Routine maintenance and staying on top of repairs are important for the endurance and structural integrity of any vehicle. Your RV needs all the same TLC that a car does, and more, because of the areas that are inhabited during trips. One of the routines that you should familiarize yourself with is the act of weighing your RV. While this is a topic that doesn’t get as much attention as others tend to, it’s just as important. We’ve given you a quick guide to help you understand a bit more clearly.
Pardon us while we borrow the slogan from Michelin, but the same applies to the importance of pulling into a weigh station while you’re on the road. The tires on your RV have a maximum weight capacity, and when this exceeds it, increased friction can cause a blowout. This can result in skidding, loss of control, and a probable collision.
You may have noticed that certain bridges have weight limitations posted on them. Trucks and buses are prohibited from using certain roadways because of this and getting your RV properly weighed before travel can allow you to plan your trip accordingly.
Much like the tires on your RV, your axle can only withstand a certain amount of weight. A broken axle can result in serious damage or an accident, so it’s important to weigh your vehicle and have your axle and drivetrain checked before departure.
There are four different weight ratings that are assigned to an RV. This is where things can be slightly confusing, so we’ve crafted a brief reference guide to help you out. We would normally refer to this as a crash course, but because a crash is what we’re trying to prevent, consider this a short lesson.
Whether you’re a seasoned RV owner planning a trip or you’re new to the world of the motorhome, one place has everything you’ll ever need. Patriot RV Prestonsburg offers new and used models, and servicing, and financing is available if you qualify. You can visit us today at 2771 US Rt 23 in South Prestonburg, and to reach us by phone, please call (606) 506-4300!
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