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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throw away the tow guide -- new app shows you if your truck will tow it safely

If you're in the market for a new rig to tow your existing trailer, or you already have a truck and are shopping for a new RV, you've got plenty of things to think about. One of the most critical, but often least considered "things," is the matter of not overloading your tow vehicle. Just how do you properly "crunch the numbers," when it comes to tow vehicle capacity and towed weight? A web-based app producer says, "Forget the tow guides – we'll keep it simple." offers a method for entering a few numbers into their web-based app, and knowing right off if you're prospective mating is going to safely work out. "Practically all towing guides give RVers just enough information that may cause them to purchase a trailer too heavy for their tow vehicle’s capabilities,” says a company representative. "Towing guides listing maximum tow capacity fail to take into consideration the different towing requirements between fifth wheel and conventional trailers. These common guides do not consider the additional payload weight created by the fifth wheel trailer pin weight."

With a personal computer, or any other personal computing device, Android, Apple, or other brand, as long as you can access the Internet, you can use the RVTowCheck app to make a wise decision. The minimum requirement for RVTowCheck is an entry of three inputs by the buyer or dealer. They are gross combination weight rating (GCWR), gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and the gross vehicle weight (GVW). The user has the option to select a fifth wheel hitch if it’s not already installed in the truck. Users may include any additional unscaled weight for cargo and additional passenger weight. The app does not assume everyone weights 150 pounds, like the manufacturers do, says the company.

The app page doesn't look particularly sophisticated, but don't let that fool you. The outside, but the engine on the inside is strong, and the sophisticated math formulas perform multiple calculations. The processed results will give you the best and safest maximum trailer towing weight based on mid-range tongue and pin weights. With these three minimally required user inputs, buyers and dealers can be confident that the RV purchase or sale will not exceed the vehicle’s GCWR, GVWR and GAWR."

The system is set up for both fifth-wheel or conventional travel trailers. This is the first app that displays maximum towing capacity for both fifth wheel and conventional RV classifications simultaneously.

Check out the new app at

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Kindle eBook helps RVers master mobile Internet new comprehensive guide to mobile internet options for US-based RVers has been published by full-time RVing "technomads" Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard of Technomadia, with guest author Jack Mayer.

The eBook for Kindle covers cellular data, public WiFi, satellite, ham, cable/DSL, enhancing signals, installation, managing bandwidth, traveling to Canada and Mexico, entertainment options, cellular phone plans and most importantly setting expectations for a life on the road utilizing the Internet to its fullest.

In the handbook, the authors help readers assess their Internet needs, set realistic expectations, explain their options, and overview the challenges of mobile connectivity. It will be useful to both non-technical internet surfers and more experienced users. It uses everyday language and examples to explain complex topics, while keeping things technically accurate.

The authors say their goal with the book is to make using the Internet on the road comprehensible so readers can enjoy their travels with minimal technical frustrations. It is available at $9.99 for instant reading in Kindle format at

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