What’s the point of a brake controller?

A New RVer reader asks, “I’ve been looking into buying a travel trailer for taking my family camping. I keep running into information about brake controllers. I’ve towed boats on trailers for years without any such thing as a brake controller; what gives? And how do they work, anyway?” Smaller boat trailers with typically light loads don’t usually require trailer... Read More

Which hitch position tows my fifth wheel?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Folks new to the fifth-wheeling game sometimes have a little catching up to do. Sometimes even us “old dogs” learn something new. For example, I know plenty of fifth wheel owners who’ve never had the need for a “sliding hitch” because they’ve always towed with a long-bed truck. First, what’s a “sliding hitch”? Specially... Read More

The ABCs of RV Shopping: Towables (pt. 2)

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In our discussion about towable RVs, we’ve talked about travel trailers and toy haulers. Now let’s talk about two other towables, fifth wheels and pop-ups. Fifth-Wheel Trailers: A favorite among those who take long vacations or even live full-time in their RV, the fifth-wheel trailer is a specialized unit requiring a pickup truck or... Read More

The ABCs of RV shopping: Towables (pt. 1)

By Russ and Tiña De Maris What’s the lure of a towable, non-motorized unit, over a motorhome? One less engine to maintain is a big draw. Finances figure in – non-motorized units generally cost less for equivalent living space. For some, it’s arriving at camp and disconnecting or dismounting the RV from your truck – the RV stays at camp while the... Read More

When towing, can I use cruise control and overdrive?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When towing a travel trailer, can you use the cruise control? What about an overdrive transmission? These are questions that can puzzle new RVers – and even some veterans. First, let’s talk about cruise control. Here’s a school of thought where most folks who’ve had cruise control tend to agree: Towing a trailer with... Read More