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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.

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Could the Barnacle Windshield Blocker Replace Boot Wheel Clamps?

It's always terrible getting a boot clamped onto your ride. But this new idea for car immobilization sucks — literally.

Are aerodynamic trailers cheaper to tow than boxy ones?

You might think towing an aerodynamic trailer would cause you less pain at the fuel pump than pulling around a box on wheels; but that's not necessarily the end of the story.

Gear Ratio and Tire Size Chart

How do you know what RPM to run if you want more power? Better towing? Better fuel efficiency. Find all the answers in this comprehensive gear ratio and tire size chart.

For towing, what's more important, horsepower or torque?

One can easily understand why car enthusiasts spend so much time debating the advantages of torque versus horsepower. The debate boils down to one question: Would you rather simply have the work done or done quickly?

How RV Towing Safety Works

It's no secret that most RVs are big. Obviously, some RVs are much bigger than others, but regardless of size, what happens when you add the extra weight and length of another vehicle or even a trailer behind an RV?

What is typically the "weakest link" in a tow vehicle?

When you're moseying down the highway with a heavy trailer hooked up to your truck, there are a dozen things that could go wrong. But don't worry about your tires going flat yet: The biggest culprit in towing trouble is you.

What's the difference between dead weight and towed weight?

Dead weight and towed weight are terms that describe the maximum amount of weight that your vehicle can safely tow. There is a difference between the two, but that difference depends on your trailer hitch.

How can a 5,000-pound truck tow 10,000 pounds?

The laws of physics explain how easily a truck can successfully tow a load twice its size. All you need to do is provide the force needed to overcome your vehicle's state of rest.

Is it better (or easier) to tow with an automatic or manual transmission?

For impassioned towers among us, the debate over towing with an automatic or manual transmission is enough to start a riot. So it's not that heated, but it is a serious point to consider if you're going to haul a heavy load down the highway.

Is it possible to increase the towing capacity of a truck?

When the Eagles sang "Take It to the Limit," they weren't referring to your car's towing capacity. There's a rating that defines how much weight your car can handle. Heed this magic number, and you'll be taking it easy on the highway.

What happens to a truck if it tows more than its capacity?

You must make sure that your cargo is light enough to tow it safely. You risk transmission damage and traffic accidents when you exceed your vehicle's towing capacity.

How Car Towing Safety Works

Towing a car may look easy, but there are a number of safety considerations you should take into account before you get started. It all depends on how you're towing.

5 10,000-Pound Items That Get Towed on a Regular Basis

Heavy-duty items that get towed along roads in your community are limited to huge trucks, right? If you're not aware of your vehicle's towing capacity or of how heavy your innocuous load is, you might heaving a load better left to a semi.

Advantages and Disadvantages of RV Towing

There's nothing like hitting the wide open road and exploring the country, particularly when your ride sports a cushy crash pad when you're making a 3,000-mile pilgrimage to the Grand Canyon. But what are the drawbacks?

How Trailer Maintenance Works

We've talked about trailer towing, but you also need to maintain it. It's actually pretty easy: Just make sure that you keep it clean and lubricated, and take special care of your tires.

10 Towing Tips

Towing another vehicle isn't easy, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. You might be surprised how simple they are.

How Rigid A-frame Tow Bars Work

You're finally heading out on that long-awaited vacation. You've got your RV and your car packed up. All you need is your rigid A-frame tow bar to connect the two, and you're ready to go.

What are my car towing options?

You have a lot to options to consider when you're towing your car. Do you need an aftermarket braking system or breakaway brakes? What kind of towing suits me best? Do I need practice?

How Horse Trailer Towing Works

It's easy to see horse towing as simply hauling another type of heavy cargo. You'll see just as easily that you must take many factors into consideration when hauling horses to avoid injury.

How Trailer Bearing Protectors Work

Trailer bearing protectors keep trailer hubs clean while keeping grease and other contaminants out, prolonging the life of the trailer bearings and saving you the expense of replacing them every year.

How Flatbed Trailer Towing Works

Flatbed trailers are specially designed to haul extremely large cargo, particularly vehicles. But you could find yourself in trouble if you drive recklessly with badly secured cargo.

Motorcycle and ATV Towing Regulations

It's taken some time, but you've finally learned the ins and outs of towing. Now that you're towing a motorcycle, forget all of them. Motorcycle and ATV towing come with a unique set of regulations and risks.

How RV Towing Regulations Work

You can't wait to head out on that fishing trip in your RV, but you need to figure out some things first. Do you have enough insurance? Do you know the towing laws in each state you'll be driving through?

How Fifth Wheel Safety Systems Work

Safety systems for fifth wheel trailer setups are simple to install and easy to use.

How Towing Monitoring Systems Work

If your trailer is losing air in its tires, you need to know right away -- that's where towing monitoring systems come in.

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