Installing the Right Tow Package
The number of people discovering RVing is higher than ever. Some are buying smaller Class B and Class C motorhomes now on the market and others are buying camping or travel trailers. Needless to say, the new lite and ultra-lite trailer market has had a lot to do with this growth in RVing largely because many of these new trailers can be towed with your current vehicle.
No matter what size trailer or tow vehicle you have, one critical element is having the proper tow package. What is the proper tow package? That answer has a lot of variables and there are various opinions on what you really need. Like any other decision involving safety, do your homework, talk to an expert (and not just the fellow next door that happens to have a trailer). He may have the correct info and then, maybe not. “Get the picture”.
There are also some great books and videos available on the subject and our friends over at RV Education 101 have what ‘we consider’ the best library of videos on any RV subject including towing equipment and installation. (Check them out at www.rveducation101.com )
On this week’s show Jeff Johnston, our own RV expert with over 30 years in the RV technical business, shows us how he set up his own Nissan pickup to enable him to tow the wide variety of trailers he tests and demos on Rollin’ On TV.
Except for the Draw-Tite hitch receiver which was installed by our partners over at Hitch Pro & Tow in Eugene, Oregon, Jeff installed everything else right in his driveway. These other components include a set of Bilstein shocks, a Tekonsha P3 break control system and a Firestone Sport-Rite air helper spring kit (air bag system). Check out the segment and you can decide whether you want to tackle installing your own package or have it done for you.
Gaging Tail Swing
Also on this week’s show, we continue with RV Education 101 Drivers Education series as Mark and Dawn Polk show us how to properly gage the “tail swing’ on your RV. Understanding ‘tail swing’ can prevent accidents at the gas pumps and in other tight spaces.
It’s simple, but if you don’t know how to do it correctly, you could be the subject of the next campfire discussion.
The Serro Scotty Trailer
In case you haven’t noticed, vintage retro-trailers are springing up all over the place. It seems like every manufacturer is coming out or reintroducing something from the past. One of the latest entries into this market comes from Little Guy International. You’re probably familiar with their cool Little Guy teardrop trailers. Now the company has brought back the iconic Serro Scotty trailer that was popular back in the 60s and 70s. This week, Jeff takes a look at this new vintage trailer entry.