Safe Towing Tips: Weight Distribution & Sway Prevention

Towing a trailer can be hazardous if you don’t understand how the added weight and length can cause a dangerous situation, both for your family and others on the road.

Equal-i-zerIn response to the recent accidents involving travel trailers, Provo, Utah-based Equal-i-zer, an American-made sway control hitch company, urges RVers to stay safe while towing by following a few simple guidelines that minimize and help prevent trailer sway.

“The leading causes of trailer sway are side wind, passing semi-trucks, driving too fast, emergency stops, improper trailer loading, incorrect hitch setup, undersized tow vehicles, or a blowout, which can cause accidents,” Kim Dewsnup, RV sales account rep for Equal-i-zer said in a news release.

Sway can be both frightening and dangerous, but there are ways to prevent it.

Prevention steps include: ensuring tire air pressure is correct, driving a reasonable speed, leaving plenty of stopping distance, arranging trailer cargo so the center of gravity is just ahead of the axel, making sure the tow vehicle is rated to handle the trailer weight and the brake controller is set up properly, and utilizing a 4-point integrated sway control hitch.

Equal-i-zer’s engineering team has been testing towing safety for 70 years. They offer the following tips for proper weight distribution and sway prevention.

weight_distributionLoad the trailer correctly. Heaviest items should be centered side-to-side, and the tongue weight should be between 10 percent and 15 percent of the total trailer weight. This gives the trailer the most stability, without overloading the hitch.

If you are towing a heavy trailer, always use a sway control hitch. Regular hitches and ball mounts do not prevent sway, which leaves you without that extra level of protection when encountering road hazards and inclement weather.

Sway control hitches have two different weight ratings. You should pay attention to the maximum trailer weight and maximum tongue weight. Never exceed either rating. The best way to avoid this is to actually weigh the loaded trailer and size the hitch accordingly.

Follow the instructions in your hitch owner’s manual for proper setup. Remember, when a trailer is coupled to a tow vehicle, the added weight causes the vehicle to teeter-totter over the rear axle. The front of the tow vehicle raises and the rear sinks. This causes a dangerous towing situation, because less weight on the front axle results in a loss of steering and braking control. Proper set up of your weight distribution hitch changes the way the tow vehicle and trailer couple together. It creates a bridge between the trailer and vehicle, helping them work together like one unit instead of two, distributing weight more evenly to the axles of both vehicles.

equalizerPerform a tug pull test to make sure the trailer brakes work, and you are hooked up properly. When you get in the tow vehicle, apply the trailer brake only, and try to pull away. This is a helpful way to make sure the brakes are working, and to make sure the coupler is secure to the hitch balls before hitting the road.

Ensure safety chains, breakaway switch, and cable are working and attached properly. If the system and batteries are working properly when you pull the plunger out it should apply the trailer brakes. If your breakaway cable is worn out or frayed, be sure to replace it before heading out on your trip.

If you start to experience sway, do not slam on the brakes. Jeff Jarvis, purchasing agent, advises, “Slide the manual activator on your trailer brake system inside the vehicle while easing off the accelerator, this will apply the brakes on your trailer and help straighten out the trailer. Once the sway stops, slow down, pull over, and make sure everything is loaded and set up properly.”

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Equal-i-zer Hitch

The Original Equal-i-zer Sway control hitch has been enjoyed by thousands of trailer owners for over 50 years.

Equal-i-zer Hitch is a division of Progress Manufacturing, a Utah company that specializes in the production and manufacturing of sway control hitches, adjustable ball mounts and trailer hitch accessories.

Website: www.equalizerhitch.com

Progress Mfg. Inc.

Progress Mfg. Inc., formerly Lindon Hitch, Inc., took on its name in 2004 when facilities were moved from Lindon, Utah to Provo, Utah.

The new name was chosen to depict how the company does business and not where.

The company continually strives to move forward and be innovative in all their activities. Externally they work with their customers to achieve mutual success.

Internally they constantly seek opportunities to better themselves and the company as a whole.

Their greatest success as a company is to hear how their products positively affect the way people vacation and spend time with their families.

Mailing Address: 533 S. 500 W., Provo, UT 84601

Phone: (801) 377-9599 or (800) 478-5578 (toll free)

Website: www.progressmfg.com

Worth Pondering…

I see travel as the one of the most important ways of expanding human beings’ understanding of each other. Through travel we discover humility, love, friendship, passion, and ourselves.
—Kirsten Cargill

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Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks

Husky Towing Products announced that its most powerful new tongue jack, the 5,000-pound capacity Super Brute HSB5000R, features a completely redesigned exterior housing, best-in-class screw jack design, and the convenience of remote control operation.

Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks
Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks

Proven power, extended reach, and built in position shut-off are core features of the new jack, according to a company news release.

Additional enhancements include bright LED lights for the hitch area and a handy trailer connector storage bracket.

At the core of the Super Brute is a super solid screw with a high-capacity ball nut, which can withstand the forces of lifting two and half tons of weight up to 18 inches at a rate of 6 inches in 60 seconds. When the jack reaches its full travel up or down, Smart Stop technology cuts power to the motor to avoid hitting a hard stop. Smart Stop technology contributes to longer jack life.

Also available in the new Super Brute design is the HSB4000 with 4,000-pound tongue weight capacity. Ball bearings reduce friction between the ball nut and the solid jack screw to increase efficiency and durability when lifting up to two tons of trailer tongue weight with the HSB4000.

The Super Brute 5000R comes equipped with remote control and includes two remote control key fobs. The operator can check for level while operating the jack or move to a position visible in the mirror to the tow vehicle. Drivers can even use the remote while watching the hitch ball in their truck backup camera.

Weather-protected, soft trigger switches are mounted on a backlit panel. High output LEDs light up the trailer A-frame tongue area for those predawn departures and after-dark arrivals. The LEDs flash when the jack is turned on or off using the remote.

Hardened steel gears, soldered electrical connections, and overheat protection all add to the durability of the Super Brute, which draws 24 amps of current at full load.

Husky’s trailer connector storage bracket provides a place to park the trailer connector plug out of the weather. The Super Brute includes 6 feet of 10 gauge power supply wire, a 30-amp resettable circuit breaker, and mounting hardware.

Power, speed, range of travel, rugged construction, and the convenience of remote control make the Super Brute 5000R the power trailer jack of choice for owners of conventional trailer.

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Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks
Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks

Husky Towing Products

Husky Towing Products  designs, manufactures, and distributes a complete line of hitches, electrical products, and accessories for the towing industry.

Husky Towing Products does not sell directly to consumers, but their products are distributed throughout North America through a strong network of qualified dealers.

The Husky R & D Center, located in Elkhart, Indiana, is capable of product design, prototyping and testing to certify that all Husky Towing Products meet and exceed all Safety Federal and State Standards. In addition, the R & D Center is dedicated to designing the next generation of innovative towing products.

Address: c/o DTS Manufacturing, 7930 S.W. Burns Way, Unit C, Wilsonville, OR 97070

Website: www.huskytow.com

Worth Pondering…

The journey is difficult, immense. We will travel as far as we can, but we cannot in one lifetime see all that we would like to see or to learn all that we hunger to know.

—Loren Eiseley

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Torklift Introduces GlowStep Revolution

Sumner, Washington-based Torklift International introduces a “top-secret new product”, the GlowStep Revolution, available in applications ranging from two to six steps.

banner_gs“The GlowStep Revolution is a scissor step made especially for towables including fifth wheels,” explained Torklift International General Manager Jay Taylor, in a news release.

“Previously, our industry leading GlowStep was only available for truck camper applications, now it works with towables and side-entry truck campers.”

“GlowStep Revolution is the only scissor step available for towables that eliminates that ‘diving board’ feeling felt when walking down a factory step because the factory step does not reach the ground. There is usually a large gap at the bottom of the factory step between the step and the ground,” Taylor said.

“The GlowStep Revolution is the only ‘Earth to RV’ step giving the customer the best stability.”

This new step product also prevents customers from having to haul around inconvenient and often dangerous quick fixes for their factory steps.

“Recently, we visited a campground to observe homemade solutions people create to help their steps reach the ground,” he said.

Composed of 100 percent aluminum and stainless steel
Composed of 100 percent aluminum and stainless steel

“We saw that people used pallets, cinder blocks, plastic step stools, and wooden blocks to stabilize their step and help them reach the ground easier. Those solutions are bulky and not simple to set up, plus they take up a great deal of storage space inside the RV during transit.”

In a matter of minutes, the GlowStep Revolution bolts to where the factory step would be housed. It folds up for storage and locks into place, typically giving a greater deal of ground clearance than the factory step. Additionally, it is roughly 50 percent lighter than the factory step.

It also features the All Terrain Landing Gear. The landing gear is a set of leveling feet on the step that can be adjusted through a push button mechanism on uneven terrain.

“The landing gear allows the customer to park on any kind of terrain without having to be concerned about pin-pointing their step deployment area on a level space,” Taylor explained. “They keep the step level and sturdy.”
The All Terrain Landing Gear can also be purchased separately and retrofitted onto any pre-existing GlowStep application.

Self illuminating steps - No batteries
Self illuminating steps – No batteries

The original GlowStep made for rear entry truck camper applications will not be discontinued. The GlowStep Revolution features a new mounting bracket that allows it to be mounted to towables and side-entry truck campers.

“When we visited the campground we also learned something interesting about campers who travel with their dogs,” Taylor added.

“Dogs typically have a hard time getting up and down factory steps because they are often grated like a cheese grater leading to their toe nails getting caught in the step. The GlowStep Revolution does not feature this grate design, allowing pets to walk up and down it comfortably.”

The GlowStep Revolution is rated up to 375 pounds when used with the GlowGuide handrail and features an 8-inch step depth making it compliant with RV Industry Association manufacturer step design requirements.  It also features bushing bearings at each hinge point for maximum stability and longevity. It is made in the United States and comes with a lifetime warranty.

The GlowStep Revolution is available for pre-order.

The step is available for sale July 8. The first 50 customers to pre-order the step will receive their choice of free SafeStep pet barrier panels or a Dirt Destroyer shoe cleaning attachment. Customers who purchase a GlowStep or GlowStep Revolution with a GlowGuide handrail between now and August 14, will also be eligible for a $20 rebate toward a GlowGuide handrail.

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Torklift International

The Torklift story begins in 1958 when Torklift founder Jon Kay began building the foundation of knowledge in manufacturing, fabrication, and retail that would become a Torklift signature years later at a local hitch and fabrication shop in Tacoma, Washington.

Available from 2-6 Steps
Available from 2-6 Steps

Torklift International specializes in working with distributors and dealers around the globe to continue bringing new innovations to the towing, RV, and truck industries.

Address: 1901 Fryar Avenue,  Sumner, WA, 98390

Phone: (800) 246-8132 (toll free)

Website: www.torklift.com

Worth Pondering…

Blessed be the Flexible for they shall not get bent out of shape.

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Hitch Up Quick With Portable Hitching Camera

Never again will you need a second set of eyes to help you hitch your travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, camper, boat, or enclosed cargo trailer.

 Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

Now you can hitch up quick and with ease using the Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System. There’s no more guessing, no more getting in and out of the truck or car. Hooking up to your trailer has never been easier.

To use, simply place the camera with its powerful magnetic base on the back of your vehicle. Then watch your hitch ball and trailer line up while you back up.

Portability, reverse imaging, and night vision capabilities have made this innovative product a valued tool. The night vision camera allows the user to hitch up in total darkness. Light-sensing LEDs in the camera automatically sense insufficient lighting and turn on Night Vision mode with up to 15 feet of reception in darkness.

The back-up camera system features a weather sealed camera lens, suction cup mount, 10-hour rechargeable battery, and storage case for easy portability. This easy to use wireless camera system can be used by anyone who has ever struggled with hitching. Swift Hitch wireless camera features an effective transmission range between camera and monitor of up to 300 feet with unobstructed line of site.

 Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

It comes with a magnetic camera which mounts to your tailgate. Easily changed mounting positions allow the user to swiftly see quality images at desired viewing ranges. A simple on and off switch is located on both the camera and the hand held monitor.

Once you get your Swift Hitch camera installed on the tailgate, take a moment to align your hitch ball on the view screen at the bottom towards the center. That way, it will give you maximum field of view to sneak up on the hitch ball.

With your camera straight and away, you can view your hitch ball backing up from the comfort of your vehicle, on the LCD screen to achieve an easy and simple hitch up every time. Once you get pretty much cover on top of the ball, you can go ahead and start lowering your jack and get your trailer hooked up.

Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

To aid in backing up, the image can be displayed normal or in reverse. If you get confused turning the opposite way of what you see on the 2-1/2-inch color LCD screen, simply reverse the image to make hooking up even easier.

The versatility of the switch hitch is just not for boats, trailers, or campers. It allows for use by anyone from farmers watching their bins fill up, to building and marine inspectors, chimney sweeps, and a myriad of other uses wherever an additional set of eyes can come in handy.

Wireless camera system includes camera, handheld monitor, 2 carrying cases, RCA cable, and 12V charging cable.

Swift Hitch wireless camera features and specs include:

  • Dimensions: 3 inches tall x 5 inches long x 2-3/8 inches wide
  • LCD Screen: 1-9/16 inches (tall) x 2 inches (wide)
  • Charging cable charges both the camera and monitor at the same time
  • Viewing angle: 55 degrees
  • Camera Run Time: 10 hours
  • Transmission distance: 300 feet without obstruction
  • Night vision range: 15 feet
  • Batteries: both the camera and monitor use rechargeable Li-batteries that last about 4 hours
  • Charging cable included
  • 1-Year limited warranty
 Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

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Swift Hitch

Swift Hitch is the original wireless back-up camera system designed to assist anyone who has ever struggled with hitching-up any trailer or boat. Since 2006 the Swift Hitch’s portability, reverse imaging, and night vision capabilities have made this innovative product a valued tool.

Swift Hitch’s SH02 wireless system is NATDA (North America Trailer Dealer Association) New Product of the year 2012 Award Winner.

Address: 321 Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02460

Phone: (617) 600-8282 (sales) or (617) 600-8230 (service)

Website: www.swifthitch.com

Worth Pondering…

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.

—Conita Kent

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Buddy Box: Camper-In-A-Box System

A camper-in-a-box system, the Buddy Box provides innovative and creative ways to expand your vehicle’s regular functionality beyond what you could ever imagine.

Buddy Box: Camper-In-A-Box System
Buddy Box: Camper-In-A-Box System

The designer of this ingenious idea, Gerhard Euchenhofer, states the idea behind the Buddy Box is to help people get the most from their vehicles and to be as flexible as possible when on the go.

The Buddy Box is a versatile companion in everyday life and on the road: traveling, camping in the van, day trip to the amusement park, in the garden, or the next barbecue.

Multi-functionality, ease of use, and a modern, thoughtful design are some of the aspects that makes these furniture and storage modules versatile.

Made of sturdy plastic, they are virtually indestructible and prepared for any challenge.

The Buddy Box is available in a variety of versions, all unique and unlimited combined with each other in their own way, so that all your needs are unfulfilled.

When you’re camping, fishing, or engaging in an activity that requires prolonged distance from stores or markets, it can be tricky and inconvenient to figure out the basics, such as what do you do about a restroom, washing your hands, or storing food that needs to be refrigerated in a small amount of space. The Buddy Box is your answer!

Buddy Box: Camper-In-A-Box System
Buddy Box: Camper-In-A-Box System

The Buddy Box come in a variety of styles to be whatever you need them to be, from a mini fridge, to a toilet, to a bathroom sink with a mirror.

The Buddy Box has a varied options to make every adventure that you take more pleasant and convenient.

The Buddy Box modules can be used individually, but can also be combined to form a complete and mobile small kitchen with a table.

Modules include the Wash Buddy, the Cook Buddy, and the Space Buddy.

The Space Buddy offers simple storage space.

The Wash Buddy is a self-sufficient drinking water dispensing module with plastic body and a non-slip surface of the lid made ​​of teak. The Wash Buddy is equipped with a faucet, fresh and waste water tanks, each with an electric water pump, plugs, and mirrors as well as storage space for care utensils such as toothbrush and toothpaste.

Buddy Box: Camper-In-A-Box System
Buddy Box: Camper-In-A-Box System

The Kitchen Box supplies a table with adjustable leg, shelf, and a gas-fired cartridge stove.

The product itself is considered to be a sort of camper-in-a-box system.

The Buddy Box maintains all the functionality you need while fitting into a small space.

As most times, when you go on a long trip or camping, for example, the last thing you need to worry about is not having enough space for everything that you need.

Once you arrive at your destination, simply unpack, place the Buddy Boxes wherever you like, and enjoy the convenience of modern amenities in even the most desolate locations.

The boxes easily load up when you need them and come out just as easily when you don’t.

For anyone that travels on a regular basis or anyone that enjoys the great outdoors, the Buddy Box is a must-have.

It makes every trip a more satisfying, modern, and accommodating adventure for all involved. You can now completely focus on enjoying the wonder of nature with no inconvenience.

“Maximum freedom and flexibility in any situation, that’s the standard by which we continue to develop our buddies and optimize,” according to the company.

“Also for your comments and suggestions we are open so that we can offer you the freedom and luxury exactly that you wish for.”

Buddy Box: Camper-In-A-Box System
Buddy Box: Camper-In-A-Box System

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Buddy Box

Address: Olgastraße 8, 72827 Wannweil

Phone: 07121-4347062

Website: www.buddybox.de

Worth Pondering…

Everything is connected. The wing of the corn beetle affects the direction of the wind, the way the sand drifts, the way the light reflects into the eye of man beholding his reality. All is part of totality, and in this totality man finds his hozro, his way of walking in harmony, with beauty all around him.

—Tony Hillerman

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National Parks Week & Equal-i-zer Hitch Facebook Contest

To celebrate National Parks Week, Equal-i-zer Hitch is giving away a free National Parks Pass via Facebook and has created an Infographic all about the history of our National Parks.

nationalparkwkEqual-i-zer hitch is a favorite among trailer owners.

And those trailer owners love their National Parks.

To celebrate National Parks week, The Equal-i-zer hitch team has created an information-rich infographic with history, fun facts, and other interesting data, and is giving away a free National Parks annual pass.

To enter, visit the Equal-i-zer Hitch Facebook page (SEE link below) and comment, like, and share the National Parks Giveaway post at the top of Equal-i-zer hitch’s timeline.
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Equal-i-zer Hitch

Equal-i-zerThe Original Equal-i-zer Sway control hitch has been enjoyed by thousands of trailer owners for over 50 years.

Equal-i-zer Hitch is a division of Progress Manufacturing, a Utah company that specializes in the production and manufacturing of sway control hitches, adjustable ball mounts and trailer hitch accessories.

Website: www.equalizerhitch.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/equalizerhitch

Progress Mfg. Inc.

Progress Mfg. Inc., formerly Lindon Hitch, Inc., took on its name in 2004 when facilities were moved from Lindon, Utah to Provo, Utah.

The new name was chosen to depict how the company does business and not where.

The company continually strives to move forward and be innovative in all their activities. Externally they work with their customers to achieve mutual success.

Internally they constantly seek opportunities to better themselves and the company as a whole.

Their greatest success as a company is to hear how their products positively affect the way people vacation and spend time with their families.

Mailing Address: 533 S. 500 W., Provo, UT 84601

Phone: (801) 377-9599 or (800) 478-5578 (toll free)

Website: www.progressmfg.com

Worth Pondering…

I see travel as the one of the most important ways of expanding human beings’ understanding of each other. Through travel we discover humility, love, friendship, passion, and ourselves.
—Kirsten Cargill

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Fastway Trailer Products Introduce Flash E Series Ball Mount

Provo, Utah-based Fastway Trailer Products has announced the production and launch of the E series ball mount, an addition to the Flash polished aluminum ball mount line.

Fastway Trailer Products Introduce Flash E Series Ball Mount
Fastway Trailer Products Introduce Flash E Series Ball Mount

With stunning good looks and quick, easy adjustments, the Fastway Flash E series is the best looking pin-style ball mount you can buy, according to a company news release.
Each Flash ball mount is precision-machined, making it stronger and longer lasting than other aluminum ball mounts. If you are looking for a strong, reliable and attractive pin-style ball mount, look no further.

The Fastway Flash E series ball mount is superior in strength and craftsmanship, and its hand polished aluminum outshines the competition with a gorgeous, mirror finish.

“The Fastway Flash E series is a great choice for towing multiple trailers. With adjustable heights and dual hitch balls, trailer change-overs are a snap,” says Rich Elliott, VP of Sales and Marketing for Fastway.

“We have received a great response from dealers and distributors, and are excited to bring this product to market.”

Each E series ball mount is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, providing corrosion resistance and outstanding performance. It offers a 1,000-pound max tongue weight and 10,000-pound max trailer weight.

“Adding the E series to the Flash line is really exciting,” said Matt Best, Product Manager.

“Our Flash line is a favorite among retailers, and this new series will provide another excellent option for customers looking for a high-end aluminum ball mount.”

Precision machined for strength and durability Aircraft-grade aluminum for corrosion resistance and outstanding performance Super strength alloy, for years of safe towing 1,000 pounds max tongue weight.

Limited One Year Warranty

The Fastway Flash E series ball mount offers 4 options and ranges in price from $195.95–$209.95.

Fastway Trailer Products Introduce Flash E Series Ball Mount
Fastway Trailer Products Introduce Flash E Series Ball Mount

To celebrate the product launch, Fastway is giving away one free Flash E series ball mount to a lucky winner via Facebook. Entries will be accepted until March 29, 2015. To enter the contest, visit the Fastway Facebook page (SEE link below).

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Fastway Trailer Products – Progress Mfg. Inc.

The Fastway line of products is for trailer owners that want to get on with their fun or work instead of wasting their time on tedious and annoying trailer tasks.

Equal-i-zer Hitch is a division of Progress Manufacturing, a Utah company that specializes in the production and manufacturing of sway control hitches, adjustable ball mounts and trailer hitch accessories.

Progress Mfg. Inc., formerly Lindon Hitch, Inc., took on its name in 2004 when facilities were moved from Lindon, Utah to Provo, Utah.

The new name was chosen to depict how the company does business and not where.

The company continually strives to move forward and be innovative in all their activities. Externally they work with their customers to achieve mutual success.

Internally they constantly seek opportunities to better themselves and the company as a whole.

Their greatest success as a company is to hear how their products positively affect the way people vacation and spend time with their families.

Mailing Address: 533 S. 500 W., Provo, UT 84601

Phone: (801) 377-9599 or (800) 478-5578 (toll free)

Website: www.fastwaytrailer.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com 

Worth Pondering…

I see travel as the one of the most important ways of expanding human beings’ understanding of each other. Through travel we discover humility, love, friendship, passion and ourselves.
—Kirsten Cargill

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Lazydays Expands & Upgrades RV Resort

Lazydays, the world’s largest RV dealership, announced it is now home to an expanded, upgraded 300-site RV Resort open to the general public.

Lazydays Tampa RV Resort
Lazydays Tampa RV Resort

Amenities have been designed to provide camping enjoyment for people of all ages whether they are RVing individually, with families, or within large groups, the company stated in a news release.

Lazydays’ resort staff is on site 24 hours a day and is available to assist in any way, even help in planning special events, large and small. A full-time concierge is located on site to assist with travel plans and discounted local attraction tickets.

The spacious pool area features a resurfaced heated pool, hot tub, renovated pool baths, and an expansive beautifully appointed deck with all new resort-style outdoor furniture. The tennis court has been resurfaced and two half-basketball courts have been added. Other recreational activity areas feature horseshoes, bean bag toss, ladderball, badminton, and pickleball.

The new Children’s Playground and Park features state-of-the-art playground equipment and a Gazebo, perfect for small gatherings, according to the release.

The entire Lazydays campus is pet friendly and the resort has a dog park.

Lazydays parts storeIts RV-themed restaurant and pub, named Exit 10, features daily drink and dinner specials on site Tuesday through Sunday as well as poolside access throughout the week. Take-out and catering services are also available.

For the RVer who takes their work on the road, the Lazydays RV Resort Business Center offers a quiet office environment with computer and printer access.  Free Wi-Fi, complimentary morning newspaper delivery, premium coffee, and cable television are also available to all RV resort guests.

Each full-service RV site has 50-amp electric service and is situated in close proximity to all recreational facilities and a completely renovated laundry facility. Golf cart rentals and shuttle services are also available. Breakfast and lunch are included with every site Monday through Saturday.

“Since Lazydays first opened in 1976, we have been listening to our customers and their RV lifestyle needs,” said Lazydays CEO Tim Sheehan.

“Our RV resort is a true reflection of our ongoing commitment to provide a state of the art recreational playground for all ages and resort level quality and service at every level.”

The Lazydays RV Resort is located on-property of the 126-acre dealership site that is home to over 1,200 RVs and 220 service bays. Also located on the Lazydays campus is an RV parts and accessories store with a broad selection of merchandise to enhance the RV experience, and three themed restaurants including the exclusive Crown Club for the luxury motorhome owner.

LazydaysThe complimentary on-site Lazydays Drivers Confidence Course offers seminars and classes.

Located in central Florida, just outside of Tampa, the Lazydays RV Resort is easily accessible by Interstate 4 and is convenient to theme parks, shopping, and dining destinations, museums and art galleries, aquariums and zoos, and award-winning golf courses open 12 months a year.

Many opportunities for outdoor activities are in close proximity including Florida’s white sandy beaches, nature preserves, and “the salt life”, whether it be fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, or surfing.

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Lazydays RV

Tampa Florida skylineIn 1976, a family opened Lazydays RV in Tampa, Florida, with just $500, two travel trailers, and a big dream. Over the years, Lazydays has grown exponentially to have an ever-growing family of RV experts, a vast array of RVs, and a variety of RV services.

From the extensive selection of RVs, and exceptional education and training to the advanced Lazydays RV Service department and Lazydays RV Campground, you can find everything RVers dream about at Lazydays.

Lazydays has a second location in Tucson, Arizona

Phone: (800) 306-4002 (toll free)

Address: 6130 Lazy Days Boulevard, Seffner, FL 33584-296

Website: www.lazydays.com

Worth Pondering…

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

—Goethe

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ABCs of LEDs for RVs

Brantford, Ontario-based RV-PartsPlus.com has introduced its first book on the conversion of lighting in a RV to LEDs.

ABCs-of-LEDs-coverWith the popularity of this lighting format in new, motorized, and towable recreation vehicles, many owners want to make the upgrade/conversion from incandescent or fluorescent lighting to light emitting diodes (LED).

“Until now, there was no single source for information about what light emitting diodes were, how they benefit RVers and what is involved in making the conversion,” said author Rob Lowe, with RV-Parts Plus.

The ABCs of LEDs is a 70-page, e‐book available in a universal PDF format that can be read on popular tablets, all computers, and most smartphones, although the devices may require an app. It is priced at just $3.99, less than the cost of a LED replacement bulb.

“The ability to read at their leisure and see photos to highlight the concepts makes the transition much easier,” said Lowe.

“This book grew out of our popular seminars presented at RV rallies and shows across North America. We wanted to provide the information in an easy‐to‐read format and include photos with instructions to help RVers make the conversion themselves, if they choose to.”

The book explains why LEDs are more expensive than traditional RV light bulbs. It also helps bridge the gap when RV dealers give cost estimates to make the conversion.

“After reading this book, an RVer will understand much more and be able to make an informed decision,” Lowe said.

“It will also give him or her a better grasp of the labor involved.”

An e‐book format lends itself to being updated and adapted as changes evolve in the industry, he added.

“This makes the book relevant at whatever stage we are in regarding LED conversion within the industry,” said Lowe.

“Astute dealers can benefit from the conversion trend by using the book to completely explain the concepts in a fashion that cannot be done at the parts counter or service window.”

Topics include:

Bulb selection

Color choices

Features of LEDs

Benefits of converting to LED lighting in an RV

Step-by-step installations instructions for popular fixtures

Numerous detailed photos that cover many replacement installations

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RV-Parts Plus

RV-Parts Plus has served RV and motorhome users online since 2001.

Phone: (877) 266-5398 (toll free)

Website: www.rv-partsplus.com

Worth Pondering…

No matter where we go in our motorhome, that sense of independence is satisfying. We have our own facilities, from comfortable bed to a fridge full of our favorite foods. We set the thermostat the way we like it and go to bed and get up in our usual routine.

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Double Comfort: Furnace & Hot Water Combined in One

Truma launched North America’s first forced air LP gas furnace with an integrated water heating function.

combi_us_bigThanks to its compact dimensions, energy-efficient technology, and quiet operation, the Truma Combi has been the best-selling RV furnace in Europe and Australia for more than 20 years.

The Truma Combi boasts an excellent energy efficiency of approximately 90 percent, which means that the energy stored in propane is converted into heat virtually without loss, according to a company news release.

“This results in very low LP gas and electricity consumption for the furnace and boiler,” explains Gerhard Hundsberger, CEO of Truma Corp.

“It makes the Truma Combi a product that is environmentally-friendly and easy on your wallet.”

The Truma Combi is available in four models: the eco and comfort version operate on propane and rated at 14,300 and 20,400 BTU thermal output respectively.

The eco plus and comfort plus models include an electric option with three operating possibilities: propane, electricity, or both propane and electricity.

The “plus” models are equipped with 1,700-watt electrical heating elements at 120-volt AC.

In all modes, the furnace operates extremely quietly and maintains a constant, comfortable room temperature without variations. Three microprocessors provide intelligent temperature control in the device and ensure maximum safety. One processor controls performance while the other two monitor safety.

The Truma Combi is very compact and, at 35.1 pounds, it is one of the most lightweight heating systems on the market, said Hundsberger.

Double Comfort: Furnace & Hot Water Combined in One
Double Comfort: Furnace & Hot Water Combined in One

The remote cowl-kit requires a minimal wall cut-out diameter of 3.27 inches and provides flexibility in installation at different locations of the vehicle such as small storage spaces, closets, beneath beds, or benches.

Four air outlets on the heater and a special insulated duct system ensure optimal and uniform warm air distribution throughout the vehicle.

The digital LCD control panel “Truma CP plus” offers great operating ease and ensures a pleasant climate in the vehicle.

The near silent, variable speed fan can be set between four operating modes: “eco,” “high,” “boost,” and the fan only “vent” mode.

The boost function heats up the RV 15 percent quicker ensuring a pleasant room climate in no time. A “boost” function is also available for the boiler, providing longer showers with shorter waiting times.

Additionally, all functions can be set easily and conveniently thanks to a programmable timer. For instance, it is possible to program a lower room temperature at night or activate the hot water “Boost” function an hour before the user wakes.

“The Truma Combi offers more convenience, comfort and efficiency and provides innovative German technology for heating and hot water in one device,” said Hundsberger.

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Truma Corp

truma_en logoTruma, the leading European RV component supplier and recipient of the award “Top 100” most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany, has entered  the North American market and now offers “more comfort on the move” in US. In August 2013, Truma opened an office in Elkhart, Indiana.

Address: 825 East Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46516

Phone: (855) 55-TRUMA

Website: www.truma.net

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