RV 101: Getting Ready to Roll

by Chris Dougherty
March 1, 2017

  For a winning season this year, make sure the RV is camp-ready by doing a thorough inspection and cleaning   Now that spring is almost here, preparing your RV for travel and performing necessary — and preventive — maintenance will pay dividends all year long. For those who stored their... Read more »

Lights Go Dim

February 14, 2017

Q: I have a toy-hauler trailer, and the more lights I turn on, the dimmer everything gets. I replaced the converter, but there was no change. It still does this even while plugged into 120-volt AC shorepower. Do you have any suggestions? Larry Jones, via email A: The lights are powered from the battery... Read more »

Suspension Basics

Air-ride equalizers such as LCI’s Center Point air-ride trailer suspension system use air bags to improve ride quality.

by Ed Bolduc
February 5, 2017

  A well-maintained suspension system keeps trailers and fifth-wheels rolling down the highway smoothly and safely When it comes to RV maintenance, the first components that usually come to mind are the roof, batteries and furnace. While trailer and fifth-wheel suspension systems are frequently... Read more »

Flip Your Furniture

by Chris Dougherty
February 2, 2017

  Lippert’s new line of RV furniture makes replacing worn, uncomfortable living-room seating easy and practical Take a look on TV or the Internet, and it’s easy to find some program or posting about sprucing up the interior of an RV. After all, a recreational vehicle is a home on wheels, so... Read more »

RV 101: Safe Towing

By Chris Dougherty
January 5, 2017

  With a little know-how, pulling a travel trailer or fifth-wheel can be a stress-free experience Towing a travel trailer or fifth-wheel is a skill that just about any driver can master. It isn’t difficult, but it does require a different thought process from driving an ordinary passenger vehicle. Size... Read more »

Master of Sway Control

by Chris Dougherty
November 30, 2016

  A high-tech cure for trailer sway, Hayes’ electronic system applies varying braking force to the trailer’s wheels to bring it in-line It’s the age-old dilemma that all trailerists deal with: trailer sway. It can be a real problem that ranges in severity from an annoyance to a frightening... Read more »

RV Clinic January 2016

October 25, 2016

Stabilizer Stability 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... Read more »

Have a Weight Issue?

By Chris Dougherty
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.      

RV Clinic December 2015

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 »

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