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!

Must Have Features for Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels

If you are looking into buying a travel trailer or a fifth wheel trailer you are probably starting to do your homework. There are so many options when buying an RV, it is important to figure out exactly what you want. From the floor plans to the tires, you will want to know exactly what you are buying.

When it comes to looking for specific features, some are important for safety and storage, while others may be aesthetically pleasing. Some of you may have very specific requirements for the type of axles you want, while others just want to make sure they can lounge next to their plasma TV. Here are some amazing features for you to look for in your next travel trailer and fifth wheel.

Travel Trailers

One feature that you will be extremely grateful for later, is a quiet and reliable generator. They are designed for different types of trailers and different types of fuel. First figure out if you plan to go with a gasoline or propane generator. What are you going to need to power up in your RV? Do you have several appliances, is your air conditioner on 24/7? The more power you need, will also go into what generator you purchase. Research the pros and cons to the hundreds of options out there to determine what will be the quietest and best fit for you.

Some features are necessary, and some are just great to have! Have you noticed that the drinking water at most the camp sites is not filtered? Did you know that there are some pretty awesome gadgets you can add to your RV? There are several different RV Water Filters that are recommended. Check out  some highly reviewed and recommended water filters, perfect for your next camping trip in your RV.

Fifth Wheel Trailers

As trends come and go, one popular feature in a lot of fifth wheels right now is solar power. Having solar power for your RV is inexpensive to have and is well worth the installation costs. It allows you to stop where you want, avoid finding specific campgrounds, and gives you the opportunity to live totally unplugged from the world. Solar power does not require any additional energy, you don’t have to worry about chords or batteries, and it gives you a sense of total freedom. Going solar may be the perfect option for you! To learn more about why you should go with solar power and how it can benefit your trips, check out more information here.

There are constantly new things being built into RV’s to make them more technologically savvy.  One of the newer and more convenient features is a one control system.  This is an app on your phone that can control a lot of the different aspect of your RV. This can control your lights, awnings, fuel, automatic leveling systems, water tanks etc… . This is such an easy way to keep track of different parts of your RV and have total control of what is going on while you are in or outside of it.

There are hundreds of different features to choose from when looking to purchase your RV. Some can really help with the convenience of the trip, while others just make the livability a bit more peaceful and easier.  Regardless of what you want to have for your next trip, we can help you find it in your travel trailer or fifth wheel.

Must Have Features for Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels

Get Ready for Spring with a Full RV Checkup

Are you ready to hit the road this spring? Don’t go anywhere until you bring your trailer into Crossroads Trailers for a full maintenance checkup. Your rig probably needs some adjustments as we get closer to the warmer months, including air conditioner repairs and de-winterization services. Our team provides the help you need to keep your rig in tip-top shape. It’s important to always follow a regular maintenance schedule and keep an eye out for any issues that might lead to a more serious risk. That’s why we specialize in annual maintenance and many other additional services to keep our customers safe.

We take care of any type of issue that may arise with your Fifth Wheel, Horse Trailer, Cargo Trailer, Motorhome, Utility Trailer, Destination Trailers and more models. Just contact us to ask if we can accommodate your service needs. The following is a list of all the RV & Trailer services provided:

  • Annual Maintenance
  • Brake Replacements and Adjustments
  • Wheel Bearing Service
  • Hitch Installations
  • Electrical Repair
  • Jacks
  • Couplers
  • Brake Controller Installation
  • Lights
  • Spring to Torsion Conversions
  • Warranty Service & Repair
  • Insurance Estimates & Repairs
  • Roof Replacement and Repair
  • Plumbing
  • Air Conditioner Repair & Replacement
  • Appliance Repair (Hot Water Heaters, Furnaces, Refrigerators, Microwaves, Cooktops, Stoves, Ovens, etc.)
  • Awning Repair & New Awning Installations
  • Hydraulic Leveling Systems
  • Electrical Problems
  • Parts and Accessories Installation
  • Seal Tech Testing
  • Water System Services
  • Slideout Maintenance and Service
  • Winterization Services
  • De-Winterization Services
  • Slide-out Removal & Repair
  • Many Other Services!

With over 30 years of experience in RV and Trailer repair, you can rely on us to keep you rig in the best shape. So before you leave for your spring break adventure, give us a call at 856-697-4497 or email the team with any inquiries. Visit our Service page here to request an appointment.

Get Ready for Spring with a Full RV Checkup

5 Must See RV Bunkhouse Floor-Plans

There is nothing more family friendly than an RV with bunk beds. An Rv bunkhouse offers extra space to sleep kids and adults alike. Bunkhouse RV models are perfect for family friendly camping, full time RV living, and everything in between. So if you are looking for an RV bunkhouse for sale in New Jersey, you need to check out these beautiful and cost effective floor-plans that we have available here at Crossroads Trailer Sales.

2018 Forest River Sunseeker

5 Must See RV Bunkhouse Floorplans

This stunning Class C motorhome features a stunning floor-plan that makes family friendly camping a breeze. This unit offers what they call a private children’s area fully equipped  with a sleeper sofa and bunk above. Featuring tons of storage as well, kids and parents alike will fall in love with this Forest River camper.

2019 Crossroads Zinger Lite

2019 CrossRoads Zinger Lite

 

The Crossroads Zinger Lite is a lightweight travel trailer perfect for the family on the go. With an outside kitchen, and bunk beds perfect for all the kids, this little camper is ideal for a growing family who loves the great outdoors. It has plenty of high end features for parents, and space for the kids to enjoy!

2019 Dutchmen Aspen Trail

2019 Dutchmen Aspen Trail

Not only does this stunning Dutchmen Aspen travel trailer feature quad bunks, a patio door and all of the high-end features you would want… You also get free camping in New Jersey for a year when you purchase it! Imagine, taking out the kids in your brand new camper… Enjoying the great outdoors and camping for free for a while year! This trailer comfortably sleeps 10 people, so you can easily fit the whole family in here with no problems.

2019 Forest River Salem Hemisphere

2019 Forest River Salem Hemisphere Lite

With a double bunk house, the Forest River Salem Hemisphere Lite is the perfect Fifth Wheel for the whole family. The two bunks make it perfect for the kids, their friends, nieces and nephews…. Take the whole family along on a camping trip in style and comfort. There is so much luxury here that you won’t even know you are camping in this beauty.

2019 Forest River Salem Villa Estate 

2019 Forest River Salem Villa Estate

If you need a family friendly destination trailer, the Forest River Salem Villa Estate is for you. This trailer features a unique double loft floor-plan, so you can bring the kids and some friends and multiply the fun!

These five RV bunkhouse models are perfect for families who love to camp. So if you are a camping loving family in the New Jersey area, come on in to Crossroads Trailer Sales and check out these and all of the other stunning bunkhouse RVs that we have to offer!

5 Must See RV Bunkhouse Floor-Plans

Horse Trailer Maintenance and Service

Regular maintenance of your horse trailer can help you avoid costly repairs and extend the longevity of your trailer. By taking proper care of your horse trailer, you will not only extend the life of the trailer but also ensure your safety and the safety of your precious horses as well.

For the most part, you should be able to maintain your horse trailer yourself. Between proper cleanings and checking to ensure everything this working properly, you can avoid a lot of hassle. While you can really maintain your horse trailer yourself for the most part, you will still need to be sure that you have proper professional maintenance as well.

Horse Trailers for Sale in NJ

Before Leaving

Before you ever take off with your horses, you will want to do a once over on your trailer. Make sure everything is working, wires are connected properly, the tow hitch is tight on the ball mount… ect…

You will also want to check your tires and ensure they are properly inflated before heading out on the road. Along with the tires, you need to check your lights as well as do a walk around just to make sure you are safe, functioning, and ready to go!

When You Get Home

Your work hasn’t ended when you get home from your trip. There are things that need to be done in order to make sure you are ready to go for the next adventure.

Clean the floors. These get messy and if you don’t clean them right away then I promise, you won’t want to later.

Make sure your electrical cord is unplugged. Coil it up nicely but don;t cover it because that can cause it to hold in moisture.

Lubricate your coupler. This keeps the mechanisms ready to slide freely and go when you are ready to take your trailer out again.

Regular Horse Trailer Maintenance

Every once in a while you will want to go over your trailer and do a few things to keep it hauling right.

Check the wheel lugs for tightness. Trust me, you don’t want one of these flying off!

Check the brakes. Checking them regularly will ensure you don’t run into a failure when you are driving.

Grease your hitch ball.

Annual Horse Trailer Maintenance

Once or twice a year, you will want to have your Horse Trailer professionally serviced. If you are in the New Jersey area, we have an excellent maintenance and service staff ready to help you out.

Having your trailer professionally serviced can uncover any unforeseen issues, and things that wouldn’t be noticeable to the untrained eye. During these checks, you can get your fuses replaced, any minor repairs that need to be done can be completed, and then you will be on your way!

Are you looking to upgrade your trailer? Go to Crossroadstrailers.com , the premier New Jersey Trailer Dealer to search for the perfect trailer for you.

Tips On Keeping Your Trailer In Pristine Condition In The Winter

Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean it is time to put that your trailer needs to suffer. No matter if you need your trailer for work or play, enclosed, flat bed, or other, Crossroads Trailers has the tips to help you keep your trailer in pristine condition even during the sold and wet winter months.

Keep It Clean

During the winter months, it is very easy to let your trailer get a little extra messy. No one really wants to be outside washing anything in the snow, but if you want to properly maintain and protect your trailer then this is a must.The biggest issue that many trailer owners face in the winter months is the presence of salt on the roads. While salt is amazing for helping with traction and the like, it can do some serious damage to any vehicle or towable. Your best bet is to make sure you wash as often as you can to keep the salt from damaging your trailer. Even if all you do is pray your trailer down with a hose after every trip, this will go a long way in keeping your trailer clean and protected

Store It Properly

Not using your trailer? Then put it in storage for a bit! You want to make sure your trailer is stored in a cool and dark garage. For longer periods of storage, make sure the tires of your trailer are fully inflated. Sometimes you may not be able to keep your trailer inside, and that is okay! If you are storing it outdoors, surfaces like asphalt are recommended to keep your tires in optimum condition, but if grass is the only choice, try parking on pavers.

Maintain Your Tires

something that many may not think of, is the damage that can be done to trailer tires if put into storage for an extended period of time. If not properly maintained, the tires can degrade and cause a headache for the owner the next time he or she goes to use the trailer. So if you plan on storing your trailer during the winter months, you will want to ensure that your valve stems are in good working condition, meaning they are capped and free of dirt so you won’t have leaking tires.

Keeping your trailer in beautiful winter condition doesn’t have to be too difficult. All it takes is a little time, effort, and some preparation!

If you need help with your Trailer Maintenance this winter, the service experts here at Crossroads would love to help! Everything from maintenance to repairs and even specialized maintenance can be conveniently handled at out service department!

 

What Exactly Is A Destination Trailer?

With such a wide variety of trailers and RVs available on the market today, it can be hard to keep them all separate and know which one is perfect for you. We want to help you make the most informed decision possible when it comes to purchasing your next RV. Our featured RV here, the Destination Trailer. The Destination Trailer is probably one of the least spoken about, but one of the most luxurious on the market today!

So What Is A Destination Trailer?

Destination Trailers are the original tiny home. With the current cultural explosion that is the tiny home movement, the Destination Trailer can proudly say that they did it first. Destinations tend to have some of the highest quality amenities of any type of RV, including full sized washers/dryers, residential refrigerators, and a plethora of other options that are more typical of a home than a travel trailer.

The Destination Trailer has been known by many names, including park model, cabin, villa, residential trailer, resort trailer and more… ( note, park models are technically different than destination trailers but the two are commonly interchanged sometimes incorrectly) … But no matter what you call it, the destination trailer is a true home away from home.

While most travel trailers are meant for life on the go, the destination trailer is meant to be stationary for months at a time. The destination trailer is a perfect option for long term campers. Those who want to find a spot, and settle down for a while before hitting the road again for a new season.

Something that sets the destination trailer apart from its true park model counterpart, is the fact that the destination is self contained. Meaning that they have holding tanks, grey water, and black water tanks and can be hooked to campground hookups if needed. Whereas the traditional park model does not contain these aspects and must be hooked to a residential sewer system.

Destination Trailer Interior

The destination trailer interior is a beautiful sight. Since these trailers tend to be larger and are meant to be stationary for longer periods of time, the interior tends to be more like that of a traditional home.

One of the most notable features of the destination trailer interiors is the kitchen. Most destination trailers have stunning kitchens reminiscent of what you would find in your block home. Equipped with kitchen islands, full sized stoves, residential refrigerators and more these kitchens are meant to be used!

Not only do destination trailers have beautiful kitchens, they tend to have residential style bathrooms as well. Full sized showers, residential toilets and large bathtubs perfect for all your pampering needs even when far away from home. You can see a great example of a stunning trailer bathroom here.

Who Needs A Destination Trailer?

Now that you know what a destination trailer is, you might now be asking who would need one? Well, there are a lot of people that would greatly benefit from the features and amenities that a destination trailer offers.

A perfect example is the snow bird. Someone who has property down south and plans to spend half of the year there while living the other half somewhere else. The destination trailer is a great option for these type of RVers since they are able to leave the trailer in place year round, but don’t have the hassle of a truly permanent residence.

Shop for all types and sizes of RVs at Crossroads Trailer Sales, the #1 Selling 5th Wheel Dealer in NJ, 9 Years in a Row! If you have any questions about Destination Trailers, Fifth Wheels, Travel Trailers, or any of our other units, give us a call at (856) 697-4497 or send us a message on our Contact Page.