My first book in the series “Is It the Perfect RV?”, titled “Finding the Perfect RV” is now available on RV Inspection Service website.
For a limited time I am giving away the book for reviews and to help spread the word. Use the promo code “rvinspectionservice” at check out and you will be able to download the book for free.
What is covered in this book?
Chapter One – Full time, Seasonal, Weekender
Chapter Two – What type of RV is best for you?
Types of RVs
Do you have a tow vehicle?
What kind of Hitch?
Fifth Wheel and Goose-neck Hitches
Pro/Con of the different types
Selecting the best for you
Chapter Three – Floor Plan
Chapter Four – Amenities
Chapter Five – New or Used
Chapter Six – Price
Chapter Seven – Finding the Perfect RV
Finding the Perfect New RV
Finding the Perfect Used RV
Chapter Eight – Checklist for the Perfect RV
How to use this checklist
Jacks and Levelers
Get your copy today at http://rv-inspection-service.com/book-store. Remember the promo code is rvinspectionservice while the free downloads last.
It is that time of year again when we will be pulling out the RV and hitting the road. So it is time for your annual safety briefing as well. I want to bring up a subject that I feel is so important. Your RV Weight. These homes on wheels have a limited amount of weight that the RV can safely handle. It is called the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR. This is the maximum you can safely put on the wheels and tongue of the RV. It is also the maximum LEGAL weight you can have. If you exceed this weight and you have an accident, you can be held accountable for the accident, even though you were not at fault, because your vehicle had exceeded its weight limit. So how do you determine your weight? Go to a truck stop that has a CAT scale, spend $11 or $12 dollars and have the RV weighed. Compare the value you will be given to the RV sticker that shows the GVWR. If you are overweight, you need to remove stuff from the rig until you are back under the GVWR.
Overweight is the leading cause for RV accidents. When you are overweight you stress the tires and they blow out. In addition, tires pressure needs to be increased as the weight increases. Failure to have the proper pressure for the weight they are carrying will cause the sidewalls to bulge and also leads to premature failure of the tires (blow out) which causes loss of control, damage to the RV and possible loss of life.
When you have your rig weighed you will be given a sheet of paper that shows the weight on each wheel. This is very important information as it determines the pressure for that tire.
Let me show you an example. I have Good Year tires on our Class A. According to the weigh ticket my front axle weighs 8960 lbs. Divide that by two and each tire is carrying about 4,500 lbs. I rounded up for safety. At that weight the tire pressure according to Good Year should be 90 PSI. My rear wheels are dual tires. My rear axle weight is 16,180. Divided by 4 is 4,050. Again according to Good Year, my tire pressure for the rear wheels should be 85 PSI. So you can see that the tire pressures are different for the front and back. Since these tires can be pressurized to 120 PSI, I keep the all at 95-100 PSI most of the time.
How often should you weigh the RV? If you are pretty constant with how you travel, once should be enough I would guess. But if your load changes, or you start carrying water or propane when you didn’t use to then weigh your rig again. If in doubt, weigh it again. It is better safe than sorry. Remember SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
Today most RV have one or more slide outs. These can be manual, electric or hydraulic. On pop ups and some old smaller trailers they will probably be manual. You pull the slide out by hand from the outside of the rig until it click or locks in place. The rest of the RV will be of a mechanical nature with either electric motors or hydraulics.
All slide outs need to have some maintenance performed at least once a year. The maintenance includes cleaning of the drive arms and some lubrication. Any good dry lube will work. You want to use a dry lube rather than wet to prevent the slide out mechanics from holding onto road dirt. Wet lubes over time will wear away the metal due to the abrasive nature of the road grime it picks up and holds.
Most slides will have the drive mechanism exposed under the slide or inside the RV, usually under the bed. In some cases you may need to search for them. Regardless of your situation, you want to find the access area to the slide drive mechanism and clean and lubricate as best you can.
Make sure to read the instructions for the lubrication that you are using.
Spring is a great time to perform this annual maintenance tasks.
The video project took a couple steps closer this week. I have been able to find the software I need to create and edit them and the software for the website to present and manage them.
I have been working on a couple of books as well. Seems I am working harder now in early retirement than I was when I was working full time. But thankfully everything is coming together that will make this the go to place for new recreational vehicle owners.
Speaking of the books, the first two should be ready to download from this site beginning the first week of May. That is just a couple of weeks away.
I will be posting a free download code on the Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/RVInspectionService/), so if you are not a member, please sign up soon. If you have friends that are looking for an RV, have them sign up as well.
Watch for another article that explains the book series.
Oh almost forgot, you will be getting a newsletter now as well. All free of charge of course. (Someday I will have to figure out how to make money with all of this).
Thanks everyone for all the great comments. More to come.