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John Stewart

How to Handle a Towing Emergency

While you can never entirely rule out the chance of an emergency while traveling on the road, you can certainly be an alert, cautious driver and do what you can to avoid such situations. The same is true when you are towing a trailer. However, a towing emergency can be the result of a number of factors, so you must know what can contribute to a towing emergency, as well as how to handle the situation if it arises so that you can be safe and keep your passengers and others on the road safe, too.

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How to Hitch Your Trailer

When you’re getting ready to tow your trailer, whether it’s to haul a load across your property or across town, there are many steps you need to take to ensure a safe trip. One of the most important steps is knowing how to properly hitch your trailer to your tow vehicle.

The hitch is the mechanism that includes the ball support platform, ball, and other components that extend and attach to your tow vehicle, including bumpers that are intended to serve as hitches. It’s extremely important that you match your hitch and trailer. Both your hitch and tow vehicle should be rated for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of your trailer. Using a hitch with a load rating less than that of the trailer, as well as using a tow vehicle with a towing capacity less than the load rating of the trailer, can result in loss of control, an accident, and potentially lead to serious injury or death. You should also be sure the hitch size matches the coupler size and that all hitch components are tight before coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle.

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Trail Program Funds Over $12,000 to Stewardship Projects

The Clean Trail Initiative Program Helps Protect Cherished Trails

PAOLI, Pa. (Oct. 17, 2018) - ExtremeTerrain, off-road outfitters for Jeeps and Toyota trucks, has announced another season of donations to non-profits working in the great outdoors. The Clean Trail Initiative Program was founded by the e-commerce auto parts business in 2015 and setup to fund trail improvement projects that can include anything from off highway vehicle (OHV) trail clean-up, restoration, expansion, and more. ExtremeTerrain has worked with dozens of 4x4 clubs/groups across the country, enacting changes for the improvement of trail conditions and the relationships that connect motorized and non-motorized backcountry enthusiasts.

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2018 – Top Off Road Trails & Parks in America [INFOGRAPHIC]

2018 – Top Off Road Trails & Parks in America [INFOGRAPHIC]

With thousands of responses from off-roading enthusiasts, PartCatalog has compiled the top off road trails and rides of choice for 39 states in America. Through Facebook correspondence and word of mouth from parks, trails, and off-roading clubs, respondents learned about the survey and were excited to share their top picks for The 2018 Top Off Road Trails & Parks in America.

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NSSF Reminds Shooters to Take Precautions Against Starting Wildfires

Shooters Help Prevent Wildfires - Wildfires have many causes, Don't be one of themNEWTOWN, Conn. — Wildfires have many causes, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation is urging shooters and hunters to not be one of them. 

NSSF’s “Help Prevent Wildfires” infographic contains sobering facts about the scale and costs of wildfires, noting that 90 percent of all wildfires are human-caused — accounting for more than 60,000 per year. Wildfires threaten animal and human life and burn millions of acres land. Fighting wildfires is dangerous work, and the costs of suppressing wildfires is staggering — more than $2 billion in 2017. We often think of the largest, most destructive wildfires taking place in the arid landscapes of the West, but as the infographic points out, the southern and eastern parts of the United States have a large number of wildfires as well. 

NSSF reminds shooters and all outdoor recreationists to be mindful of their surroundings and actions to avoid being the cause of a wildfire. Precautions include: 

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