Towing

Whether you're towing trailers, boats or recreational vehicles, there are some safety regulations and guidelines that should be observed. See the Towing Guide for all towing articles.


The right hitch accessories can make or break a towing experience. What do experienced drivers rely on to keep their tow vehicles and trailers free of, you know, hitches?

It's hard to drive across the country towing thousands of pounds while cars are whizzing past you at breakneck speed. These 10 towing accessories may turn a harrowing ride into the trip of a lifetime.

The worst feeling while towing your car on vacation is to realize the transmission has died. Towing lube pumps can prevent this disaster with another means of transmission lubrication.

You can't trust your trailer and all the stuff in it to a simple padlock.You need something better-suited for the job. But what's so different about towing locks?

Sightseeing in your RV is a great way to spend a vacation. But when you step on the brakes, what's going to stop that car you're towing behind you?

Sometimes a vehicle may get so stuck you can't tow it out easily. Your vehicle's tow hooks may be the key. But isn't that dangerous? How do you use them safely?

Some people prefer sleeping in tents when they go camping. Others take the amenities of home with them. But towing a camper can be a challenge, if you aren't careful.

How do racing teams get their fancy cars to the track? They use fancy trailers, that's how. Some even have their own showers, kitchens and bathrooms.

Malfunctioning turn signals on your trailer may cause an accident. Wiring can be a real headache --what's the best way to track down the source of an electrical problem?

As much as you love your motorcycle, you occasionally may want to tow it rather than ride it to get the bike from point A to point B. That's why you should pay attention to motorcycle towing safety.

Whether you're moving your belongings cross-country or just want to get your prized Harley-Davidson to the bike show in one piece, you may need a motorcycle towing trailer. Do you know what your options are?

If you want to know what accessories you should add to your horse trailer, you should probably ask a horse. The horse may ask for something practical like a feed bag or a head bumper. Or it may just want a poster of Secretariat for the wall.

The problem a lot of RV owners have is when they get off the open road and into a more populated area. That's why many enthusiasts tow an extra car behind their RV, and they're hitching them up with self-aligning car-mounted tow bars.

Most of us have used a dolly at some point when packing up and moving out. These two-wheeled wonders also come in the larger, vehicular variety for towing.

Owning a motor home or RV is all about freedom. That is, until you get into a congested area. Then a motor home can seem like a prison. But you can escape that prison by towing a car behind you. Enter self-aligning motor home-mounted tow bars.

The next time you have to pull over with a flat tire, a jam-packed trunk and no spare in sight, you'll be wishing you read this article.

You're ready to make a much awaited cross-country excursion, sedan in tow for day trips. But unless you've installed towing base plates, you won't make it much farther than your driveway.

Most people don't go around thinking about towing winches, or winches at all, but if you ever need one, you'll be glad one is around. A winch is a mechanism that winds wire around a drum while keeping a steady tension on it.

Unless you're bouncing over the pitted plains of Africa on safari, chances are you like your ride to be smooth. Enter suspension bolts, the unsung heroes of vehicles everywhere.

Fall brings a bite to the air, some crunch to the leaves -- and a new crop of college kids to the dorms. When it comes to lugging that futon, should you pay for a truck or some manpower?

Tires and wheels are vital components of any trailer. Without these essential parts, you're just dragging stuff behind your truck. But don't confuse them with the ones you might buy for your car.

On a long road trip, it can be easy for your mind to wander. When the audio book isn't holding your attention, the trailer full of horses might give you pause. What's the most commonly towed item in the world?

Even if you see the world through rose-colored glasses, it's best to be prepared for the worst. If your towing setup fails, towing safety cables can prevent disasters on the road.

There's no scarier feeling than getting stuck behind a massive boat being towed by a puny truck. So what happens if the weight is too much for the truck to bear?

A sweet boat with a showroom shine can be the consummate status symbol. Now you're dashing off to your maiden voyage. But what boat towing regulations should you know first?