Some Assembly Required

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by Chris Hemer
December 31, 2014

      The Open Range 3X349RLS by Highland Ridge RV takes longer to set up than most fifth-wheels, but the extra effort is worth the time When we were kids, the best gifts underneath the Christmas tree always required some sort of assembly, be they bicycles, wagons or dollhouses. The... Read more »

One Smart Plug

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by Chris Hemer
December 30, 2014

  SmartPlug RV cordsets include a patented straight-blade pin-and-clip system that eliminates overheating at the RV’s inlet connection. The SmartPlug pin-and-clip system provides approximately 20 times the metal-to-metal surface contact to efficiently transfer electricity, which makes this RV... Read more »

Shin Savior

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by Chris Hemer
December 30, 2014

  It’s happened to just about all of us. You’re walking around your tow rig and bang! — your shin crashes into the ball mount. RVers employ a lot of home remedies to prevent this from happening, and Gator Guards recently came out with a simple product to help. The Hitch Guard is a full-coverage,... Read more »

Reflection 27RL

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by Chris Hemer
November 26, 2014

    Grand Design’s smallest fifth-wheel delivers big features and value   In life, we’re constantly reminded that we can’t have everything. And yet, we always seem to be on a quest to find the best of all worlds. Delicious and nonfat. Luxurious and inexpensive. Powerful and fuel-efficient.... 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 »

Tales From the Heartland

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by Chris Hemer
October 29, 2014

  Living large in the Big Country 3150RL Smaller fifth-wheels have become big business. At a time when fuel prices can escalate 50 cents or more at the drop of a hat, consumers are understandably concerned about hauling a 40-plus-footer. Then there’s the issue of hauling around a trailer this... Read more »

Northwood Bound

The Fox Mountain 325RKS is a good-looking midsize trailer that lives larger than its dimensions. This test unit wasn’t equipped with any options, but we would recommend offering slideout toppers, especially for those who plan to camp under trees.

by Chris Hemer
September 29, 2014

  If you enjoy cooking and entertaining, head toward Fox Mountain   Those of us who consider cooking and entertaining an important part of the RV lifestyle can become frustrated by the kitchen offerings in many fifth-wheels. Entry-level models often don’t have the equipment or counter space... Read more »

A Perfect Pair

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article and photos by Chris Hemer
August 25, 2014

  The new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Lance 1995 travel trailer are a match made in RVing heaven   As we drive through the scenic Owens Valley along California’s Highway 395, the word that keeps coming to mind is “effortless.” The trailer feels planted and stable, and the tow vehicle purrs... Read more »

Going for Gold

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by Chris Hemer
July 28, 2014

    KZ RV’s new bath-and-a-half Klondike floorplan promises greater flexibility for entertaining   Motorhomes with a guest half bath amidships have been a popular option for many years, as they allow visitors or overnight guests the freedom to use the restroom without traipsing into... Read more »

Venture to the Summit

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by Chris Hemer
June 25, 2014

  A Sonic travel trailer and Grand Cherokee make for happy camping   As a young lad, I spent many a weekend in my parents’ travel trailer. It was nothing fancy, but even today, I remember it as being cozy and comfortable, with all the things we really needed for a family vacation. Since... Read more »

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