We are the one-stop self-help RV safety information service for novice and experienced RVers. We supply tow ratings, vehicle tow rating reviews, tire load charts, towing guides, RV safety articles and videos, and much more. Our "Before You Buy RV" SAE J2807 compliant RV Tow Check App, and our Truck Camper Load Check App, will assist you with matching up tow vehicles, trailers and truck campers. Desktop users can access our free industry-leading 13-point weight safety reports for 5th wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers that may ensure the weight safety ratings aren't exceeded. FWS assists all RV travelers, including truck camper owners, all who tow fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers, and conventional trailers such as bumper pull travel trailers, boat trailers, and utility trailers, as well as motor coaches towing a car or trailer. The RV Weight Safety Report App is our industry-leading 13-point weight safety report for fifth wheel or gooseneck trailer owners, and it's available for most mobile devices.
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Step 1: Choose, print and provide answers on the appropriate worksheet.
Step 2: Weigh your vehicles. Once with the trailer or other towable attached, then the tow vehicle without your trailer or other towable attached.
Step 3: Enter the data from your worksheet into the RV Safety Report Calculator.
Step 4: Adjust load distribution and inflate tires per tire load inflation recommendations.
The RV Safety & Education Foundation data indicates that 57% of all RVs on the road exceed one or more weight safety ratings.
Additionally, the following exceed at least one rating:
Ensure you're not the one exceeding a load rating. Use our easy 4-step weight safety plan.
"Towing with mismatched vehicles or towing while exceeding the vehicles’ weight safety ratings may not always be the primary factor in an accident. However, I am convinced that the severity of some accidents are exacerbated by overweight conditions and/or mismatched combinations." Dave Gray
Matching the correct tow vehicle and trailer starts here: Before You Buy That RV, Truck or Other Tow Vehicle
How likely will these trucks be overloaded by a 5th wheel trailer?
The answer may be jaw dropping for some.
Check out our 2018 tow rating charts showing some of the most popular truck brands and models used for towing.
Heavy Duty Trucks (HDT) for Towing RVs
In recent years, the big three pickup truck makers have really made waves with the high payload and towing capacities. Additionally, the cost of buying these big one ton trucks have skyrocketed as well. For most RVers, the cost of medium duty trucks (MDT), even used ones, are hardly affordable. As you will read in this recommended article, a used and well maintained HDT can be the lowest cost to buy, and it's certainly the safest to tow any RV trailer available. Considering an HDT is a viable option. Read more here.
Is it possible to tow 5th wheel trailers with these light duty trucks and not exceed the weight safety ratings?
The answer may surprise you...
Or may cause you to gasp.
Check out these 2018 tow rating reviews for five commonly used half-ton truck brands.
Joe Jamieson, the inventor of the Automated Safety Hitch System and owner of the manufacturing company, shared his hair-raising story of the accident he and his production manager experienced in June 2018. Read more here.
Less than 25 seconds of trailer sway can cause loss of control which could end up causing serious injury or death. Learn what you can do to prevent and and hopefully stop trailer sway before ending upside down on or off the highway. Read more here.
There has been much controversy over the use of air springs along with a weight distribution system (WDS) when towing conventional trailers. Let's look into some insight that may not have been considered.
Read more here.