CRESTVIEW, Fla. — Dave Gray, founder of Fifth Wheel St., today unveiled RV Tow Check 2.0, the biggest upgrade since the original release, giving users a new interactive feature that allows them to select various pin or tongue weight percentages.
RV Tow Check’s enhancement allows users to view instantly the possible towing capacity changes as they select different pin and tongue weight percentages. Users who don’t know their trailer’s pin or tongue percentages have a color coded range to consider when considering a safe margin for towing capacity. The app’s instructions, definitions and the FAQ page have expanded. Additionally, the app’s calculator page includes a detailed description of how the calculator works.
Gray said that since the debut of RV Tow Check in September, the daily calculations processed have grown to more than 150.
“A number of app users have shared their stories on how the app help prevent them from making the mistake of purchasing the wrong towing combination,” he added.
“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,” said Gray. “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.”
“Even the creators of the most well-known towing guide published by Trailer Life devotes four pages of instructions, entitled ‘Choose Wisely,’ that spells out the details required for selecting the correct towing combination,” he explained. “With the RV Tow Check app, you’ll never need to read a towing guide again.”
Gray states that none of the common towing guides have improved one important safety statistic published by the RV Safety and Education Foundation (RVSEF).
“RVSEF data indicates that 60 percent of all tow vehicles on the road exceed one or more weight safety ratings. Many of these trucks exceed all of their ratings,” said Walter Cannon, executive director of RVSEF.
Gray said that the minimum requirement for RV Tow Check requires 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, he added.
“The RV Tow Check app may look simple on the outside, but the engine on the inside is strong, and the sophisticated math formulas performs multiple calculations and makes decisions that should make any buyer or dealer grateful,” said Gray. “With the three minimally required user inputs and the selection of the highest range of pin and tongue percentages, buyers and dealers can be confident that the RV purchase or sale is unlikely to exceed the vehicle’s GCWR, GVWR and GAWR.”
“There are two outputs shown, one for the fifth wheel towing combination and the other for the conventional towing combination,” he added. “RV Tow Check is the first app that displays maximum towing capacity for both fifth wheel and conventional RV classifications simultaneously, and provides instant results when selecting various pin or tongue percentages.”
Located at FifthWheelSt.com, Gray said it is one of the fastest growing self-help RV safety websites. It was founded in April 2011 to promote towing safety by providing tow ratings, simplified weighing worksheets, web-based and mobile app calculators as well as important articles and safety information to assist all who tow fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers.
To use the RV Tow Check app, visit www.rvtowcheck.com.
SOURCE: Fifth Wheel S. press release