Towing Accessories

Towing accessories are designed to make the towing process simpler and easier for you. Learn about all of the different towing accessories to make sure that your towing rig is properly equipped.

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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.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

If your trailer's wheel bearings have failed, then you probably need new spindles, too. Spindles are a critical part of the axle assembly. In fact, every trailer needs at least two. But what are spindles, anyway?

By Scott C. Benjamin

You might not consider stairs and steps a towing accessory; in fact, you may never have associated stairs and steps with towing at all. What do stairs and steps have to do with towing, anyway?

By Scott C. Benjamin

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You can be forgiven if you've never noticed the axle spring seats in your trailer. They're small, inconspicuous and are usually hidden beneath the axle. But the job they do in maintaining your trailer's alignment is necessary.

By Christopher Lampton

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.

By Craig Freudenrich, Ph.D.

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.

By Jessika Toothman

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.

By Jessika Toothman

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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.

By Robert Lamb

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.

By Jessika Toothman

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.

By Robert Lamb

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.

By Robert Lamb

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The loading ramp is a real-world version of that old friend from high school science class, the inclined plane. Like that old friend, it makes lifting things easier. A loading ramp helps you move heavy objects from the ground into a trailer bed.

By Christopher Lampton

You know those little wedges you can use to keep your car's tire from rolling? They're called wheel chocks, and they could save your life. It may seem like pretty boring stuff, but they actually are pretty interesting little ramps.

By Josh Clark

The wheel gets all the glory. But as far as your trailer's concerned, the wheel would be nothing without the trailer wheel hub. This behind-the-scenes device facilitates the wheel's spinning motion.

By Cristen Conger

Imagine getting dressed with only a handheld mirror to aid you. That's about as futile as towing a large trailer with a mirror that shows just half your load! Towing mirrors are an essential part of any towing experience.

By Cristen Conger

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Whether you want to train for the Tour de France or pedal across a beach at sunrise, you may need a bike rack to fulfill that desire. Which one is the best for you, Lance Armstrong?

By Robert Lamb

Trailer bearings do you and your payload a world of good. They provide a smooth ride and prevent friction from doing its dirty work. Do you know how to install these key components?

By Robert Lamb

When it comes to grease caps, you really don't have a choice. If you use them, your wheel bearings continue to work. If you don't, your wheel bearings fail. But what are grease caps, anyway?

By Scott C. Benjamin

With the seemingly endless amount of stuff children require when traveling, a family car can get awfully cramped. Cargo carriers can offer some much-needed space.

By Josh Clark

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Enclosed areas can get a little stale or even musty -- that trailer in your driveway is no exception. Trailer roof venting provides improved airflow when you're parked or while you're cruising down the highway.

By Scott C. Benjamin

The harder your vehicle's engine works, the hotter it gets. If you're towing, your transmission is working harder, too. What can you do to prevent it from overheating?

By John Fuller

Anyone who pulls a trailer knows that ratcheting straps, bungee cords and rope are necessary to properly secure any load. But how can you keep your tie-downs organized when you're not using them?

By Scott C. Benjamin

If you're hauling precious cargo, your trailer's suspension better be good enough to give a well-cushioned ride. Have you checked your leaf springs?

By John Fuller