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shank

Also called a hitch bar or stinger. A shank is a removable portion of the hitch system that carries the ball or adjustable ball mount, and slides into the receiver.

Sight Rite

The Coachmen exclusive Sight Rite™ Dash was designed with a 20 degree incline for increased visibility and reduced front blind spot.

spring bar

Component parts of a weight-distributing hitch system. The spring bars are installed and tensioned in such a manner as to distribute a portion of the trailer's hitch weight to the front axle of the tow vehicle and to the axles of the trailer.

stinger

Also called a hitch bar or shank. A stinger is a removable portion of the hitch system that carries the ball or adjustable ball mount, and slides into the receiver.

Store Rite

Coachmen's exclusive Store Rite™ baggage compartments are a seamless one-piece roto-cast structure that provides a secure place for your gear.

Stow-N-Go

A Coachmen exclusive, Stow-N-Go bunk storage has a lower bunk that flips up to provide a huge exterior storage bay for your camping gea

SureLine

Coachmen's exclusive SureLine™ custom wiring harness provides color coded wires grouped together in a protective autoloom covering. Specific wiring schematics make for easy serviceability

sway

Refers to the "fish-tailing" action of a trailer caused by external forces that set the trailer's mass into a lateral (side-to-side) motion. The trailer's wheels serve as the axis or pivot point. Also known as "yaw".

sway control

Devices designed to damp the swaying (fish-tailing) action of a trailer, either through a friction system or a "cam action" system that slows and absorbs the pivotal articulating action between tow vehicle and trailer. The most common device in use is a "sway bar".

tail swing

All motorhomes built on chassis with short wheelbases and long overhangs behind the rear axle are susceptible to "tail swing" when turning sharply. As the motorhome moves in reverse or turns a corner, its extreme rear can move horizontally and strike objects nearby (typically road signs and walls). Drivers need to be aware of the amount of "tail swing" in order to prevent accidents.

Thermopane

Two or more sheets of glass set apart from one another with a vacuumed space between to prevent condensation and reduce heat loss.

TorqShift

a 5-speed automatic transmission designed by Ford to be used with diesel engines producing 650 ft.lbs. of torque. It is not your typical "light truck" transmission. Also found in all F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, Expedition, and E-Series.

Tow / Haul

on Ford engines, Tow/Haul mode modifies the shift schedule, and provides engine braking in hilly terrain.

tow rating

The manufacturer's rating of the maximum weight limit that can safely be towed by a particular vehicle. Tow ratings are related to overall trailer weight, not trailer size, in most cases. However, some tow ratings impose limits as to frontal area of the trailer and overall length. Tow ratings are determined by the vehicle manufacturer according to several criteria, including engine size, transmission, axle ratio, brakes, chassis, cooling systems and other special equipment.

towbar

A device used for connecting a dinghy vehicle to the motorhome when it's towed with all four wheels on the ground.

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