Setting Up A Trailer At The Campsite With Video!

For those that own their own trailer, you’ll be able to see the country in a way that others only dream of. While traveling in a plane may help you get to your destination in a more expedient matter, driving allows for you to experience things that you never before imagined. Not only will you see deeper and more detailed parts of the country, but you’ll also have plenty of time on the open road to think about your experiences as well.

As convenient as it is to drive and take a trailer on a road trip, one concern that many people have pertains to setting up a trailer at a campsite. They think that this may be difficult, which may be the reason that they don’t have a trailer to begin with.

However, the great news is that most trailers are quite similar in terms of how they settle in. In addition, most campgrounds want to make things as easy on their guests as possible, which means you’ll be able to get things going without a problem.

Here are a few tips for how to set up a trailer at a campsite once you get to your destination.

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Get Close Enough To The Hookups

The first thing that novice campers will likely realize with their trailer is that it takes a bit of practice learning how close to get to hookups. Therefore, before you take the keys out of the ignition and have the family unload, be sure that you are close enough to the hookups once you get to the campsite. If you’re not parked properly the first time, it could be a lengthy game of re-parking your trailer as you try and get the right distance away.

Disconnect The Trailer

Once you are the right length away from the hookups, it’s time to disconnect your trailer from the vehicle and chock the tires. This will help to keep everyone safe, and also prohibit the trailer from moving when it shouldn’t be.

Level Your Trailer And Put It On Jacks

Once you have disconnected your trailer, you’ll want to level it out and put it on jacks. Making sure that your trailer is level will help keep everything inside your unit safe, and putting it on jacks will help keep it that way.

Take a look at the video here to see more about how to properly set up your trailer once you get to a campsite.

Hook In To The Hookups

After your trailer is on jacks, go ahead and hook into the hookups that are available for your unit. This likely includes electrical and disposal hookups, which most parks will offer for their guests.

Set Up Additional Features

If your trailer offers additional features, be sure to set them up so that you can even better enjoy your time. This may include a satellite that you use to get cable television, or even side wings that will help keep you dry in the event of inclement weather conditions. Setting these additional features up will help you avoid having to do so later, which means you can get in and enjoy the rest of your camping trip.

Relax And Enjoy!

Once you have everything set in place and hooked up, then you can relax and enjoy your vacation. While setting up a trailer may look like a challenge at first, keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to easily hook up at any campground that you end up at.

Crossroads Trailer Sales has been the #1 5th Wheel dealer in New Jersey for the last 8 years.  Our 10 acre lot features over 250 5th wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers to choose from.  We are a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving the RV community since 1988.  Please contact us for all of your 5th wheel and trailer needs.  We look forward to hearing from you and thanks for reading!


Camping Part 1 – Camping Safety Tips

Camping is meant to be a time that allows you to get in touch with Mother Nature, while also taking part in something that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Whether you are someone who enjoys going by yourself, or if you prefer to bring friends and family along, camping is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air.

While camping can be a lot of fun, there are some elements that can be dangerous. For those that are unfamiliar with being in the wilderness, camping will present a variety of different hazards and concerns.

Luckily, there are plenty of camping safety tips that can be followed in order to ensure that you have the best time possible. After all, with as many people that go camping each year, you can obviously see that you can enjoy your time if you are safe and considerate.

To help you make the most of your trip, here are some camping safety tips to follow. You can never be too prepared, and learning more tips will help you enjoy your camping trips even more.

Ask For Help

Camping, like any other hobby, has a learning curve that is needed to conquer in order to make the most of your experiences. In time, you’ll learn plenty on your own that you’ll utilize during your time camping. However, when you are first beginning, it doesn’t hurt to ask for help.

To get help, consider looking online for camping clubs or groups, or even forums with people posting about the things they enjoy. You can also head to your local sporting goods or camping gear store. There will be someone there who can give you plenty of insight into what you’ll need to stay safe during your first camping excursion.

Know Your Surroundings

No matter how many times you’ve been camping, you always want to know your surroundings before you head out on a trip. Being aware of your surroundings will help you better prepare for anything that may come your way. For example, if you are driving a motor home to the campgrounds, you’ll want to ensure that you have room to park your unit. If not, it could make for a challenging camping trip for you and your family.


Clean Up After Yourself

One of the first rules of camping is to clean up after yourself, no matter what you do while camping. While a few old crumbs may not look like much to just throw into nature, it’s important to understand how much you might disrupt the natural landscape. In addition, cleaning up after yourself also means putting out fires, which could otherwise cause serious catastrophes if not dealt with properly.

Learn More

You can never know too much when it comes to being safe with camping. You never know what sort of situation you might find yourself in, or what sort of training will come in handy. Therefore, keep learning more about camping safety. The more that you know, the more you’ll realize that you don’t know. However, learning more will certainly have you prepared when you need it most.

Crossroads Trailer Sales has been the #1 5th Wheel dealer in New Jersey for the last 8 years.  Our 10 acre lot features over 250 5th wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers to choose from.  We are a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving the RV community since 1988.  Please contact us for all of your 5th wheel and trailer needs.  We look forward to hearing from you and thanks for reading!

Essential Hunting Gear For Your Next Trip

There are few hobbies that are as exciting or fulfilling as hunting, and with your RV, you’re able to travel to the best destinations to hunt in the wilderness. For some people, they enjoy hunting because of the thrill of the chase for their hunt. Others enjoy hunting because it allows them to have a lot of alone time while waiting out their target. And to some, hunting is a great way to bond with friends over a sport you both share a passion with. Whatever the reason you may love hunting, you certainly aren’t alone.

Anyone who has ever been out hunting can attest to the fact that it can be a pricey sport. Along with licenses and permits, there is also a bit of equipment you’ll have to purchase to get started as well.

Walking into a sporting goods store can be intimidating if it’s your first time. Therefore, here is some essential hunting gear for your next trip, so that you at least know what you are looking for.

Equipment Of Choice

Hunting is a sport that allows the athlete to choose the equipment they use. For example, some hunters may prefer a firearm, while others prefer a crossbow. There are a variety of difference choices to select from, but knowing what option you prefer will help you make a section.


First Aid Kit

You never know what will happen while out hunting. To keep yourself safe from any accidental emergencies, a first aid kit can come in very handy. Inside of the kit should be bandaids, tape, disinfectant, scissors, and any additional first aid gear that you might need.

Fire Starting Kit

If you plan on having a hunting trip that will last a few days, then you’ll need to have fire at some point. Fire can help you cook food and boil water, but it can also help to keep you warm on a cold evening as well. Whether you prefer matches or an alternative method, be prepared for making a fire once you get set.


It’s very important that you stay hydrated while out hunting, especially if you are far from your campsite. But since your resources might be limited, bring along plenty of water to ensure you don’t risk dehydration.

Additional Clothing

You never know what sort of weather you might come across while on your hunting trip. Therefore, having a few extra layers will help you accommodate for whatever conditions you have.

Pocket Knife

A pocket knife is one of the most useful tools that you can carry with you. Your common pocket knife will typically include plenty of different little instruments that can be very helpful in a jam. When it comes to having all of these items while camping, you might start to question whether it will fit all in your car. If not, then you may want to consider how investing in a travel trailer could be incredibly beneficial for your camping trips. Instead of having to pack and unpack everything out of the vehicle that you use throughout the week, a travel trailer will help you store everything that you need for your next great hunting trip. This will save you time, as well as the headache of having to make sure you have everything you need to go hunting. And since you’ll also have a nice place to sleep, you’ll be able to wake up each morning bright-eyed and ready to get your hunt on.

Crossroads Trailer Sales has been the #1 5th Wheel dealer in New Jersey for the last 8 years. Our 10 acre lot features over 250 5th wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers to choose from. We are a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving the RV community since 1988. Please contact us for all of your 5th wheel and trailer needs. We look forward to hearing from you and thanks for reading!

Heat Optimization For Any Trailer

When you are in your trailer, it’s likely that you are going to want to remain at a comfortable temperature inside of the unit. This is especially the case if you take your trailer on an extended trip that covers a variety of different climates, all of which could have their own temperatures.

While keeping your trailer at a comfortable temperature may be a priority, it’s equally as important that you effectively heat your unit as well. If you fail to do so, then you could be looking at excessive costs to run your trailer, or you may even run the risk of damaging the unit.


Unlike your normal vehicle, a trailer is very large and it requires more diligent considerations for temperature variations. That is why it’s important that you know just what to do in order to maximize your efforts while heating your unit. Not only will this keep your trailer on the road for longer, but it’ll also help you push your travel budget further as well.

In order to better help you while on the road, here are some heat optimization considerations to make for any trailer. You’ll need to have these things in mind before you hit the road, or you may regret it when you least want to.

Invest In The Future

If you’ve come across this post before actually buying a trailer – maybe because you are hoping to know what to prepare for during the purchase process – then you are getting a good jumpstart on things. It’s important to keep in mind that a luxury 5th wheel or trailer is something that shouldn’t be purchased with the intentions of skimping on important features. Like a home, this trailer is something that you likely hope will last you for many years to come. In order to increase the likelihood of that happening, it’s only right that you invest in features that will help with heat optimization in the future.

Some of the features you can look for in your new 5th wheel or trailer include:

  • Improved Combustion Systems
  • Thermoelectric Generators
  • Exhaust Heat Exchangers
  • Waste To Heat Recovery Systems

These systems, as well as other available options, will help to increase your efficiency with heat optimization in your luxury trailer or 5th wheel.

Maintain Your Trailer

If you don’t know the difference between a Phillips and flathead screwdriver, you may not want to start learning when it comes time to maintain your trailer. Instead, you’ll want to ensure that a professional maintains your unit during times that you aren’t using it. This will help to keep your 5th wheel or trailer running efficiently, which will optimize your heating system while traveling.

In addition to maintaining your trailer, mechanics will also level off all of your fluids to ensure proper temperatures throughout the unit. Most people may only take their normal car into a mechanic every few months or so. However, since it’s likely that you’ll be taking your 5th wheel or trailer on more extended trips, it’s even more important that you have it serviced frequently.

Running your luxury trailer or 5th wheel at insufficient levels could result in serious damage to the unit. Therefore, consider the tips on this list if you want to make sure that you are optimizing your unit in the best ways possible. Not only will doing so save you money up-front, but it’ll also increase the likelihood of your trailer lasting for years to come.