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Tag: Towing

Gooseneck Hitch vs. Fifth Wheel

If you have a heavier load than a class 3 and 4 hitch can handle (such as a tow-behind RV or a horse trailer), then you need a heavier duty hitch. Try a gooseneck hitch or a fifth wheel hitch. These hitches are designed to mount in the bed of your truck to allow you to tow larger loads than you could with a standard hitch that mounts under your(…)

Towing: A Beginner’s Guide

Trailers and towing can be a complicated topic, and it’s important that you tow correctly for your own safety and the safety of other drivers. If you’re looking to start towing with your car or truck, there are a few things you’ll need to know to get started. The first thing you need to know before you pick out a trailer hitch is your vehicle’s towing capacity. You can usually(…)

Trailer Jack Buyer’s Guide

When you’re looking for a trailer jack, there are a few things to consider about the different kinds of trailer jack that are out there. The weight load capacity is the main think you need to check, but there are a few other features that you should also consider. A-Frame or Straight-Tongue The shape of your trailer’s tongue will help you decide which trailer jack you need. Trailer jacks usually(…)

Do I Need A Trailer Brake Controller and Breakaway?

If you’re towing a trailer, it’s vital that you have the right brake controller to make sure your trailer’s brakes are always working. Many brake controllers are also adjustable and can make towing and stopping your trailer much easier. This will help keep you and the other drivers on the road with you safe. If you have a trailer with electronic brakes, the brakes won’t work without some kind of controller(…)

Driving With A Trailer

If you’re new to driving with a trailer, or if you’ve done it for years, but still don’t feel comfortable doing it, then it’s a good idea to review some of the rules of thumb for driving your car or truck safely while towing a trailer. After you’ve selected the right hitch (rear-mounted, gooseneck, or fifth wheel) and tow bar, you’re ready to start driving with a trailer. Pre-towing checks Before(…)

How To Find Your Hitch Drop

The angle at which your trailer rides while you’re towing it is vital to your control and safety while towing. If it tilts too far back, it will reduce your ability to stop. If it tilts too far forward, the trailer will sway at road speeds and your steering will be reduced. Avoiding this is a lot easier when you have a tow bar with the proper hitch rise or(…)

Choosing The Right Tow Bar

Choosing the right tow bar might seem easy until you get to the towing accessories section at the store and see so many different kinds. Do you have a rise? A drop? What’s your hitch ball size? What’s the size of its shaft? How about your receiver tube? How heavy is the trailer you’ll be towing? You’ll need the answers to all these questions to find the right tow bar(…)

Preparing Your Vehicle For Hitch Installation

If you’ve bought a trailer hitch and you’re intending to do a DIY hitch installation, you should check a few things on your vehicle and make sure it’s ready for the project. No drilling hitch installation For a hitch installation that doesn’t require you to drill any holes for the bolts, you should check any weld nuts and frame holes that you will be using to make sure that they(…)

Which Trailer Hitch Should I Use?

Which trailer hitch you should use depends on a few different things. The towing capabilities of your vehicle, the weight of your trailer, and the weight of the load you’re putting on your trailer. How to choose the right trailer hitch The first thing you need to know before you pick out a trailer hitch is your vehicle’s towing capacity. You can usually find this, along with some tips for(…)

Different Tie Down Straps for Different Jobs

Learn about different tie down straps for different jobs with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. If you’ve ever towed or hauled anything, you know how important it is to secure your load with tie down straps. Tie down straps keep both you and your cargo safe by keeping it securely fastened to your trailer or truck box. Without these tie downs, towing or hauling large loads would be dangerous and time-consuming. You(…)

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