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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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How Fifth Wheel Towing Works

Maneuvering a fifth wheel trailer can be tricky. Here's how to do it right.

How Car Towing Regulations Work

When you tow a car, you have to consider a few things. How much does my cargo weigh? Do I have the proper insurance? Am I aware of the towing regulations in each state I'll be passing through?

ATV Towing Tips

It's generally illegal (and unsafe) to ride an ATV on the street, so you'll have to tow it to the trail. Here's how.

How Towing Race Cars Works

The cheapest and easiest way to move a race car to the track is to put it in a trailer and tow it.

How Trailer Spindles Work

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?

How Hitch Safety Chains Work

Consider hitch safety chains your insurance policy against losing your cargo during transport. Make sure your hitch safety chains are properly installed, or you could find yourself involved in a deadly accident.

How Stairs and Steps Work

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?

How Drop Hitch Receivers Work

Drop hitch receivers help match the heights of a vehicle and its trailer to keep it balanced and upright on the road.

How Hitch Locks Work

Hitch locks help protect your vehicle and your cargo from thieves by fusing your trailer hitch and receiver to each other.

How Hitch Hooks and Anchors Work

You're driving in a downpour when you roll into a muddy ditch and your trailer hitch is too weak to pull your car out. Hitch hooks and anchors, however, can haul large items easily.

How Hitch Jacks Work

Unlike most car jacks, hitch jacks make it possible to hoist large items over the trailer hitch for towing. They can be unsafe if used improperly, so make sure you know what you're towing before you use one.

How Trailer Balls and Switch Balls Work

Trailer balls and switch balls are mounted on your receiver hitch's ball mount, coupling the trailer to your towing vehicle and bearing the load of your trailer's weight.

How Oversize Loads Work

We've all got dreams. Yours is to move your double-wide trailer to a plot of land in the desert. How will you truck your oversize load from the trailer park to the Mojave?

How Overweight Loads Work

Have you ever followed a tractor-trailer over a bridge and worried the bridge would break? What you're tailing is an overweight load, and you're right to be concerned about the damage it's doing.

How Trailer Wiring Works

When you're towing your boat, you'll want the other drivers to see your turn signal when you veer down Lake Road. So get those taillights on your trailer working.

How Axle Spring Seats Work

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.

5 Ridiculously Heavy Towing Jobs

If these colossal feats of towing don't blow your mind, they'll have you scratching your head, at least. Some are acts of superhuman strength, and others use contraptions to get the job done.

10 Most Popular Hitch Accessories -- and Why?

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?

10 Most Popular Towing Accessories -- and Why

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.

How Lube Pumps for Towing Work

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.

How Towing Locks Work

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?

How Towing Braking Systems Work

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?

How Tow Hooks Work

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?

How Camper Towing Works

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 Racing Team Trailer Towing Works

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.

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