Dr Behnam Rostami DDS is passionate about traveling and seeing new places.
If you are planning to buy or rent an RV and you are doing it for the first time, one of the best things you can do is create a checklist that will allow you to make sure you packed your vehicle with everything you need or want.
Before you get started with your checklist, you need to find out the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or GVWR, for your RV. This number is the maximum weight allowance that all manufacturers specify for their vehicles. It indicates the maximum weight that the vehicle can carry safely. If you need to check the weight of your RV, you can do it at a scale. Call your local moving companies or recycling centers and ask them if you could use their scales. To find out if your RV is overloaded, you need to know one more number. This number is your Unloaded Vehicle Rate. You can also find this number from the manufacturer of your RV. This number is the weight of the vehicle without the fuel, water in the tanks, or people in the seats. Once you weigh your loaded RV, subtract the Unloaded Vehicle Rate from the actual weight. If the amount is larger than the GVWR, then you have overloaded your RV. An overload will lead to higher driving costs and may cause serious damage to your vehicle, which is why experienced travelers like Dr Behnam Rostami DDS would make sure that their RVs are not overloaded before getting on the road.