer weighs more than 50 percent of the tow vehicle’s weight. Read more »

Travel Trailer Weight or RV Weight

It is important to know the weight of your camper.  I’m not just talking about the gross vehicle weight which is the maximum weight of the camper plus it’s all contents, I’m talking about the dry weight (unloaded weight) and tongue weight, also known as hitch weight.  The dry weight is the actual weight of the camper when it is unloaded from supplies and all of the water is drained out.  This weight should be known when you are buying a camper to make sure that your tow vehicle is rated to pull it.  The trailer tongue weight is the amount of weight that is put onto the vehicles hitch. Read more »

Changing Trailer Tires & Camper Tires

Travel trailer tires are often a neglected or forgotten item.  Everyone is ready to go camping so you load up and go but did you check the tire pressure or condition of the travel trailer tires before you left?  Most people don’t so, it is really important to know how to change your trailer tires in the event that you have a flat or blowout.

Typically, the tread of most trailer tires will not wear out before the condition of the tire does.  Road wear and weather conditions play a key role in aging your tires.  If you look at most camper tires that are at least a couple of years old, you will see that the tread normally looks great but unless the tires were well cared for, the sidewalls are probably cracked and dry rotted.  The sidewalls of the tires also take more abuse when you turn than is the case for a car or truck tire. Read more »

Trailer Towing Tips

Trailer towing is not difficult but if you are new to towing, it may be a little intimidating at first.  It is important to practice in a large parking lot or area where you won’t damage your trailer, camper or any other vehicles.  Use these tips to make trailer towing easier and safe.

Before you tow, review your tow vehicles owner’s manual.  Be sure that you are not towing a camper or trailer that weighs more than what your tow vehicle is rated to pull.  Check to see if the owner’s manual offers any special notes related to towing with your vehicle. Read more »

RV Insurance

When purchasing a new RV, camper, fifth wheel or travel trailer, make sure not to forget your RV Insurance.  With all of the excitement of the new purchase, RV Insurance could easily be forgotten.

Any type of RV can be insured.  Depending on whether you purchase a pull behind camper or a motorhome will determine the type of coverage that you must get.  RV Insurance is just like car insurance.  You can choose the type of coverage that you want and the amount of your deductible.  If you will be towing your camper, you might want to check with the agent that holds your auto policy and see what your policy currently covers for tow behind units. You many need to add additional liability coverage to your policy to provide a little bit of extra protection. Read more »