RV Information from Kampgrounds of America, Inc.

A Rig Relationship

Mark Polk

Some RV hints from Mark:

LOOK AT THE LOAD. Obey the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR), the maximum permissible weight of the tow vehicle and trailer combined when both are fully loaded. If you overload the RVor tow vehicle, components such as the brakes, gears, engine or transmission can wear out prematurely or fail altogether when you're on the road.

WATCH WATER WEIGHT. A full 40-gallon freshwater holding tank adds 332 pounds to your load. Take only what's necessary to get to your destination, then refill.

SAVE MONEY. Improve gas mileage by keeping your motor home or tow vehicle tuned up and tires at the proper pressure. Poor emissions or a faulty oxygen sensor can cause a 40-percent drop in fuel economy.

TUNE IN. Traveling can take you through a variety of weather conditions. RVers should own a National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio receiver that broadcasts National Weather Service information 24/7.

CHECK IT TWICE. Before hitting the road, walk around the unit twice to check everything. You'll be amazed at how many times you notice something wrong the second time around.

BE SAFE. Keep emergency supplies on hand: first aid kit, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, nonperishable food, can openers, blankets, rain ponchos, medicines and pet supplies.

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