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.      

Fifth-Wheel Towing with Gas

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September 12, 2016

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 at buying a fifth-wheel... 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 »

Power Protection


by Chris Hemer
May 3, 2016

  Electrical surges are a common part of RV life. Here’s how to keep the electrical components safe Traveling the country by tow vehicle and trailer is often a game of unknowns. We usually don’t know what we’ll see, who’ll we’ll meet along the way, and may not even know where we’re... Read more »

RV Clinic October 2015

Tire pressure gauge

April 14, 2016

Max Tire Pressure Versus Reduced Pressure Q: It’s an old question, but I do need your advice. I just bought four new tires for my trailer: P205/75R14 by MotoMaster, made in China. The dealer inflated them to 35 psi, and the tire sidewall reads, “Max pressure 51 psi.” What would you put in? The... Read more »

Taming the Mountains


by Bill and Jenn Gehr
March 30, 2016

  BD Diesel’s Variable Vane Exhaust Brake grants truck owners much more control when descending grades while towing a heavy trailer Pulling a 16,000-pound-plus trailer or fifth-wheel has its challenges, especially when climbing long grades and descending steep and winding mountain passes. Fortunately,... Read more »

It’s a Wrap


February 29, 2016

  Trailer Life’s Bob Dawson demonstrates how you can simplify the installation of an RV cover.      

Electrical Independence


by Bob Livingston
February 29, 2016

  Installing a powerful solar system provides freedom from the utility grid and the opportunity to stay in primitive locations without giving up conveniences The sun is a gigantic mass in the solar system that everyone expects to come up in the morning and to go down in the evening. It’s the... Read more »

RV Clinic August 2015

RV Clinic Aug Truck Scales

February 15, 2016

Truck Payload Capacity Q: I have a 2015 Ram 2500 4WD with the Cummins diesel and shortbed configuration. The maximum payload is listed at 2,360 pounds. I purchased a 2015 Montana High Country fiver with a loaded weight of about 13,000 pounds and a hitch weight of 2,075 pounds. I believe this leaves me... Read more »

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