Top 5 Common Problems with Fifth Wheel Slides-outs

I’m assuming that by clicking on this post that you own or are considering purchasing a fifth wheel. Whether you’re a full-time or weekend RVer, this information will be valuable.

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Fifth wheel slide-outs, do require maintenance to keep them working properly. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer this guide will come in handy.

Although slides can be challenging even for the best DIYers. Never hesitate to have your fifth wheel serviced by a certified mechanic when necessary.

*Note: Always refer to your Owner’s Manual, this post is a General Guide for fifth wheel owners. I am not a certified technician or mechanic.

This guide will help you to identify and resolve common problems with your fifth wheel slide-outs?

Top 5 Common Problems With Fifth Wheel Slide-Outs 

First, you need to determine whether your slide-outs mechanism is electrical or hydraulically operated?

Electric slide-outs center on an electric motor. The motor drives a gear system attached to your RV slide room. So, with the touch of a button, you can retract and extend your RV slide-outs.

Hydraulic slide-outs use the principle of hydraulic pressure. The pressure moves actuators attached at the end of the hydraulic line to move rams.

It is these hydraulic rams that move the slide-outs in and out of your RV.

Each slide-out operating system has its own unique problems.

Check out the following common problems with slide-outs on a fifth wheel.

  1. Faulty Gearbox or Motor

A faulty motor or gearbox could be the problem if your RV slide-out gear system is motor-driven. In such cases, if the motor is faulty or breaks down, then the mechanism will not work. If the motor-driven gearbox system is faulty, for whatever reason, your RV slide-out will not work.

  1. Overloaded Motor

Your RV slide may experience resistance as it moves in and out. This resistance will force the motor to draw excess current. This is because the motor is trying to compensate for the resistance by drawing more power.

In such a scenario, the electric motor may cause electric relays in your RVs’ circuitry to trip. This may also result in breakages or, worse still, your electric motor could get damaged.

  1. Shearing Drive Pins

The gear drive in your slide out drive mechanism has drive pins. Under excessive stress and strain conditions, these drive pins may experience shearing forces. Such forces may damage the drive pins.

  1. Valve, Pump or Hydraulic Line Failure

If your RV slide-out is hydraulically powered, problems may arise when the hydraulic pump or line fails. This is because, in such a system, the hydraulic pump triggers actuators and rams. So failure on any one of these components impacts greatly on the slide-out mechanism.

  1. Wear And Tear

Friction and heat affect your RV hydraulic lines over a long period of time. Breaks and leakages may develop in the line over time due to wear and tear, causing your RV slide mechanism to malfunction.

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Why My Fifth Wheel Slide-Out Squeaks?

Cumulative road debris and rust can cause your slide-out to squeak. Wear and tear on your slide’s moving parts are usually caused by exposure to the elements and constant use.

Dirt and debris increase friction between the moving parts on your fifth wheel slide-outs. These factors contribute to the squeaking sounds you may experience from your RV.

If you keep the components of your fifth wheel mechanism clean and maintain them, you should have no problems. To stop your RV slide-out from squeaking, follow these simple steps.

  1. Extend your slide-outs on the fifth wheel.
  2. Use a wire brush to remove any debris, dirt, paint chippings or rust from your slide-out tracks.
  3. Clean out all the dirt and road debris from the tracks.
  4. Apply lubricant on the gears, tracks, and rails of your slide-outs.
  5. Try and retract and fully extend your slide-out a number of times. At this point, the squeaking sounds should have disappeared.

Lubricating your RV slide-out mechanism not only eliminates the squeaky sounds, but it also helps it work optimally. This way, you can extend the lifespan of your slide-outs on the fifth wheel and prevent impending breakdowns due to friction.

Do You Need a Tech to Repair Slide-Out Issues?

Before you pick up your phone and get a technician to sort out an issue with your fifth wheel slide-outs, check out the problem first.

Once you understand the nature of the problem, you will be able to decide whether you need help.

It could be a minor issue that you can sort out yourself. This way, you can avoid calling a technician and save your hard-earned cash.

If the problem with your fifth slide-outs overwhelms you, get help. Do not try to do repairs in such cases because you may end up doing more harm than good.

For instance, when you need adjustments to your vehicle’s slide-outs, you definitely need to engage the services of a professional.

There are intricate adjustments that need a trained, professional eye. Much as the process may be spelled out in your manual, nothing beats a trained eye.

If you own an RV whose slide-outs are hydraulically operated, you would be well-advised not to tinker with the system. Hydraulic pumps operate under high-pressure levels.

Any wrong move with your hydraulic system could spell disaster for both you and your recreational vehicle.

To avoid such mishaps, take your RV to the nearest professional service center when its schedule is due. A qualified technical team should be able to sort out any issues with your vehicle’s hydraulic system.

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Can You DIY Slide-Out Problems?

If your slide-outs develop problems, there are some that you can easily sort out yourself. This depends on the magnitude of the problem.

Read your owner’s manual and make sure that you understand it. Ask around or consult with the many available recreational activity owners’ online forums for any clarifications.

This way, you will be able to establish which particular issues you can apply a Do It Yourself approach to.

Here are some examples of maintenance and repair tasks that you can carry out on your vehicle’s slide-outs.

  1. Lubricating

You need to lubricate your slide-outs and maintain it that way. The moving parts experience wear and tear which may be aggravated when there is a lot of friction between the moving parts.

Lubrication reduces friction between these parts and can extend the lifespan of your fifth wheel slide-outs.

Check your recreational vehicle’s operating manual so as to establish which type of lubricant to use for your slide-outs.

  1. Regular Cleaning

Dirt, debris and cumulative grime may gum up the works on your RV slide-outs mechanism. To clean dirt and debris from the tracks of your slide-outs, you need to clean them out.

If possible, clean them out every now and then to prevent dirt accumulating over time. This will prevent major complications in the future because, as the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure.

  1. Spot Checks and Regular Inspection

As far as maintaining your slide-outs, proper spot checks and inspection are quite important.

It is important that you check your fifth wheel reservoirs, in case you have hydraulic fifth wheel slide-outs.

The system may have a leak somewhere if it indicates a low oil level as it is based on a zero loss design.

Check along the entire length of the hydraulic line to identify where the leak is. On identifying the leak area, replace the entire line. Engage the services of a professional to advise you on what to do.

Check your battery output in case you have an electric fifth wheel slide-out system. Your vehicle’s slide-out motor may fail or get stuck halfway while retracting because of a weak or dead battery.

Your slide-out seals are quite important. Check them regularly and when you come across any worn out seals, replace them immediately. Check your seals for damage, dryness or debris. Tears along your slide-out seals will also warrant replacements.

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Can My Fifth Wheel Slide-Outs Be Adjusted?

Your slide-outs can be adjusted depending on the circumstances. You can have them adjust either vertically or horizontally. These adjustments on your RV slide mechanism are important to ensure that it slides out evenly.

In case the bottom of your RV slide room is scraping the ground, it may need adjustment. Both of your RV slide-outs could be misaligned and this calls for a professional adjustment.

However, as they say, do not try this at home. Leave Your slide-outs adjustments to the experts. If you feel that the change is minor, and you feel like getting your hands dirty, check out your RV user manual.

Summary:

Having slide-outs on your recreational vehicle is a great idea if you love spending time in it. They help create more space and comfort. This will only work out if you maintain and your slide-outs mechanism. Always ensure that it is in perfect working condition.

At least you now have an idea of the common problems with fifth wheel slide-outs. Be observant and always check your slide-outs. This way, you will be able to spot a minor problem and nip it in the bud.

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Do Fifth Wheels Sway When Towing?

Some Things You Need to Know Before Towing Your Fifth Wheel:

Before you go out and tow your rig, one thing I would like to talk about is weight. When towing a fifth wheel, weight is the deciding factor.

Also, I will like to emphasize the importance of the basics, making sure you have the right truck for the right rig and the right job. While I’m going to go over some of the basics, it’s critical to understand your own numbers and get the right information.

Now to answer the question: Do Fifth Wheels Sway when towing?

Fifth Wheels Do not Sway-

Because of the design of the Fifth Wheel, the majority of the weight is centered between the Fifth Wheel axles and the truck. Which is why  Fifth Wheels don’t sway.

If you’re driving on a highway and a wave from a passing truck hits the end of your fifth wheel, it wouldn’t sway as long as you have an adequate tow vehicle, towing an 11,000 lb fifth wheel, swaying wouldn’t be an issue.

It’s also important to check your tires for wear and that the weight is distributed evenly.

A travel trailer, on the other hand, would sway should this same situation happen, hence you need to keep your hands on the steer when this happens to prevent your travel trailer from being pushed over the lane.

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  1. Number One Rule when purchasing a tow vehicle is -Do Not Rely on the dealer’s knowledge:

Most dealers most likely won’t dig up to the facts as you will. A friend had an incident where he met a rim dealer who said for sure the dually will tow a 20,000lbs fifth wheel but once he dug into the numbers, it wasn’t true. And I will dig into that as to why it wouldn’t.

  1. The first Number You’re Going to Come Across is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. (GVWR)

Both the truck and the fifth wheel have their own GVWR. The GVWR of a truck is very important when you’re talking about towing a fifth wheel.

If you’ve noticed, the way that a fifth wheel is designed is not connected to the truck via the bumper but the hinge usually comes over the rare axle.

In a typical fifth wheel, you’re looking at about an 80/20 or 75/35 weight distribution. For an example, if your rig weighs about 20k lbs, which is the GVWR for your rig, So, 20 to 25% of the 20k weight is going to be sitting at the rare of your truck.

This means you’re going to have about 4000 lbs sitting at the rare of your truck. Most single rare-wheel trucks do not have this capacity.

So how do you know what the GVRW of your truck is? Well, when purchasing a truck, you can check out the specs online, however, you can check on your door sticker and you can find out how much your door is rated for cargo. For my truck, the GVWR is 14k lbs.

  1. Another Number to Know is the GCWR, Gross Combined Weight Rating

This is a number that comes from your truck, however, you won’t find it on the door sticker hence you will have to look online in your truck’s information.

The GCWR tell you the total weight your truck can handle. That is, the rating your truck is designed to tow completely.

  1. Another Number to Consider is the Tow Rating

Let’s say if your tow rating is 27.3k lbs, it means the maximum weight of a trailer you can pull is 27.3k lbs.

So a lot of times, you realize that these numbers don’t add up. A good example is if you look at the door sticker inside your truck, you’ll realize that if you add up the axle rating on the front and the axle rating for the rare, the sum is greater than the GVWR.

 

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Now let’s talk about what you can tow.

To tow, you have to stay within your GVWR. And this leads to another number called Cargo capacity, and sometimes cargo carrying capacity, and really all that is is your truck’s GVWR minus the truck itself which includes cargo, passengers, your hitch, your toolbox.

So let’s say when you go weigh your empty truck and say it weighs 9k, then for a truck of 14k, the cargo capacity will be 5k. This means the cargo capacity to take care of the weight of the fifth wheel sitting is 5klbs.

Checklist Before Towing:

  • The first thing is to get your pin box in your hitch and connecting them and making sure they are locked in together.
  • Also, make sure to connect your trailer connection, which is your seven-pin connector which supplies power to your running night, blinker, brake light, and that stuff.
  • The last and important thing to connect is the emergency cut-away brake system. It has a connector and the purpose of this system is that when the connector ever gets pulled away, it supplies a full 12v DC straight from your battery to the brakes of the fifth wheel should it get disconnected from your truck and breaks away.

How to Tow Your Fifth Wheel

  1. Several things you need to think about when you’re getting ready to tow for the first time is to get a tow haul package, what this does is to help the engine shift gears at different rates that are better for you when you’re towing. This also helps tremendously when in the mountains.
  2. Also, it is going to take you a lot longer to start and a lot longer to stop. If you’re used to jackrabbit driving, this isn’t the same. You’ll have to leave a distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and the heavier the traffic, the more space you will need.
  3. When switching lanes, I highly advise not to look back, this is because in doing so, all you will see is the fifth wheel, hence you will have to depend a lot on your mirrors. In using the mirrors, you’ll have to learn how to use the concave mirrors, because they show you what is happening immediately next to you.
  4. You Have to take a lot wider turns

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If you’re turning into one lane each direction road, sometimes, you’re going to have to sit and wait till the lane clears out so that you can go out wide enough to make that turn. and once again look into your mirrors as you’re making that turn to see where the wheels of your trailer are. This will help you learn how far you need to make those turns. I highly advise you use an empty parking lot to practice your turns.

  1. Pulling into Gas Stations Require a lot of Planning.

To avoid problems whiles pulling into a gas station, make sure to find gas stations that have a lot of room to navigate.

  1. Do Not Believe the MapQuest

Arrival times given on MapQuest are true when you’re not towing. When towing, it takes a considerably longer period of time for you to arrive at your destination.

  1. Check Your Road

When you’re traveling in areas where there are bridges, tunnels or excessively whitey roads, you need to check and make sure that your vehicle will be able to navigate those roads. There are GPS that allows you to put in the dimension of your rig and it will ground you on roads that you can access.

  1. Practice Practice Practice

Practice the parts that you can and can’t in a nice big open parking lot to build up your confidence

Things to Check for When Hitching for the first time:

  1. Bed Clearance

You want to make sure that the bottom of your pin box clears the bed by 6 inches. You want to also make sure that if you have a toolbox, it clears that as well.

  1. Set the Rig and Truck Level

You want to make sure that your rig and your truck is set at the same level. Two places you can do that is at the hitch. Most hitches can be adjusted up and down. Also, you can adjust the pin box up and down.

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Best Brand of Hitches for Fifth Wheels:

  1. Pro-series 300056 Fifth Wheel Hitch 15k- Cost $360 on Amazon.com
  2. Curt 16130 Q20 5th Wheel Hitch.- Cost $835.15 on curtmfg.com
  3. 3.B&W Trailer Hitches 3200 Patriot Fifth Wheel Hitch- $598.00 on Amazon.com
  4. REESE ELITE 30142 Fifth Wheel Hitch 18000lb- $1,192.65 on Amazon.com
  5. B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch RVK3500.- $373.00 on Amazon.com

Can You Tow a Fifth Wheel With a Short Bed Truck?

Absolutely, you can tow a fifth wheel with a short bed truck and I will share with you 4 tips to do so.

  1. Make Sure Your Fifth Wheel Towing Gear is Designed for Short Bed Trucks.

Back in the days, a truck was a truck and you could fit a whole sheet of plywood in the back. Now, bigger cabs have pushed into that space, Some truck beds are short as 5 and a half feet. On the other hand, trailers are bigger now too and these changed has led to clearance issues. this is because the back window is closer to the rare axle.

If you have the wrong gear, take a sharp turn and you’ll torque the front of your trailer right through the glass. To avoid this, make sure you get the right gear.

2. Get a Slider

Sliders help you slide your trailer backward whiles it’s still connected to your hitch. Sliders are the most popular way to make up for the loss in bed length so you can make safer and tighter turns. Or, get the clearance you need to twist back into a tight camping spot.

3. Consider an Upgraded Slider

Upgraded sliders such as the Reese round tube slider offers more travel, precision, and stability. The contoured rollers float from side to side, allowing easy sliding even with the trailer for up to a 45-degree angle to the tow vehicle.

4. Get a Pin Box

Pin boxes have universal wedges that allow them to be hooked up to your hitch. A pin box keeps the load of the fifth wheel centered over the axle. This is important for control, and for tight turns. Some pin boxes allow turns up to 90 degrees.

5th Wheel vs Travel Trailer. Which Should You Go For?

One of the big questions most people ask is what’s better; a fifth wheel or a travel trailer?

But the answer to this question depends on you. Depending on what you are looking to accomplish and tow, you may have to go in for one. Here we will look at some of the pros and cons of the 5th wheel vs a travel trailer.

  1. Travel Trailers Saves You Money

It is physically smaller. Comparing the price of s 20-foot trailer and a 27-foot fifth wheel, the trailer cost less and weighs less. This is because there is less physical construction.

  1. Travel trailers are Easier to tow

Due to the less physical construction, and less material, a travel trailer is easier to tow than a 5th wheel. This factor makes a fifth wheel easier to resell because there are more people who can tow travel trailers than fifth wheels.

  1. Fifth Wheels have a higher Amenity Level

There are brands that build both fifth wheels and trailers, but their fifth wheels are built bigger and better. Also, fifth wheels have a bigger outside storage compartment.

  1. Easier to move Propane Bottles for a Refill

With fifth wheels you do not have to drive your rig all the way to the gas station to refill your propane tanks, you can just take out the tanks and go refill them.

  1. Fifth Wheels Do not Sway

If you’re driving on a high way and a bow wave from a truck hits the end of your fifth wheel, it wouldn’t sway if you have a truck that is suitable, let’s say a 3 and quarter truck, towing an 11,000 lbs fifth wheel, swaying wouldn’t be an issue because there is so much weight distributed on top of the truck hence no swaying from a bow wave.

A travel trailer, on the other hand, would sway should this same situation happen, hence you need to keep your hands on the steer when this happens to prevent your travel trailer from being pushed over the lane.

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Top Fifth Wheel Brands Out There

  1. Redwood Fifth Wheel
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  3. Forest River
  4. Cougar Fifth Wheels
  5. Golf Stream
  6. DRV Luxury Suites
  7. Fleetwood RV
  8. Jayco
  9. Dutchmen

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Do Fifth Wheels Come with a Spare Tire?

I’m sorry to say that most fifth wheels do not come with a spare tire. If you have a road service plan, having a spare might not be necessary. Your only concern should be, will road service be able to get your size tire?

Do fifth wheels come with spare tires?

The only way to find out if the road service will be able to bring one is to find out if your tire is a standard size. Start by calling the tire dealers wherever you are and ask if they have your size, and be sure to get the right load range and ply rating available. If the response is yes, and that they can get it to you within an hour, then you really don’t need a spare.

However, if your tire size is unusual, and nobody has one in stock, then you might want to consider carrying a spare tire along.

Our Story,

When we purchased our used 2008 Mobile Suite fifth wheel a spare tire was included. We had the dealer remove it from the undercarriage to inspect it.

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Luckily we did because the screw broke off that keeps the tire fastened to the fifth wheel. Being that our fifth wheel was used and had been sitting on the lot for quite a while the dealer did a thorough inspection.

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This is where we first saw our Fifth Wheel sitting in the back of the RV lot.

They also agreed to let us spend a few nights in the RV prior to purchasing.  Which I highly recommend doing if at all possible! The dealership, which was in Florida, also owned a  very small RV park directly behind the lot.

They towed the fifth wheel to the RV park, hooked it up and let us get acquainted with our soon to be home on wheels. By living in the fifth wheel we discovered a number of issues, all minor (thank goodness) that probably would have gone unnoticed. One of the issues I want to point out is the light switch by the door would get really hot. Not good!

After the second night, we had made a list of things that needed repair and the dealer promptly had it taken care of.  Back to the spare tire, yes they also supplied us with all brand new tires, including the spare!

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The Ultimate Tire Guide

Unlike car tires which are typically replaced due to tread wear, fifth wheels are usually driven far fewer miles each year. Most tires have to replaced due to age long before the tread is worn out.

Today, I will share with you some vital information on what brand tires you should get, what psi you should inflate them to, how to check your tire’s age, and how old your tires have to be before you change them.

What to Do When Searching for the Perfect Spare Tire:

Before you go out and buy a tire, first it is important you know the tire’s exact age. This can be done by checking on the sidewalls of the tire for the DOT numbers by starting with the letter DOT inside a small oval.

The last four digits in the oval at the end of the number tells you the tire’s manufacture date. The first two digits represent the week and the last two digits represent the year the tire was made.

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How To You Keep Your Tires in Good Condition For them to Last Longer?

  1. Don’t Overload Them

Refer to the manufacturer’s load and inflation table to determine the maximum weight a tire can support. Loading your tire beyond that weight capacity can cause them to age out fast and this can lead to sudden premature failure.

  1. Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated:

Over inflation or under inflation will not only age your tires at a fast rate but it will make your ride less comfortable. And also, driving less safe. To avoid this, have your rig weighed and follow your tire’s manufacturer inflation chart for each tire’s position.

If you can’t get your fifth wheel weighed yet, make sure to inflate your tires to carry the maximum axle weight as posted on your RV’s weight rating plate, often located near the driver’s seat. This may make your ride a bit stiffer but it will reduce the risk that your tires are underinflated until you get accurate corner weights by weighing your rig.

  1. Keep Your Chassis Aligned

Visit a reputable RV shop to get your chassis aligned. If your alignment is off, it can lead to unusual wear patterns and premature tire replacement. Make sure to check your tire’s tread regularly for uneven wear which could indicate an alignment problem.

  1. Keep Your Tires Clean

Keeping tires clean not only makes them look good but also helps them last longer too. Road oils cause deterioration in the rubber and dirt hold contaminants next to the tire. Wash your tires with a soft brush and a mild soap. Just make sure the soap you use does not contain any petroleum distillates, silicon or alcohol. These are bad for the rubber. 5. Avoid UV Rays

Ozone and UV rays will shorten a tire’s life, hence make an effort to protect your tires from direct sunlight by covering them whenever possible. These are the covers we use. Click Here for current price.tire covers for rv

  1. If not in Use, Lose Them

Tires age faster when not in use hence if you’re staying at a park for a longer period, make sure to take your rig on a ride once in a while. This is not only good for the tires but for the engine, wheel hubs and suspension tube.

However if your rig is stored for an extended period of time when it won’t be moved, be sure to follow proper storage procedures. Like reducing the load on the tires as much as possible. Filling them to the maximum air pressure listed on the wall, and placing tires on a barrier especially when they are parked on asphalt, grass or dirt.

  1. Follow The Manufacturer’s Instruction

This would enable your tires to last for up to ten years with no tread wear. Most manufacturer’s instructions provide specific details on how long their tires are safe to operate and under what conditions. Also, there are visual guides that will help you better recognize signs of aging rubber.

How to Choose Tires for Your Rig and the Best Brands Out There:

As said earlier, after you’ve figured out what your trailer weighs, here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect tire for your trailer.

When deciding a tire for your trailer, three things to consider are:

  1. The Tire Typetire

For tire type, you have

  • P for Passenger
  • LT for Light Truck
  • ST for Special Trailer

and if there isn’t any letter indication, then you probably are dealing with the metric system.

For fifth wheels, we will like to consider LT for Light Truck and ST for Special Truck.

The ST is specific trailer tires, they are designed for nothing else but trailers, but you would hear a lot of people dissing on those. There are quite a few reasons why trailer tires get such a bad rep and I think one of those reasons are most fifth wheels and trailers are sold with some of the cheapest tires the manufacturers can buy, a lot of these come from countries like China, not manufactured that well.

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Another reason is that a lot of people do not read the manufacturer’s guide about these tires, so they do not know what the hieroglyphics of these tires mean. They do not know what their speed rating is, hence they go too fast, they do not know what their load index is so they are overloading their tires, which aren’t designed for that. If you’re towing too much and you’re going too fast, with cheap tires, you’re gonna have an issue.

  1. Load Index

This tells you how much weight your tire is rated to carry, whether be in the dually format or the single axle format. If you’re not sure about your load index, you could check the load index chart online and you can see what your tire can carry.

  1. Speed Rating

Most trailers have a speed rating of 65 miles/hour. Many RVers tow at 70mph which is way beyond the speed rating and is a recipe for disaster. I advise you research to find the suitable tire with the suitable speed rating that will allow you tow at the speed you tow.

What Are the Best Brands Out There?

  • NEW 16 INCH 235/85-16 BOTO ST215 ALL STEEL TRAILER TIRE(S) 129/125 L ST235/85R16 ST 235 85R R16 14 PLY RATED LOAD RANGE G
  • Gladiator 20575R15 ST 205/75R15 STEEL BELTED REINFORCED Trailer Truck Tire 8 Ply 8pr 15 Inch 15 ” ST205 75R R15 Load Range D LRD
  • Continental HDR US O/O RD Traction Radial Tire – 225/70R19.5 G 128N
  • Goodyear Unisteel G614 RST Radial Tire – 235/85R16 126R
  • 5 ROAD WARRIOR STEER RADIAL TIRES (2-TIRES)
  • . Bridgestone Duravis M773 II Radial Tire – 245/75R16 120R
  • Dunlop Grandtrek AT20 All-Season Tire – 245/75R16 109S

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How To Measure Your Tire’s Pressure

First off I know you might have heard a lot of people talk about this, but a tire pressure monitoring system is one of the equipment you need when measuring your tire pressure. It offers information that alerts you before a catastrophic event occurs.

The tire pressure monitoring system doesn’t only help you when you’re on the road traveling but instead of just having to go around and check the pressure of all the four tires with a little tire pressure gauge which you should have, the tire pressure monitoring system just allows you to immediately start up the truck and it tells you what the pressure of your tires are.

It’s easy to use and saves a lot of time from you going to check the pressure of each tire manually.

At What PSI Should You Run Your Tires At?

Some of the manufacturers have charts and graphs that tell you the PSI at which you should run your tires at depending on a load of your trailer. Which you can do if you really want to do that, but the good rule of thumb is to run your tires roughly at the cold max PSI.

Let’s say if the cold max PSI of your tire is 100 max PSI, it means when your tire is just sitting there at room air temperature, it should be at about a 100 PSI. If you run anywhere between 95 and a 100 PSI, you should be good.

If you run on a PSI way lower than the PSI stated, you run the risk of the sidewalls bending too much, and building up the heat and that’s what can cause the tire to blow. And hence this is where the monitor or the tire pressure gauge becomes handy.


Most trailers have a sticker at the entrance at the entrance door that indicates what PSI your tires should run it too.


  How Often To Replace Your Tires:   There is much debate on how long it should take for you to replace your tires but to be on a safer side, it should be anywhere from 3 to 5 years. Some people say seven and that 3 is a really low age but, 3 to 5 year is a really safe bet for the age of your tires.        

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Tire?

    Besides safety, this should be another reason why you should want to keep your tires in good condition. This is because the pricing of tire replacement is quite sobering. Getting 8 new tires fully installed could cost as much as much as $8,000. It definitely pays to take good care of your tires.   *Note – Disclaimer – I am not a mechanic or tire expert, the above is from experience and research. Please refer to your RV manual for detailed information for your specific Make and Model RV.    Related Posts – 14 Safety Tips and Precautions that Every RVer Should Know!   How to Keep Your RV in Tip Top Shape   Check out this app for finding Campgrounds – Allstays Camp & RV   RV Groovin Life   Please like and share if you found this helpful.

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What Tools Do You Need For Your Fifth Wheel or Camper-[Tool Guide]

If you own an RV, travel trailer or fifth wheel, a day will come where you would need to work on your RV. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small repair or a big DIY repair, you need to be prepared.

Even though some campers have large storage spaces, most RVs have extremely limited storage space which means, your space for supplies and tools is really limited too. In this piece, I will share with you the essential tools and accessories we carry for RVing.

Tool Guide:

Before I start with my list, I w0uld like to put it out there that every RV, travel trailer or fifth wheel is quite different, but to go camping, maintain or care for your RV, there are some specific tools that every RV should have.

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 Top 13 Essential Tools for Your RV:

  1. Rachet and Socket Set:

There are occasions where you might need this set. A typical example is; with tools like a half inch ratchet, extension, and socket, you are able to remove your camper’s water heater drain plug to drain out water after every trip.

Another reason why you should have a ratchet and socket set is that it includes a general purpose screwdriver with all the various screwdriver tips commonly used in RV construction.

  1. RV Water Pressure Regulator

This is a fairly inexpensive gadget that ensures you don’t have blown pipes inside your camper from high water pressure at the campgrounds, which you definitely want to avoid. Basically, the water pressure regulator regulates the pressure of the incoming water to 40-50 psi to protect the RV hose and plumbing system from high pressure.

When you regulate the water pressure of your RV, most folks complain that the pressure is too low especially when using the shower.

To help alleviate this situation, I will highly recommend you get a High flow water pressure regulators. A high flow regulator regulates the pressure of the outlet water to about 50-55 psi while increasing the water flow by 15% to 20%.

  1. A Cordless Drill and a Battery Charger

A cordless drill is good to lower stabilizer jacks if you have the right attachment. It’s also useful for the obvious reasons.

It is important that you add an assortment of drill bits, nut drivers and other types of bits on hand.

  1. A Battery Filler

When you charge your lead-acid battery, what happens is, water can evaporate and the evaporated water needs to be replaced with distilled water.

 

Adding distilled water to your camper using a battery filler goes a long way to increase the life of your battery.

Note* When filling your battery, make sure to wear some safety gloves and goggles.

  1. A Tire Inflation Gauge

When getting an inflation gauge, make sure you get one that is accurate, has a dual foot design, and capable of checking high air pressure.

A tire inflation gauge is essential when you want to check your camper’s tire pressure. Also used to check your tire whenever you’re on the road.

It is advised that you check your tires before each trip and before each return trip.

Make sure to keep your tire inflation gauge in a protective case and away from other tools to protect it from damages.

  1. A Digital Voltmeter and a Digital Line Monitor

This is essential when you want to have a quick check on your battery’s state of charge, and you can also use it to test 12 volts dc circuits and 12 volts fuses, and you can also check 120 volts ac circuits and outlets. Make sure to add some extra fuses just in case.

In addition to your voltmeter, it is important to add a digital line monitor which is essentially used to test faulty wires at the campground before plugging your RV in, and you can use it to monitor ac voltage during your trip. Some models monitor the frequency when you have a generator running.

  1. A Surge Protector

Don’t skimp on this!  A surge protector monitors and protects your RV from electrical problems at the pedestal.

  1. A Torque Wrench

When checking your tire pressure, it is really important that you check the nuts around the tire, and this can be done using a torque wrench. The torque wrench is essential when you want to tighten or loosen the nuts holding your tire, and also any nut or bolt that can be loosened or tightened using a torque wrench.

  1. Hand Tools

Pliers – Needle Nose Pliers – Hammer – Screwdrivers, Measuring Tape – Ractchet – Diagonal Cutters – Vise Grips – Utility Knife.

10. Bungee Cords

In assorted sizes, we use these for everything, from holding things in place in the back of the truck to securing chairs and shelves inside the RV. They have so many uses, especially for RVers.

  1. A Car Jack

A car jack is essential when you’re stuck on the road due to a faulty brake or tire. When you need to change your tire or even work underneath your camper, your only best friend is the car jack.

I highly recommend you get a rapid jack since it is easy to carry around and also takes up less space.

  1. A Foldable Ladder

If you need to do some waxing, maintenance or even repair along the side walls or the roof of your camper, there is no better way to get to the top or to the side of your camper than using a foldable ladder.

A foldable saves space due to the ability to be folded. If you want the top of your camper to be in great shape, then I highly recommend you get a foldable ladder.

13. Air compressor – to regulate the pressure of the air used to inflate the tires of your RV

 A Complete RV Essential Tool & Accessory Checklist:

This list is geared toward full-time or long distant RVers. If your an occasional weekend camper that travels less than 100 miles away from home, than this list is more than you need. Although there are still some important tools listed below that every camper should have.

(This list also Includes the tools from above)

  • Tire Gauge
  • Duct tape
  • A Water Filter
  • A portable holding tankstools
  • Carpenters Level 
  • Bubble Level
  • Utility Knife
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern
  • Batteries
  • Gas Can
  • Broom
  • Rake
  • Garbage bags
  • Shovel
  • Open end wrenches
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Ladder or Step Ladder
  • Surge Protector
  • Water Pressure Regulator
  • Socket Set
  • Drinking hose
  • Air Compressor
  • Sewer Hose
  • Hose connector
  • Drill
  • Torque Wrench
  • Bungi Cords
  • Bucket
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Battery Filler
  • Digital Voltmeter & Digital Line Monitor
  • Car Jack
  • Black tank hose and elbow
  • Chocks
  • Leveling Blocks
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Channel Locks
  • Wire Cutters
  • Small Orange Safety Cones
  • Reflective Vest
  • First Aid Kit
  • Umbrella
  • Rain Jacket
  • Stabilizers

 I highly recommend the tools in the checklist above, especially if you are a Full-time RVer. You want to be prepared if you something should happen. With these tools, you will be ready for your camping adventure.

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Why We Chose a Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time?

This is our 2008 Mobile Select Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel

There’s nothing like life on the road, especially when you’re RVing. Once we finally came to the decision that this was the only type of lifestyle best suited for us, the next task was to find the right make and model of RV. It was never a question of what type we wanted, as far as whether driving a fifth wheel was best. We knew this setup was right for us.

Mobile Suites Fifth Wheel

Inside our fifth wheel

New curtains and Ikea sofa bed.

Class Bs would be too small for the two of us to do full-timing in our opinion, and Class As were more than we needed. As for a Class C, we didn’t want to be towing a vehicle on the backend while driving from the RV’s cab, and we didn’t want to go with just an RV and no car.

With the fifth wheel, we can just park, unhitch, and jump back in the truck to go exploring. It just felt more our lifestyle to have a house parked somewhere and a truck to drive.

Still, settling on the fifth wheel was, as we soon found out, just a small milestone of a huge research project. As this was going to be our full-time home for at least as many years in the future as I could guess, I wanted to make sure we invested wisely.

  We didn’t have time for trial and error, or frustration and discomfort. After all, getting rid of the stress was one of the reasons that made us become full-timers in the first place. It took longer than I wanted for us to decide on the right one but came to the happy conclusion that a used, 2008 Mobile Suite was the best fifth wheel for us. In retrospect, I’m so glad we were right.   Fifth wheel kitchen

What Makes the DRV Mobile Suites Stand Apart?

There are quite a few things to consider when your plan is to go living in a fifth wheel full-time. First, you have to think about all the possible weather conditions. You don’t want to freeze in the winter or plain old too hot in the summer.

And, for those who think they can just pick up and move when the weather doesn’t agree with them, real life isn’t always that simple. You may, for any number of reasons find yourself in a climate that’s not to your liking. The features and quality of the RV you choose should help to ease those times, not add to their frustration. rv fifth wheel Likewise, we had to think of onboard living. In other words, we didn’t want to be always looking for solutions such as water hookups all the time. We wanted true freedom through an RV that could keep us in what we needed for daily living, even when we weren’t situated somewhere close to a lot of resources.

For us, the 2008 Mobile Select Suite was the answer to most of our needs including our budget. fifth wheel

Mobile Suites Hold There Value

If you’ve been in the market for an RV for quite some time and have had a chance to get a good look around, you may have noticed that Mobile Suites (DRV) RVs tends to hold there value really well. Now some may see the price of a 2008 Mobile Suite as compared to newer models of different brands and wonder why they would buy used when they could buy new.

Of course, it’s always nice to have everything completely unsullied by others, but there are several good reasons why even a used Mobile Suite is better than new something else. Dollar-for-dollar get more value. And depending on condition Mobile Suites have a higher return for resale. fifth wheel

( Pic Above – We stopped along Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula to let Romeo stretch his legs)

The Mobile Suites are among the topmost solid-built RVs on the market right now. This fifth wheel can stand up to some very heavy use and still be in like-new condition. It’s because its made of quality materials and the features it contains makes living in it a lot easier to manage.

This fifth wheel has a steel box tube chassis, giving it a strong foundation. Also, it’s made of some great heavy-duty aluminum, and I mean it’s reliably bolted together. All this, and still the RV itself isn’t too heavy as far as towing it goes. Mobile Suites has an interior look and feel that can make any new full-time RVer feel right at home. It gives all the space and amenities we need.

There are two air conditioners, which is a major plus for us, plenty of storage in the kitchen as well as throughout, and the curved shower is roomy. This RV has what RVers want, and that’s what helps this older model stay in-demand.

Water Capacity

If you’ve ever gone RVing for any significant amount of time, then you may already know just how important water capacity can be. There are a lot of newer fifth wheels of the same length that don’t even come close to what the Mobile Suite can hold, and yet they cost twice as much. Our Mobile Select Suite fifth wheel holds a generous 100 gallons of water. fifth wheel

Conclusion

I mentioned, choosing this RV wasn’t easy. We spent months comparing features and looking at various models and brands. I think it was worse than when buying a piece of real estate. As we knew we’d be on the road, and that this inherently comes with certain additional risks versus staying put, we paid extra attention to detail in performing our search.

And, well, it really paid off. If you’re up for living in a fifth wheel full-time, I highly recommend, any of the Mobile Suites to you. Although I believe 2008 was the last year they manufactured the Mobile Select Suites?

We had a difficult time finding our 2008 fifth wheel. If you’re lucky enough to afford a New Mobile Suite RV, I guarantee you will love it!

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Before You Buy a Toy Hauler, RV or Camper…Consider All The Options

Before buying a Toy Hauler, RV, Motorhome, Fifth Wheel or Travel Trailer you should know the Pros and Cons of each, find out what best suits your needs.

toy hauler and travel trailer

Before Buying a Toy Hauler, RV or Camper…You should ask yourself the following questions:

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Bill posing with just purchased new home

  1. Will you be using it for weekend outings or full-time RVing?
  2. How many people will it need to accommodate?
  3. How accessible is your camping location? Will you be going on off-road excursions, boondocking/dry camping or State Parks with full hookups?
  4. Do you want to get luxurious accommodation or just basic easy camping?
  5. A major factor- what is your Budget?
  6. The weather will also play a part in deciding what type of RV you should be investing in, do you intend staying in a warmer climate, colder, both?
  7. Now, what do you intend to use your RV for – hauling dirt bikes or ATV’s, accommodate a large family, maybe you need office space for working on the road or something smaller for just sightseeing and travel?

Buying a new or used RV or Toy Hauler is not something you do on a whim.

You will need to do a lot of research before settling on a particular RV. There are so many options, take your time, hopefully, this checklist will help you find the one that suits your lifestyle and budget.

To help you narrow down your search, we are going to look at the pros and cons, of Motorhomes to Travel Trailers and a few unique options you might not have considered.

Each and every RV has a variety of advantages and disadvantages. A camper’s goals and expectations are mostly what inspires them to choose the perfect toy hauler, motorhome, travel trailer or tent! Your budget also dictates what direction you should choose.

  • Motorhomesmotorhome

Camping can be very exciting but it’s important to note that all campers do not have the same goals or aspirations. It’s very vital that each camper looks for a toy hauler that meets their demands and it’s within their budget.

You will notice that motorhomes have several advantages over travel trailers. There are three classes of motorhomes. To help you make an informed decision, we are going to look at the pros and cons of the three types of motorhomes. The following are the three basic motorhomes available for camping:

  • Class A

These are the most expensive and largest motorhomes available. Most dedicated and experienced campers prefer this type of RV. They include purpose-built motorhomes and converted buses.

They can be set up as pushers or pullers and they are powered by gasoline and diesel engines. You don’t require a special CDL license to legally operate them even though most of them are more than 45 feet long.

Class A type of motorhomes will offer you a lot of interior space.

Some are even equipped with slide-out sections which can be expanded out to living areas. They also have a separate master bedroom.

Some of the desirable features of class A motorhomes include the following:

  • Washing machine,
  • Shower and full bath facilities      Class A Motorhome
  • Ice makers,
  • Home entertainment systems.
  • Ample cargo storage in the basement.

These are quick weekend getaways and full-time camping haulers. They might be a bit intimidating to some campers because of their size.

It might also be difficult to access narrow homes using this type of motorhome. You will also find it quite cumbersome to maneuver in twisted mountain passages.

Once you have set up camp, it’s also difficult to run errands using a motorhome because of its size. Most campers prefer to tow smaller vehicles for such. Its initial purchase is on the higher side, so is the maintenance and repair costs.

Pros

  • These types of motorhomes have plenty of interior space.
  • You can carry lots of supplies and cargo in the basement storage space.
  • It has very many options for luxury amenities on board.

Cons

  • Some campers find driving this type of motorhome intimidating. This is because they are quite long.
  • You might have to consider towing a smaller car if you intend to take several day excursions to explore.

If your budget doesn’t allow it, don’t purchase class A motorhome. This is because the initial cost to purchase them is high.

  • Class Bcamper

They are mostly referred to camper vans and they include smaller vehicles that barely qualify as motorhomes. They are typically standard chassis vans that have been converted into motorhomes. The roof is raised to facilitate upright walking.

They run on either gasoline or engine just like class A motorhomes They are comfortable enough to sleep in and they offer basic life necessities. They are easy to maneuver and store due to their small size.

It is possible to run quick errands on them or take short trips using this type of motorhome. They can comfortably accommodate two campers and they are self-contained. You will be able to enjoy hot showers, heating, and air conditioning, refrigeration, sinks, hot water. Just like class A motorhomes, their initial purchasing cost is on the high side.

However, class B motorhomes are cheaper to maintain and repair.

The interior space is a bit limited so when two users use it, they might find the space a little cramped. Also, the size of the appliances is smaller than what most people are used to. Space is limited for luxurious facilities like home entertainment or laundry services. Also, these are not motorhomes you can carry a lot of luggage in since it has limited storage space.

Pros

  1. It is easy to drive, maneuver and park these motorhomes since they aren’t too large.
  2. There are very easy to set up once you get to your camping site.
  3. Their fuelling and maintenance are on the lower side and affordable.
  4. These are convenient motorhomes to take short trips in or just run errands.

Cons

  1. They do not offer a variety of amenities as compared to class A motorhomes.
  2. Class B motorhomes don’t have a lot of space and even accommodating two people can be tricky.
  3. Also, you are not able to carry a lot of supplies or luggage since they don’t have ample storage space.
  4. It is not convenient for more than two campers.
  • Class C

Class C types of motorhomes are middle-sized RVs which range between 20-33 feet. Mostly they are built on top of van chassis or existing trucks. There are mostly ideal for larger groups of campers or family outings who want to camp on a budget. They compare mostly with class A motorhomes but at a cheaper cost.

They have more living space compared to class B motorhomes. Like class A motorhomes, they have a toilet, ample kitchen space, shower and bath facilities, etc.

Some of the larger class C motorhomes have a master bedroom suite. For more sleeping space, tables and couches can be converted into sleeping areas. It is also designed in a way that users can gain access using side doors.

Just like class A motorhomes, they can be difficult to drive and maneuver around. It’s advisable that campers should tow smaller vehicles for excursions and running errands. The fueling and maintenance cost of class C motorhomes is cheaper compared to class A motorhomes.

Pros

  1. They are large enough to accommodate a large family or a group of campers.
  2. Class C motorhomes have extra storage or sleeping space above the driver’s cab.
  3. They are fully self-contained with basic amenities to make camping enjoyable and comfortable.
  4. Class C motorhomes are way cheaper compared to class A motorhomes. The initial purchasing cost, fuelling, and maintenance are also affordable.

Cons

  1. Compared to class B motorhomes, they are still expensive to purchase and maintain.
  2. Some users might find driving this type of motorhomes quite challenging.
  3. You will need to tow smaller vehicles along to run errands.
  4. It does not have all the amenities that you require.

Motorhomes are convenient for families or groups working on a budget. Most motorhomes offer the fundamentals of camping and traveling enjoyed by most enthusiasts.

  • Towable RVs

Towable RVs offer a number of advantages compared to motorhomes. However, it’s important to find a balance when it comes to capabilities and costs. Their initial purchasing cost is affordable. They are more reliable and they offer users the convenience of a detachable vehicle that can be used to run errands or exploration. There are a variety of towable RVs vehicles that enthusiasts can choose from:

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  • Travel Trailers

Travel trailers have the convenience of a home and living space. They are mostly constructed on top of a trailer frame. Travel trailers are equipped with a variety of amenities. You can decide to have your travel trailer basic and simple or fit it with all imaginable luxuries that you can think of.

They can also have their own water supply, small refrigeration, kitchens, and bathrooms. The size of a travel trailer can vary and there are some which are even fitted with extra space. What makes travel trailers attractive is that a tow vehicle can be used. They can be connected with a standard-sized ball hitch receiver.

They can also be pulled by almost every type of vehicle, so there is no need to buy a separate towing vehicle. However, like most trailers, they can be a bit cumbersome to maneuver. Also, it may be almost impossible to reverse when it’s attached. Trailers also need to be level. The removal and set up the tow vehicle might be also hard for some people.

Pros

  • Travel trailers can be towed using a variety of vehicles; hence users don’t need to purchase a separate towing vehicle.
  • They are cheaper compared to most full-sized motorhomes.
  • The towing vehicle can be used to run errands.

Cons

  • It may be practically impossible to drive in reverse.
  • The driver needs to be extremely careful of an excessive tail swing.
  • Some users find it difficult to maneuver travel trailers in restricted areas or rough terrains.

Travel trailers can be perfect for small families who are camping on a tight budget. The flexibility, reliability, and affordability of travel trailers, make them popular with most campers.

  • Fifth Wheel Trailers

Toy Hauler or Camper

 

Fifth-wheel trailers are very similar to travel trailers. However, there is one major difference. They have a gooseneck connection which is attached to the towing vehicle.

Fifth-wheel trailers have a number of advantages as well as limitations. There are easy to tow because it has better leverage from the truck’s Centre which makes it easy to maneuver them.

The sections that overhang the trailer adds more interior space compared to the standard travel trailers.

What makes fifth-wheel trailers not very desirable is the fact that a special towing vehicle is required. They must be towed using a truck with a flat and open bed.

These towing vehicles may not be very practical for exploring compared to other types of vehicles like SUVs.

Pros

  • The gooseneck connection is stronger compared to most connections of travel trailers.
  • The overhanging section of this trailer offers additional living and storage space.
  • Fifth-wheel trailers are fitted with many luxurious and basic amenities for the sake of convenience and comfort.
  • Fifth-wheel trailers also offer a stable driving experience.
  • The slideouts can be used to create extra sleeping space.

Cons

  • The choice of towing vehicles is limited.
  • It has less space for passengers while on the trip. This is because it’s illegal to carry passengers on the trailer.

Fifth wheel trailers are very popular with most enthusiasts this is because they are affordable, reliable and flexible. The Top 3 Rated Toy Hauler/Fifth Wheels (by Lifestyle Magazine)

  • Heartland Cyclone
  • Keystone Fuzion
  • Keystone Raptor

Tent and Pop-up Campers (Budget-Friendly)

This is the most common camping RV most people first set foot in. These are some of the smallest travel trailers available. Since they are collapsible, they require little storage space when not in use. Some of them are made using collapsible durable tent canvas while others are made using hard composite walls that a fold down. They are great for that occasional camping adventure.

They are mostly light and easy to maneuver. Most of the vehicle types can be used to tow these trailers. Small trucks, full-size sedans and station wagons can be used to tow this type of trailer. They offer the most basic essentials which make camping comfortable.

However, it’s not possible to store anything on them due to the nature of their design. Supplies and personal luggage must be separately carried. Setting up a tent or folding trailer is quite fast and easy. It requires less hustle compared to most camping RVs.

Pros

  • They are lightweight and easy to maneuver.
  • A wide range of towing vehicles can be used to tow them.popup camper
  • They are affordable to purchase and maintain.
  • Little storage is needed when not in use.
  • Tent trailers are easy to set up and dismantle.

Cons

  • They have limited interior space.
  • There is practically no storage space and a separate arrangement must be made to carry supplies.
  • Users get more exposed to adverse weather conditions in this type of trailer.

For beginners, they are excellent and affordable.

  • Toy hauler/sports utility RV-Trailerstoy hauler

These trailers combine the features of a sports utility trailer and travel trailer. They are a perfect choice for most campers who would wish to go camping with their dirt bikes and ATVs.

The dirt bikes and sports vehicles can be stored in the rear compartment of toy haulers. The forward compartment is set up with the living areas for the campers.

It’s the most convenient travel trailer for a sports enthusiast. Campers prefer them since they have storage space for their gears, tools and small vehicles. However, there is limited interior space inside which doesn’t sit very well with most campers.

While a full-sized trailer is necessary, only a small portion of the space is beneficial to the campers. Most campers might not also enjoy the proximity of motorized accessories. Engine oils, fuels, and chemicals may be hazardous to the environment and they may also produce awful odors.

Pros

  • These are dual-purpose trailers.
  • It is possible to fit them with all the required facilities and amenities.
  • Possible Office Space for working on the road.
  • Hauling large toys, ATV’s, dirt bikes, motorcycles.
  • Large family, bunk beds
  • Extra storage

Cons

  • The close proximity to the garage area exposes users to hazardous material.
  • It has less usable space inside compared to equal sized travel trailers.

A sports utility RV trailer is a sports enthusiast answered prayer. They also offer campers the comfort needed during the adventurous camping experience.

  • The Top 3 Rated Toy Hauler (by Lifestyle Magazine)
  • Lance Camper TH 2612
  • Forest River Fury 2912x
  • Evergreen RV Tesla T3950   
  • Pickup Truck Campers

Pickup truck campers have a long history. They have been used for a long time and they were basically used by people who used them to go either hunting or fishing. Modern truck campers have features that are common to most RVs. You will find out that some are even equipped with showers, slide-outs, kitchens, and toilets. They have several advantages compared to most RVs.

Pros

  • They are relatively affordable compared to most RVs.
  • Pickup truck campers can be used as vehicles without any hitches.
  • Using them, campers can access even the most remote camping sites.
  • Driving them is easy so is maneuvering or reversing them.
  • They don’t require a trailer to tow not unless you want to tow a fishing boat.
  • Pickup truck campers come in a variety of attractive colors and shapes.
  • The newer models have slide-outs.
  • Since the camper is detachable, they can be used as regular work trucks.
  • These campers can fit in driveways.

Cons

  • Unfortunately, they have limited living and interior space.
  • They will require a suitable truck to fit the camper.
  • To enter the camper, you have to leave the cab and walk outside.

You might need to make clearance space since the overall height is bound to increase.

  • Park Camper 

These aren’t your typical camping RVs. They aren’t designed to be moved around. Mostly they are found in holiday destinations. They have virtually everything you’d require in your house. Also, they require a special towing vehicle. Park campers can accommodate close to ten people sleeping comfortably.

When you have the proper hookups, park campers are ideal for people who are holidaying in resorts for a longer period. Park campers are not meant to be moved away regularly so if you go for a holiday once a year, then you can consider investing in them.

Pros

  • Most park campers are very spacious. They can measure up to 400 sq. feet. This feature is what makes park campers different from the standard RVs. They can be fitted with amenities that wouldn’t fit in a standard RV.
  • It is possible to rent park campers hustle free. Campers can choose between buying them and leasing. This depends on an individual’s traveling habits. It wouldn’t make economic sense to hire a camping RV if you camp frequently.

However, it makes sense to rent a park camp. This eliminates the need for you to maintain the camper when not in use. Someone else is responsible for maintaining and repairing the park camper.

Cons

  • Park campers are not very mobile. This is not your standard RV which you will use to go sightseeing. They are meant to act as temporal homes. This is because a park camper lacks the mobility of a standard RV.
  • Renting or buying a park camper can be quite on the higher side. This is because they are very spacious and are fitted with a number of luxurious facilities.

Park campers are ideal for campers who want to avoid harsh weather conditions or people who want to camp for longer. However, they are not a perfect choice for campers who prefer to be on the move constantly. Again, they are costly so before settling on one particular park camper, do thorough research. This will help you get value for your money and enjoy your camping experience.

Conclusion

Toy haulers come in many designs and types. There are a number of factors to consider before settling on any particular trailer. Individual camping goals and needs dictate what a camper should settle for. Campers can opt for a travel trailer, park campers or motorhomes depending on what they want to experience.

From affordability to space, all toy haulers have a number of pros and cons. The decision lies with individual campers. The weather and terrain in the camping site should also be considered before buying that toy hauler. How many people the trailer can accommodate is another important factor to consider since you don’t want to be all cramped in a little space.

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