Have a Weight Issue?

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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 »

One-Ton Towing Machines

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by Emily Fagan
July 1, 2016

  Shopping for a new diesel truck to tow a heavy trailer? Before investing in your next set of wheels, consider all the angles Choosing the right vehicle to tow a trailer is vital for both safety and comfort on the road, especially if the trailer is a heavy fifth-wheel. When my husband, Mark,... 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 »

RV Tires 101

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by Ken Freund
November 30, 2015

  Understanding the basics can help avoid costly blowouts and lead to safer travels Tires on tow vehicles or trailers run the gamut from passenger-car types to truck and trailer rubber — and each has its own specific design, construction and job to do. Problems with tires have become one of... Read more »

Half-Ton Towing: Fact or Fiction?

The 2015 Chevy Silverado is available with a gvwr of up to 7,600 pounds, a gawr of 4,300 pounds and a tow rating of up to 12,000 pounds. based on the SAE J2807 standard.

by Chris Hemer
November 24, 2014

  It depends on the fifth-wheel and how the truck is equipped   So-called half-ton-towable fifth-wheels are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. The most obvious, of course, is that a half-ton (150 or 1500 series) pickup is less expensive than a comparably equipped HD truck... Read more »

All Who Wander Are Not Lost

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by Kristopher Bunker
September 29, 2014

  Stay on track with one of these RV- friendly GPS units as your copilot   We all know the old adage “Getting there is half the fun.” That may in fact be the case, but it’s never any fun getting lost. Tempers flare, blood pressures rise, and the good times cease to roll when you’re... Read more »

Big Wig

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September 26, 2014

    Hauling a big fifth-wheel or truck camper? Hellwig Products’ Big Wig rear air suspension for the 2014 Ram 2500 truck with rear coil springs provides 5,600 pounds of level load capability, according to the company. The “largest in class” air bags support the same weight as most other... Read more »

Performance Improvers

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by Bob Carpenter
September 2, 2014

  An aftermarket intake, exhaust or tuner adds horsepower and torque to most diesel and gas engines   Performance equipment isn’t just for hot rods anymore. Adding aftermarket performance parts to a tow rig might be just the thing you need to get over that hill at a comfortable 55 mph,... Read more »

Towing in Style: 2014 Audi Q7 SUV

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by Ken Freund
February 5, 2014

  The 2014 Audi Q7 boasts seating for up to seven people and an available torquey, economical diesel engine. It combines a luxurious interior, with impressive performance and good towing capability and the long wheelbase provides excellent ride quality and towing stability. All-wheel drive delivers... Read more »

2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD Pickups

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by Ken Freund
November 8, 2013

  General Motors has taken the wraps off its upcoming Heavy Duty pickups, which are due at dealers this Spring. There will be two available engines; the standard Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine that’s rated  at 360 horsepower in the 2500HD and 322 hp in the 3500HD, and 380 lb-ft of torque... Read more »

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