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!

Everything You Need to Know about Forest River Fifth Wheels

Thinking about buying a fifth wheel? Great choice! You are now the potential owner of a luxurious towable trailer that will serve as your second home! Fifth wheels are known for being spacious, fuel efficient, and equipped with some awesome features inside and out. Forest River fifth Wheels are known being some of the very best on the market. If you are looking to buy a fifth wheel, definitely check them out!

Forest River has over 20 brands of fifth wheels for you to choose from! So how do you know what to look for when you are shopping around? Consider what the most important features to you are! How many beds, number of slides, or specific floor plans can help you decide what the best option is! Here are a few popular Forest River Fifth wheels to consider when looking for your next RV!

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Cedar CreeK Hathaway Edition

This is a great example of the beautiful workmanship of Forest River. This is the 34IK Floorplan and you can get it at a great price! You will love the beautiful appliances such as the large refrigerator, stove top burner, and oven. Enjoy the surround sound system, exterior awning and skylight. This Forest River fifth wheel is spacious and sleeps 4! The GVWR is 16,113 and has a dry weight of 11,261- to compare to other options with your towing vehicle!

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Salem Hemisphere 

This is that luxury fifth wheel that you have been looking for! The best part, it comes at a competitive, affordable price. The interior options are absolutely amazing and allows you to get as customized as you would like! We are talking a king bed, his and hers sinks in the bathroom, a gorgeous kitchen area and a recliner to end your day of hiking and exploring!

Sierra 372LOK

Check out another gem of a Forest River Fifth Wheels! You will love the front living area and mid bunk floor-plan layout. If you are looking for something that sleeps the whole family, this is your best bet! With room for 11, this fifth wheel has it all! Equipped with an outdoor awning, exterior grill, skylight and 4 Slide Outs, your family will love every part of this!

Forest River provides the best of the best when it comes to their RV’s. Buying a fifth wheel doesn’t have to take your life savings.  Search your nearest dealership and admire the beautiful craftsmanship and prices that come along with Forest River Fifth wheels! We are a proud dealer of this manufacturer and love to see happy clients drive away with their new RV!

Exiss Horse Trailers

If you are looking for a sturdy, aluminum, long lasting horse trailer, Exiss has what you need! Exiss offers Bumper Pull, Gooseneck and living quarters horse trailers. Before you buy a new horse trailer, consider asking yourself these questions. How many horses are you going to be traveling with? What type of vehicle do you have pulling the trailer? And what amenities or features are you wanting with your trailer? Here are the options to look at when exploring Exiss horse trailers.

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Bumper Pull ExisS Horse Trailers

Bumper pull trailers are easy to tow and maneuver when you are traveling with your animals; that is why this is the most common way that people transport their horses. They are small which makes them easy to move and park.  Because they are compact, they are typically more affordable as well which is a great asset of these trailers. You can use a variety of vehicles to pull it and it can be compatible with several hitch types.

Gooseneck Exiss Horse Trailers

Exiss Gooseneck horse trailers are a great option when traveling with your animals as well. With a gooseneck, you are going to have a more spacious trailer. Your overall living quarters will be larger and more comfortable for your animals. If you have more than 1 or 2 horses, a gooseneck would be your best bet. When you are out on the road, you can feel stable and safe when hauling a gooseneck. It has minimal sway and allows you to maneuver around tight corners.

 Living Quarters Exiss Horse Trailers

If you plan to travel several places and want to stay near your horses, it doesn’t get much easier than a living quarter horse trailer. This allows you to camp and stay with your horses while sleeping just a room away. If you don’t want to worry about finding a location to put them, if you run into inclement weather, or if you are traveling across the country this can be a great option. You have plenty of floor plans to choose from and you will love the interior amenities! You are able to choose from designer décor and all the extras that they have available. When shopping for a horse trailer, you can’t beat the durability and stature of their living quarters horse trailers.

 

If you have 1 horse or 3, Exiss Horse trailers has something for you. If you plan to drive a few hours or across the county, you have options of different types of horse trailers. These trailers are economic, versatile and comfortable for you and your horses!

 

 

How To Pick the Tires For Your Horse Trailer

When traveling all over the country with your favorite 4-legged friends, safety is a huge concern. Although you may have the trailer that fits your horses perfectly, finding the proper horse trailer tires is just as important. Consider the roads you will take and the weather that you will be going through. Construction zones, and rough terrain can also greatly affect the tires. You also have to contemplate the weight of the trailer because that could put more wear and tear on your tires!

Find the Right Horse Trailer Tires

Find a tire that encourages long time use. For a lot of us, we plan to be on a road pretty frequently with our horse trailer. The tires should have an enhanced shoulder design and a center groove. This will help with rough roads and wear and tear that you may experience.  Some also recommend finding tires with a nylon overlay. This is for strength and stability while you are out on the road.  You can think of this as an additional layer of protection for your tires.\

What kind of horse trailer are you going to be towing? When choosing tires, you need to find some that are versatile with different types of trailers.  Consider where you are going to be traveling. Find tires that do well with wear and tear, but they should also resist heat. While you are driving around this summer, having somewhat heat resistant tires can really help. You can also look for something called, interconnected tread blocks.  The purpose of this is for your tread to last longer in your tires and give it more durability.

What is your price point? Budgeting can turn into a bigger factor that you anticipated when buying a trailer. You spend so much time and energy with the actual trailer itself, accessories and additional parts; But when you think about it, the tires are one of the most important aspects of the trailer and allows you to get from point A to point B.  Make sure that if you must replace your tires, you look at different maintenance and warranty programs so that you do not spend too much. Also consider that buying cheap tires are definitely going to hurt you in the long run when you have to replace them in a few months.

Some of the top rated horse trailer tires are: Trailer King ST radial tires, Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires, Freestar m-108 8 Ply D Load Radial tires, and many more that you can check out. Make sure to talk to your dealership and get additional opinions when you are buying tires.

There are so many aspects to look into and you want to make sure that you, your horses, and your trailer remains safe when you are on the road.

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!