Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer - Safety Tips in Towing, Parking and Breaking

If you have not experienced towing your fifth wheel travel trailer there are safety tips that can help you each time you encounter this kind of problem. It is not like towing your car, your pickup. It is responsibility you have to take with care and safety should be your foremost concern. Safety is very important when towing your fifth wheel travel trailer as accidents will bring worse consequences.

Fifth Wheel General Towing Safety Tips

• Practice towing before driving it around on main roads especially when you are new to travel trailer towing. You can practice in vacant lots and set some props for turning and backing practices.

• Do not allow anyone to use your fifth wheel travel trailer.

• Make sure to check the routes before driving off for a trip especially restrictions imposed on bridges and tunnels.

• Make sure to use the trailer hitch system recommended by the manufacturer in towing your travel trailer.

• Moderate speed is recommended allowing less strain on your tow vehicle and RV trailer. Driving faster will cause instability and swaying of your trailer.

• Avoid any sudden stops and starts as much as possible. This will result to skidding, sliding and jack knifing.

• Restrain from sudden steering maneuvers that might cause swaying or excessive side force on your travel trailer.

• Slow down on bumpy roads, railroads and ditches.

• Make sure to make wide turns on curves and corners.

• Refrain from parking on grades as much as possible. Ask someone to guide when parking. Make sure that blocks are placed on the downhill side on your trailer wheels before shifting into Park, place on the parking brake then change into park before taking off your foot from the brake pedal. This sequence in parking is very crucial to ensure that your trailer is not locked in Park because of the excess load on the transmission.

• Uncoupling your fifth wheel travel trail, the blocks must be put at the front and rear side of the trailer. This is to make sure that your trailer does not roll away once the trailer hitch is released.

• Before uncoupling your travel trailer jack stands should be place under the trailer to avoid any injury that may be caused by sudden rotating because of unbalance loads.

Braking while Towing your Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer

• Make sure you have considerable distance before stopping.

• When excessive sway occurs you can activate on your electric trailer brake controller. Attempting to control the trail with the use of tow vehicle brakes may make the sway worse.

• Remember to anticipate the need in slowing down. Shift to lower gear and press on your brakes lightly when reducing speed.

Safety is always important. These simple tips in towing, parking and breaking your fifth wheel travel trailer can guide you when using your trailer.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

BakBox slideshow

BakBox is the latest innovation by BAK Industries. It is the ultimate cargo management / toolbox that integrates with your BakFlip tonneau cvover. The BakBox also conveniently folds away for times when you need your bed space.

Friday, March 25, 2011

KNAACK | Custom Paint Program Featuring Powder Paint

Michael Neuman describes the KNAACK® Custom Paint Program available, featuring new powder paint for 5x corrosion durability vs. baked enamel. Shown in this video is Sundt red boxes made by KNAACK (Phoenix, AZ).

Monday, March 21, 2011

NTEA 2011: Cool Accessories of the Work Truck Show takes a look at five cool accessories for your truck to help it work harder so you don't have to.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Inside CURT Manufacturing - Trailer Hitch Quality

Proudly made in America! What makes CURT hitches different? See for yourself, tour the facility and meet the people who deliver the highest quality trailer hitches and towing accessories.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WEATHER GUARD | EZ-Glide® System Ladder Rack

The EZ-GLIDE® System Ladder Rack. The easiest, safest ladder rack available. Especially useful on tall high-roof model vehicles.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

WEATHER GUARD | NEW! Hi-Side Truck Boxes

The new and improved WEATHER GUARD® Hi-Side Truck Boxes are now better then ever! They offer even more security, durability, organization and accessibility.The trusted choice for Construction Trades, Municipalities, Field Service and Repair Technicians, and other Professional Contractors.

Stop by Sierra Truck and Van and see for yourself the massive selection of Weather Guard products we have in stock ready to go.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

WEATHER GUARD | Van Storage Solutions: Nissan NV

New WEATHER GUARD® Nissan NV Van storage solutions that deliver security, durability, organization and productivity, and superior cab comfort. These storage solutions are highly customizable for a wide variety of needs, such as general contractors, plumbers, electricians, HVAC contractors and more!

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Friday, March 4, 2011


Eddie Bergeron explains that the WEATHER GUARD® Pack Rat® is the solution for all of your van and truck organizational storage needs, particularly good for contractors with many small parts, such as electricians and plumbers. An in-depth look at all of the features of the Pack Rat. 14-gauge steel, powder coated paint, and important safety features. Recorded on November 8, 2010 at STAFDA (Specialty Tools and Fastener Distributor Association Trade Show).

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Leer Deluxe Commercial Caps (DCC)

Here is a great video showing off the quality and convenience of the Leer Deluxe Commercial Truck Caps produced by Leer.

Sierra Truck and Van stocks and sells Leer Truck Caps. Give us a call today at 707-864-1064 to discuss what you have in mind, or stop by our showroom at 225 Lopes Road, Ste B, Cordelia (Fairfield CA). See our new website at