Can My Car Haul that Trailer? How to Choose the Right Trailer for your Vehicle

How to choose the right RV or Trailer for your existing vehicle is a weighty issue. The decision comes down to weight – with a few other factors thrown in.

Can My Car Haul that Trailer?

Before we start, let’s talk about some of the most common brands of trailers that can be towed by your vehicle. When beginning your search, be sure to watch for these brands, as they are usually popular amongst RVers and towers. Most of these brands make models that can be towed with a car, truck, minivan, or even hatchback.

  • Dutchmen
  • Keystone
  • Forest River
  • Airstream
  • Jayco
  • Winnebago

Can my Car Haul an RV or Trailer?

Yes, but only if the combined weight of the RV/Trailer does not exceed the towing vehicles GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), which is the total weight your vehicle can tow. A good rule of thumb is to stay under 80% of your max towing capacity. The weight of the RV/Trailer is also named GVWR and can be found on our website under the vehicle specifications. Shop our large inventory using our RV Search feature!

Where can I find my Vehicles Towing Capacity?

Can My Car Haul that Trailer?

Start your quest to find the right trailer for your vehicle in the glove box where most vehicle owner’s manuals are stored. Look for the “Vehicle Towing Capacity” in the manual. This is the manufacturer’s specification of the weight the vehicle is designed to tow. Choosing a trailer that exceeds your vehicle’s towing capacity will stress the vehicle’s engine, transmission, and brakes beyond their design limits.

While you’re cruising the vehicle owner’s manual, take note of the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). The GVW is the actual weight of your car or truck. Next look for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR. The GVWR is the sum of the vehicle’s weight and the maximum load it can safely carry.

Smaller, lighter cars are not designed to tow at all, and that will be stated in the owner’s manual. If you aren’t able to find this information, talk to one of our experts by filling out our contact form.

Where can I find the weight of an RV/Trailer?

As you continue your search for a trailer you can tow with your vehicle, search by the numbers. First, look for the “Gross Trailer Weight” (GTW). The GTW is what the trailer will weigh under fully-loaded conditions, including your gear, food and filled fresh and grey water tanks. On larger RVs, look for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, the maximum the camper and its load are allowed to carry.

You may also see a “Base Curb Weight” (BCW) number while trailer shopping. The BCW is the weight of the trailer as it is delivered, with factory equipment and all required lubricants. Some dealers may also advertise an RV’s “Dry Weight” or unloaded, not fully equipped weight. These are nice-to-know numbers, but should not factor into your purchasing decision, as you will never tow a completely empty trailer or RV.

Unless the trailer you’re considering is homemade, it will have a Vehicle Identification Number or VIN, plate installed somewhere. The plate will include the trailer’s serial number as well as the trailer’s loaded and unloaded weights. An RV’s specification sheet will provide its GVWR.

Tongue Weight

Tongue Weight (TW) is the downward pressure that the tongue of a fully-loaded trailer puts on the hitch ball on your vehicle. In a properly loaded trailer, the TW should be about 10 percent of the loaded weight of the trailer. The Tongue Weight adds to the overall Gross Vehicle Weight of your vehicle.

Adding it up

When you add the weight of your vehicle, GVW — including the tongue weight — together with the GTW of the trailer or GVWR of the RV you’re considering, make sure the result does not exceed your vehicle’s Gross Combination Weight Rating. This is the maximum combined weight that your car or truck can handle for safe operation.

Can My Car Haul that Trailer?

Cars and Trailers That Can Tow a Trailer

Compact and subcompact cars are best towed behind an RV rather than being the tow vehicle, although a handful are up to the task of hauling up to 2,000 pounds with the proper towing package. If your compact car is rated for towing, then look for a trailer with its own electrical braking system to spare the wear and tear on the vehicle. Consider lightweight teardrops, micro-campers, or the smallest, lightest utility trailers.

In general, a mid-size car and some family minivans or smaller SUVs may have the capacity to tow up to 3,500 pounds, or a small, lightweight camper, pop-up trailer, very small boat on a trailer or a utility trailer.

To get you started, here are a few of the most common cars and trucks that can easily tow!

  • Ford F-150
  • Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
  • Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Pickup
  • Nissan Titan

Cars

  • Jeep Renegade
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda CR-V

Small to mid-sized pick-ups and some sturdier SUVs, depending on the make and model, may have the capacity to tow a bumper-pulled family camper, boat trailer or small toy hauler. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles will have a greater towing capacity than comparable 2-wheel Drive vehicle.

It’s also important to think about horsepower when choosing the right towing vehicle. It’s critical to remember that you also need a good amount of torque to get the load moving. (Horsepower keeps it moving and how fast you can move.)

Many larger travel trailersfifth wheels, and toy haulers can have a gross vehicle weight of more than 12,000 pounds fully loaded and require a heavier duty truck that is equipped for towing.

Do the math

It is important to do the math before shopping for a trailer or RV. Trying to tow more than your vehicle can handle might lead to dangerous and expensive problems including brake failure, blown tires, a broken suspension or overheated transmission.

Rely on the trusted professionals at Crossroads Trailer Sales to assist you in finding a travel trailer that your vehicle can safely tow and enjoy for many seasons.

How to choose the right RV or Trailer for your existing vehicle is a weighty issue. The decision comes down to weight – with a few other factors thrown in.

What to Know Before Buying a Used RV

Buying a used RV is no minor decision, but is an incredibly smart move because it saves you so much money. That’s why they’re such a great option out there for a wide range of customers. But, that doesn’t mean every used RV you come across will be a great buy. Some older rigs don’t have the necessary technology for today, and they might not be up to par as far as safety goes. The staff here at Crossroads Trailers is ready to help you find the right one for you and your family.

Some RVers like the idea of buying an older or used RV because they feel they were constructed better and withhold more weathering than newer models in addition to being less expensive. Or, people buy them because they are particular to a specific brand or year and don’t mind to spend the money to renovate or refurbish. These are all great ways of thinking about used RVs, but it’s still important to do your research and be well informed on whichever used RV you plan to purchase.

There are many things to consider when shopping for a used RV. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, so it’s important to be armed with as much information as you can on the process of buying a used motorhome. Below, we discuss a few things to consider when looking at used RVs, and we talk about what to know before purchasing one.

USed RV

Things to consider when looking at used RVs

Used RVs and trailers still won’t exactly be cheap, but they’ll easily be less expensive than their new counterparts. New RVs depreciate around 10 percent the minute they’ve driven off the lot, so buying used automatically saves you money.

There are other ways you can benefit from buying a used RV, besides saving lots of money. The previous owners may have already repaired any problems or issues they’ve had, and they may have even conducted a bit of premeditated maintenance in case something was about to happen. It’s also normal for them to have added any some homey touches, like more storage, spice racks or an extra mirror in the bathroom.

When shopping used RVs, be sure the rig isn’t too old. Some parks and campgrounds have restrictions on the age. If you plan to visit luxurious resorts, be sure your RV isn’t too vintage. And, the older an RV gets, the more wear and tear it accumulates, which can mean multiple and/or expensive repairs down the road. If you don’t want to waste the money you saved from buying used immediately on repairs, do a thorough walk through and look for any water damage or mold along any walls and inside cabinets.

However, if vintage is what you’re going for, then have at it! Older RVs have such character and personality about them that it’s hard not to fall in love with one.

If you decide to buy a used RV, be sure you go to a trusted RV dealership in your area (or even out of your area) that you know will be honest with you. The most important thing is to do your research before settling on anything at all. If you don’t, you might end up with a rig that doesn’t fit your needs or a hefty payment that simply isn’t worth it.

Do an in-person tour before you buy

It’s easy for sellers to hide any imperfections of an RV by simply not uploading photos of them online. Because of this, it’s critical to tour the RV in person before you make any decisions. The seller should be more than happy to accommodate this request, but if not, your best bet is to walk away. Any hesitancy here should raise a red flag that something is seriously wrong with the rig and they aren’t telling you.

Remember – if you buy the RV from a private seller, it’s automatically your responsibility for repairs. It doesn’t matter if it’s two or twenty years old.

If you’re unsure about the quality or uncomfortable looking it over yourself, you can always have it professionally inspected. Take it to your local RV dealer and have them do a full inspection. Since it’s not their RV and they aren’t trying their best to sell it, you’ll get a more objective inspection, too. If this isn’t an option, another thing to do is look for RVs that have already been inspected by the dealer and received a seal of approval.

Look for any signs of mold or water damage

Even if you don’t see any immediate signs of water damage on the interior of the rig, mold usually means there are leaks and other plumbing issues. Take a flashlight with you and open up all the cabinets, check the walls, corners, the caulking in the bathroom, and every nook and cranny you can to ensure there isn’t mold or signs of leakage. If the cabinets or closets feel warm, it’s a possibility there’s mold growing.

Check the roof

Gently walk on the roof of the rig and make sure it’s sturdy and doesn’t give. If you can feel too much give, it might be rotting.

Closely inspect the floors

Similarly, to the roof, you’ll want to make sure there isn’t too much give on the floor. Walk heavily or even jump in a few spots to test for yourself. Make sure you don’t see any brown spots, as these are never a good thing to see.

What to Know Before Buying a Fifth Wheel

We hope this helps you on your search for the perfect used RV. Come see us and our stock of used RVs today!

A Beginner’s Guide to Full Time RVing

You’ve given it a lot of thought, research and time, and you’ve finally decided to transition into full-time RVing. First of all, welcome! Secondly, there are quite a few things you need to know before you get started. We’re here to help you every step of the way!

Full time RVing isn’t for everyone, but more and more people are quitting their office jobs for the open road and a nomadic lifestyle. The world of RVing is massive but always supportive. Campgrounds are a great place to meet new people to hear their experiences and for them to even warn you to not make the mistakes they did. There are so many things to consider if you’re considering RVing full time, but we’re here to walk you through each step. Keep reading to get started!

A Beginner’s Guide to Full Time RVing

Find the right RV for Full-Time Rving.

First, you’ll want to decide on the type of RV that best fits you and your lifestyle. This might be the most important thing to consider for many reasons. You’ll have to decide what you’re using your RV for, then you can begin the search for the perfect rig. Here’s a list of things to ask yourself first:

  • What’s your budget? Find your budget and stick to it! It can be difficult to do this when you see that your perfect RV is wildly out of budget, but there’s more than likely a more affordable option.
  • What about the size? Here, you should consider how many people you’ll bring with you and where you’ll be parking it. If you plan on going to smaller campgrounds, then a Class A motorhome probably isn’t a good idea.
  • Will you need a vehicle to pull it with? Do you already own a truck or SUV that is big enough to pull it? Or, will you want a detachable rig?
  • Once you purchase the right rig, read the manual beginning to end. You’ll soon learn to become one with your RV, and this is the first step in doing so.

Have a plan

Before you start traveling, it’s a good idea to at least have a general plan of where you’re going, where you’ll stay, and how long you’ll stay there before moving to the next destination. Many campgrounds are booked months in advance, and it could be problematic if pull up to a fully booked one without a reservation. If you’re boondocking, make sure the area you plan to make camp is a legal spot.

What about money?

Commuting to a regular 9-5 simply isn’t possible when you’ve decided to RV full time, but you still need to earn an income. You can do this by picking up side jobs along the way as you travel, starting a blog about your adventures and monetizing it or find some part-time work at a restaurant or retail store if you plan to camp close to civilization. When it comes to money and full-time RVing, creating a budget and sticking to it is critical in ensuring success. Write out your monthly expenses and make sure you have enough money to last for the length of your trip.

It’s time to downsize!

Full time RVing is a commitment, and selling your car, house and favorite items is a monumental step in doing it successfully. This step will take longer for some than others, and that’s okay! Letting go of the items you’ve had for years can be difficult. Taking as much time as you need, sort through your belongings and decide what you do and don’t need. For example: will you really need a full set of dishes and silverware? Where will you store it all? What about your wardrobe? Will you need 8 pairs of boots, 10 pairs of jeans and countless sweaters and t-shirts?

When deciding what to sell and what to keep, ask yourself – when we’ve finally made the transition into full-time RVing, will I want the items or will I want the money from selling them? This will help you in deciding what to hold onto!

When RV packing, less is more!

It might go without saying, but you really must take advantage of every square inch in your rig, and you don’t want items to constantly be in your way. And once you sell most of your items, packing your RV with just the essentials won’t be as difficult. There are a ton of neat toys and trinkets these days to pack along with you, but you really just need the necessities to have a great trip! Not exactly sure what you need? Do a quick Google search online for templates of what other people found handy.

Document your RV adventures.

Even if it’s taking just a few minutes each night to reflect back on the day and write it down, you’ll thank yourself years down the road when you stumble upon your old notebook. And, as amazing and memorable as your travels will be, you’ll forget details eventually. Writing down the sights you saw, restaurants you ate at, your side trips or highlighting your route from that day will make it easier to remember everything, and you’ll be able to pass these memories down to your family members and other travelers you meet along the way.

Always have tools and extra parts.

You won’t need one of everything, but having a few basic tools to fix a leaky pipe or a squeaky door is always a great idea. Most the time, you’re also trying to get away from the city which means you’ll probably be pretty far away from any sort of services you might need. If this is the case, it’s that more critical to becoming self-reliant for repairs. Something will likely go wrong, so plan accordingly!

As always, contact us here at Crossroads Trailers for all your RVing and trailer questions and concerns!

A Beginner’s Guide to Full Time RVing

What to Know Before Buying a Fifth Wheel

If you’re someone who looks forward to escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life every now and then, a fifth wheel may be the right purchase for you. It’s a great option for those who still need their vehicle once their trailer is parked. Even if you’re just looking for an RV to use on a few weekends or for side trips, a fifth wheel could be your best bet. If this sounds like you, keep reading for everything you need to know before purchasing a fifth wheel.

What is a fifth wheel?

What to Know Before Buying a Fifth Wheel

In the simplest of terms, a fifth wheel is an RV that tows in the bed of a truck. It’s easy to get these confused with other RVs, like travel trailers, but those are towed with a hitch on the back of the vehicle. A gooseneck hitch is an option if you don’t want a hitch in the bed of your truck but still want a fifth wheel. These are easier to travel with and often safer than travel trailers because they won’t sway or swing as much when you’re driving. Fifth wheels also have a better turning radius because of where they’re hitched, so they’re a popular choice amongst RVers that prefer to have their daily driver separate from their motorhome.

How will you use it?

Once you’ve decided you’re going to purchase a fifth wheel, the next thing to think about is how you’re going to use it. Will it only get used on weekends? Just during the summer? Or, do you plan to use it full time in the of the forest with no hookups? Whatever you’re using it for should be your buying guidelines. Knowing its exact purpose will also help you decide how much you want to spend on your fifth wheel and help filter out any unnecessary (or necessary) add-ons or features.

Don’t forget about weight!

Before you purchase your dream fifth wheel, make sure you have enough power in your truck for the best balance, safety, and ease of towing. The best way to find out is by knowing the weight of the fifth wheel. Some can weigh up to 14,000 pounds, so it’s important to know how much weight your truck can handle. Towing a fifth wheel that’s too heavy for your truck could be detrimental.

Smaller and lightweight fifth wheels can be towed by small or midsized trucks. These are great for those who are looking to take some weekend trips and don’t need much living space. Midsize and full trailers will offer more amenities and living space, but they demand a more powerful vehicle.

You’ll also need to factor in any additional weight once you load your fifth wheel with water and personal items. They add up quickly, so be sure to save 2,000 pounds or so for these items when shopping for a fifth wheel.

If you’re looking to buy a new truck to haul your new RV, a diesel truck should be an option. Gas normally costs less than diesel and maintenance on a gas vehicle is normally cheaper, but a diesel might save you more money over time. They have more towing capacity because of the torque they’re putting out, and they tend to last longer.

Fifth Wheel Interior

RV floor plans have gotten spacious and luxurious over the years, and fifth wheels are no exception. Each manufacturer will have multiple floor plans to choose from so they can cater to a wider range of needs for RVers. It’s up to you to determine which amenities you can’t live without and which ones you can pass on. This goes back to the purpose of the RV. What are you buying your fifth wheel for? Lots of floor plans come with as many as slide outs, but if you’re RVing by yourself or with just one other person, you probably don’t need the extra space.

It’s best to walk through the fifth wheel yourself to get a sense of available space and features.

Fifth Wheel Exterior

Newer fifth wheels are finished with shiny fiberglass that’s made to withstand the test of time and the elements. Some have rubber rooftops attached and others come with ramps and garages to tow and store toys.

Because of the way they’re built and the way they tow, fifth wheels are safe to carry a lot of weight without swaying or being unbalanced.

How much do Fifth Wheels cost?

A fifth wheel can range anywhere from $2,000 to $200,000. That’s a really wide range that gives you lots of options, like choosing the size, floorplans, weight, and any special features or amenities. Of course, older, used models are going to be on the less expensive end, and that might be what you’re looking for if you’re new to RVing and want to try it out first before splurging on a nicer model. What’s important is that you’re happy with your purchase, because regardless of the price, an RV purchase isn’t something to be taken lightly. It’s a large responsibility with unimaginable worth once you realize all the opportunities you’ll be able to seize with an RV.

Is a fifth wheel right for me?

Fifth wheels are great for many reasons, which is why they’re one of the more popular RV models. They’re a great start for newbies because they’re easy to tow and maneuver, they tend to have more living space than motorhomes, especially models with slide outs, and if your truck needs repairs while on the road, you’ll still have your living space to use.

It also doesn’t matter if you’re on the road full time or if you want an RV just for the weekend or seasonal trips. The RV lifestyle is about having fun and being carefree. Fifth wheels give you the convenience of traveling in your own vehicle that detaches in no time and gives you the comforts of home out on the open road.

What to Know Before Buying a Fifth Wheel

What’s your favorite part about owning a fifth wheel? Let us know down in the comments!

How to Make Christmas Dinner in an RV

consider cooking less than you usually would for a traditional Christmas dinner at home.

Whether you have a Class A, travel trailer or pop-up expandable, you know how valuable each inch of space in your kitchen is. From tiny ovens, tables and counters to minuscule cabinets, cooking almost anything in an RV kitchen presents its own set of difficulties. But hey, who says you aren’t up for a challenge?

If you think cooking a feast in your RV kitchen is impossible, think again! Though not for the faint-hearted, preparing a spread in your rig can be done. Lucky for you, we’ve got all the guidelines you need for the journey. So, pack up the family, pets, and the ingredients for your ultimate Christmas dinner dishes and head out to the backcountry for the feast of a lifetime.

Challenge accepted.

In order to create a successful Christmas dinner in an RV, it’s crucial to have a detailed plan of what to make, how many mouths to feed, and even the seating arrangement. No space will go unused, so planning is key. Begin preparations a few weeks in advance, and even a month beforehand if you’re particular about the way you want things to be. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get started:

  • Will you need to bring all your ingredients with you or are you setting up camp near a grocery store?
  • Is your menu planned out? Will you have enough oven/stove/microwave space to cook it? Will you expand to a campfire?
  • Are you asking your guests to bring a dish?

Tips for Making Christmas Dinner in an RV

Now that you have a plan, consider cooking less than you usually would for a traditional Christmas dinner at home. This is not the time to try anything new, so stick to a few of your favorite dishes you know how to cook well. And when we say a few, we mean it! Your counter space is limited in your rig, so it’s best to cook only a handful of dishes you know your guests will enjoy. Your RV also doesn’t come with much oven space to cook multiple things at once. Think of a dish you can prepare ahead of time and is kept cold, like deviled eggs or cranberry sauce. These won’t take any valuable space in your oven and will already be ready to eat.

Speaking of cooking dishes in advance, lots of traditional Christmas foods are just as good when frozen and made ahead of time. Use this to your advantage and precook as many dishes as possible before heading to your campsite. Foods like casseroles are often more flavorful and cohesive a few days after cooking because the flavors have time to come together. Once they’re done, let them cool, cover them and pop them in the fridge until it’s time to reheat.

Get Creative with Christmas Meal Staples

If your RV isn’t equipped with an oven, don’t fret! Christmas dinner in your RV will be more of a challenge, but you have other options beyond an oven. Get creative and look towards different ways to cook your spread! Put a twist on your feast by turning to an outdoor grill to cook your dishes. Many people already love grilling, so why not use it for more than backyard barbeques and the occasional Labor Day get together? Grilling will free up space in the kitchen and will add some unique flavors to your Christmas dishes.

Or, use your Dutch oven to make your perfect dishes. You probably already have one, so put it to use! They’re so versatile and you can make nearly anything in them. And, it’s hard to ruin a recipe using one.

Last but not least, bring your slow cooker from your kitchen at home and use it to create your favorite Christmas dishes. Just turn your slow cooker on, pop it a turkey and forget about it while you prepare your other foods. Or, modernize it by bringing along your Instant Pot or even an air fryer or pressure cooker.

When shopping for your ingredients, don’t overbuy.

 

It’s oh so tempting to buy 15 pounds of potatoes and the biggest turkey you can find to overload yourself on leftovers the day after. But, this year, leftovers might have to be skipped in order to have enough space to serve your feast. You simply don’t have enough space to display that big turkey in your RV. Find a smaller turkey or even consider switching to a different main dish that allows to free up space.

If all else fails but you still set on hosting Christmas dinner in your RV, worry not. If you’re near civilization, order take out from a nearby restaurant and completely avoid the stress and planning of a holiday feast. You can also bring a few homemade desserts prepared ahead of time, like pies or cookies, so you can still have a homemade aspect of Christmas dinner.

To tie it all together, put up a few strings of lights, a wreath on your RV door and maybe even a small Christmas tree with some of your favorite ornaments from home. Decorations are always a part of the holidays and putting them up will help you and your family get into the holiday spirit. Decorations will make your RV feel like you never left the comfort of home.

Have you ever prepared Christmas dinner in an RV? Let us know your successes in the comments!

10 Tips to Tow Like a Pro

You’ve got your bags packed. Coolers filled to the brim. You’ve made sure the kids have used the bathroom one last time before you head out on another RV adventure. You’re a weekend warrior. An explorer who can’t get enough of the crisp, fresh air and long hikes and bike rides.

Towing a trailer takes a serious amount of attention to detail. Sure, all of these new trucks come with endless bells and whistles, and they’re really comfortable, but their true talent is their ability to haul tons of weight behind them. There is a proper way to do so, and learning the correct way to tow is often an afterthought. Below is a list of our own tips to tow like a pro.

 

Check your tire pressure before you head out.

Having a low tire or two can cause quite a few problems. In general, if all tires are under the proper amount of pressure, you won’t have to worry about constantly fighting the steering wheel to keep towing straight. In other words, your truck won’t pull to the left or right. Having a low tire can also cause a blowout and an unexpected trip to the shop. Be sure to check this step off the list. Otherwise you’ll be saying, “If only I had checked my tire pressure…” Most tires have the correct PSI engraved on them. If not, check with your local dealer or maintenance shop.

Ensure proper tongue weight.

This weight is measured where the tongue and hitch connect. To maintain the right amount of stability, tongue weight should be kept between 10-15% of the trailer’s total weight.

Check the brakes before you pull out.

It may seem tedious, but brakes wear and rot easily, especially if you’ve kept your trailer stationary all season long. Make sure each brake still has enough pad left for you to reach your destination. It also might do you well to take a short test drive and make sure your trailer or truck doesn’t shake. You could need new rotors, too.

Check all batteries and lights.

If you are hauling your trailer, this is a really important step to ensuring a successful trip. It’s crucial to confirm your brake lights work on your trailer. If they don’t, someone who is following you won’t know when to brake and could cause an accident. Making sure all batteries and lights are functioning is a step you can take weeks before your trip, so it’s one less thing you’ll need to do while you’re worried about packing, food lists, etc. Batteries are also important to check, especially if your destination has no hookups.

Maintain your bearings.

It’s best to pack them with the best synthetic wheel-bearing grease you can find and do it at least once a year. This is something that probably slips your mind because you’re worried about the oil level, tire pressure, and brakes. But, forgetting to grease these can make your trip crumble to pieces in no time. This is also something you can mark off the to-do list weeks in advance.

Safety chains.

Crossing the safety chains side-to-side in an X pattern will help make the trailer more securely attached to the hitch. These are sort of a safety net in case your trailer comes loose from the truck. It’s unlikely to happen, but it’s a simple step you can take to be safer. They’re only meant to hold everything together long enough for you to stop, so keep a close eye on your trailer as you drive. When attaching, be sure you allow enough slack for turning.

Practice driving your trailer before a long trip.

Learning how to drive with a trailer attached behind you comes with practice and time, but it’s similar to learning the rules of a stick shift: you’re unlikely to forget how once you learn. Practice using the correct angles to turn and work on driving in and out of gas stations, because these are usually tight places.

Combat trailer sway.

This ties into checking your tire pressure in that you can help eliminate trailer sway by making sure all tires are at the same PSI. Distribute the weight, don’t drive too fast or if the wind is too high, purchase a quality sway controller, and using the manual trailer brake controller are all effective ways in reducing trailer sway. If your trailer does start to get a bit crazy, remember to not counter-steer, as this will cause you to lose control. Slow down or step on the gas for a short second and let the trailer work itself out. Don’t fight it!

Turning your trailer.

One of the most important things to consider when turning a trailer is the trailer sway you’ll almost inevitably face. Go into your turn more than you would in a car. Hopefully, you’ve tightened your hitch enough to where you won’t get much sway, and if it’s too tight, you won’t be able to turn smoothly. It’s something you’ll have to get out there and do before you fully understand it.

Backing up the trailer.

Backing up your trailer won’t be as easy as learning how to turn with it, but it’s like learning how to ride a bike. Learning how to back up a trailer will take practice, but will pay off, and you won’t forget how it’s done. A great trick – put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. Whichever way your hand goes is the way the butt of the trailer will go. Having someone help you back up is another great tip, but just make sure you’re able to see them at ALL times. Now, get out there in an open field, put up some cones and practice!

 

Follow this guide, and you’ll be towing like a pro in no time.

Traveling with Your Horse: Tips for a Fun & Safe Journey

Traveling with your horse can be stressful for you and your 4-legged friend, but there are some tips out there to make your journey less stressful and even fun! Once you load your horse onto the trailer, (which can be a whole process in itself) you just need to make sure you are prepared to keep your horse safe and plan to have an enjoyable trip ahead. Before you leave there are some things you can to do to ensure your horse will be comfortable and that you will not be worried about the whole trip. Take some of these tips with you as you start preparing to travel with your horse.

Traveling with your horse

Prepare before you go

By taking the right steps before you leave, you will save yourself a ton of stress and hiccups that could happen. The first step, head to the vet with your horse. Make sure that they get a full checkup done, all of their vaccinations are up to date, and you have the proper paperwork.

After you find that your horse is in tip-top shape, you need to do the same for your trailer. Make sure the trailer has had its maintenance checks done and is ready for traveling. Inspect the flooring, brakes, frame, interior and exterior lights, the hitch and also the chains. One last note is to look for any bee hives or wasp nests that could disturb the horse.

Practice makes perfect for your horses. Load them up and lead them off several times so that they are comfortable with the trailer and will be okay with being in it for long periods of time. Allow the trailer to be near where they spend their time at home so they are not threatened by it.

The last thing you can do to truly prepare for your trip is to map out your route and all of your breaks ahead of time. This way you can plan for meals, water breaks, restocking the hay and allowing your horse to get some exercise in. This will help with their overall traveling demeanor and their health.

Things to do While Traveling

It is important to do things while you are on the road to maintain a stress-free and enjoyable ride. The most important thing to do is to keep your horse fed and watered well throughout the trip. You should take breaks every 2-3 hours and offer water to the horse. It is suggested to bring water from home so they are familiar with the taste and will drink it. You should also bring enough hay (1-2 weeks’ worth) so you can continuously change it out.

In order for your horse to stay comfortable, put down some bedding for them. This will help with joint and muscle strain while they are standing. When you do take these breaks, make sure to monitor your horse’s vitals. Take their temperature, make sure they are eating and drinking okay, and get them moving as much as possible. If you notice something is off, reach out to your vet or have local vets take a look at your horse.

Things to know when traveling with your horse

Traveling can be hard for horses. As they travel, it can greatly affect their digestive health, so you need to know what you can expect and who you can get ahead of it. Here are some things that you can do to avoid your horses’ joint pain, dehydration, not eating, and colic.

-Get them out and moving. Try to keep their exercise schedule up even when you are out on the road. This is why planning your route is so important, so that you have places to go to let your horses roam and run.

-Avoid keeping them in a stall all day. Basically, you do not want to do the very opposite of what they are used to at home.

-Your horse should be offered fresh, clean water, as often as possible and keep them hydrated.

Traveling with Your Horse: Tips for a Fun & Safe Journey

These are some of the top tips that you can utilize to make sure that you are having a fun and safe trip with your horse. These trips can be difficult, but with these tips, you will keep your horse as happy and healthy as possible, and that is the most important thing you can do as a horse owner. Good luck with all of your upcoming trips and we wish you safe travels!

 

Best Halloween Events in New England

Are you looking for a spooky adventure near you? Halloween will be here before you know it and finding a fun haunted house or Halloween event is a must if you are a fan of this holiday! From scary hayrides to haunted houses, there are places all over New England for your family to go and have a great time! Check out some of the best Halloween events in the New England Area.

Each week of October, you can find another event for you and your family to have a blast at!

Check out the Salem Haunted Happenings Grand Parade!

On October 3rd, from 6:30-8:30 in Salem, MA you can come see one of the most looked forward to events in the area! This is the 24th annual parade with music, candy, kids, costumes and more! This event is a perfect way to kick off the month and a wonderful way for you to spend a fun night with your family!

Next, start planning for the Trick or Treat Hayrides!

Everyone loves to get into the spirit of Halloween with a fun corn maze and ride on a tractor! On October 19th, you can check out the fun all day from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Marini Farm in Ipswich, MA. There are some great costumes, fun characters and lots of treats! Check out more information here!

You can also start to get excited about Dr. Junglestein’s Spooktacular Halloween Madness Show!

On October 22nd, head to the Blackstone Library in Blackstone, MA at 6:30. This show is only 45 minutes long which is perfect for the kids! There is balloon magic, a dance challenge, mummy wrap and more! Register for this event soon because you do not want to miss it! This is for ages 4 and up and will be a great time for the whole family!

What are you looking to do this Halloween? The scarier the better? Or a fun, family event with crafts and food? Whatever you want to do, there is something in your area! Want a whole calendar of events in Salem? Check out everything from ghost trolleys to markets to scary storytime! We hope you have a great Halloween season!

 

Easy Tricks to Help Load Your Horse onto a Horse Trailer

For those of you who do not have a horse, you may not know how difficult it is to load a horse into a trailer. Most of you may assume, the horse walks right into a trailer as asked…not always the case. Like any animal, they have to be trained, and sometimes they have a mind of their own. It is not always easy to load a horse up into their trailer. If you have been struggling for the last hour and a half to load your horse, try some of these tricks!

Easy Tricks to Help Load Your Horse onto a Horse Trailer

Get the RIGHT Kind of Horse Trailer

A lot of people have a trailer that they think is the best fit for their horse but is not always the case. A lot of trainers and owners have found that a slant load horse trailer has made their life a whole lot easier. If your horse has experienced trauma on the road or refuses to step foot on the trailer, this would be the first thing to look at. It is very horse friendly and gives them natural light as well as room for them to move around and not feel so secluded. This will keep them safer on the road and allow them to feel protected while traveling.

Get Comfortable

Make them comfortable around their horse trailer, even when they are not in it. Have it in a convenient spot at home where they can see it, walk up to it, look around and know that it is safe. Horses are very smart animals, so it is not surprising that they are a bit apprehensive before walking right into it. Let them become comfortable in knowing that this is a place they can be safe and relax in and not force them to get into it. This may take a few weeks, but you will thank yourself later after they easily get on and off.

Work Slowly

If you are in a rush, this process is probably not going to go well. Make sure you begin the loading process with plenty of time to do so. Don’t pull, push or force the horse to move. Let him smell his surroundings in the trailer and allow the horse to make the decision. This is also a great time for positive reinforcement. As he takes a step towards the trailer or looks inside, feel free to pet him and let him rest in the position before you encourage him to move more forward.

Approach and Retreat

This is a way to really build confidence in your horse. You allow the horse to approach the trailer. They should be calm, cool and collected at this point. You will know when they reach an uncomfortable phase and they start to react. Allow them to stand there and just be. Don’t force them to keep walking but allow them to figure this part out on their own.  At this point, lead them away from the trailer and then start the process over. After a few times, you may notice that your horse is actually coming closer and closer to the trailer without you having to use a lot of force.

Get Used to It

Get them used to being in the trailer. Although you may be in training mode, your horse needs to get used to being in the trailer and what that is going to sound like and feel like. Once your horse decides to load up, give them a hint into what it will be like on the road. Slowly start to increase the time they spend on it when you are stationary. Start moving around the dividers and the bars so they know what the process will be like and it will not be a scary experience for them.

Throughout this process, you also have to know your risks. If you try to push or pull and the horse is not ready, this could result in scaring the horse, or potentially injuring them. No matter what, getting your horse on the trailer should not result in an injury due to frustration.

Keep these tips and tricks in mind next time you have to load your scared, frustrated or stubborn horse into the trailer. It is highly suggested that you begin this process prior to traveling with your horse so you can gauge what they are going to be like. Remember, every horse is different. Every breed is different. Even if you have done this 1,000 times, it could be totally different with your next horse. Don’t get frustrated and stay patient with your 4-legged friend! They will eventually get the hang of it and make traveling together easy and enjoyable!

 

The Best Rated Campgrounds in New Jersey

Camping season is transitioning from hot summer days to cooler autumn nights. Nothing is better than experiencing nature as the leaves are falling beside you. New Jersey is known for a lot of things, and camping should be one of them! There are acres upon acres of beautiful nature and foliage that surrounds some of the best campgrounds in the Northeast. New Jersey is home to incredible views, family fun resorts, and historic towns. Here are 5 of the best rated campgrounds in New Jersey.

Ocean View Resort Campground

Welcome to one of the most entertaining, amenity filled campgrounds in New Jersey. This is perfect for kids and people of all ages! There are great deals on cabins, and cottages where you and your family can enjoy the pool, resort amenities, and just a short drive to the beaches!  If you want some peace and quiet, relax at the private beach! If your kids need to burn off some energy, head out to the Buccaneer Bay splash pad or take your furry friends for a walk! That’s right, your pets are welcome to come and enjoy your fun camping trip with you! For more information, contact the campgrounds and make your reservations early.

THE GREAT DIVIDE CAMPGROUND

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Head out to the rural area of Sussex County and see some of the best views you’ll see anywhere. Surround yourself with fields, forests and mountains while you and your family relax or have the adventure of a lifetime! There are several different amenities and attractions for the family to enjoy. Cabins and campsites are available depending on how you want to sleep under the stars. There are picnic tables, fire rings and communal fire pits to try out some great campfire recipes. You can also enjoy the private lake for fishing and the Olympic sized pool!

PANTHER LAKE CAMPING RESORT

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If you are looking for fun at the lake, this is a great campground for you and your family. There is a 45- acre lake for you to enjoy tubing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and boating. If you take some time off from the lake, you can enjoy the pool, hot tub, tennis and basketball courts, horseshoes, mini golf and a playground! The camp store offers all the basic food items and toiletries that you need so you will be stocked all week! This campground does a great job with live events on the weekends and typically has music, crafts,  games and more!

ALLAIRE STATE PARK

Enjoy the rich historic feel of this state park. You can see demonstrations of the different occupations in the colonial times and learn about that area way back when. During different times of the year you can find themed events as well! This state park has a very cozy feel to it where you can truly get away from your everyday life. If you want to walk and clear your head, take a short drive to the nearby beaches. When visiting, you can enjoy great hiking trails which provide stunning views, especially in the fall! The train ride for the children is just darling and teaches everyone about the park. Take a step back in time and visit one of the most unique state parks in the Northeast.

High Point State Park

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Get ready for some absolutely breathtaking views! At High Point State Park, you can see a view from 1,803 feet above sea level. You will be in awe of the farmland and gorgeous valleys. When you aren’t hiking, take the boat out to Sawmill Lake. If you want to get some fishing in, you can find some excellent places along the several lakes and streams around the park. There is so much to do and even more to see when you camp at this incredible state park. For nature views at its finest, make your reservation today.

 

Camping season is transitioning from hot summer days to cooler autumn nights. Nothing is better than experiencing nature as the leaves are falling beside you. New Jersey is known for a lot of things, and camping should be one of them! There are acres upon acres of beautiful nature and foliage that surrounds some of the best campgrounds in the Northeast. New Jersey is home to incredible views, family fun resorts, and historic towns. Here are 5 of the best rated campgrounds in New Jersey.Pack up your RV and hit the road. You have 5 of the most amazing campgrounds in New Jersey at your fingertips. Each one of these campgrounds offers something unique. Whether it is the resort style amenities, breathtaking views, or historic details, you can find something special wherever you go. Before we know it, the leaves will be falling, and you can enjoy a nice crisp hike on the trails. Enjoy your camping in New Jersey this fall!