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RV Tow Check

RV Tow Check

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RVTC is the first "Before You Buy an RV" towing app for buyers and dealers.

2.0 Ratings 53+ Reviews 1K+ Downloads

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  • If you understand vehicle weights...it works great! Aug 28, 2020

    By fourkidsinfamily
    If you understand vehicle weights this can save you some time. Tongue weight as a percentage of total weight needs to fall in the correct range. To me the cautions at the low tongue weight are easily misunderstood. The red doesn’t mean they aren’t safe...it means your trailer may or may not be able to achieve a low tongue weight. Some can some can’t. The yellow means it is more likely you can reach that tongue percent but again, not all trailers can. The green just means it should be possible for any proper trailer to reach that tongue weight percent. Maybe overly simplified but a pretty good warning to people too. Thanks for the app.
  • Oct 26, 2018

    By Michael Fralick
    This app worked great. It was much nicer than grabbing a piece of paper and doing all the math by hand. As long as you're a functioning contributor to society that can read, this app will work great for you. The negative reviews were from people who should not be towing trailers due to their inability to read and understand directions.
  • Great App Sep 16, 2019

    By Ken - North Carolina
    My wife and I have been looking for a travel trailer for several months and it has been extremely frustrating to figure out how much weight my truck could safely tow. And, we constantly got different answers from RV sales persons. We then found this app and it is the best purchase we made and we are now in the final stages of buying a travel trailer that we know my truck can handle. I did have a few questions understanding the results and Dave was very responsive and helpful. I recommend this app to anyone that is considering a travel trailer or fifth wheel! Thanks Dave!
  • So helpful!!! Nov 9, 2018

    By Cassidy336
    We’re buying a 5th wheel and a truck to haul it and it has been very confusing trying to figure out if certain trucks can haul all the weight. This app gives you very specific directions and as long as you have the numbers it asks for, it gives you an answer. I used the Ford towing guide (online all the way back to 2003) and the sticker on the inside of the door to get all the numbers I need. Thanks for giving me the confidence to know the truck I found can pull the 5th wheel I want.
  • Report doesn't make sense to a newbie May 30, 2017

    By idon'twantone
    Entered in the required info for tow vehicle and trailer, the report generated talks about percentages of hitch load/tongue weight and provides numbers based on the range of acceptable percentages, but the calculated numbers presented in the report aren't explained...are these the max hitch load/tongue weights or what? Bottom line, I have no idea if the trailer I'm looking at is safe to tow with my vehicle, which is the whole point. App needs some work, or better explanation of what is being presented in the report.
  • Feb 2, 2019

    By Patrick Hastings
    In the background of easy to enter data is valuable information and direction, including an in app video. Admittedly the end report puzzled me at first but became clear once I realized that PW% was adjustable. Adjustments however are controlled/limited by the calculated totality of the inputed limits.
  • The app works Feb 11, 2020

    By Gruffid
    As the title says, the app works. The developer says the results are based on math. I’ve been towing RV and boat trailers for over 15 years. The results the app gives seem to be accurate, and checks out with the math I’ve done on my own with a spreadsheet. As other reviewers have noted, the app asks for trailer gross weight - which is the safe way of going about the calculation - but not the best way. Many inexperienced RVers don’t know if they’ve overladen their trailer and/or their tow vehicle. My advice for those beginner RVers is to go to the local truck stop and weigh your tow vehicle by itself with a full tank of fuel and nothing else and no one in it. Then weigh the trailer - again with nothing in it except for a full tank of fresh water and propane. Then, load up the tow vehicle and trailer as if actually going on a trip with full fresh water, propane, food, clothes, toiletries, kitchen equipment, etc. Then use this app with the proper ratings found in your tow vehicle and trailer loading stickers and literature. Before I get blasted by the developer, I acknowledge the app allows for input of variable weights such as passengers and all the camping stuff someone might want to bring with them. However, these numbers can only really be estimated unless you know all of those items’ weights. I’m certainly not going to weight them all individually and add the weights together. I’m going to do what I suggested in the paragraph above and let the scale at the local truck stop do it all at once. That said, I’m not certain this app is useful for advanced users. Advanced users (people who tow trailers and care about their tow vehicle’s capabilities vs trailer weight), like me, have probably figured out how to calculate these results themselves - if they cared to know. Additionally, a user is likely going to actually use this app perhaps once per tow vehicle/trailer pair. I can see why beginners have a tough time with the app. It’s not because the app is faulty, because as the developer says: “it’s math.” It’s probably due to the app user’s unfamiliarity with the terms, and/or where to find the required weight data for tow vehicle and trailer, and/or mistakenly inputting the wrong data in the wrong field in the app. This is why the developer’s responses to negative reviews read something along the lines of “the primary reason for the negative review is because the user fails to <<insert either or all of the above reasons>>.” Unfortunately, this acetic response probably doesn’t endear the developer to new users trying to do the right thing by trying to understand how to tow within safe tow margins for their vehicle. Is this app a waste of money? I suppose it depends on if you’re an advanced user (experienced RVer) or not, or if you tow more than one combination of tow vehicle/trailer frequently to get more than one or two uses out of it. I personally will likely never use it again because it doesn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know about my truck and trailer and their weight relationships. Three stars for doing what the app says it does (math) and being mostly thorough. If it were useful beyond a handful of individual uses, I’d give it 5 stars.
  • Oct 3, 2018

    By A Google user
    Does what it says, not sure what everyone complains about. Read the instructions.
  • Aug 13, 2020

    By Daniel Westesen
    I read on several websites to use this app to get a 5th wheel twr . It seems that this is not possible for the app
  • Nov 8, 2019

    By John Addington
    Take research, but RVTC always proved right, if any discrepancy.
  • If you understand vehicle weights...it works great! Aug 28, 2020

    By fourkidsinfamily
    If you understand vehicle weights this can save you some time. Tongue weight as a percentage of total weight needs to fall in the correct range. To me the cautions at the low tongue weight are easily misunderstood. The red doesn’t mean they aren’t safe...it means your trailer may or may not be able to achieve a low tongue weight. Some can some can’t. The yellow means it is more likely you can reach that tongue percent but again, not all trailers can. The green just means it should be possible for any proper trailer to reach that tongue weight percent. Maybe overly simplified but a pretty good warning to people too. Thanks for the app.
  • Oct 26, 2018

    By Michael Fralick
    This app worked great. It was much nicer than grabbing a piece of paper and doing all the math by hand. As long as you're a functioning contributor to society that can read, this app will work great for you. The negative reviews were from people who should not be towing trailers due to their inability to read and understand directions.
  • Great App Sep 16, 2019

    By Ken - North Carolina
    My wife and I have been looking for a travel trailer for several months and it has been extremely frustrating to figure out how much weight my truck could safely tow. And, we constantly got different answers from RV sales persons. We then found this app and it is the best purchase we made and we are now in the final stages of buying a travel trailer that we know my truck can handle. I did have a few questions understanding the results and Dave was very responsive and helpful. I recommend this app to anyone that is considering a travel trailer or fifth wheel! Thanks Dave!
  • So helpful!!! Nov 9, 2018

    By Cassidy336
    We’re buying a 5th wheel and a truck to haul it and it has been very confusing trying to figure out if certain trucks can haul all the weight. This app gives you very specific directions and as long as you have the numbers it asks for, it gives you an answer. I used the Ford towing guide (online all the way back to 2003) and the sticker on the inside of the door to get all the numbers I need. Thanks for giving me the confidence to know the truck I found can pull the 5th wheel I want.
  • Report doesn't make sense to a newbie May 30, 2017

    By idon'twantone
    Entered in the required info for tow vehicle and trailer, the report generated talks about percentages of hitch load/tongue weight and provides numbers based on the range of acceptable percentages, but the calculated numbers presented in the report aren't explained...are these the max hitch load/tongue weights or what? Bottom line, I have no idea if the trailer I'm looking at is safe to tow with my vehicle, which is the whole point. App needs some work, or better explanation of what is being presented in the report.
  • Feb 2, 2019

    By Patrick Hastings
    In the background of easy to enter data is valuable information and direction, including an in app video. Admittedly the end report puzzled me at first but became clear once I realized that PW% was adjustable. Adjustments however are controlled/limited by the calculated totality of the inputed limits.
  • The app works Feb 11, 2020

    By Gruffid
    As the title says, the app works. The developer says the results are based on math. I’ve been towing RV and boat trailers for over 15 years. The results the app gives seem to be accurate, and checks out with the math I’ve done on my own with a spreadsheet. As other reviewers have noted, the app asks for trailer gross weight - which is the safe way of going about the calculation - but not the best way. Many inexperienced RVers don’t know if they’ve overladen their trailer and/or their tow vehicle. My advice for those beginner RVers is to go to the local truck stop and weigh your tow vehicle by itself with a full tank of fuel and nothing else and no one in it. Then weigh the trailer - again with nothing in it except for a full tank of fresh water and propane. Then, load up the tow vehicle and trailer as if actually going on a trip with full fresh water, propane, food, clothes, toiletries, kitchen equipment, etc. Then use this app with the proper ratings found in your tow vehicle and trailer loading stickers and literature. Before I get blasted by the developer, I acknowledge the app allows for input of variable weights such as passengers and all the camping stuff someone might want to bring with them. However, these numbers can only really be estimated unless you know all of those items’ weights. I’m certainly not going to weight them all individually and add the weights together. I’m going to do what I suggested in the paragraph above and let the scale at the local truck stop do it all at once. That said, I’m not certain this app is useful for advanced users. Advanced users (people who tow trailers and care about their tow vehicle’s capabilities vs trailer weight), like me, have probably figured out how to calculate these results themselves - if they cared to know. Additionally, a user is likely going to actually use this app perhaps once per tow vehicle/trailer pair. I can see why beginners have a tough time with the app. It’s not because the app is faulty, because as the developer says: “it’s math.” It’s probably due to the app user’s unfamiliarity with the terms, and/or where to find the required weight data for tow vehicle and trailer, and/or mistakenly inputting the wrong data in the wrong field in the app. This is why the developer’s responses to negative reviews read something along the lines of “the primary reason for the negative review is because the user fails to <<insert either or all of the above reasons>>.” Unfortunately, this acetic response probably doesn’t endear the developer to new users trying to do the right thing by trying to understand how to tow within safe tow margins for their vehicle. Is this app a waste of money? I suppose it depends on if you’re an advanced user (experienced RVer) or not, or if you tow more than one combination of tow vehicle/trailer frequently to get more than one or two uses out of it. I personally will likely never use it again because it doesn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know about my truck and trailer and their weight relationships. Three stars for doing what the app says it does (math) and being mostly thorough. If it were useful beyond a handful of individual uses, I’d give it 5 stars.
  • Oct 3, 2018

    By A Google user
    Does what it says, not sure what everyone complains about. Read the instructions.
  • Aug 13, 2020

    By Daniel Westesen
    I read on several websites to use this app to get a 5th wheel twr . It seems that this is not possible for the app
  • Nov 8, 2019

    By John Addington
    Take research, but RVTC always proved right, if any discrepancy.
  • Waste of $1.99 Dec 18, 2020

    By rks123456789
    The app was referenced in an article about weighing at a CAT scale. The app doesn’t use hardly any of the numbers achieved during initial and recent-weighs. It really didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know from my TV owners manual about maximum trailer weights.
  • Feb 26, 2020

    By Ken Singletary
    Beginner mode is fair. I THINK I found all of the required weights for the calculations only to be disappointed with the report. I don't know what the report is telling me. Is it max safe weight of the trailer I want to tow? Just a few more sentences explaining the output of the report would be great. There's a flurry of words and disclaimers, but no layman's terms.
  • Nov 14, 2019

    By Adrian Lucke
    The app is totally wrong. I install this app, plugged in all my weight info, it came up with some weird numbers and stated I was over my GCWR of my truck. Went to the cat scales near me, I can confirm that this app is useless!!!! Don't waste your money!!!!! I want a refund!!!!! And this app has been reported for providing false information or not doing anything.
  • Oct 10, 2018

    By Nick Russo
    Well the app I am sure is great for people who have extensive knowledge of tow ratings it doesn't really help beginers. Takes forever to find all the info that it wanted and then it really doesn't tell you what you need to know. Like what is the heaviest trailer I can safely tow. What is the best hitch/ rating and type to use for different applications. Also I followed the instructions. From gvw to wieght of passegers. 2018 Cummins Titan XD platinum reserve. Help.
  • Red, yellow, greens misleading Feb 3, 2020

    By the Deeger
    The developer is implying that only 22 to 25 percent 5th wheel hitch weight percentage is safe while 15 percent is complexly unsafe. SAE J2807 uses 15 percent for testing. The safe range is 15 to 25. Below or over that is where warnings should be. After reading the developer response I stand by my assertion. Most people take the colors of red, yellow, and green as safety indicators with green being safe and red being unsafe. The implication of the app is that towing at 15% pin weight an unsafe towing situation. If the tow vehicle’s GVWR is not exceeded by the pin weight and additional cargo and the GCWR and/or the mfg tow rating not exceeded 15% pin weight is safe.
  • Dec 25, 2019

    By Jimmy Dingo
    Unable to use on new phone. Constant lockups. ********************(0)*******************************Tried numerous reboots, even reset phone and same issue. Found alternate source, further efforts no longer an option.
  • Results are vague Mar 20, 2019

    By Edwards79
    The app provides very poor results. This should be a free app based on the non helpful information you get in the “RV Tow Check Report”. There is ver little info provided. I entered all the required information and have no idea what the report is telling me. Can’t believe they charge for this. Keep your money and find a calculator online. There is nothing special about what this app offers.
  • Sep 5, 2019

    By Shalene Schmidt
    Read and followed all instructions in beginner mode. Input all required and optional information, but app provides no information. While the concept is great, the app did not calculate anything.
  • Danger: bug Jul 5, 2018

    By Frugala
    Does not update the final screen if you change values. Do not trust this calculator. I wish I would have listened to 1st reviewer. Edit: it appears to work if you use the menu button (upper left) to change screens. But if you use a finger drag to go back a screen it appears to confuse the app. Still sticking with 1 star for now
  • Does not work Jan 7, 2018

    By mad purchacer
    Do not waste your money it does not work friend and I used it and no matter what u put it it says you are over your gvw even at 100 lbs don’t wast money like we did

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  • If you understand vehicle weights...it works great! Aug 28, 2020

    By fourkidsinfamily
    If you understand vehicle weights this can save you some time. Tongue weight as a percentage of total weight needs to fall in the correct range. To me the cautions at the low tongue weight are easily misunderstood. The red doesn’t mean they aren’t safe...it means your trailer may or may not be able to achieve a low tongue weight. Some can some can’t. The yellow means it is more likely you can reach that tongue percent but again, not all trailers can. The green just means it should be possible for any proper trailer to reach that tongue weight percent. Maybe overly simplified but a pretty good warning to people too. Thanks for the app.
  • Oct 26, 2018

    By Michael Fralick
    This app worked great. It was much nicer than grabbing a piece of paper and doing all the math by hand. As long as you're a functioning contributor to society that can read, this app will work great for you. The negative reviews were from people who should not be towing trailers due to their inability to read and understand directions.
  • Great App Sep 16, 2019

    By Ken - North Carolina
    My wife and I have been looking for a travel trailer for several months and it has been extremely frustrating to figure out how much weight my truck could safely tow. And, we constantly got different answers from RV sales persons. We then found this app and it is the best purchase we made and we are now in the final stages of buying a travel trailer that we know my truck can handle. I did have a few questions understanding the results and Dave was very responsive and helpful. I recommend this app to anyone that is considering a travel trailer or fifth wheel! Thanks Dave!
  • So helpful!!! Nov 9, 2018

    By Cassidy336
    We’re buying a 5th wheel and a truck to haul it and it has been very confusing trying to figure out if certain trucks can haul all the weight. This app gives you very specific directions and as long as you have the numbers it asks for, it gives you an answer. I used the Ford towing guide (online all the way back to 2003) and the sticker on the inside of the door to get all the numbers I need. Thanks for giving me the confidence to know the truck I found can pull the 5th wheel I want.
  • Feb 2, 2019

    By Patrick Hastings
    In the background of easy to enter data is valuable information and direction, including an in app video. Admittedly the end report puzzled me at first but became clear once I realized that PW% was adjustable. Adjustments however are controlled/limited by the calculated totality of the inputed limits.
  • Oct 3, 2018

    By A Google user
    Does what it says, not sure what everyone complains about. Read the instructions.
  • Nov 8, 2019

    By John Addington
    Take research, but RVTC always proved right, if any discrepancy.

No reviews available

  • Report doesn't make sense to a newbie May 30, 2017

    By idon'twantone
    Entered in the required info for tow vehicle and trailer, the report generated talks about percentages of hitch load/tongue weight and provides numbers based on the range of acceptable percentages, but the calculated numbers presented in the report aren't explained...are these the max hitch load/tongue weights or what? Bottom line, I have no idea if the trailer I'm looking at is safe to tow with my vehicle, which is the whole point. App needs some work, or better explanation of what is being presented in the report.
  • The app works Feb 11, 2020

    By Gruffid
    As the title says, the app works. The developer says the results are based on math. I’ve been towing RV and boat trailers for over 15 years. The results the app gives seem to be accurate, and checks out with the math I’ve done on my own with a spreadsheet. As other reviewers have noted, the app asks for trailer gross weight - which is the safe way of going about the calculation - but not the best way. Many inexperienced RVers don’t know if they’ve overladen their trailer and/or their tow vehicle. My advice for those beginner RVers is to go to the local truck stop and weigh your tow vehicle by itself with a full tank of fuel and nothing else and no one in it. Then weigh the trailer - again with nothing in it except for a full tank of fresh water and propane. Then, load up the tow vehicle and trailer as if actually going on a trip with full fresh water, propane, food, clothes, toiletries, kitchen equipment, etc. Then use this app with the proper ratings found in your tow vehicle and trailer loading stickers and literature. Before I get blasted by the developer, I acknowledge the app allows for input of variable weights such as passengers and all the camping stuff someone might want to bring with them. However, these numbers can only really be estimated unless you know all of those items’ weights. I’m certainly not going to weight them all individually and add the weights together. I’m going to do what I suggested in the paragraph above and let the scale at the local truck stop do it all at once. That said, I’m not certain this app is useful for advanced users. Advanced users (people who tow trailers and care about their tow vehicle’s capabilities vs trailer weight), like me, have probably figured out how to calculate these results themselves - if they cared to know. Additionally, a user is likely going to actually use this app perhaps once per tow vehicle/trailer pair. I can see why beginners have a tough time with the app. It’s not because the app is faulty, because as the developer says: “it’s math.” It’s probably due to the app user’s unfamiliarity with the terms, and/or where to find the required weight data for tow vehicle and trailer, and/or mistakenly inputting the wrong data in the wrong field in the app. This is why the developer’s responses to negative reviews read something along the lines of “the primary reason for the negative review is because the user fails to <<insert either or all of the above reasons>>.” Unfortunately, this acetic response probably doesn’t endear the developer to new users trying to do the right thing by trying to understand how to tow within safe tow margins for their vehicle. Is this app a waste of money? I suppose it depends on if you’re an advanced user (experienced RVer) or not, or if you tow more than one combination of tow vehicle/trailer frequently to get more than one or two uses out of it. I personally will likely never use it again because it doesn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know about my truck and trailer and their weight relationships. Three stars for doing what the app says it does (math) and being mostly thorough. If it were useful beyond a handful of individual uses, I’d give it 5 stars.
  • Aug 13, 2020

    By Daniel Westesen
    I read on several websites to use this app to get a 5th wheel twr . It seems that this is not possible for the app
  • Waste of $1.99 Dec 18, 2020

    By rks123456789
    The app was referenced in an article about weighing at a CAT scale. The app doesn’t use hardly any of the numbers achieved during initial and recent-weighs. It really didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know from my TV owners manual about maximum trailer weights.
  • Feb 26, 2020

    By Ken Singletary
    Beginner mode is fair. I THINK I found all of the required weights for the calculations only to be disappointed with the report. I don't know what the report is telling me. Is it max safe weight of the trailer I want to tow? Just a few more sentences explaining the output of the report would be great. There's a flurry of words and disclaimers, but no layman's terms.
  • Oct 10, 2018

    By Nick Russo
    Well the app I am sure is great for people who have extensive knowledge of tow ratings it doesn't really help beginers. Takes forever to find all the info that it wanted and then it really doesn't tell you what you need to know. Like what is the heaviest trailer I can safely tow. What is the best hitch/ rating and type to use for different applications. Also I followed the instructions. From gvw to wieght of passegers. 2018 Cummins Titan XD platinum reserve. Help.
  • Nov 14, 2019

    By Adrian Lucke
    The app is totally wrong. I install this app, plugged in all my weight info, it came up with some weird numbers and stated I was over my GCWR of my truck. Went to the cat scales near me, I can confirm that this app is useless!!!! Don't waste your money!!!!! I want a refund!!!!! And this app has been reported for providing false information or not doing anything.
  • Red, yellow, greens misleading Feb 3, 2020

    By the Deeger
    The developer is implying that only 22 to 25 percent 5th wheel hitch weight percentage is safe while 15 percent is complexly unsafe. SAE J2807 uses 15 percent for testing. The safe range is 15 to 25. Below or over that is where warnings should be. After reading the developer response I stand by my assertion. Most people take the colors of red, yellow, and green as safety indicators with green being safe and red being unsafe. The implication of the app is that towing at 15% pin weight an unsafe towing situation. If the tow vehicle’s GVWR is not exceeded by the pin weight and additional cargo and the GCWR and/or the mfg tow rating not exceeded 15% pin weight is safe.
  • Dec 25, 2019

    By Jimmy Dingo
    Unable to use on new phone. Constant lockups. ********************(0)*******************************Tried numerous reboots, even reset phone and same issue. Found alternate source, further efforts no longer an option.
  • Results are vague Mar 20, 2019

    By Edwards79
    The app provides very poor results. This should be a free app based on the non helpful information you get in the “RV Tow Check Report”. There is ver little info provided. I entered all the required information and have no idea what the report is telling me. Can’t believe they charge for this. Keep your money and find a calculator online. There is nothing special about what this app offers.
  • Sep 5, 2019

    By Shalene Schmidt
    Read and followed all instructions in beginner mode. Input all required and optional information, but app provides no information. While the concept is great, the app did not calculate anything.
  • Danger: bug Jul 5, 2018

    By Frugala
    Does not update the final screen if you change values. Do not trust this calculator. I wish I would have listened to 1st reviewer. Edit: it appears to work if you use the menu button (upper left) to change screens. But if you use a finger drag to go back a screen it appears to confuse the app. Still sticking with 1 star for now
  • Does not work Jan 7, 2018

    By mad purchacer
    Do not waste your money it does not work friend and I used it and no matter what u put it it says you are over your gvw even at 100 lbs don’t wast money like we did
  • Jul 4, 2019

    By John Mastorakis
    Looked promising. Used the beginner mode, entered the right numbers, and it came up with some bizarre weights. Wasted $1.50.
  • Don’t waste time Nov 19, 2019

    By Rvdesign
    As has been stated the App is a waste of time and money. If you Want info go to J2809 for a specific vehicle. May not be perfect But consistent between vehicles.
  • Aug 17, 2020

    By K.C. Hartman
    Apparently the app only gives you a percent of tongue rating. I was already going to use 15 percent. App is not worth anything. (Edit:) On top of this, note how the app author is repeatedly insulting reviewers of the app for leaving honest reviews. All that this app does is give a percent tow rating. Not very useful at all.

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