Loading an RV

A Recreational Vehicle is designed to carry a certain maximum load, regulated by the weight carrying designation of its chassis or axles. This maximum load includes the weight of the coach or trailer itself, belongings, fuel, fresh water, waste water, and anything else that may be in or attached.

The maximum load for a motorhome is called (GVWR) Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Another critical factor is the (GAWR) Gross Axle Weight Rating, which is the weight a specific axle is designed to carry and each axle has its own GAWR. Neither the axle loads nor the vehicle loads must ever exceed their respective weight ratings. Always check the manufacturer’s rate ratings before loading an RV. Remember that vehicle tires are governed by the manufacturers GAWR and overloaded axles could result in tire failure.

A properly loaded RV is safer and easier to control. Cargo must be distributed from side-to-side and front-to-back evenly. Heavier items should be stored closer to the floor and should be secured to prevent sliding during a panic stop. A properly loaded RV will prevent excessive tire wear, conserve fuel, and allow proper handling.

Remember a trailer and 5th Wheel are designed to ride level for proper handling, and you must realize that the trailer axles combined weights, in level ride; equally distribute the total weight of trailer or 5th Wheel. When the trailer is riding either low or high in front, the weight distribution on the rear axles will transfer more weight to one of the axles and could put this axle in an overload situation and damage from a blown tire, bent axle, loss of proper control may result in an accident. Make sure your trailer or 5th Wheel is level when traveling.

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