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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(…)

Which Winch Should I Get?

When you select a winch, the main thing you need to think about is how much weight you will be pulling. Since winches are usually used for pulling your car or truck out of a ditch or some other situation you’re stuck in, you want to start by finding the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of your vehicle. This is usually listed on the identification sticker on the body of your(…)

Diesel Fuel Additives: Which is Best?

Diesel fuel additives are everywhere, and there are so many kinds. It seems like everyone has an opinion of which one is the best. Diesel engine fuel standards are very broad, and the fuel that you get at the pump might not always be what your truck needs. Since ultra-low sulfur fuels were introduced, many diesel fuels have lacked the lubing and hot-burning properties that your engine needs. As newer(…)

Truck Tool Box Basic Checklist

Find out what you should keep in your truck tool box. One of the best perks of owning a truck is the extra storage space. This is especially true when you have a truck tool box. But what tools and supplies should you keep in your truck tool box? There are basic supplies and tools every truck tool box should be equipped with. Depending on where you live or where(…)

Can I Use Kerosene in my Diesel?

It depends on your engine. Kerosene will burns fine in most diesel engines without harming them. In fact, many newer diesel engines list kerosene as an approved fuel. Kerosene is made from a distilling process that makes it a pure fuel. This means that it has no additives like diesel does. Because of this, kerosene burns cooler than diesel and has no lubricant additives like diesel fuel does. This means that if you do(…)

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(…)


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