30 Mar Weight distribution in an RV
To ensure your safety and that of other motorists, it is important to learn how to properly load your RV.
But first things first:
- Checked the axle load capacity based on the weight of the RV itself and everything in it (clear, gray and black water, propane and contents). It quickly adds up.
- Also check the towing capacity of the towing vehicle. Is it sufficient for the type of RV you want to tow? Refer to the manufacturer’s manual.
- Make sure that the weight is distributed on both sides equally.
- If all the storage spaces are full, there is a good chance that you are overloaded.
- An overloaded RV, even if the weight is balanced, can be dangerous. This can damage the suspension, transmission, and tires. In addition, the engine will work very hard, which will increase fuel consumption. The brakes may not be sufficient to slow or even stop the RV within its normal stopping distance. It can mean the difference between a harmless stop and an accident.
- You must take the time to organize the load by choosing what is necessary and evaluating what can easily be bought when you arrive at your destination.
- It is not necessarily large heavy objects that can cause imbalance. Poor arrangement of several small objects can also have an impact.
- It is recommended, however, to always start with the heaviest objects by attaching them correctly, then to arrange the smaller objects in the available spaces.
Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services