Power Protection

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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

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 trailer weighs 5,000 pounds. I had Towmax... Read more »

Taming the Mountains

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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

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February 29, 2016

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

Electrical Independence

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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 »

RV Clinic July 2015

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January 19, 2016

Towing in Reverse Q: I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 longbed 4×4 with a 5.9-liter diesel engine, a 48RE automatic transmission and single rear wheels. I tow a 33-foot fifth-wheel that weighs approximately 11,000 pounds loaded. When I back up on level ground, it does fair. When I try to back up a 5... Read more »

RV Clinic June 2015

RVC Thermostat for website

January 8, 2016

Overheating Furnace Q: I have a 2001 33-foot fifth-wheel, a National RV Palisades. It has an Atwood Hydro Flame furnace. I set the temperature to 75 degrees, and the furnace gets too hot and will not turn off. I have to turn it off at the wall. It is dangerously hot! I think the furnace might catch fire.... Read more »

Demco Glide Ride Upgrade

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by Emily and Mark Fagan
December 23, 2015

Replacing a worn kingpin assembly strengthens the truck-and-fifth-wheel connection and improves towing stability   We keep our one-ton diesel truck and 36-foot fifth-wheel trailer in top shape by inspecting key components on a regular basis. We check the kingpin assembly a few times a year, ensuring... Read more »

Plug That Leak

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by Chris Hemer
December 2, 2015

Flat tires happen at the most inopportune times. Ideally, they should be repaired from the inside out, but in an emergency, that’s not always possible. The Stop & Go Deluxe Tire Plugger is designed for on-the-wheel repair to virtually any tubeless tire, according to the company, and it seals the... Read more »

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