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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.

  • Truck Camper Tie Downs

    Using Truck Camper Tie Downs to Mount a Camper

    Those who are going truck camping for the first time may find it quite challenging to mount the camper on their pickup truck, but with the help of truck camper tie downs, it is an easier job than you might expect. Don’t let this seemingly difficult task get in the way of you enjoying the outdoors. After all, your pickup truck allows you to go to places where those huge motorhomes cannot, so mount that camper and get out there!

    Here’s a quick and easy guide to mounting your camper:

    •          Raise the camper up until it is 4-6 inches above the bed of your pickup truck. Make sure you raise the front first, then bring up the rear end until it’s level. Raising the rear end first might cause the camper to tip over because it’s usually heavier in the front.
    •          Start backing up your truck under the camper. You need to watch out so that your truck’s lights on the rear won’t touch the camper. You also need to make sure that the camper stays clear of the truck’s wheel wells.
    •          Don’t finish backing up until all the wirings are connected. After that is done, go ahead and finish backing up, then lower the camper onto the bed. The rear end should be lowered first, then the front.

     After that’s all done, now you need to secure the camper to your truck. One of the most popular ways for doing this involve using truck camper tie downs. We recommend using a frame-mounted tie down system whenever possible. They are the most durable and the strongest available, and if installed properly, can be trusted to lock down your camper in all driving conditions.

     However, not all vehicles can be equipped with frame-mounted tie downs, so the next best thing would be using tie downs that can be fitted to the bed. These bed-mounted tie downs are also strong and can secure your camper, but since they are attached to the sheet metal of your truck’s bed instead of the frame itself, it will provide a slightly weaker base.

     Truck camper tie downs will act as anchor points for mounting your camper. You should install two tie downs at the front of your truck bed, and two more at the back. For bed-mounted tie downs, however, sometimes you can find front tie downs that can be installed to the wall at the front of your truck’s bed. This will definitely prove to be stronger than those that just attach to the rails of the bed.

     There are also tie downs that can be mounted to the rear bumper of the truck, and will act as permanent points for securing the rear end of your camper. These rear tie downs can also be paired with either bed-mounted or frame-mounted kits.

    DF-TT07 Tiedown Kit – This is a direct-to-frame tie down kit that is said to be three times stronger than other tie downs. While other tie downs hold down a camper, this kit will prevent camper movement in all directions.

    Tie Down Front – This Torklift True Frame-Mounted Tie Down kit uses a patented design to securely bolt that camper down directly to the truck’s frame. Guaranteed to save your truck and camper from damaging the bed and bumper, comes with a lifetime warranty.

     

     

  • 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

    Tires and Wheels

    Get tires and wheels for your RV from our site. Whether you seek to upgrade dull rims, or replace worn tires, every assembly will deliver a stylish look and long life. Different sizes and styles are available to fit popular RV. The only thing that is left for you to do is to find the right tire or wheel for your RV.

    Keep in mind the life of the wheel by doing proper maintenance on your RV. Take a look at the below items for tires and wheels. There might be a possibility that you need them when unexpected things happen to your tire and wheel.

    Trailer Tires

    When looking for trailer tires, the wheel/Tire 4L 480X12-B Spoke Galvanized can be your number one choice. This features Dexstar wheels and Kenda Loadstar Tires. All of the wheel assemblies are mounted with the use of modern high-speed equipment. And they are carefully checked at each stage so that you get only the best quality products.

    Other choices to take a closer look at include Wheel/Tire 5L 480X12-B Spok Galvanized, ST205/75D Tire 14-C, Wheel/Tire 5L w/20.5x8x10, Wheel/Tire 4L 480X12-B Spoke Galvanized, and many more.

    Wheels and Parts

    Get all the essential parts needed to maintain your RV. Protect the vulnerable areas and prevent failures. Buy from us 19-1/2” Single Wheel, 5/8 Fits Chevy GMC or Workhorse Wheel, 13/16 ID Jam Nut Each, 9/16 Fits Ford Wheel Simulators, 9/16 Right Stud Extender, 14Mm Fits Ford Super Duty Wheel Simulator, 1-1/16 Fits Chevy/GMC (96-8262) Whee, Center Cap for 19-1/2 Wheel Covers E, and more.

    Fenders

    Your tire may have blown out and ripped up your RV fender skirt. Although you don’t like to deal with it, it still is your priority. On our site, you can find great deals for RV fenders. These can include the following: Fender Skirt Tandem FS700 Polar White, Fender Skirt Tandem FS270 Grey, Fender Skirt Tandem FS740 Polar White, Fender Skirt Tandem FS310A Polar White, Fender Skirt Tandem FS710 Polar White, and more.

    Tire Accessories

    RV driving experience will basically depend on the performance and quality of your tires. That is why you need the essential parts of your RV to be properly functioning. You also remain in control of your driving with the quality of accessories you have. Better to include the accessories from the site such as the Tongue Jack Stand, Wheel Chocks Ctn/6, Wheel Chocks Clam/2, Small Wheel Chock, Tongue Chock, Trailer-Aid Holder, Black Wheel Chock, and Super Wheel Chock with Rope.

    Tire Pressure Monitoring

    Monitor the air pressure inside the RV’s pneumatic tires. A tire-pressure monitoring system is needed for this purpose. This reports real-time information of the tire pressure to the driver of a vehicle. And just as when you need it, you can purchase one from a few selections of Blu Tire Pressure Monitoring System 2Pc, Blu Tire Pressure Monitoring System 4Pc, and Blu USB Audio Alert Module.

    Now, you have learned more about the tires and wheels selections to ever consider in mind!

  • Towing Mirrors

    Towing Mirrors

    When driving your RV, you want to see as much of the roadway behind you on both sides to reduce the potential areas of blind zones or blind spots.  This is particularly true when you are towing taller trailers such as an enclosed cargo trailer, RV or camp trailer, a tall boat, etc. With this, RV Part Shop has the best offerings of towing mirrors.

    Towing mirrors will lessen the blind spots on both sides of the road behind you. It will help you stay safe out there, as it will be easier for you to see other vehicles that would be in your blind zones.  These mirrors will also make it possible for you to see a lot better down the sides of the trailer when backing it into tight spaces to avoid hitting things.

    While there is no side mirror that can directly see the area behind a tall trailer, towing mirrors can reduce your blind spot zones. This is because they stick out much farther from the sides of the towing vehicle than regular mirrors do. The towing mirrors can take in a wider area of the road behind your trailer.

    Here are some products that RV Part Shop has that you can use:

    CIPA-USA Economy Boat Mirror

    CIPAs Economy Boat Mirror is 2.5" x 8" and comes with a convex mirror surface that offers a wide viewing angle. The universal quick mounting system allows multiple mounting options. You can mount it or above or below the windshield, or to the dashboard. For windshield installation, it is quite easy and requires no tools.

    CIPA-USA Custom Tow Mirror Replacement Hardware

    The kit contains 2 custom towing mirrors. It is more practical than to replace your entire mirror kit. Guarantees satisfaction and reliability. It comes with a limited 1-year warranty.

    CIPA-USA Replacement Mirror Head

    The Replacement Mirror Head by CIPA-USA is a stainless steel mirror head that has an L-shaped bracket. It replaces both the driver side and passenger side mirror head on any original equipment rectangular mirror head. It comes with a ball and socket mount, which makes it completely adjustable and allows a perfect view of behind. Its stainless steel finish is resistant to corrosion and rust.

    K-Source Dual Lens Tow Mirror

    This clips easily on to the existing mirror to help increase the field of view when towing. It has dual ratcheting mounting straps that will fit mirrors of 11 1/2" inches. The ratchet lock system has a clamping power that decreases vibrations. The straps are made of rubber pads to protect your mirror.

    Prime Products 2" Blind Spot Mirror

    These are stick-on convex spot mirrors by Prime Products. The adhesive backing is pressure sensitive, which firmly holds the mirror. The 2 inches size is perfect for every need. Quantity – single. The installation type is self-stick cushioned adhesive back.

    Velvac Replacement Glass

    This replacement glass kit is for Class C vehicles. It comes with Bezel and Wedge Convex. It is flat, heated, and rectangular.

    For visibility and safety, find your towing mirrors in RV Part Shop.

     

     

     

  • 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

    Choosing Between Gooseneck Hitches and Bumper Pull Trailers

    Making a choice between gooseneck hitches and bumper pull trailers is a huge decision that will ultimately affect your driving experience later on. To be honest, both options have their own advantages and disadvantages, but sometimes the differences between these two aren’t so obvious.

    Gooseneck hitches are more often found on vehicles owned by experienced trailer drivers. Beginners are more likely to use a bumper pull because it is less expensive and far more convenient to use. The weight of a bumper pull trailer typically doesn’t exceed 10,000 lbs, and it follows the normal turning radius of the towing vehicle, both features of which the beginner driver will greatly appreciate.

    However, more experienced trailer drivers will prefer using gooseneck hitches, as mentioned above. This is due to the fact that a trailer equipped with a gooseneck hitch can carry heavier and bigger loads. Trailers with gooseneck hitches are far more stable, even when loaded with heavier cargo. This stability allows for the use of trailers that have more room, whether for cargo or for living quarters.

    What’s more, a gooseneck hitch will have a tighter turning radius than a bumper pull hitch, which allows drivers to maneuver tight spaces and turn into corners easier. Even so, these trailering techniques are better done by veteran drivers who are more skilled and practiced; all the more reason why bumper pulls are preferred by novice trailer owners.

    A gooseneck hitch is commonly mistaken for a fifth wheel, particularly because both equipment designs are quite similar to each other in terms of their purpose and function. However, the major difference here is that a fifth wheel hitch will have a king pin on the trailer, which will be used to engage with the receiver or funnel. A gooseneck hitch, on the other hand, will have a ball that attaches to a coupler.

    The most common types of gooseneck hitches will be under bed, fold down, and above bed. Gooseneck hitches installed above bed are typically mounted on the same rails as a fifth wheel hitch. This allows the hitch to be easily removed or installed as required. Under bed gooseneck hitches are usually custom-made to fit your vehicle. These hitches will have the rails underneath the bed of the pickup truck.

    The fold down version of the gooseneck hitch will also have rails under the bed, but the difference is the hitch ball is already mounted on the bed and can be folded down or up as necessary.

    Gooseneck Quick Flip Ball – This hitch is rated for 30,000 lbs. which means you can safely attach it to almost all RVs, trailers, or pickup trucks without worrying if the hitch is too heavy. This attaches underneath the bed and can be operated by one person.

    Hide-A-Goose Complete Kit Ford – A gooseneck hitch system designed for Ford vehicles. There are several rail kits available that are custom-fit for your vehicle, whatever type you prefer.

    OEM Ball and safety Chain Loops – Equipped with a latch handle that allows you to operate the hitch without touching a dirty ball. Highly-practical safety chain hooks as well, making this one of the better options for your OEM package.

  • Towing Accessories

    Towing Accessories

    Increase the safety and enjoyment inside your RV. Tap into the right towing accessories and equipment as an essential part of towing. Always remember that RV living requires stocking up on all towing accessories. The purpose of which is to ensure that you’re never stranded or stuck while out on the road.

    Having one or more of towing accessories on hand will prove beneficial in times that you least expect it. No want would ever want to leave his or her RV behind if there is the only option of bringing towing accessories.

    So, make the journey more enjoyable by being prepared to have the towing accessories below.

    Wind Deflectors

    Eliminate the issue on the wind with wind deflectors for the top of your RV. Modern looking and streamlined and with angles that can be simply adjusted, wind deflectors can also be installed a lot easier. At times, no drilling is required when it comes to installing it. You just need to try it for yourself and see how it differs from the rest.

    Choose one from the many options of Aeroshield WD500B, D Smoke Front/Rear Super Duty Wind Deflector, Front/Rear Super Duty Windeflector Smoke p07, and Wind Deflector Black WD600.

    Trailer Movers

    Get the best choice of Purple Line Electronic Engage Module for a trailer mover. Its e-go feature uses a worm drive that positions the rollers through the tires. Its technology allowed it to highlight an auto-engage unit. This is specifically engineered for the ease of installation in the cross actuation bar. This allows the rollers to engage well in the tires by a mere click of the button. What more, this comes with a remote handset and a specialized control module. There is also the separate buttons that disengage and engage the cast rollers.

    Towing Kits

    Tow your vehicle along for a more adventurous ride. Prep your RV with a selection of towing kits. Buy the Camco Ready-to-Tow Kit 600 Lbs that can be fully assembled. Expect that these will be easy and quick for you to set up. The kit includes an ultra-weight distributing hitch, elite, sway control, sway control ball, 2-5/16 inch, hardware, and hitch ball.

    Receiver Locks

    Invest in quality receiver locks that are an important component to consider. With so many receiver lock options, it can be quite difficult to choose the lock use. Just keep in mind that security is the most important.

    Include in your lists the 3-lock kit (1)-5/8 and 2- ½, 5/8 class III-IV Lock, Stainless Steel Receiver Lock, Receiver Hitch Lock, 5/8 Hitch Lock, Receiver Lock Bent Pin 5/8”- 2”/2-1/2”, 5/8 Dead Bolt Hitch Lock, Universal Lock Pin, Line Kits, Swivel Head Hitch Lock, 1.2 Dead Bolt Hitch Lock, and more.

    Tools and Testers

    Check the lights on your RV without plugging into your tow vehicle. Plug your RV plug into the AP Products Light check & Safety Plug. The lights will usually come on for you to see what is working and what is not working with it. What this can do includes testing the turn signals, brake lights, and the amber warning light. So, you better buy this one product from the site.

    Now, you have learned more about the towing accessories to find. Might as well add some more like the receiver hitch tubes, receiver hitch adapters, hitch locks, hitch coupling tool, hitch accessories, fifth wheel hitches, and more!

  • Skid Wheels

    Skid Wheels for Your RV

    If your RV or trailer frequently bottoms out or drags its rear end onto the pavement when you’re driving across a culvert or coming onto an incline, you may have to check if you need skid wheels. RVers who drive the big Class A motorhomes or tow long trailers should install skid wheels, if they haven’t already. Too many drivers have learned their advantages too late. That cringe-inducing sound you hear every time your vehicle slams its rear bottom on the asphalt or concrete can be avoided by installing skid wheels.

    Some RVers would just try to negotiate those road undulations as slowly and carefully as they can. However, no matter how carefully you navigate those bumps, the regular wear and tear of scraping and banging your RV or trailer’s bottom will cause ugly damages to your vehicle. This is especially true with those long trailers or even big RVs. The best way to help prevent this is to install skid wheels.

    Some RVs will have features or mechanisms that allow the driver to adjust the ride height as needed. If this is the case with your vehicle, skid wheels may not be necessary at all. You can also take a look at your RV’s suspension. The shocks may have worn out or have been damaged, which will cause your RV to ride too low. In any case, it’s a good idea to carefully check your vehicle’s suspension and frame first before deciding to get skid wheels installed.

    The purpose of a skid wheel is to prevent the RV or trailer from dragging its bottom when driving onto or across a steep incline. The skid wheels will take the impact instead of having your RV’s rear scraping across solid pavement. A lot of rear bumpers even get torn off when this happens. A set of skid wheels will raise your vehicle and allow it to roll over those bumps instead of dragging.

    Skid wheels usually won’t have weight capacities because they are designed to help roll your vehicle over inclines and bumps. They are not made to carry heavy loads for sustained periods of time. However, popular choices for skid wheels would be rated at around 5,000 lbs. each, so you can go with that as a basis if you’re shopping for a set.

    There are basically two types of skid wheels available on the market right now. They can be either frame-mounted or hitch-mounted (if your vehicle has a hitch installed). Receiver hitches on a trailer or RV are notorious for being low spots, so you will definitely want your skid wheels there. The main idea here is to mount the skid wheels where the undercarriage of your vehicle is at its lowest, whether it’s the frame or the hitch receiver.

    A good set of skid wheels is not as costly as you might expect, and they can be mounted relatively quickly too. But after installing those skid wheels, you will know it was worth the effort and price when you negotiate a steep driveway and don’t hear any sounds of metal scraping across the pavement.

    Swivel Skid Wheel 4 – These wheels are available in three sizes so you can get the one that fits your needs the best. These will help protect your vehicle from a lot of pounding from the pavement, and can be either bolted or welded on.

    Mini Weld-On Steel Roller – Machined from a solid piece of billet steel, so you know it’s super tough and strong. A less costly alternative for protecting the undercarriage of small to medium-sized RVs, trailers, and toy haulers.

     

     

     

     

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    Weight Distributing Hitches

    Get excited in the idea of starting your RVing adventure. It may also be easy for you to toss items into the RV without a second thought. Be extra careful with the way you pack your RV. That is because it could compromise your safety and your driver’s too. Always consider in mind the importance of weight distribution hitches before finally hitting the road. A safe journey will always mean of a proper weight distribution.

    Preserve and protect the RV and tow vehicle with the use of weight distribution hitches. They promise you safety and the preservation and protection of the RV and tow vehicle. Try to redistribute items within the RV that can balance out its weight. That will help not to overload the axles as well.

    Look into obtaining weight distributing hitches below before your big RVing adventure.

    Adjustable Ball Mounts

    Find the right adjustable ball mount from the site that enables your RV to be level. This is just necessary for you to best handle your RV. Stock up on all adjustable ball mount to ensure that you are never stranded or stuck while on the road.

    Having at least one ball mount such as the 20K Magnum Ballmount Adapter will provide beneficial in times that you least expect it.

    Axle Parts

    A new and advanced Center-Line Ts 800-1200 2-5/16” is an essential axle part to purchase for your RV. This is lighter and is more compact in its design following the Center Line HD. Spring, head bars, and lift brackets work together to deliver a highly responsive and smooth ride. What it features is an outstanding performance, combination of sway control and weight distribution in a single unit, and hardened and forged components. The hitch balls are also tightened and installed to the right specifications.

    Spring Bars

    Get all the benefits out of your weight distribution system with spring bars. Buy what you exactly need from the available spring bars. These mainly include the Eaz-Lift 1400 Spring Bar, Eaz-Lift Spring Bar, 14K Equalizer Spring Arms, Spring Bar Elite 600 Lb, Center-Line Spring Bar Bracket Right Hand, 1000 Spring Bar, and Center-Line Spring Bar Bracket Left Hand.

    Sway Controls

    A recreational vehicle sways due to a lot of reasons while you make your trip. It may be caused by improper loading or high winds. It is also just that your RV has various ways for it to sway. That is why you need to buy sway control items from our site. These include 6Pk Sway Control Tap Screw, Sway Control Ball-Package, Eq 4K Sway Bracket Complete, Eaz-Lift Ball Mount Plate, Sway Command, Sway Control Adapter, Friction Sway Controlball, Friction Sway Control, and many more.

    Chain Hangers

    When you need a chain hanger, Cequent/Reese Snap Up Bracket Chain Hanger Bolt On could be your best choice. This works well with all other famous brands of weight distributing hitches. This is when the standard snap up bracket does not install due to interference from batteries, covered frames, and LP gas bottles. You may choose between the clamp-on and bolt-on.

    Other Weight Distributing Hitches Selections

    All other weight distributing hitches selections to choose from; the chains and cables, fixed ball mounts, hitch heads, round bars, shanks, skid wheels, sway bar covers, sway control adapter, trunnion bars, trunnion heads, trunnion hitches, and many more.

    So, buy weight distributing hitches now!

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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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