Wisconsin RV Sales & Supply
RV Types & Towing Information
Class A Motorhomes Class A or conventional motor homes are constructed on a specially designed motor vehicle chassis. Home-like amenities abound, often including a kitchen, bathroom, living area with entertainment center and centrally- controlled heating and air conditioning. SIZE 21-40 ft SLEEPS (DEPENDING ON LENGTH) Up to 8
Class B Motorhomes Commonly called van campers, Class B motor homes are built with an automotive manufactured van or panel-truck shell. Van campers drive more like the family car while offering the comfort and convenience of home on the road.  SIZE 16-22 ft SLEEPS (DEPENDING ON LENGTH) Up to 5
Class C Motorhomes Class C motor homes are built on an automotive van frame with a wider body section attached to the original cab section. Many Class C motor homes are easily recognizable by the over-the-cab area that is often an optional sleeping area. Amenities are similar to those in a conventional motor home.  SIZE 21-35 ft SLEEPS (DEPENDING ON LENGTH) Up to 8
Travel Trailers and Towing The towing capacity of the tow vehicle must be sufficient to support the loaded weight of the RV.  Always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for towing weight restrictions and have your tow package professionally installed. For your safety and insurability, we require the towing vehicle of all rental travel trailers be equipped with the appropriate tow package. For most of our travel trailers, you must have an electric brake system, a weight distribution hitch (WDH) and sway bars. We provide the WDH and sway bars. The WDH has the hitch ball. These requirements are for your safety and to meet insurance requirements. Tow Capacities Apps for your Android phone are available online for $1.99. Please go to the following link to purchase a Tow Capacities App ($1.99) for Android phones for vehicle model years 2005 through 2012:
For vehicle model years 2013-2015, please visit the following link:
There is an excellent PDF with vehicle tow ratings. Although it is dated for 2015, the weights for many of the makes and models are applicable to prior years (as long as the body style, shape has not changed). Please visit the following link:
Tow Capacity App Tow Capacity App On-Line Towing Guide On-Line Towing Guide Guide to Towing Guide to Towing
Types of Travel Trailers Fifth Wheel and Conventional Travel Trailer A Fifth Wheel Trailer is constructed with a raised forward section providing a spacious bi- level floor plan. These models are designed to be towed by a pickup truck equipped with a special device known as a fifth-wheel hitch. A Conventional Travel Trailer is designed to be towed by a truck, SUV or van with a hitch. Below is an illustration of Conventional Travel Trailer and Fifth Wheel Trailer respectively. SIZE 12-35 ft SLEEPS (DEPENDING ON LENGTH) Up to 10
Expandable Travel Trailer An Expandable Travel Trailer is a cross between a hard-sided Travel Trailer and a Pop-Up Camping Trailer, the Expandable Travel Trailer is equipped with ends that slide out for more sleeping room. The Expandable Travel Trailer is lighter than the Conventional Travel Trailer or Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer.  SIZE 19-30 ft SLEEPS (DEPENDING ON LENGTH) Up to 8
Pop-Up Camping Trailer Pop-Up Camping Trailers are ideal for outdoor lovers who enjoy sleeping in a tent without sleeping on the ground. Lightweight, the Folding Camping Trailer tows easily. Canvas sides extend to reveal queen-sized beds, offering a fresh-air experience with the comforts of an RV.  SIZE 8-24 ft SLEEPS (DEPENDING ON LENGTH) Up to 8
Hitch Classes Your trailer’s overall weight and tongue weight is used to determine the minimum towing capacity requirements of your vehicle and aids in the selection of the appropriate hitch. The chart below shows Hitch Classes for towing capacity and tongue weight. • Class I —Up to 2,000 pounds towing capacity, 200 to 250 pounds tongue weight • Class II— Up to 3,500 pounds towing capacity, 250 to 350 pounds tongue weight • Class III— Up to 6,000 pounds towing capacity, 350 to 600 pounds tongue weight • Class IV— Up to 10,000 pounds towing capacity, 600 to 1,000 pounds tongue weight • Class V— Up to 25,000 pounds towing capacity, fifth wheel/gooseneck  Choose a tow vehicle with a towing capacity slightly greater than the weight of your trailer.  For example, a tow vehicle with a 6,500 pound towing capacity would be a great choice for a trailer weighing 5,000 pounds with a tongue weight of 400 pounds.  Tongue weight should be 7 to 8 percent of overall trailer weight (5,000 lbs. X .08 = 400 lbs).  As shown in the Hitch Chart above, a Class III hitch is appropriate.  Always choose a hitch with a tongue weight slightly higher than the tongue weight of your trailer. Choose the hitch-ball size based on your trailer requirements. When selecting a draw bar, be sure it allows for level towing and is compatible with your trailer weight. The weight capacity of a draw bar is usually stamped on the side of the draw bar.  If you need assistance selecting your draw bar, ask for help at your local trailer shop.
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How to Back Up a Travel Trailer or Pop-Up Camper Here’s something you might not know about backing a trailer: Whether it is an RV, utility, ATV, horse or boat trailer, a longer, multi-axle trailer is easier to back up than a shorter, single-axle trailer. Why?  Short, single-axle trailers react to steering input much more quickly, making more difficult to control the movement of the trailer. Learning to back a trailer requires a little time and patience. A good way to build your skills before you get to the campground, stables or launch ramp is to practice in an empty parking lot. Practice, practice, practice, and before you know it, you’ll be a pro. The best way to begin backing is to align the vehicle and trailer in a straight line. It’s more difficult to back up when you’re starting from an angle. Eventually, you will be able to do that with ease, but for beginners, align the vehicle and trailer, and take it slowly. When your vehicle is moving in reverse, the first thing you will notice is getting a trailer to go left means steering to the right. That’s because you’re changing the trailer’s direction with the back of the truck.  One neat trick: Steer from the bottom of the steering wheel. When you do that, turning the wheel to the right makes the trailer go right and vice versa. As you practice, you will develop a method that works best for you. To help guide you, use your side-view mirrors which are adjusted so you can see your trailer tires. If you find yourself weaving an S-pattern as you back up, stop, pull forward until the truck and trailer are aligned and then begin backing up. Aligning the vehicle with the trailer is much easier than trying to correct steering mistakes while backing. When you are learning to back a trailer, it is a good idea to use a spotter, a person who stands near the trailer to direct you. Your spotter can keep you informed of surroundings and distances, aiding you to safely backing into position.  Even after you become proficient at backing a trailer, the use of a spotter is wise in crowded areas or when you have a blind spot while backing. Here’s something you might not know about backing a trailer: Whether it is an RV, utility, ATV, horse or boat trailer, a longer, multi-axle trailer is easier to back up than a shorter, single-axle trailer. Why? Short trailers react to steering input much more quickly, and so it’s easier to get them crossed up when backing. With practice, you will become proficient in backing your trailer.
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