What Kind of Camper Can my Vehicle Tow?

Before you head down to the dealership and find your perfect camper, the first step is to always ask, what kids of camper can my vehicle tow? Buying a camper does not have to be a tedious process, but you always need to make sure that you can actually get it home afterwards! If you buy an RV that is too large for your vehicle to tow, it will cause serious damage to both the camper and the vehicle. If you have a mini can, SUV, small truck, or large truck there are a few things you need to research before you attach a camper to it.

What Kind of Camper Can my Vehicle Tow?

What Is My Tow Rating

Do you know your vehicles weight and tow ratings? We recommend you going to get it weighed on a large scale. Stop by a weigh station, quarry, dump and pack your car up to the max! If you plan to go camping or on a long road trip, your vehicle will be much heavier, so pack accordingly for a proper weight. (Include your hitch as well.) This will allow you to figure out how much the vehicle can handle on its suspension. At weigh-in, you will get your total vehicle weight and the Gross vehicle weight rating. Subtract your truck weight from the gross vehicle weight and the number you have left is what you can carry.

Picking a Trailer Based On Tow Capacity

Two of the most popular types of RV’s are fifth wheels and travel trailers. They are great for the whole family, camping trips, and long-distance traveling. You should know that these trailers are also great to tow because they only transfer between 15%(travel trailer) to 25%(Fifth wheel) of its weight on your vehicle; this is call the Pin weight. From here you figure out the vehicle’s suspension. When you go to a dealership, things go much quicker if you already know what you are looking for and what you are capable of taking home.

What Kind of Camper Can my Vehicle Tow?

This will allow you to make sure what you are towing away is going to hold up on long trips and not cause any damage to your vehicle. If you plan to transfer this to another vehicle, we strongly urge you to get everything weighed and measures properly and not “wing it”. If you have any additional questions, give Crossroad Trailers a call and we would be happy to help!

How To Choose The Right Travel Trailer For Me

So, you are finally ready to buy your first travel trailer! As you do your research on what the right travel trailer would be for you, we want to help give you some tips on how you can decide what the best choice is. Before you even start looking, consider your budget, the towing capacity of your vehicle, and the size that you are envisioning. These are some major factors that will affect your decision!

Right Travel Trailer

Towing Capacity of Your Vehicle

As you start to shop around for the right travel trailer, you may read all about these trailers. The size, what they are made out of, and the amazing add-ons. Before you pick “the one” make sure you know what your current vehicle is capable of towing. Check out your owner’s manual for your vehicle and find out the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

This will give you a better idea of what it is capable of. When you are looking at trailers, find out the dry weight and the gross vehicle weight. Talk to your manufacturer or dealership when you are purchasing the RV and make sure that your vehicle can tow it. You should also look to make sure that you have the correct hitch and that everything is installed properly.

Picking the Right Travel Trailer Floor Plan

If there is anything to remember when buying a trailer, it is to not settle. You should get what makes sense, but you are also allowed to put all your opinions, wants, and needs on the table as well! What size are you wanting? Are you planning on bringing the whole family and some friends? Think about the floor plan you need. Would like you more space for sleeping and rooms or an open floor plan where you can all congregate together? There are several different brands that you can choose from to ensure that you get the exact trailer you are looking for.

What Size Travel Trailer Do I Need?

Have you considered what size travel trailer you want? If you didn’t already know, there are several different trailers you can choose from. Light weight, ultra-light weight, and full-size travel trailers are all at your nearest dealership. If you want a light trailer that you can tow with a midsized SUV or a small truck, consider the light weight trailer. If you need something a little bigger, more luxurious, and sleeps 6 or more people go for the full-size travel trailer. We have something to fit your wants and your needs!

How To Choose The Right Travel Trailer For Me

When you are searching for your perfect travel trailer, consider all of these options. You want to make sure that it fits your budget, hitches onto your car, is the proper weight, and is your preferred size and floor plan. There so many great brands to choose from and we hope you find the best trailer for you and your family. If you have questions, we would love to help! Feel free to call us or stop by our dealership!

Horse Trailer Buying Guide: What You Need to Know as a First Time Buyer

Buying a horse trailer is a large investment and is something you should do your homework on! Have you considered what size trailer you want, what manufacturer and what model? Many will vouch for the “best” option, but our best advice is that you find out what is the most ideal fit for your traveling and for your horse We want to make the process easy, so we have created this Horse Trailer Buying Guide to help you make the most informed decision possible.

Horse Trailer buying guide

Horse Trailer Buying Guide: What Do You Need in Your Horse Trailer?

Consider the size of the horse trailer that you want. First, think about the size of your horse, the number of horses you are bringing, the size of your vehicle and how wide you need it to be. Bumper pull trailers attach with a hitch to your vehicle. They can haul several horses at the same time but not quite as safe as other options with in climate weather.

What Type of Horse Trailer Is Best For Me?

You can also look at gooseneck horse trailers which are heavier, easy to handle, and great for more than 2 or 3 horses. Living quarter trailers are a great option if you plan to travel with your horses a long distance, and need a bed to sleep in at night. This is definitely the most convenient way to travel with animals.  Straight load trailers are popular; this is where the horse’s heads are faced forward and tails towards the back. This allows the horse to be more comfortable when traveling. Slant load trailers are all about that extra room! If you are traveling far distances, this could be a smart decision, so the horses do not excerpt as much energy during brakes and accelerations, during the trip.

Horse Trailer Material

Consider the material that the trailer is made out of. The two most common types are made from steel or aluminum. Steel is the heavier of the two. It seems to be more reliable in the case of an accident.  Aluminum trailers typically require less maintenance. They have fewer rust and corrosion issues… And are very durable over time. Both can be good options depending on the number of animals you have and your travel plans.

Horse Trailer Buying Guide

All in the Details

Details are everything when you are purchasing your horse trailer. Besides identifying what brand, you want to buy, you have so many other aspects to consider. Some additional details to think about are, the specific style, your budget, and where you are traveling to. Styles consist of a manger, a walk-through and a slant-load. All have their pros and cons regarding space, convenience, and practicality. If you need a trailer that is more open, allows the horse to brace himself and gives you more access to the horse, consider the walk-through. If you need something for several smaller horses, consider getting a slant-load.

At the end of the day, you can purchase what you can afford. Consider your budget when buying this trailer. Although you may not want to finance, you have to understand that this is a long-term, important purchase that will essentially be the home on wheels for your horses. Look over different options, different dealerships, and learn about different manufacturers and their materials.

You also should consider your surroundings. Where do you and your 4-legged friends plan to travel to this summer? Keep in mind that different climates are going to affect your type of trailer. Keep them covered, keep them clean, and continual maintenance will definitely help with the durability and longevity of your trailer.

We hope this is a great start to you finding your first horse trailer. It can be very overwhelming to buy a trailer, but it doesn’t have to be if you know what you are looking for. As long as it fits the needs of your horses, your budget, and your traveling plans, you will be good to go! Happy and safe travels!

Horse Trailer Buying Guide: What You Need to Know as a First Time Buyer