Stabilizer Stability


October 25, 2016

Q: We recently bought a used 2011 Keystone Montana 35-foot fifth-wheel. Our question is about stabilizing the trailer. After we lower the front feet and rear stabilizers, put the ratchet-style scissor chocks between the tires and place the kingpin on the hitch, the trailer still has a wobble effect,... Read more »

Have a Weight Issue?


September 29, 2016

  Overloading a vehicle can have a number of consequences, so understanding weight and loading is essential to safe towing Merriam-Webster defines “weight” as the force with which a body is pulled toward the earth. Everything around us feels this gravitational pull. Then you add the forces... Read more »

RV DIY Videos on Youtube


September 29, 2016

Find DIY videos on dozens of topics on our TrailerLife DIY TV chanel on Youtube.      

Blasted Pests


September 28, 2016

  Heat and insects can make sitting under our RV’s awning at night uncomfortable. To make it more enjoyable, we use an overhead fan mounted to the RV. We purchased an inexpensive 16-inch, three-speed oscillating floor fan. Using a metal flag-pole bracket, we attached the fan to the range’s... Read more »

Double-Duty Folgers Coffee


September 28, 2016

  I’ve been working on recoating my EPDM rubber roof and needed a lightweight container to carry up the ladder to do the trim work around the vents, A/C and antenna. I also had some painting projects that I needed to tackle. I looked around for a plastic container with hand grips and a place to... Read more »

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September 12, 2016

Fifth-Wheel Towing with Gas Q: I have been towing my 2011 Pacific Coachworks Tango 256 RKS trailer with my 2003 Chevy 2500 HD with a 6-liter V-8 gas engine. I have had no problems pulling the trailer, which lists at 5,500 pounds dry weight and 7,400 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). I am looking... Read more »

Patriot Slider Install


by Kevin Livingston
September 1, 2016

  B&W’s manual sliding fifth-wheel hitch makes it possible to tow with a shortbed truck and installs on standard rails Pulling a fifth-wheel trailer with a shortbed truck is fairly commonplace these days. Owners enjoy the versatility and maneuverability of shortbed trucks when used as a... Read more »

Stop Drawers in Their Tracks


August 31, 2016

  My travel trailer’s drawers don’t have stops to keep them from being pulled out all the way, and this became an issue when our three-year-old granddaughter stayed with us. My solution was to purchase a five pack of the Hillman Group’s Drawer Pull Out Stops (item number 57061) on Amazon.... Read more »

Compact Leveling Blocks


August 31, 2016

  Most owners know the problems related to stabilizing trailers at campsites. Sometimes you need more blocks to put under those four jacks. I came up with a simple solution that solves two problems — limited storage space and not enough blocks. I made a pair of wooden boxes that are just large... Read more »

Hold the Door


July 26, 2016

I have a Forest River fifth-wheel and spend summers in Wyoming where afternoon rain showers are common. When the rain moves in, I don’t want to step out into the wet to close my RV’s door. I installed a magnetic-catch doorstop, so all I need to do is reach out and pull the door closed, rather than... Read more »

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