Having access to the right trailer towing accessories is essential. It makes the whole towing experience far easier, and is an important factor in keeping everyone safe and making sure that your load arrives in good condition.
Some of the accessories that we feature are a legal requirement. Others are not legally mandated but are still considered essential by many of those who tow campers, cars, bikes, boats, horseboxes and other types of trailers.
Given the fact that your tow vehicle and trailer are likely to be very heavy, good brakes are essential. You want to be able to stop quickly and do so in a controlled fashion.
The best way to ensure that you can do so is to fit a good quality electronic brake controller to your towing outfit. There are plenty of units to choose between from a number of quality and trusted brands.
So many in fact that working out which is the right one for you can be a bit difficult. That is where we come in. We have researched the market and combined that information with our experience of towing to come up with advice that will enable you to narrow down your options and choose the right trailer brake controller.
Whether you are planning to tow a small single axle trailer or an eight-axle beast there is a brake controller available that will enable you to stay in complete control when you slow down or stop. We explain the difference between timed and proportional electronic braking controllers and direct you to the best manufacturers of these systems. Read More »
From a safety point of view, good visibility is essential when towing. The combined weight of your tow vehicle and trailer is substantial. As a result, it takes longer to slow down, stop or maneuver.
Generally speaking, the more you can see of what is going on around you the better it is for you and other road users. By using the right equipment, you will be able to clearly see what is happening well in advance, which will enable you to take the required action in a timely fashion. Mirrors and cameras play a very important role in your being able to do that.
Whether you are legally required to fit towing mirrors varies from state to state. In all states, you must be able to see the road behind you. However, how much of the road you need to be able to see varies.
In some states, like Delaware, the law just says that you need to be able to readily ascertain the presence of any vehicle that is overtaking yours. Whereas in Arkansas and California, you have to be able to clearly see the highway at least 200 feet behind your trailer.
Given the differences in requirements, if you are planning to cross state lines or are traveling long distances, you need to understand the law. Doing so is the only way to be able to equip yourself with the right trailer towing accessories.
That said, by far the best way to stay legal wherever you are is to buy a set of good towing mirrors. Using them always improves your view of what is going on behind and alongside you. Therefore, it makes sense for you to use them even if the law does not require you to do so.
Reverse view cameras are currently not legally required, although this may change in the future. However, installing a camera outfit definitely makes sense.
Reversing a trailer is tricky to say the least. You have to do everything in reverse, which means you are constantly fighting your driving instincts. Anything you can do to make the process easier is definitely worth doing.
Installing a camera at the back of your trailer will make the process of hooking up far easier, as well as making parking easier. A good camera system soon pays for itself because it practically eliminates the risk of your damaging your trailer or other people’s property. Read More »
There are many different types of hitches available. Buying the correct one for your tow vehicle and trailer combination is perhaps the most important decision you will make.
Trailer hitches are not cheap, so if you make a mistake it will be costly. As a result, it is important to do your research and ensure that you buy the best one for the job. We are here to help you to do exactly that.
There are five classes of trailer hitch available. Each has a different weight carrying capability.
The design of each hitch varies, which means that some that can be attached to a pick-up truck are not suitable for use with a car. Understanding the different configurations and which you need can be daunting. Fortunately, we are here to help you to narrow down your options and make the right choice. Read More »
One of the items we all tend to forget is our trailer lights. It is good practice to check your lights every time you hook up. Yet it is something that many of us do not do.
Given the fact that you have a lot on your mind, this omission is understandable. Unfortunately, a broken taillight is something that can easily get you into trouble.
Running with faulty lights is a sure way to catch the attention of traffic cops and get you pulled over. Once that happens there is always a chance that the officer will pick up other issues.
Add in the fact that taillights play an important role in telling other road users about what you intend to do next and you have two compelling reasons to seek out and install the best trailer light cluster, or sets, that you can find.
We guide you through the options to help you to decide if magnetic taillights are the right solution for you or whether to install traditional rear lights instead. Our trailer light pages also cover specialist items like submersible and boat trailer taillights. Read More »