Bruce Bernhart RV Topics


Bruce Bernhart RV Topics

Original articles plus the "best of the web" on beginning and advanced RV care and maintenance by RV writer and enthusiast Bruce Bernhart

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In Minnesota, Bruce Bernhart has been an RV enthusiast since the mid-1980's
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Updated June 30, 2013

Weight Considerations

Knowing the weight of your RV is important, and here is an excellent article on the subject by

  1. Understand the Definitions:     Start by understanding the basic terminology used to describe weight and loads. Learn the RV weight definitions and don’t exceed the ratings. Understand how these definitions fit in with safe towing.

  2. Buyer Beware:     When buying an RV and/or tow vehicle, make weight one of the primary considerations. You should look for capacity that will accommodate the RV and tow vehicle combination you have in mind, whether that‘s a motor home and dinghy, or a truck and towable RV. Make sure that you have sufficient carrying capacity for you, your passengers, belongings, liquids, etc. RV weight is a big factor in your purchase decision, so before you get enamored of a particular floor plan or RV model, make sure your RV/tow combination can do the job in the weight department. Do not rely solely on dealer sales reps. Check the numbers and do the math yourself.

  3. Know Your Own Limits:     Make sure you know the numbers for your RV and tow vehicle. Manufacturer’s owner manuals and spec sheets will have towing vehicle and RV weight information. Check physically on the vehicles for a label showing the numbers.

  4. Weigh In:    Find a certified scale to weigh the fully loaded vehicle. Check the Yellow Pages under Scales, Public, Weighers or Moving & Storage. Truck stops usually have certified scales. Know how to weigh. Check out the booklet, How to Weight Your Travel Trailer or RV, as a reference for how to take RV weight measurements and calculate loads.

  5. Achieve Balance: Make sure you know total gross weights and how the weight is distributed. You should get a measure of the weight distributed on each wheel position, or axle end, of the fully loaded vehicle. This is very important.

    Even if your total vehicle weight is within specified limits, you could be out of balance and overloaded for an axle/axle end. Proper distribution of vehicle weight is critical to braking, handling and the life of components such as axles, springs, bearings and tires.

    Another tip for large towable trailers (over 5,000 lbs.) is the use of a Weight Distribution Hitch System. They apply leverage to distribute the load of the trailer to all axles of the tow vehicle and trailer. The benefits include improved ride, steering, braking control and safety.

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Solar power for your RV

The care and feeding of your RV battery

The sport of "geocaching" and RV refrigeration basics

The basics of RV power inversion

RV travel tips and tire care

Advanced discussion on power inversion

Tips on buying a house battery and cold weather maintenance

RV Insurance basics

Buying the right generator for your RV and portable power

RV television reception options

Care and maintenance of the RV air conditioner

Top RV destinations

RV long-term supplies and weight considerations

RV Insurance- Road protection and bodily injury coverage

RV battery types and winter charging considerations

Deep cycle battery basics

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