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  • Receiver Hitches

    Safety Facts in RV Hitches and Towing

    As a happy camper, you'll likely notice that motorhome owners have towing hitches, or a towing receiver mounted just below the rear bumper of their vehicle. Whether you own a RV or a camper trailer, you need to be prepared for long travels which is why it is important to have these motorhome accessories such as on all hitch and tow necessities to ensure you're never stuck or stranded while you’re out on the road. When it comes to getting prepared in hitches and towing, it's easy to focus on the hitch itself. But a hitch won't get you very far without some important RV camping accessories. A trailer hitch is the primary connection component in a towing system that attaches a trailer to your tow vehicle. To make the connection complete, a trailer hitch requires trailer parts such as a ball mount and trailer ball. A receiver hitch is the most common in trailers which mounts to the frame of the vehicle and provides a receiver tube to accept a ball mount or other insert. Selecting the correct type of trailer hitch for your vehicle and trailer is important as your life depends on. Many of the RV camping accessories made for your hitch the device that connects the tow vehicle to the trailer are designed to keep you, your company and your cargo safe.

     

    There are factors that you’ll have to take into consideration before you hitch a trailer up to your vehicle or RV. Receiver hitches have one of five classes, based on weight carrying capacity and receiver tube size. Hitches are classified by their maximum weight capacity rating and receiver opening size. Each class has its own unique capacities and applications. Classes range from I (1) which is the lowest weight capacity and smallest opening size to V (5) which is the highest weight capacity and largest opening size.

     

    Trailer Weight Terminology

    Remember these terms when you opt for RV parts and accessories for your towing and hitching needs when you buy at your trusted or local camper parts store:

     

    GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

    Themaximum loaded weight of your vehicle.

     

    GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating)

    The maximum weight that can be placed on your front or rear axles.

     

    GTW (Gross Trailer Weight)

    Total weight of the trailer and its cargo.

     

    TW (Tongue Weight)

    Downward force exerted on the back of a tow vehicle by a towable load.

     

    Before you embark on your long drive, make sure you check the hitch, coupler, ball mount, safety chains and other travel trailer accessories such as hitch extenders and adapters that connect the trailer and the tow vehicle they are properly secured and adjusted. The wiring or chain supports should not touch the road to avoid unnecessary hook up or tie ups in the support in the ground where accidents could occur and it should be loose enough to make turns without disconnecting or damaging the wires. Check also the tow vehicle and the trailer’s lights such as brake lights, reverse lights, turn signals and hazard lights if they are working properly. Make sure your side and rear-view mirror have good visibility. Be mindful of your routes and restrictions on bridges and tunnels.

     

    Different vehicles have different towing capabilities such as the handling of weight capacities and reading the vehicle owner's manual will tell you how many pounds your vehicle can safely tow. Be a responsible and an intelligent camper; visit your trusted RV camping supplies so you could get RV parts and accessories.

  • Fifth Wheel Hitches

    Maintaining Your Fifth Wheel Hitches

    Fifth wheel campers often have more living space than motorhomes because of the slide out options available. They are typically easier to move when trying to park or maneuver. If an engine repair is needed while on the road, your entire living space won't need to go to the repair shop along with the engine. Fifth wheel hitches are a large, flat plate that has a shape similar to a horseshoe. The metal rails that run beneath the hitch attach to the frame of the pickup truck for strength. The trailer connects to the fifth wheel hitch by a downward-facing pin called a “king pin” along with a plate that rests on top of the fifth wheel hitch plate. The king pin locks into position to be able to secure within the hitch but can freely move or pivot to accommodate turns.

    As much as possible, you must attempt to purchase a complete fifth wheel hitch installation kit that is designed specifically for your vehicle. This will save you a lot of time and energy, as these custom-fit kits require no tiring works such as drilling or welding. These kits usually contain all of the hardware you'll need for installation and the holes in the brackets line up with pre-existing holes in the vehicle's frame. If you buy a universal installation kit, you may be required to do some modifications either drilling holes in the vehicle's frame or welding the brackets in place to properly mount the hitch. The flat plate of the trailer and the flat plate of the fifth wheel hitch must be in constant contact with one another. They slide against one another continuously when the trailer is in motion, lubrication between these two components is very important. Maintaining your fifth wheel RV is important for long-term use and also for your safety and be sure to follow any user manual and instructions from your dealer.

     

    Something’s to remember when maintaining your 5th wheel trailers and RV:

     

    Maintaining the RV hitch

    • Inspect and re-lube the hitch regularly.
    • Check your parts at least every 3-6 months depending how far and have been traveling.
    • Check the torque and tighten any bolts and nuts at least once a year.
    • Check the breakaway cable and make sure the lock is working properly.

     

    Exterior Fifth Wheel Hitch Maintenance

    • Inspect the exterior of your RV more often.
    • All hardware, seals and vents need to be kept in good shape.
    • Check for cracks or damage to the exterior and underneath your trailer.
    • If you have a rubber roof, it can be scrubbed with basic household cleaning detergents and a medium or soft bristle brush. Reseal the roof annually or sooner if needed.
    • Your 5th wheel trailer and RV should be washed as need and waxed at least once a year for longer protection.
    • Inspect and clean your awning. Also, you might do some lubrication.

     

    One downside to a 5th wheel is that it uses up your entire truck bed. If you want to bring large items such as bikes or motorcycles, you will have to find an alternative option.

  • Fifth Wheel Pin Boxes

    Now, all the other sections contained lots of parts and accessories for your vehicle, but this is where all the heavy duty hardware is. Towing a trailer or whatever else is very demanding and puts an immense amount of stress on your vehicle, so it's very important to have all the right gear. Luckily, all the right gear can be found right here. We have hitches for your tow vehicle or RV, fifth wheel hitches, gooseneck hitches, flat towing options, wheels and tires and a ton of accessories and hardware.

  • Weight Distributing...

    Many hands make light work, and the same concept applies to towing, many points of weight distribution makes easier towing. Take a load off here with our selection of heavy duty weight distribution hitches, sway controls, weight distribution round bars, weight distribution shanks and all the parts and accessories to go along with your new set-up.

  • Truck Camper Tie Downs

    Feel secure when you know everything is secure with our tie down options. There's parts for both front and rear as well and fixed and adjustable units. Here you'll find front tie downs, rear tie downs, frame-mounted tie downs, camper tie downs, bed-mounted tie downs, stabilizing bars, tie down turnbuckles and tie down accessories.

  • Dinghy Towing

    Dinghy Towing

    Traveling in your RV with a dinghy is already the trend these days. A dinghy is basically a vehicle that can be towed behind an RV. It is also known as the four-down towing, recreational towing, and flat towing.

    Before you purchase a vehicle for dinghy towing, it is essential to read the manual instructions approved by the manufacturer. Make it sure that the vehicle is able to be towed without causing damage to the drive train.

    Tow along with a small vehicle behind your RV safely and securely. Decide to purchase the following RV Dinghy towing accessories to help you get back on the road.

    Tow Bars

    Tow bars are incredibly essential for those who own RV. Quality is also important when you buy these. That way, you will benefit more from it like taking your car and not RV to handle small errands on the road. So many choices are available from the site like the Adventurer Tow Bar 48” Legs, Ambassador Tow Bar, Folding Tow Bar with Adjustable Arms, and more.

    Base Plates

    Base plates can be essentially useful when hitching up a car to be towed with an RV. These are custom-designed to fit perfectly on the front end of the car. Since these are not only manufacturer specific, but also vehicle specific, you need to match the brand of the accompanied tow bar to the base plate. Available options for base plates are: Base Plate-Fits 2005-10 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Universal Bolt-On Adapter Tabs Class III, Mounting Bracket 14 Jeep Cherokee, and Baseplate 14 Trailhawk.

    Supplemental Braking

    Choose from the different designs of supplemental braking that is known as a unique mechanism. This is valuable to use when you brake your vehicle for towing. Apply the brakes on the dinghy or towed vehicle and apply them in your RV. So, find from the site Breakaway Pin and Ring, 14-Lp4040 Pin w/48 Lanyard, Breakaway Switch w/48” Cable and Pin Assembly, and more.

    Tow Bar Accessories

     The reasonably-priced tow bars are guaranteed to make towing your car safer and easier. These are divided into two sub-categories of EZ Light Electrical Kits, and Fuse Bypass Switches. The first one has to offer so many options such as the Tail Light Wiring Kit, Bulb and Socket, 9-Terminal Diode Block, and Red LED Bulb.

    As per the Fuse Bypass Switches, be amazed by the availability of Fuse Bypass Switch Mini Long Lead, Fuse Bypass Switch ATC/ATO 2 Circuit, and more.

     

    Tow Dollies

    When talking about towing your car with a tow dolly, choose one from the several options from the site. There is the Sentry Deflector that is constructed to be resilient. This is made up of high-density polyethylene material and this is mainly attached to the tongue of the tow dolly.

    With regard to its excellent features, these include being lightweight and strong, flexible, pliable, and durable. Easily install and then remove it. The fringed bottom edge will allow flexibility and will minimize the damage to the deflector. Its high-density polyethylene retains its shape. Its costly paint chip repair and messy cleanup are also minimized.

    Now, you have learned more about the dinghy towing accessories to add on your shopping list!

  • Hitch Components

    Hitch Components – The Business of Connection

     

     

    The hitch components in your towing car and in the towed vehicle or trailer form the essential connection between your towing vehicle and that which is being towed. Towing a trailer with your car would need five parts to execute.

     

    Components

     

    The trailer hitch receiver is similar to a typical hitch. The receiver is the device that connects and attaches beneath your vehicle to connect the tow vehicle to the trailer hitch. This has an opening to receive the ball mount.

     

    Fixed drawbar hitches (fixed tongue hitches) consist of the hitch and the ball mount and considered as a single unit not generally compatible with aftermarket accessories. The receiver type hitches accept a removable ball mount which is separate from the receiver (This allows flexibility compared to fixed drawbar hitches.)

     

    Check out the sizes of the holes as they need to be compatible, including that for heavy towing.

     

    Drawbar (ball mount)

     

    This is the component that slides into your receiver’s opening to provide the platform for the ball that attaches your hitch to your trailer. In fixed-drawbar hitches, this is the part that forms a single unit with your receiver. In receiver-type hitches, the ball mount is separate.   

     

    Trailer hitch ball

     

    This is the connecting metal ball that hitches your trailer when you lower the trailer tongued coupler’s round opening onto it. The coupler sits over the hitch ball and pivots on it when you turn your vehicle. These balls come in three sizes: 1-7/8 inches, 2 inches, and in 2-5/16 inches.

     

    Pin and clip / wiring harness

     

    The pin and clip is the bolting mechanism that holds the ball mount secure to the receiver opening. The pin fastens the pin into place.

     

    The wiring harness is the wiring connection that supplies power to your trailer’s lights and signals.

     

    Hitching Terminology

     

    There are certain abbreviations that are related to the hitch class ratings and towing capacity.

     

    GTW refers to the gross trailer weight. This is the combined weight of your trailer and its contents.  TW is tongue weight which means the amount of weight placed on your hitch by your trailer’s attachment.

    GVWR is the gross vehicle weight rating and the GVM means the gross vehicle mass rating.

     

    This is the actual amount of the weight or mass your vehicle can carry (including the parts, passengers, and cargo and tongue weight) but does not include the trailer. The GCWR is the combined weight rating. In effect, this is the maximum weight for both the vehicle and the trailer altogether.  

     

    Tow hitch install

     

    The maneuver for installing the tow hitch is done step by step. The first action is to maneuver into a position where the hitch ball lines up with the trailer tongue’s coupler.

     

    This closes the latch over the ball and securing it with the pin. In turn, this secures the connection of the safety chains and attaching your wiring harness.

     

    All in all, to have the hitch components be compatible with one another, you need to consider both your vehicle type, how much you need to tow (which includes the trailer and the contents) when choosing the needed hitches.

     

                                                         
                         
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  • Jacks and Stabilization

    RV Jacks and Stabilization – The First Requisites

     

     

    Of interest mostly to RVers, jacks and stabilization are of primary concerns that are of utmost importance especially when they are in the camping grounds or are about ready to park their RV. This is the time to enjoy the view, the air, the freedom and the adventure only an RV can give.

     

    Without your jacks and stabilizers, you cannot park properly enough or at all. Without proper parking there will be no enjoyment of the view, no fresh air, no cooking, no meeting with new friends, no adventure, until proper parking is done.

     

    RV Stabilizers

     

    For an RVer, it is quite important to know how to operate a jack, a leveling block and a stabilizer.

    The first order of business is to make sure your RV is parked well. (Use a pair of chocks to keep the RV in place.)

     

    Next, level the trailer. It is important to use the blocks under a stabilizer especially on uneven to soft grounds. Do not under- or over-extend the stabilizer at all instance. Stabilization is holding the trailer in position once it is lifted.

     

    Stabilizing is eliminating the swaying and bouncing of the RV after it had been leveled. The stabilizing jacks are instruments that help keep the RV level while being parked.

     

    RV types and stabilizers

     

    Towable RVs (fifth wheels, campers, travel trailers) tend to have few points in contact with the surface and they need the stabilizers to prevent any swaying when the RV is parked.

     

    The fifth wheel is most likely to use them because the weight is placed on the body of the fifth wheels like most other lighter RVs. A heavy trailers or an RV can stabilize itself on the ground with its own weight. (Lighter trailers usually shift from side to side when there is movement inside.)

     

    RV Jack Types

     

    The scissor jack stabilizers use 2 heavy-gauge tubes that expand to form a box truss. The cross brace stabilizer has wheel chocks that are used to eliminate any swaying of the trailer. The cross brace also folds up together with the scissor jacks and remains suspended when the trailer is on transit.

     

    One downside though is that after a long trip, setting up a manual scissor jack can be tiring. It is even more strenuous for a taller RV because the standard manual stabilizers are still of the standard height.

    Extending this through a manual jack to their full height can prove to be useless.

     

    The electric RV stabilizers are usually bolted on a frame to provide you the chance to extend them quickly with a simple press of a switch. This allows you to prevent swaying or rocking the trailer at the campsite.

     

    Tips on good stabilizers

     

    The better ones usually have simple designs to give your trailer the solid foundation on a surface. Most of them work well wi8th leveling jacks on 5th wheels, travel trailer, pop-ups and motorhomes.

     

    Usually, these stabilizers are easy to set in minutes without the use of other tools. This makes them easier to store simply because they are easy to fold away. For an RVer, these jacks and stabilizers are most ideal anywhere on any recreation vehicle.

  • Chocks Pads and Leveling

    Chocks Pads and Leveling – Parking Safely

     

    For regular cars and smaller vehicles, chocks pads and leveling might not be of much use compared to handling bigger vehicles like an RV or a trailer. These special vehicles carry hardware and equipments that ordinary vehicles don’t. In grounds where they’re stationed, the uneven landscape can be a risky proposition.

     

    A regular car’s handbrakes can hold off any sliding from where it’s parked. Cars are parked mostly in places where the grounds are level enough. RVs and trailers are usually taken and parked in places where the grounds could be uneven or are not even made for vehicles.

     

    Hardware-heavy

    In addition, RVs and trailers are way much heavier than ordinary vehicles. They are laden with all the needed hardware and equipments used in homes. All of these (refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, tanks, and other equipments and provisions) greatly add up to their overall weights.

     

    The slightest incline in the ground where they are parked in without the chock pads will have gravity transfer the RVs to lower parts of the place (sometimes with very bad consequences).

     

     A slight tilt to any side of the RV could move all the things inside to that side that is lower. The levelers will even out the incline in your RV floor where you can walk without the feeling of going downhill.

     

    Leveling tips

    Leveling your RV or travel trailer helps in many ways, and not just making sure your refrigerator works fine or maybe frying an egg and having the egg near the center of the pan and not crimped up on one side. A slight incline and your doors might not close or open correctly without a snag.

     

    Assess first how level your RV is from side to side and front to back. Some 2 X 10 wood pieces (or plastic leveling blocks) can help level up your RV. Mark where the wheels of your RV are and place the blocks near them and drive the RV onto the pads.

     

    Checking and re-checking

    After the first drive-through where your RV is on top of the pads, you can check and recheck the correct height you think each wheel would need. (Some prefer to have some slight incline of their RVs either front and back or from side to side for some personal reasons.)

     

    Do the same procedures again and until you get the right height or the preferred one you want for each side and ends of your RV. By this time, you would know how many pads you need to level your RV the way you want it. Secure it well and you’re done.

     

    Other items

    After you finish, chock your tires with a wheel chock. Your tongue jack will help you finish off the leveling job from front and back. (If your RV trailer has tandem wheels, use blocks under both wheels.)

     

    The first thing is to level your RV or trailer from side to side. Once that is in order, follow it up with adjusting the height of your RV with the tongue jack from front to back. Chocks pads and leveling are necessary, or you can never park safely enough.

     

  • Tires and Wheels

    Safety, style and convenience all meet here in the tire and wheel section. Browse through our large selection of air hoses, pressure gauges, tire pressure monitoring systems, valve extenders, valve stems, trailer wheels, wheel covers, lug nut covers and everything else you could possibly need to keep on rolling.

  • Towing Mirrors

    Don't let disaster sneak up on you, keep on eye on everything going on around you with our many mirror options. When you need to see more, check out our universal mirrors, custom mirrors, replacement mirrors, blind-spot mirrors and powered wireless mirrors. Leave the days of unawareness behind you with any of our mirrors.

  • Towing Electrical

    RV’s Towing Electrical Parts and Accessories

     

    Taking care of the vehicle or modifying it can be challenging and having accurate and thorough information like the average enthusiast is having a lot of questions in the head about electrical parts and towing accessoriesfor your RV. Knowing on how the to work to set up the RV for towing that will benefit from adding an upgrade for a well relaxing vacation. Maintenance and replacement are present to the set of queries like what parts are needed and what kind of parts are necessary for the services. Knowing that many more electrical parts and towing accessorieshas to give you the benefit of their accumulated knowledge considering buying accessories just to improve the look or performance of the RV to obtain the perform routine maintenance will help you make an informed purchase on what parts and accessories are installed. The detail on the most common service issues on how to tell when replacement is required or upgrade on how to use specific parts and how to perform the service procedure by having a basic understanding of what's involved so you can better communicate with the RV’s upgrade and function well.

     

    Many parts are available now that can upgrade the RV’s electrical and help you to maintain or hold some materials and things when travelling along the way, like beadle wrap which are reusable ties that comes with sizes and adjustable bundle capacity that has double locks with two keyhole slots on great for hanging things.

     

    Emergency Flashers

    An emergency flasher requires to RV which is the key is to connect the flasher to the trailer's umbilical plug and oriented with the square bump at the top. The two arrows pointing to the top of two pins of the plug, the left is the battery charging line and the right pin supplies power to the license and tail lights.

     

    RV Converters

    These RV Power Centers take 120-volt AC electricity and convert it into the 12-volt DC current that is used in RV and also what is used to charge the battery of RV. The great about modern power converters is that they have built in technology that charges batteries and kept charged at the correct rates to level the optimize battery performance life, a high performance power converters.

     

    Circuit Breakers for RVs

    A circuit breaker protects the system from damage due to a short circuit that detects the flow of a current which will stop the flow of electric current.

     

    Dinghy Towing Fuse Bypass Switches

    Fuse bypass switch for towing vehicles eliminates the necessity of having to remove a fuse for towing and reinserting it for driving.

     

    Trailer Breakaway Switches

    Husky break-away switchverifies a 12-Volt power is being transferred to the trailer brakes with durable pin and vehicle hook-up cable are weatherproof design that also comes with LED husky break-away switch

     

    Trailer Towing Electrical Connectors

    A universal endurance flex-coil blade adapter is when attaching a trailer to the vehicle is a premium quality wiring kit or harness is a vital necessity to an automotive trailer that must have a reliable connection with the signaling system of the car to operate properly.

     

    RV Tow Bar Combination Kits

    Tow bar combo towing kit with diode system is an encompassing kits that will get on the road with all the accessories that is needed to not only wire the towed vehicle for lights but also provide the safety and bracket the vehicle that will be ready to go.

  • Suspension and Brakes

    RV Suspension and Brakes

    The maintenance of brake and suspension system keeps your RV rolling down the road smooth and safe.

     

    RV Suspension Maintenance

    When it comes to RV maintenance and the components while trailer and fifth-wheel suspension systems are frequently neglected, a proper function and well-maintain suspension has to ensures a safe and enjoyable towing experience. The latest technology on suspension systems serve as attachment points between the trailer’s axles and frame when traveling over bumps and holes and these suspension system keeps the tires in contact with the road while absorbing and damping the jolting effect road-surface imperfections can cause breakdown along the road. Doing a general examination to onto if leaning toward one side or does one tire sit higher in the wheel well than the others because tires on one side these conditions might be caused by the contents of the trailer being poorly distributed of a tandem suspension the same distance apart as the tires. An indicate broken or worn suspension components often move excessively while being towed causing clunking grinding or creaking noises into swaying which also indicate problems with the suspension system.

     

    RV Suspension Systems

    Most RV suspension systemsuse leaf springs to cushion the ride because leaf-spring setups are mechanically uncomplicated and inexpensive and having a main spring with eyelets at each end progressively shorter springs fastened by a center bolt because the length, width, contour, thickness and number of leaves determine how stiff the leaf spring is to support the weight. It’s been used in suspension systems for centuries but modern manufacturing techniques have greatly increased their strength and reliability as well as how smooth they do the job.

     

    RV Brakes and Bearings

    RV Brakes and Bearings also require service which recommended maintenance schedule like the repacking bearings every year because if brakes have no automatic adjustment it should be adjusted every three months and linings should be visually inspected because annual service should include inspecting the running gear that include suspensions. Driving a towed vehicle and RV into the scale with all passengers, supplies and equipment as for a typical trip will take a weight reading as each axle or axle group comes into the scale and the first reading will be the load on the tow vehicles front axle, the second one is the total tow vehicle weight including the trailer tongue weight that gives the loading on the tow vehicle rear axle combined towing weight carried by the trailer axles.

     

    Electric Brake Controls

    The electric brake controller is a necessary safety feature when towing a heavy trailer and all of the braking needed to stop the entire rig may be asking for trouble that expecting your tow vehicle to provide. Most electric brake controls applied the amount of braking needed depending on speed because of the pressure applied to the brake pedal and the rate of deceleration and if not adjusted properly the trailer brakes may grab, skid or not working at all. Electric brake controls are installed in tow vehicle which applies the trailer brakes automatically when the tow vehicle's brakes have been applied and the trailer brakes may need to when the weather or weight of the trailer load changes with the power knob adjust on the brake controller because the reduction in braking power may be needed when roads are slippery.

  • Gooseneck Hitches

    Your gooseneck trailer deserves the best when it comes to being towed, so protect your investment by making sure it gets where it's going safely. Our selection of accessories, gooseneck hitch adapters, hitch balls, gooseneck couplers, installation parts and more will have you towing like a pro.

  • Towing Accessories

    If there's still something more that you need for your adventure, chances are you'll be able to find it right here. Our selection of manual jacks, scissor jacks, stabilizer jacks, stack jacks, levelling jacks, safety cables, safety chains and all the other accessories to keep your locked, level and leading the way.

  • Skid Wheels

    Protect the under carriage of your vehicle with one of these handy skid wheels. Designed to take the impact of contact with the ground caused by uneven terrain, bumps or other tricky situations. Here you'll find a selection of skid wheels including swivel style, fixed, bolt-on, weld-on, hitch mount and the mounting plates you need to get them on your rig.

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Hitches and Towing

Towing Essentials for Travelers & Campers

 

Having a basic know-how about towing is a must especially for campers or for those who constantly travel with their motorhomes, trailers or other types of recreational vehicles (RV) with them. Technically, your towing necessities depend on the type of vehicle you have, the trailer that you will need to tow, your travel distance and the condition of the route that you will take.

 

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Towing Essentials for Travelers & Campers

 

Having a basic know-how about towing is a must especially for campers or for those who constantly travel with their motorhomes, trailers or other types of recreational vehicles (RV) with them. Technically, your towing necessities depend on the type of vehicle you have, the trailer that you will need to tow, your travel distance and the condition of the route that you will take.

 

But no matter what type of vehicle you have or road condition you’ll face; these are the basic components that you’ll have to be familiar with.

 

 

Trailer Hitches

The first component of your towing system is the Trailer Hitch.  This is the main part that connects your two vehicles together but it needs other parts and accessories to complete the attachment. We have many different kinds of trailer hitch depending on the type of vehicle and trailer you have but the most common are the 5th Wheel, Gooseneck and Receiver hitch. 

 

Ball Mounts and Hitch Locks

 

Ball Mount and Hitch Locks are your next components. A ball mount is a metal bar connected to the trailer hitch with a lock and where the Tow Ball is being place. It is available in many sorts of design to match with the coupler heights and the types of trailers to be towed. This ball mount is usually secured in place by an L shaped hitch pin with a retainer clip or it can also be secured with a hitch lock.

 

Tow Balls and Couplers

Another part of your towing system is the Tow Ball and the Coupler. Tow ball is placed in the ball mount and allows your trailer to move over dips and bumps without giving so much pressure to your car and hitch. It also comes in different diameter depending on its weight capacity. Coupleris the part attached to the top of the tow ball. Both these parts should exactly match its size to safely function.

 

Safety Chains

Safety chains are your back-up connectors that should be strong enough to hold your vehicles just in case something failed with your towing system. These are mandatory chains or cable that comes in pair and attached both sides to the trailer hitch and should intersect under the coupler.

 

Trailer Lighting and Electrical Wiring  

 

Trailer Lighting and Electrical is the last but one of the most essential part in towing. It is a requirement by law that every towable trailer should have at least a turn signal, brake lights and taillights. Both your trailer and car’s wiring system should be connected and properly functioning.

 

Make sure to test your lighting and check if every part of your towing system is secured and working, for your safety. It is also important to take note that, determining the maximum weight of a trailer that you can tow depends on the lowest rated towing part of your vehicle.

  If you feel that your RV is not secured enough yet or if something has to be replaced, there are many accessories that you can find to help you upgrade your towing system to give you peace of mind, convenience and a hassle free travel.

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