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

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

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

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

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 »

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