How To Prevent An RV Tire Blowout

Nothing is more frightening then traveling down the road in your RV or travel trailer and experiencing a blowout. At that point, with adrenaline flowing, what you do to control the vehicle is of utmost importance. However, the most important thing is knowing how to prevent these blowouts in the first place.

There are several key things that can contribute to a blowout. Being aware of them and doing everything in your power to prevent these things will go a long way in keeping you and your family safe.

So here are the top reasons for blowouts happening and how to prevent them.

Excessive Heat

When tires heat up too much it means trouble. One of the most common reasons for excessive heat in tires are over- or under-inflating tires, driving faster than is advisable for your tire’s specifications, or overloading the tires with more weight than they are built to take.

Checking tire pressures and not overloading your RV or trailer before hitting the road are two of the easiest and quickest things to do to prevent a disaster from happening.

Once on the road, maintaining the proper speed specified by your tire’s rating is something that should be adhered to in order to keep you, your family, and everyone else on the road with you safe.

Axle Alignment Issues

Sometimes detecting axle alignment isn’t as easy as just physically looking at your trailer or RV. There are many parts involved that can throw off the axle alignment and cause your tires to wear and ultimately cause a blowout.

If you’re the handy type then physically getting down and dirty and checking all aspects of the vehicle’s axle is something that should be done on a regular basis before hitting the road.

If you’re not the handy type then make sure you get the axles inspected regularly at a certified RV and trailer service and repair shop like Crossroads Trailer Sales’ Service department. Click here to make an appointment today!

Overloaded Trailer

In the excitement of packing up the trailer and getting ready for an adventure, very few of us actually think about how much all our stuff weighs. Most people just think they couldn’t possibly be overloading such a big trailer but the truth is all that stuff adds up fast.

Overloading the trailer or RV too close to or past the vehicle’s suggested weight can cause it to be hard to control and ultimately lead to a blowout. Always being aware of how much weight you’re adding to your RV or trailer and keeping it in the middle of the suggested weight distribution can make a big difference when it comes to the health of your tires.

Tires Touching

Tires touching usually happens when there is an issue with the suspension. Making sure you check this out regular along with the axle alignment can also prevent an unfortunate tire blowout.

Incorrect Tire Size

If you bought your trailer or RV new then this more than likely won’t be an issue. However, it is possible that the tires on your trailer are not the correct size if you bought the vehicle used.

Always make sure that you check the vehicle information for the correct tire size and double check that everything is as it should be. Driving with the wrong tire size for the vehicle can cause blowouts.

Tire Pressure Issues (too little or too much)

This one is more common than most think. Driving with too much or too little air causes stress on the tires and can cause them to overheat or wear out quickly causing unexpected blowouts.

It is always a great habit to check the tire pressures on your vehicle regularly and make sure they match the recommended pressures in the vehicle’s manual.

Bad Tire Condition (too old or poor condition)

This one seems an obvious point but if you check the RV’s and trailers parked in any rest stop it probably won’t be long before you find a few that have scary looking tires on them.

Tires that are worn down, very old and brittle, or just in overall poor condition are just asking for a blowout. Check your tires often for signs of wear and tear. Also, even if they look okay but you know you’ve had those tires for years, you may want to invest in a new set of tires just to be sure. Tires get old and brittle over time especially if they are in a very hot or cold climate.

Being aware of all of the above and doing your best to circumvent these issues before getting on the road can mean the difference between having a safe trip or one that has more adventure than you signed up for.

If you’re driving an RV and you have a blowout there are specific ways to handle the situation that can save your life. Check out this video from Michelin Tires for more information on how to get back in control when experiencing a blowout.

Looking for your next RV, Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel, Destination, or Horse Trailer? Does your current RV need to be serviced? Contact Crossroads Trailers to find your next RV or book your service today! Click the button below to contact us today!

How To Choose The Right Horse Trailer

Before heading out to buy your first horse trailer or replace your existing one, it’s important that you assess your needs, consider the comfort and safety of your passengers, and make a budget so you don’t break the bank.  Horse trailers come in many configurations and sizes, constructed of steel and aluminum and designed for the long haul or for quick trips across the county.

Trailer, Gooseneck or Living Quarters

Horse trailers can range from very basic single-wide trailers with simple rear gates, to rolling palaces with padded stalls for your horses and lavish master suites for you.

The most basic trailer is a stock trailer, a more open trailer designed to carry a variety of livestock. If your trailer needs to multi-task, and long hauls with your horse aren’t in your future, a simple stock trailer with a few modifications may be an affordable option.

While stock trailers may due in a pinch or work for simple, short rides, for anything longer serious equine enthusiasts can look for bumper towed purpose-built horse trailers.  Available in a variety of dimensions, lengths, configurations, building materials and gate style, the smallest bumper-towed trailers can be towed by an SUV while larger models can safely and comfortably hold multiple horses and tack.  While added features can pile on costs, a well-built bumper-towed horse trailer can be a cost-effective choice.

To more easily tow longer, heavier loads as well as carry fodder and gear, step up to a goose-neck horse trailer. While a bumper-towed trailer connects to a hitch on the bumper of the tow vehicle, a coupler underneath the overhang of the trailer connects to a ball in the bed of the truck. The hitch arrangement results in a tighter turning radius and more control while backing up. Safety and stability for hauling heavy loads makes gooseneck trailers a great choice when you will be hauling three or more horses. Before choosing a gooseneck trailer, be sure your towing vehicle is up to the task.

For multi-day eventers and long trips, consider the all-in-one comfort and convenience of a living quarters horse trailer.  Ranging from spartan to luxurious, living quarter horse trailers pair up the convenience of RVing with the functionality of a horse trailer.  Most living quarter trailers will also include a bedroom, kitchen and dining area and enclosed bathroom.  For personal horse trailers, living quarter models will generally be heavier and more expensive than other horse trailers.

Configuration and Construction of Horse Trailers

Choosing the construction materials for your horse trailer is a weighty matter. Steel-built horse trailers are stout and heavy, simply repaired, and easy to maintain. However, they are susceptible to rust.  Steel constructed horse trailers are also the most affordable.  Aluminum’s light-weight strength has made aluminum horse trailers popular in recent years. Beam construction results in lots of carrying capacity for less towing weight.  Aluminum trailers are also rust free – but not worry free – as aluminum is subject to corrosion, especially from animal waste.

For a little bit of everything, look for composite trailers, those made with a mix of materials, depending on function.  For non-structural components, such as the roof and fenders, fiberglass is an affordable and durable option that keeps the trailer weight down.  Newer to the market is “rumbar,” a durable flooring constructed from recycled tires that doesn’t require a rubber mat like metal or wood flooring.

Straight or slant – or how the horse travels in the trailers – is a matter of preference.  In a straight load trailer horses enter from the rear and stand side-by-side facing forward.  Horses face the center of the road, standing side by side at an angle, in a slant load trailer. This is generally used for hauling more than two horses.

Knowing how your horse travels and loads is an important factor in trailer selection.  Consider if you need a ramp entry, rather than a step-up entry.  Many small trailers offer a basic rear entry, but if your horse balks at backing out, back and side exit may be worth the investments. Some trailers will also offer a forward exit so handlers can exit safely.

Whether you’re a first-time horse trailer buyer or looking to upgrade your existing trailer, the horse trailer experts at Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, N.J., can guide you through the process.

Featured Units: 2018 Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK

Stylish, spacious, comfortable, and towable the Forest River Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK Destination Trailer is home where ever you park – for weekends, a season, or all year long.

While most towable RVs aim to be light and sprightly to tackle life on the road, destination trailers, sometimes called park trailers, are taller, wider, and heavier, and outfitted with residential finishes for long or frequent stays at a favored destination.

The 2018 Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK takes destination living to a whole new level, with the most homelike finishes yet, vast open spaces and luxury living touches from forward picture windows to a rear, king-bedded suite. The 40CCK is 40-ft 4-inches long, 102.5 inches wide with 8-ft ceiling and three over-sized 7-foot tall slide-outs.

40CCK Exterior Features

Built on Forest River’s signature aluminum super structure, the handsome exterior features a stronger, thicker “true” pearl gel coat exterior. The “best of the best” in gelcoat exteriors, it keeps its high gloss longer than competitors’ less expensive gel “coated” exteriors.  A decorative front cap with molded picket fence completes the attractive exterior.

Arrive safely at your new address with included Forest River touches. The Dexter Safety and Performance package includes New Nev-R-Adjust brakes for improved stopping power, heavy duty axles with heavy duty link plates and shackles and upgraded tires on Dexter axles.

Step up illuminated porch steps made brighter by the functional and attractive mounted porch light, and enter the 40CCK through the thermal pane patio door.

40CCK Interior Features

Throughout the cottage find standard honey-glazed European beech cabinetry, Shaw carpeting with rebond pad, and Congoleum floor coverings. Coordinating window treatments, upholstery, and finishes are available in four options: domino, sandstone, gold dust, and raven. The high ceilings, over-sized slide-outs, large windows, and deluxe touches all combine to make the cottage truly homelike.

Open the patio door of the 2018 Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK and enter the fresh for 2018 kitchen. A massive island that is both functional and fancy, is perfect for gathering with friends and prepping meals. An under-mount double, stainless steel sink with high-rise faucet is set into a pretty and practical solid-surface counter top. Underneath find ample storage, or add an optional built in dishwasher.

Keeping things bright is a newly redesigned overhead ceiling medallion with recessed lighting and keeping it cool and comfortable is a Create-a-Breeze Fantastic Fan with thermostat and rain sensor. Store all you need for a long stay in generous residential-style cabinets that feature self-closing, full extension drawers, a wooden silverware organizer, and loads of overhead storage.

Residential style appliances — including a stainless steel 19-cubic foot refrigerator, matching overhead microwave, and recessed, large stainless steel oven with Piezo igniter, sealed burners, and glass cover with solid surface handle – share a huge slide-out with a full-length pantry, creating a spacious and welcoming kitchen.

Dine in style at a standalone table and four chairs in another slide-out opposite the kitchen. The table includes a hidden leaf so accommodating a crowd isn’t a problem. Nestled in the same expansive slide-out, are a pair of matched leather La-Z-Boy recliners – the perfect place to relax after a busy day outdoors, and a delicious meal.

The forward living room that opens to the kitchen is cozy enough for a couple, but with ample seating and space for friends and family. A front La-Z-Boy convertible sofa fits under a bank of picture windows that bring the outside in.  At night, the sofa becomes additional sleeping space for guests.

Gather around the finely crafted, built-in entertainment center to enjoy a roaring fire and watch movie on the 48-inch LED TV with 12-volt Jensen Home Theater System, which includes full integration with smart devices including Apple’s iPhone, iPod, iPad, plus Bluetooth streaming audio, video, MP3 and weather band information.

Like all Forest River Cottages, the 40CCK, the center bathroom features 48-inch one-piece fiberglass rectangular shower with built-in seat, upgraded shower head and sliding glass doors. A generous vanity with solid surface sink, 18-inch circular flow porcelain toilet and full-length linen closet make this a bathroom worthy of full-time living.

The Cottage’s third, rear slide holds a king-sized Serta mattress atop generous under-bed storage.  The master suite getaway includes a mirrored wardrobe, residential dresser, and lots of deep overhead cabinets that provide ample storage for long stays. For privacy, a second door provides direct access to the outdoors.

Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK

If you’re ready for seasonal living, long, relaxing stays, or to cut the ties with brick-and-mortar living, it’s time to consider the affordable luxury of Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK living. Experience the Forest River difference at Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, NJ. Tour the latest 2018 cottages with our experts and find your next home.

Featured Units: 2018 Forest River Hemisphere

When the focus is on family and fun, consider a 2018 Forest River Hemisphere. The Ultra Lite line of trailers and fifth wheels is stylish and smartly engineered, and while it may weigh in at less than other comparable models, Hemispheres are loaded with exceptional luxury and comfort, suitable for couple travel or touring with a crowd.

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Go “Green” in Your RV

If you’re an RV enthusiast, especially one who goes to the “boondocks,” “off the grid”  or “dry camps” occasionally, chances are you already know a thing or two about going green. RVers are among the “greenest” of vacationers – using small, energy efficient transportation, cooking simple meals outdoors, minimizing water use, and eschewing energy-eating entertainment for quiet evenings of star gazing.
For all the low energy consumption, high voltage fun of RVing, there’s still more RVers can do to preserve the great outdoors for future generations.
Small changes – and a few bigger ones – can help you go green in your RV.

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Featured Travel Trailer: Forest River Salem Cruise Lite

The Cruise Lite travel trailer, part of Forest River’s Salem line, is a great way to introduce your family to the RV lifestyle. Winner of the 2016 Trailer Life Reader’s Choice Award, these trailers are full of great features that are usually only found in travel trailers at higher prices. The Cruise Lite offers you quality and value. Continue reading

The Best Campgrounds In & Around NJ for Kids and Families

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Choosing the best kid-pleasing campground starts with understanding what keeps everyone around your campfire happy.  While teens may enjoy high-energy fun — and require access to dependable wi-fi — younger campers may find joy in the simpler pleasures of feeding a family of ducks, or a splash pad to cool off in. New Jersey and the surrounding area offers a variety of camping experiences from rustic wilderness to beaches to amusement parks for camping families. Continue reading

6 Horse Trailer Safety Tips

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When it comes to traveling with your horses, safety is always a top priority. Not only do you need to make sure your horses are safe in their trailer, but you also want to make sure everyone in the towing vehicle is safe as well. Read these 10 tips to prevent any problems or issues when taking your horses on the road. Continue reading