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Who We Are

September 28, 2012 | Company | Permalink

Hello, and welcome to Trailers Fort Collins.com!!!

First and foremost, who are we and why are we in business? Trailers Fort Collins.com is a group of dedicated trailer experts who are passionate about helping those seeking great deals on new and used trailers. What we do is take your trailer criteria (type of trailer and trailer use) combined with the price you’re looking for – and search the market for the best value, so you don’t have to!

We appreciate your business, and thank-you for stopping by. Please feel free to comment on any of our posts and we hope you enjoy your stay.

Signs of Heat Illness

August 26, 2014 | Safety | Permalink

The dog days of summer are here and the temperature continues to rise. For many recreational travel enthusiasts this is the prime time to get out and camping. Rising temperatures can also mean more potential for heat related ailments as well. Trailers Fort Collins explores the signs of heat induced illnesses and what to do if you are showing symptoms.

The 3 Stages of Overheating

In order to understand heat related illnesses we need to first look at the three types or stages of this ailment from mildest to most severe.

Heat Cramps: The mildest of heat related symptoms, painful and brief muscle cramps that occur in a hot environment. Your muscles may also spasm involuntarily. Sometimes the cramping can be delayed. If you are experiencing heat cramps it is important to find a way to get out of the heat before symptoms progress. Get indoors or into a shaded area, make sure you are not only properly hydrated with water, but with electrolytes as well. You can get electrolytes from sports drinks, fruit, some people even swear by pickle slices. Heat cramps are not life threatening but are the first symptom to occur.

Heat Exhaustion: The second stage of heat related illnesses. Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include prolific sweating, heavy breathing and a rapid heartbeat. Headache, nausea and dizziness are also signs that you are overheating and its time to get out. Symptoms of heat exhaustion should never be taken lightly, if you experience any of the symptoms you should take a break immediately and find ways to cool the body including hydration, immersion in cool (not ice cold) water or cool rags to the forehead and back of neck.  Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to life threatening conditions.

Heat Stroke: The most severe stage of heat induced illness. Symptoms of heat stroke can include exhaustion, dizziness, fever, tunnel vision and loss of consciousness. These symptoms mean that the individual’s core body temperature is excessively high. Heat stroke is a life threatening condition and can lead to permanent damage or death. If anyone shows symptoms of heat stroke move them to a cool place and seek medical attention immediately. If medical attention is not readily available apply cool water to forehead and neck, attempt to rehydrate the indivdual, or mist them to cool their body through evaporation.

NEVER, dump ice cold water or liquid over yourself if you are overheated. The dramatic change in temperature can restrict blood vessels and send mixed signals to your body. Use cool water instead.

 

 

Propane Safety

August 20, 2014 | Trailer FAQs | Permalink

Many RVs and travel trailers utilize propane as a valuable fuel and resource. Propane can be used to power everything from your kitchen appliances to hot water heaters. While propane is a valuable and affordable way to heat your RV or travel trailer it also poses a number of risks. These risks can be mitigated with proper propane safety.

Trailers Fort Collins has some tips on keeping yourself and your vehicle safe with some tips on proper propane safety.

Propane Safety Tips

On the Road

If it is an option try to travel with empty propane tanks and fill up when you get to your destination. This can help protect your vehicle against potential leaks while you bump up and down the open highway. A full tank is at risk of becoming a major risk factor should your vehicle become involved in even simple travel accidents. Make sure the tanks are completely empty as even a small amount of remaining fuel can provide for a very large fire.

At the Campsite

There are ways to make sure you stay safe with propane at the campsite as well. It is recommended to do a line check when you arrive at your destination and before you depart. Make sure all areas where lines are connected such as couplings are tightened securely make sure to check all the connections such as tank to stove, tank to water heater etc.

Check the lines themselves as well and make sure there are no cracks, rips or tears. Make sure there are not a potential for any gas hoses to catch on other items or tear on sharp edges.

Never leave your tank open when not in use. Many people make the mistake of leaving the tank open on grills and other appliances. This can quickly lead to potential links. When appliances are not in use make sure the tank is tightened all the way.

Regular Maintenance

Check your propane system should be part of your RV or travel trailer’s regular maintenance. Ask your technician to make sure they do a thorough inspection of all lines and connections.

If There is a Leak

Propane by itself is odorless but many manufacturers add a chemical to propane to give it a very distinct smell. If you smell a leak, immediately evacuate your vehicle and call the fire department.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter RVing

August 13, 2014 | Trailer FAQs | Permalink

For most people RVing is synonomous with summer, the pleasant sun and temperatures turn into fantastic conditions to hit the open road. If you are only RVing in the summer you are missing out on some beautiful sights, sounds (and lower traffic!) across the United States.

Taking your RV out in the winter is a great way to experience your favorite sights in a completely new atmosphere. Here are some tips form Trailers Fort Collins on making your winter RV experience and enjoyable one!

Proper Planning

Most RV parks and roads operate quite differently during the winter. The worst thing you can do is drive out to your favorite RV park to find out its been closed for the season. Some proper planning will prevent travel disasters.

Make sure not only your destination is open but the roads to get to it are open as well. Many mountain passes in areas prone to snow will close seasonally. Check all bridges, passes and even repair shops along your route to make sure you can get to your destination with no problems.

Can Your RV Handle It?

If you know that conditions may be hazardous on your route you need to know that your vehicle can handle the conditions. Always bring an emergency or winter readiness kit. This can include flashlights, road flares, snow chains, blankets, food and water. These could be critical should something go wrong.

Above all, know the conditions and capabilities of your RV or travel trailer. If it’s even questionable, don’t attempt it.

At the Campsite

Once you get to the campsite there are certain precautions you can take to make sure everything works smoothly. Leave cabinet doors open and a sink dripping if the temperature is below 20 degrees. This helps keep the pipes warm and insures they don’t crack or burst.

Mold and mildew can be your enemy in winter camping as well. The key to preventing mold is to reduce moisture in your vehicle. Try slightly cracking a vent and window or using a dehumidifier. Circulating fresh air can help reduce snow and ice build up as well.

Talk to your RV dealer about adding some extra insulation to your vehicle if temperatures are looking particularly low or you fall in love with winter camping.

Weight Distribution

August 6, 2014 | Trailer FAQs | Permalink

It is very important to know your vehicle’s limitations when towing anything whether it be a small utility trailer or a large travel trailer. Things are not as simple as just knowing your towing capacity and sticking anything under that on that back of your vehicle. Weight distribution is just as important as towing capacity.

Trailers Fort Collins takes a look at the basics of weight distribution and the best practices in achieving a proper balance.

What is Weight Distribution?

To put is simple terms weight distribution is the division of your load on the towing vehicle, hitch, tongue and trailer. To achieve a proper weight distribution you need to know two things.

Gross Trailer Weight – This is the total weight of the entire trailer, including fuel and anything stored in the trailer.

Tongue Weight – The amount of the load that is directly pressing on the hitch of the towing vehicle, which can be anywhere from 10 to 20% of the gross trailer weight.

Without the proper weight distribution these two factors can lead to many problems on the road including swaying, loss of power, loss of braking capabilities and jackknifing. Too much tongue weight can raise the back end of a vehicle exacerbating these factors especially in back wheel drive vehicles.

What’s the Best way to Distribute Weight?

The secret is in the hitch, for some compact and light loads a simple vehicle towing hitch will do the job just fine but the heavier and bigger the load the more potential there is for problems. That’s where a weight distribution hitch comes in handy.

A weight distribution hitch helps to alleviate some of the tongue weight and helps push the weight forward on the towing vehicle providing a more stable situation. Weight distribution hitches can be rated by either the gross trailer weight or by the amount of tongue weight they are meant to distribute.

It is best to match the weight distribution hitch as close as you can with its optimal capacity. Too little weight and the hitch may distribute weight incorrectly, too much and the hitch won’t be effective.

In the world of weight distribution hitches, you get what you pay for so try not to go cheap or you’ll encounter the same problems. Opt for a higher end hitch that may have some extra features such as sway control and you’ll be much safer on the roads!

New Inventory on ColoradoTrailers.com

April 27, 2014 | Partner News | Permalink

Can’t find that perfect trailer or price? Check our latest new and used inventory now available on Colorado Trailers.com.

Colorado Trailers is the website we’ll be using (powered by TrailerBroker.com) for closeout deals on both new, and used trailers for sale.

Whether you’re looking for a BigTex, H&H, Look or literally just about any other brand then you’ll likely find it on our new discount center, ColoradoTrailers.com. — Good stuff, check it out.

As always, we appreciate you stopping by and we invite you to join our trailer buyers assistance program if you’re unsure of what you need, we can also help you get the best price on the market.

Travel Trailers Quick Facts

January 14, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Here’s some quick travel trailer facts:

  • Travel trailers are the most popular type of trailer on the market.
  • These trailers come in all sizes, shapes and styles.
  • They can offer slide outs, awnings, pass-thru storage and pop-outs.
  • Can accommodate up to 12 people, depending on the size.
  • Are towed by pickup trucks, SUVs or cars, again, depending on size.
  • Most affordable option for those serious about using a RV.

What travel trailer facts do you want to share?  We want to hear them!