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COVID-19 has affected the world around us in more ways than anyone could have imagined. To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada advises that you avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. But, that doesn’t mean that you and your family can’t take a little break to enjoy the great outdoors. Now is the perfect time to camp and travel around BC by RV this summer.
With so many grounded flights and advisories dictating what to do when crossing international borders, many of us are dreaming of escape. Traveling by RV allows you to bring the comforts of home into the wild nature of BC. Thanks to camping options that range from full-service camping sites to rustic, natural retreats, there’s truly something for everyone.
British Columbia’s vast mountain ranges, miles of beaches, sparkling lakes, flowing rivers and lush, green forests offer the ultimate experience. Immerse yourself in nature and spend days enjoying the carefree camping lifestyle while sleeping under the stars. Whether you’re traveling in an RV or pitching a tent, the Camping and RVing BC Coalition can help you find your temporary home.
RVers are a friendly group by nature, and might crave human contact now more than ever. But until the quarantine has officially ended, it’s important to do everything possible to avoid being around people. British Columbia’s backyard provides campers and RVers with numerous choices of camping sweet spots to maintain social distancing. With over 1,700 campgrounds located throughout the province’s pristine outdoors, you can exit the confinement of a scheduled day and instead embrace nature’s tranquility.
Depending on your route, driving from Vancouver to the Rockies is approximately 800 km (500 mi) – 8 to 10 hours driving time – up and over several mountain passes. Whether your route is via the Trans-Canada Highway or Highway 3 and the Kootenays, you’ll pass through both provincial and national parks. Give yourself time to stop, stay, and explore along the way.
Whether RVing is your hobby or your way of life, repairs are inevitable. Before you set off in your RV to explore British Columpia and camp under the stars with your family, plan to see us first for a pre-trip inspection. We’ll conduct a 58-point inspection and diagnostic road test for your RV.
Our Technicians will test drive your RV over a variety of road surfaces to help reveal any potential steering, brake, and suspension problems, as well as their causes. All of our vehicle and truck inspections include full multi-point inspection in accordance with all provincial regulations to give you peace of mind before you hit the road.
At VanAxle, RV safety is our priority. Although recreational vehicles have changed since we opened for business in 1959, what hasn’t changed is our dedication to high quality, affordable service. As proud members of the RV Owner’s Association of British Columbia, we help carry out the RVOABC mission to “promote safety standards and devices for RV travelers.” Make Vancouver Axle and Frame your RV, truck, and trailer service provider in the Fraser Valley, BC. Contact us now to get started!
Trailer sway is a common cause of accidents involving trailers. This occurs when a force from the side of the trailer – such as strong wind – causes it to move side to side or “fishtail” behind the tow vehicle. If you’ve ever experienced this swaying when you pass a vehicle, then you know how scary it can be and that maintaining control can be quite difficult. Having full control over your trailer and vehicle is imperative for any towing setup. With a SwayPro Weight Distributing Hitch, you can enjoy your road trips with peace of mind knowing that your hitch provides you with both sway control and weight distribution. SwayPro ensures a smooth, level ride with superior safety features and unmatched confidence.
A weight distribution hitch is designed to create a stable ride as you tow a trailer. By keeping your towing setup level, a weight distributing hitch can ensure that the weight of your trailer doesn’t exceed that of your vehicle. Without a proper hitch, the additional weight of a trailer can potentially cause the vehicles back end to sag and the front end to point upward. Furthermore, the lessened weight on the front axle can reduce your steering, traction, and braking power.
A weight distribution hitch is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Not only does it give you a better ride and increased driving visibility, but it can also improve your ability to steer and brake. Trailer swaying is typically caused by uneven roads, high winds, and various other factors. However, if you’re still not sure if this is a necessary addition for you, here are a few more signs to look out for:
With SwayPro Weight Distributing Hitch, you get the best of both weight distribution and sway control. SwayPro works by using tension on the spring bars to keep them tight. The attached brackets ensure that the trailer remains aligned with the towing vehicle. This unique design features self-locking spring bars that flex for optimal weight distribution and clearance. But before you can determine which SwayPro model is right for you, there are a few factors to keep in mind:
SwayPro is designed with you in mind, making it the most user-friendly trailer sway prevention system on the market today. You’ll certainly enjoy the ease of quickly hooking up and disconnecting the trailer with no need to disconnect prior to backing up. Not to mention, you won’t need friction pads to enjoy a smooth and quiet ride. There are no additional clips or pins due to the self-locking spring bars that automatically lock into place by simply rotating the bar 90 degrees. In addition, the spring steel bars are able to flex for optimal sway prevention and weight distribution. The SwayPro hitch is compatible with a variety of towing vehicles from minivans to large ¾ ton pickups. Simply determine what type of vehicle and hitch head you will be using, the type of trailer coupler your travel trailer is equipped with, and select the appropriate tongue weight.
Safety is so important when driving, especially with a trailer in tow. Whether you’re pulling a trailer with horses, or a travel trailer for a family vacation, you need sway prevention you can trust. Join the other 65% of vehicles on the road who trust the safety, quality, and durability of Blue Ox products. For questions about ordering a SwayPro or any other Blue Ox products, please contact our Customer Care team.
When it comes to towing an RV Trailer, safety is paramount. Beyond mitigating sway by choosing a proper stabilizer, and buying the best brake controller for your vehicle, determining what size trailer you can tow is perhaps the most critical component in maximizing your safety on the open road. We are going to give you the basics on how to match your truck to your trailer.
So what size RV trailer can you tow? It all comes down to weight.Typically found on a federal compliance label, the following weight ratings all play an important role in helping you determine what size trailer your vehicle you can safely tow.
Knowing the weight ratings for both your towing vehicle and trailer is the first step in determining viable weight measures. Next, look at your towing or trailering guide. Find the GCWR of your vehicle as well as the maximum loaded trailer weight. Subtract the maximum loaded trailer weight from the GCWR of your truck or vehicle to determine the maximum amount your truck can weigh in order to haul a certain trailer.
It’s important to note that ratings provided on federal compliance labels apply to base models only. To get the most accurate maximum loaded trailer weight, ensure that you account for added vehicle weigh. You can stop by any weigh station, recycling center or grainery to determine the true weight of your truck. Additional factors that affect weight in your truck or trailer include, but are no limited to:
Then, once you’ve determined your “true truck weight”, subtract that number from the GCWR originally found on your truck’s federal compliance label and you will get the maximum weight of trailer that you can tow with your towing vehicle.
There are other important weight ratings to consider when matching your towing vehicle to a trailer. These include:
These critical components of trailering all come with their unique and distinct weight maximums that should be considered in the overall GCWR.
In summary, here are the four critical steps in determining whether or not your towing vehicle can safely tow a trailer.
Finally, remember that weight ratings are safety ratings. Always plan ahead to ensure that you stay within the recommended weight ratings. Doing so will ensure a smooth ride for you and all of your passengers and others on the road.
At VanAxle, RV safety is our priority. Whether you need help choosing a tow bar or would like consultation on trailer weight safety relative to your towing vehicle, we’re here to help. Stop in soon or contact us at 604-882-5112.
We only stock the best parts at Vancouver Axle and Frame! Blue Ox is a solid company providing quality Tow Bars, Baseplates, Braking Systems, Wiring, SwayPro Weight Distributing Hitches, and Super Ride 5th Wheel Hitches. They offer top-notch training and customer support.
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From covered wagons to Airstreams, recreational vehicles or RV’s have come a long way in terms of comfort and convenience. Some RV’s come equipped with well-appointed, modern kitchens, while others offer state-of-the-art media technology. These days, most can even tow a car — an advantage which cannot be overstated when you’re on the open road but need to quickly dash to the supermarket for supplies, or if you wish to check out a place of interest without convenient RV parking.
Vehicles can be towed using a tow dolly or tow trailer, but both of these options take up a lot of space. Tow bars offer a more convenient alternative. Lightweight and easy to store, tow bars link your RV to your vehicle and allow you to conveniently flat tow your vehicle no matter the time or the place.
Tow bars come in 2 mounting options: RV-mounted and car-mounted.
RV-mounted tow bars insert into your RV’s trailer hitch receiver and remain mounted on your RV. Because RV-mounted tow bars insert directly into your RV’s trailer hitch received, there’s no need for a coupler. Effectively, this means there’s one less spot for your towing system to become uncoupled! Generally speaking, RV-mounted tow bars offer an incredibly sturdy, stable and safe connection.
Car-mounted tow bars function the same as a conventional trailer by attaching to the trailer hitch ball on your RV with an integrated coupler. Car-mounted tow bars are relatively affordable and are ideal for the casual RVer.
Regardless of model, manufacturer or mounting option, all tow bars function the same. Ultimately, the quality of a tow bar depends on its design and towing capacity.
At Vancouver Axle and Frame, we proudly sell Blue Ox tow bars. Blue Ox is a leader in recreational and commercial vehicle towing, offering quality aftermarket towing products that are not only rigorously safe, but easy to install.
Our selection of premier Blue Ox tow bars include the following stellar products:
Blue Ox Alpha – With a tow capacity of up to 6,500 lbs, the Blue Ox Alpha is steel-constructed and easily detaches from a vehicle baseplate with 2 pins.
Blue Ox Avail – Specifically designed for wide or narrow vehicles, the Blue Ox Avail has improved turning radius and better cornering, as well as a revolutionary “latch” design. The Blue Ox Avail can easily tow up to 10,000 lbs.
Blue Ox Ascent – Weighing 31 lbs with a 7,500 lb towing capacity, the Blue Ox Ascent can help you maneuver tight corners with ease. The Ascent is the newest member of the Blue Ox towing line with upgraded amenities such as offset triple lugs that make unhooking simple, rubber boots to prevent dirt and grime build up, and a beautiful, diamond vogel metallic coat.
Unsure which tow bar is right for your towing application? Consider both the type and weight of the vehicle you’re towing. A lighter tow capacity tow bar is sufficient for smaller vehicles. But opt for a tow bar with a higher towing capacity if you plan to tow a truck.
If you’d like to buy a Blue Ox tow bar or have it safely installed, call the experts at Vancouver Axle and Frame. We offer unparalleled customer service and convenient hours for the amateur and seasoned RVer. Contact one of our customer service experts today to learn more about Blue Ox tow bars.
Nothing disrupts a voyage quite like an RV blowout. While RV and trailer tires typically last for about six years, there are countless factors that can shorten that estimation. A few significant, yet often overlooked, factors are vehicle alignment, hardware adjustment, and vehicle storage. Neglecting any of these necessities can cause tire wear and scary blow-outs, such as the one shown in this video:
All it takes is a little preventative maintenance to keep the good times rolling, and that is what Vancouver Axle & Frame does best. Since 1959, we have successfully serviced and repaired RVs, trailers, and a variety of other vehicles. Our long tradition of excellence and proven reliability makes VanAxle the logical choice to get your vehicle aligned, equipped with the best hardware, and ready to hit the open road.
Having your RV or trailer aligned is not only crucial in avoiding a battle for control on the road, but also necessary for keeping your tires in the best shape possible. When a vehicle’s suspension becomes misaligned, weight is abnormally shifted across the tires, creating more heat which can result in wear and, ultimately, blow-out.
Besides tire wear, you can look for other signs that your RV or trailer needs an alignment.
Common signs include:
A quality wheel alignment requires precision. That’s why VanAxle utilizes Beeline laser wheel alignment equipment. Beeline is the best of the best and assures a perfect alignment to every vehicle every time.
During an alignment, our technicians will get a good look at the axle and suspension hardware of your RV or trailer. If any pieces need adjusting or replacing, the alignment process is the perfect time to do it.
The most common pieces of hardware that require attention include:
High quality suspension hardware will keep your vehicle aligned and your tires safe. For this reason, the skilled mechanics at VanAxle will ensure that pins and equalizers are adequately greased, and that pins and bushings are made from bronze or copper instead of the less-durable plastic.
Properly storing your RV or trailer is essential to keeping tires in tip-top shape. Best of all, once this routine storage maintenance is completed once, you can “set it and forget it” until you’re ready to travel.
For the best results of tire storage, follow these tips:
When you invest in an RV or trailer, you want to protect your investment. At VanAxle, we understand this takes time and energy, and we’re here to help. See why so many vehicle owners partner with us for all types of maintenance and repair.
Commercial trailers and trucks only function at peak performance when their suspensions are well-maintained. As bumps in the road and general wear and tear take a toll on suspensions, it becomes imperative to make necessary repairs and replacements—even down to the tiniest, most hidden pieces.
At Vancouver Axle & Frame, we get into the nitty gritty of commercial suspensions with our preventative maintenance services, making sure to check oft-overlooked suspension components, including:
When it comes to commercial trailer and truck suspensions, paying attention to the little things can really pay off. VanAxle is here to help. We have successfully serviced and repaired the suspensions of all kinds of commercial vehicles for almost 60 years. Our track record of quality work and great customer service makes us the best choice for all things suspension! Contact us to learn more or schedule your preventative maintenance appointment.
The suspension of your RV or trailer is a complex system, and keeping it in good condition goes a long way towards safety and top performance. One of the suspension’s most important components is the trailing arm, which ensures that the vehicle’s body pivots in alignment with the suspension. The trailing arm is held together by pins and bushings, pieces of hardware as vital as they are small.
As part of our preventative maintenance services, Vancouver Axle & Frame pays special attention to the trailing arm and all of its hardware. Since 1959, we have successfully serviced and repaired the suspensions of RVs, trailers, and a variety of other vehicles. Our long tradition of excellence and proven reliability makes VanAxle the logical choice to get your vehicle equipped with the best hardware and ready to hit the open road.
Bushings link together the axle and the body pivot point to ensure an aligned and effective suspension. Holding the trailing arm to the chassis of your RV or trailer, bushings help to smooth and straighten a suspension’s movement.
Highways are rife with opportunities for your vehicle to bump and shake, but bushings absorb these impacts, protecting both your vehicle and eardrums. While they can last for some time, bushings eventually do wear out for a number of reasons, including:
Outdated Bushing Material:
Unfortunately, it’s all too common for bushings to me made of inadequate materials like rubber or plastic, which crack and harden over time. As an upgrade, VanAxle offers bronze and copper bushings.
Bushings do not react well to constant moisture. If your vehicle is leaking coolant or gas onto the bushings, their deterioration will be accelerated.
Ungreased Pins and Equalizers:
Complementary pieces to bushings, pins and equalizers are crucial components to trailing arm suspension. Unlike with bushings, it’s important to keep pins and equalizers well-greased.
Daily wear and tear will cause bushings to break down and ultimately fail over time, degrading your suspension and disrupting your travels. Maintaining and replacing bushings before they become too worn will save your RV or trailer from future repairs and wasted money. To know when it’s time to service your vehicle’s trailing arm bushings, look out for these simple warning signs:
Part of the suspension’s job is to evenly distribute weight as the vehicle turns. Worn trailing arm bushings can cause a weight imbalance, resulting in a “loose” feeling when steering.
Bushings are like pillows for your vehicle’s suspension. When fresh, they offer adequate cushioning to the various metallic joints and pieces, ensuring that they operate smoothly and quietly. Because bushings harden as they wear out, noises are no longer muffled, making for a loud and distracting drive.
When trailing arm bushings aren’t operating at full capacity, it’s easy for your vehicle’s suspension to become misaligned, causing an imbalance in weight. This extra weight puts more pressure on tires, creating heat from friction. Left unaddressed, it’s common for tires to wear down or even blow out after time.
An RV or trailer is a major investment, and VanAxle is committed to helping you protect it. We understand that maintaining your vehicle’s trailing arm bushings takes time and energy, which is why we’re here to help. See why so many vehicle owners partner with us for all types of maintenance and repair.