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RV Hitch Accessories and Towing Products

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  • Receiver Hitches

    Safety Facts in RV Hitches and Towing

    As a happy camper, you'll likely notice that motorhome owners have towing hitches, or a towing receiver mounted just below the rear bumper of their vehicle. Whether you own a RV or a camper trailer, you need to be prepared for long travels which is why it is important to have these motorhome accessories such as on all hitch and tow necessities to ensure you're never stuck or stranded while you’re out on the road. When it comes to getting prepared in hitches and towing, it's easy to focus on the hitch itself. But a hitch won't get you very far without some important RV camping accessories. A trailer hitch is the primary connection component in a towing system that attaches a trailer to your tow vehicle. To make the connection complete, a trailer hitch requires trailer parts such as a ball mount and trailer ball. A receiver hitch is the most common in trailers which mounts to the frame of the vehicle and provides a receiver tube to accept a ball mount or other insert. Selecting the correct type of trailer hitch for your vehicle and trailer is important as your life depends on. Many of the RV camping accessories made for your hitch the device that connects the tow vehicle to the trailer are designed to keep you, your company and your cargo safe.

     

    There are factors that you’ll have to take into consideration before you hitch a trailer up to your vehicle or RV. Receiver hitches have one of five classes, based on weight carrying capacity and receiver tube size. Hitches are classified by their maximum weight capacity rating and receiver opening size. Each class has its own unique capacities and applications. Classes range from I (1) which is the lowest weight capacity and smallest opening size to V (5) which is the highest weight capacity and largest opening size.

     

    Trailer Weight Terminology

    Remember these terms when you opt for RV parts and accessories for your towing and hitching needs when you buy at your trusted or local camper parts store:

     

    GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

    Themaximum loaded weight of your vehicle.

     

    GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating)

    The maximum weight that can be placed on your front or rear axles.

     

    GTW (Gross Trailer Weight)

    Total weight of the trailer and its cargo.

     

    TW (Tongue Weight)

    Downward force exerted on the back of a tow vehicle by a towable load.

     

    Before you embark on your long drive, make sure you check the hitch, coupler, ball mount, safety chains and other travel trailer accessories such as hitch extenders and adapters that connect the trailer and the tow vehicle they are properly secured and adjusted. The wiring or chain supports should not touch the road to avoid unnecessary hook up or tie ups in the support in the ground where accidents could occur and it should be loose enough to make turns without disconnecting or damaging the wires. Check also the tow vehicle and the trailer’s lights such as brake lights, reverse lights, turn signals and hazard lights if they are working properly. Make sure your side and rear-view mirror have good visibility. Be mindful of your routes and restrictions on bridges and tunnels.

     

    Different vehicles have different towing capabilities such as the handling of weight capacities and reading the vehicle owner's manual will tell you how many pounds your vehicle can safely tow. Be a responsible and an intelligent camper; visit your trusted RV camping supplies so you could get RV parts and accessories.

  • Fifth Wheel Hitches

    Maintaining Your Fifth Wheel Hitches

    Fifth wheel campers often have more living space than motorhomes because of the slide out options available. They are typically easier to move when trying to park or maneuver. If an engine repair is needed while on the road, your entire living space won't need to go to the repair shop along with the engine. Fifth wheel hitches are a large, flat plate that has a shape similar to a horseshoe. The metal rails that run beneath the hitch attach to the frame of the pickup truck for strength. The trailer connects to the fifth wheel hitch by a downward-facing pin called a “king pin” along with a plate that rests on top of the fifth wheel hitch plate. The king pin locks into position to be able to secure within the hitch but can freely move or pivot to accommodate turns.

    As much as possible, you must attempt to purchase a complete fifth wheel hitch installation kit that is designed specifically for your vehicle. This will save you a lot of time and energy, as these custom-fit kits require no tiring works such as drilling or welding. These kits usually contain all of the hardware you'll need for installation and the holes in the brackets line up with pre-existing holes in the vehicle's frame. If you buy a universal installation kit, you may be required to do some modifications either drilling holes in the vehicle's frame or welding the brackets in place to properly mount the hitch. The flat plate of the trailer and the flat plate of the fifth wheel hitch must be in constant contact with one another. They slide against one another continuously when the trailer is in motion, lubrication between these two components is very important. Maintaining your fifth wheel RV is important for long-term use and also for your safety and be sure to follow any user manual and instructions from your dealer.

    Something’s to remember when maintaining your 5th wheel trailers and RV:

    Maintaining the RV hitch

    • Inspect and re-lube the hitch regularly.
    • Check your parts at least every 3-6 months depending how far and have been traveling.
    • Check the torque and tighten any bolts and nuts at least once a year.
    • Check the breakaway cable and make sure the lock is working properly.

    Exterior Fifth Wheel Hitch Maintenance

    • Inspect the exterior of your RV more often.
    • All hardware, seals and vents need to be kept in good shape.
    • Check for cracks or damage to the exterior and underneath your trailer.
    • If you have a rubber roof, it can be scrubbed with basic household cleaning detergents and a medium or soft bristle brush. Reseal the roof annually or sooner if needed.
    • Your 5th wheel trailer and RV should be washed as need and waxed at least once a year for longer protection.
    • Inspect and clean your awning. Also, you might do some lubrication.

    One downside to a 5th wheel is that it uses up your entire truck bed. If you want to bring large items such as bikes or motorcycles, you will have to find an alternative option.

  • Fifth Wheel Pin Boxes

  • Weight Distributing...

    Many hands make light work, and the same concept applies to towing, many points of weight distribution makes easier towing. Take a load off here with our selection of heavy duty weight distribution hitches, sway controls, weight distribution round bars, weight distribution shanks and all the parts and accessories to go along with your new set-up.

  • Truck Camper Tie Downs

    Feel secure when you know everything is secure with our tie down options. There's parts for both front and rear as well and fixed and adjustable units. Here you'll find front tie downs, rear tie downs, frame-mounted tie downs, camper tie downs, bed-mounted tie downs, stabilizing bars, tie down turnbuckles and tie down accessories.

  • Dinghy Towing

    It's definitely not practical to take your RV everywhere you plan on visiting while you're away, so bring your car with you. Our variety of dinghy towing options gives you the opportunity to tow along a smaller vehicle behind your RV both safely and securely. Here you'll find supplemental braking systems, tow bars, baseplates, tow dollies and all the parts and accessories to get back on the road.

  • Hitch Components

    Whatever you plan on towing, do so safely and securely with our hitch components. If you want make sure what you're hauling gets there in one piece, take a look through our selection of hitch balls. ball covers, ball mounts, drawbar kits, dual ball mounts, triple ball mounts, specialty ball mounts, couplers, receiver locks, coupler locks, fifth wheel locks, padlocks, hitch pins, safety pins, cotter pins, lynch pins, spring clips and much more.

  • Jacks and Stabilization

    Need a lift? Well we can't give you a ride, but you'll find all the jack and stabilization products you need to get off the ground right here. We carry a selection of manual jacks, power tongue jacks, slideout supports, landing gear and much more. After you take a look through this section, you'll be sitting pretty.

  • Chocks Pads and Leveling

    When you finally reach that absolutely perfect spot, don't let terrain get in the way. Keep your RV level and exactly where you left it with our selection of chocks, levels, levelling blocks, levelling systems, jack pads and more. Don't worry about dinner sliding off the table any more.

  • Tires and Wheels

    Safety, style and convenience all meet here in the tire and wheel section. Browse through our large selection of air hoses, pressure gauges, tire pressure monitoring systems, valve extenders, valve stems, trailer wheels, wheel covers, lug nut covers and everything else you could possibly need to keep on rolling.

  • Towing Mirrors

    Don't let disaster sneak up on you, keep on eye on everything going on around you with our many mirror options. When you need to see more, check out our universal mirrors, custom mirrors, replacement mirrors, blind-spot mirrors and powered wireless mirrors. Leave the days of unawareness behind you with any of our mirrors.

  • Towing Electrical

    RV’s Towing Electrical Parts and Accessories

     

    Taking care of the vehicle or modifying it can be challenging and having accurate and thorough information like the average enthusiast is having a lot of questions in the head about electrical parts and towing accessoriesfor your RV. Knowing on how the to work to set up the RV for towing that will benefit from adding an upgrade for a well relaxing vacation. Maintenance and replacement are present to the set of queries like what parts are needed and what kind of parts are necessary for the services. Knowing that many more electrical parts and towing accessorieshas to give you the benefit of their accumulated knowledge considering buying accessories just to improve the look or performance of the RV to obtain the perform routine maintenance will help you make an informed purchase on what parts and accessories are installed. The detail on the most common service issues on how to tell when replacement is required or upgrade on how to use specific parts and how to perform the service procedure by having a basic understanding of what's involved so you can better communicate with the RV’s upgrade and function well.

     

    Many parts are available now that can upgrade the RV’s electrical and help you to maintain or hold some materials and things when travelling along the way, like beadle wrap which are reusable ties that comes with sizes and adjustable bundle capacity that has double locks with two keyhole slots on great for hanging things.

     

    Emergency Flashers

    An emergency flasher requires to RV which is the key is to connect the flasher to the trailer's umbilical plug and oriented with the square bump at the top. The two arrows pointing to the top of two pins of the plug, the left is the battery charging line and the right pin supplies power to the license and tail lights.

     

    RV Converters

    These RV Power Centers take 120-volt AC electricity and convert it into the 12-volt DC current that is used in RV and also what is used to charge the battery of RV. The great about modern power converters is that they have built in technology that charges batteries and kept charged at the correct rates to level the optimize battery performance life, a high performance power converters.

     

    Circuit Breakers for RVs

    A circuit breaker protects the system from damage due to a short circuit that detects the flow of a current which will stop the flow of electric current.

     

    Dinghy Towing Fuse Bypass Switches

    Fuse bypass switch for towing vehicles eliminates the necessity of having to remove a fuse for towing and reinserting it for driving.

     

    Trailer Breakaway Switches

    Husky break-away switchverifies a 12-Volt power is being transferred to the trailer brakes with durable pin and vehicle hook-up cable are weatherproof design that also comes with LED husky break-away switch

     

    Trailer Towing Electrical Connectors

    A universal endurance flex-coil blade adapter is when attaching a trailer to the vehicle is a premium quality wiring kit or harness is a vital necessity to an automotive trailer that must have a reliable connection with the signaling system of the car to operate properly.

     

    RV Tow Bar Combination Kits

    Tow bar combo towing kit with diode system is an encompassing kits that will get on the road with all the accessories that is needed to not only wire the towed vehicle for lights but also provide the safety and bracket the vehicle that will be ready to go.

  • Suspension and Brakes

    RV Suspension and Brakes

    The maintenance of brake and suspension system keeps your RV rolling down the road smooth and safe.

     

    RV Suspension Maintenance

    When it comes to RV maintenance and the components while trailer and fifth-wheel suspension systems are frequently neglected, a proper function and well-maintain suspension has to ensures a safe and enjoyable towing experience. The latest technology on suspension systems serve as attachment points between the trailer’s axles and frame when traveling over bumps and holes and these suspension system keeps the tires in contact with the road while absorbing and damping the jolting effect road-surface imperfections can cause breakdown along the road. Doing a general examination to onto if leaning toward one side or does one tire sit higher in the wheel well than the others because tires on one side these conditions might be caused by the contents of the trailer being poorly distributed of a tandem suspension the same distance apart as the tires. An indicate broken or worn suspension components often move excessively while being towed causing clunking grinding or creaking noises into swaying which also indicate problems with the suspension system.

     

    RV Suspension Systems

    Most RV suspension systemsuse leaf springs to cushion the ride because leaf-spring setups are mechanically uncomplicated and inexpensive and having a main spring with eyelets at each end progressively shorter springs fastened by a center bolt because the length, width, contour, thickness and number of leaves determine how stiff the leaf spring is to support the weight. It’s been used in suspension systems for centuries but modern manufacturing techniques have greatly increased their strength and reliability as well as how smooth they do the job.

     

    RV Brakes and Bearings

    RV Brakes and Bearings also require service which recommended maintenance schedule like the repacking bearings every year because if brakes have no automatic adjustment it should be adjusted every three months and linings should be visually inspected because annual service should include inspecting the running gear that include suspensions. Driving a towed vehicle and RV into the scale with all passengers, supplies and equipment as for a typical trip will take a weight reading as each axle or axle group comes into the scale and the first reading will be the load on the tow vehicles front axle, the second one is the total tow vehicle weight including the trailer tongue weight that gives the loading on the tow vehicle rear axle combined towing weight carried by the trailer axles.

     

    Electric Brake Controls

    The electric brake controller is a necessary safety feature when towing a heavy trailer and all of the braking needed to stop the entire rig may be asking for trouble that expecting your tow vehicle to provide. Most electric brake controls applied the amount of braking needed depending on speed because of the pressure applied to the brake pedal and the rate of deceleration and if not adjusted properly the trailer brakes may grab, skid or not working at all. Electric brake controls are installed in tow vehicle which applies the trailer brakes automatically when the tow vehicle's brakes have been applied and the trailer brakes may need to when the weather or weight of the trailer load changes with the power knob adjust on the brake controller because the reduction in braking power may be needed when roads are slippery.

  • Gooseneck Hitches

    Your gooseneck trailer deserves the best when it comes to being towed, so protect your investment by making sure it gets where it's going safely. Our selection of accessories, gooseneck hitch adapters, hitch balls, gooseneck couplers, installation parts and more will have you towing like a pro.

  • Towing Accessories

    If there's still something more that you need for your adventure, chances are you'll be able to find it right here. Our selection of manual jacks, scissor jacks, stabilizer jacks, stack jacks, levelling jacks, safety cables, safety chains and all the other accessories to keep your locked, level and leading the way.

  • Skid Wheels

    Protect the under carriage of your vehicle with one of these handy skid wheels. Designed to take the impact of contact with the ground caused by uneven terrain, bumps or other tricky situations. Here you'll find a selection of skid wheels including swivel style, fixed, bolt-on, weld-on, hitch mount and the mounting plates you need to get them on your rig.

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Hitches and Towing

Towing Essentials for Travelers & Campers

 

Having a basic know-how about towing is a must especially for campers or for those who constantly travel with their motorhomes, trailers or other types of recreational vehicles (RV) with them. Technically, your towing necessities depend on the type of vehicle you have, the trailer that you will need to tow, your travel distance and the condition of the route that you will take.

 

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Towing Essentials for Travelers & Campers

 

Having a basic know-how about towing is a must especially for campers or for those who constantly travel with their motorhomes, trailers or other types of recreational vehicles (RV) with them. Technically, your towing necessities depend on the type of vehicle you have, the trailer that you will need to tow, your travel distance and the condition of the route that you will take.

 

But no matter what type of vehicle you have or road condition you’ll face; these are the basic components that you’ll have to be familiar with.

Trailer Hitches

The first component of your towing system is the Trailer Hitch.  This is the main part that connects your two vehicles together but it needs other parts and accessories to complete the attachment. We have many different kinds of trailer hitch depending on the type of vehicle and trailer you have but the most common are the 5th Wheel, Gooseneck and Receiver hitch. 

 

Ball Mounts and Hitch Locks

 

Ball Mount and Hitch Locks are your next components. A ball mount is a metal bar connected to the trailer hitch with a lock and where the Tow Ball is being place. It is available in many sorts of design to match with the coupler heights and the types of trailers to be towed. This ball mount is usually secured in place by an L shaped hitch pin with a retainer clip or it can also be secured with a hitch lock.

 

Tow Balls and Couplers

Another part of your towing system is the Tow Ball and the Coupler. Tow ball is placed in the ball mount and allows your trailer to move over dips and bumps without giving so much pressure to your car and hitch. It also comes in different diameter depending on its weight capacity. Coupleris the part attached to the top of the tow ball. Both these parts should exactly match its size to safely function.

 

Safety Chains

Safety chains are your back-up connectors that should be strong enough to hold your vehicles just in case something failed with your towing system. These are mandatory chains or cable that comes in pair and attached both sides to the trailer hitch and should intersect under the coupler.

 

Trailer Lighting and Electrical Wiring  

 

Trailer Lighting and Electrical is the last but one of the most essential part in towing. It is a requirement by law that every towable trailer should have at least a turn signal, brake lights and taillights. Both your trailer and car’s wiring system should be connected and properly functioning.

 

Make sure to test your lighting and check if every part of your towing system is secured and working, for your safety. It is also important to take note that, determining the maximum weight of a trailer that you can tow depends on the lowest rated towing part of your vehicle.

  If you feel that your RV is not secured enough yet or if something has to be replaced, there are many accessories that you can find to help you upgrade your towing system to give you peace of mind, convenience and a hassle free travel.

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