Auto Parts and Systems

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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.

By Jonathan Strickland

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?

By Jonathan Strickland

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.

By Robert Lamb

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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?

By Robert Lamb

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.

By Jamie Page Deaton

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

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

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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

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.

By Jamie Page Deaton

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

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?

By Molly Edmonds

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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

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.

By Jennifer Horton

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?

By Jennifer Horton

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?

By Jane McGrath

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If you've seen one state's trailer towing regulations, you've seen 'em all, right? Just ask that guy with out-of-state license plates on his trailer -- who just got pulled over by the highway patrolman.

By Jane McGrath

You've got the perfect idea for your next family vacation: Cop a camper, load it up and hit the open road. But could there be more to it than just hitching your rig?

By Jane McGrath

Just like you need extra energy to carry a backpack loaded with textbooks, your car requires extra fuel to tow heavy cargo. So how will this weight affect you at the pumps?

By Jennifer Horton

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

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If road tripping were an Olympic sport, you'd be a gold medalist. You've got your CDs, your maps and an iron stomach to withstand diner food. The only kink in your plan? You're pulling a trailer.

By Molly Edmonds

The concept strikes terror in the heart of anyone who's tried it. With all of the things that can possibly be hit in the world, backing up a vehicle alone can be nerve-wracking. Adding a trailer only adds to the stress.

By Josh Clark

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

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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

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