As this video shows, the added safety margin of a medium duty RV truck is impressive. Some 5th wheel trailers weigh in at 20,000 pounds. Do you really want to gamble that your RV trailer’s electric brakes will be enough to stop you in an emergency?
RV Driving / Towing Tips
If you've never driven an RV before, then you'll want to read these tips from RV owners before you drive, turn, back-up, and park an RV for the first time. It's a lot different from driving a car! And if you're traveling in an RV, chances are you'll want to have a separate car to drive around (for sightseeing, shopping, eating, grocery shopping, etc). Here, RVers are sharing their personal experiences and tips for towing a vehicle behind an RV -- including RV trailer tips, tow dollies, hitch recommendations, tow ratings, and more.
Towing a car behind your RV has definite pros and cons. The freedom gained is nice, but the extra cost can add up. Renting a car when you get to your destination may be a better choice. This video demonstrates proper procedures if you are towing a car.
Run flat tires on RVs can cause catastrophic damage when they fly apart. A tire pressure monitoring system can alert you to dropping air pressure in time to safely get off the highway and avoid a serious accident.
Truck stops are busy with semi trucks looking to refuel and go. Diesel RVs are welcome, but you need to use proper etiquette so you don’t slow down the process for the big rigs. This video will give you an idea of what a professional driver goes through each day.
You might think that RV jobs are hard to find, since you’re moving from one place to another all the time. Here are 2 fun ideas worth considering: being a traveling RV Workamper, and transporting RVs for an RV dealer.
Once the RV is parked, you need a way to get around. Bicycles are good if you like the exercise. A scooter will get you farther, faster. Here are some things to consider.
One of the most versatile rigs on the road today is the toy hauler. Built with the rear portion designed as a garage, a toy hauler allows you to bring along all the toys that will enable you to combine camping with your favorite hobby.
Maneuvering a big RV for the first time can be tricky. New motorhome drivers need to take care.
When the RV trailer’s load isn’t spread out properly, disaster can strike without warning. Here are the best tips for avoiding trailer sway.
Just as you need to know your RV’s height limitations and width limitations, you also need to know your RV’s weight limitations. Here’s how to tell how much weight your RV can legally carry, as well as how much your RV weighs with everything on board.
Chances are, your Class A motorhome or RV trailer exceeds the maximum width limit for motor vehicles. In most states, anything over 8-1/2 feet wide requires a special oversized load permit every time it will be moved. That is, unless you live very close to a qualifying interstate highway. Some states limit an RV’s width to only 8 feet wide!
A good RV driving school can teach you all the same skills that the professional truck drivers need — including how to make a daily safety inspection to ensure that your RV is ready to hit the road, and how to handle your RV in many different situations. Here’s how you can find RV training schools, seminars, and courses in your area.
Tips for stopping and braking when pulling a trailer, driving at highway speeds, and balancing your RV’s weight distribution. If you’ve never towed a trailer behind a truck or motorhome before, then read this first!
An equalizer hitch is probably the most important part of towing a travel trailer. That, and how well you properly load the trailer. Here are my best tips for loading and towing RV travel trailers.
Following these few simple defensive driving techniques will greatly increase the likelihood that your RV lifestyle won’t be cut short because of an unfortunate accident that probably could have been avoided — if you had just done things a little differently.
If your RV or tow vehicle happens to be powered by a diesel engine, you might be interested in using biodiesel or vegetable oil as fuel for your RV.
While you may dream of driving the RV wherever the road may take you, the truth is that sometimes you might have to transport it. Transporting an RV can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are well prepared and do your research, you should be able to have a smooth move and save a lot of money.
Some very famous people have enjoyed the RV lifestyle. Here are some of the rich and famous stories surrounding RVs, motorhomes, and Airstream trailers.
After you purchase a new or used RV — be it a motorhome or trailer — the most costly item needed to move it down the highway is the fuel that makes the motor run. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to maximize how far your fuel investment will take you. Here are some tips for getting the most from your RV fuel dollars on the road.
Here’s what you need to know to drive your RV safely through snow, sleet, and ice.
Nothing would ruin your day faster than the instant you realized that your RV was too tall to fit below the bridge you just went under. Every state is different as to whether they mark the height of bridges or not. Here’s what you need to know before you drive an RV.
Having appliances like the RV refrigerator or plumbing give you problems can be annoying, but when the RV’s motor sputters to a halt and all you get is a Click, Click when you attempt to restart… things can get serious real quick. Your options for seeking roadside assistance vary greatly, depending on what type of RV you have.
Ever have a trailer breakaway from your hitch before? I have. Here’s how to properly mount and hook up a fifth wheel hitch on your pickup truck.
Having trouble climbing hills in your motorhome? What about when you’re towing something like a car, a boat, or a utility trailer behind the RV? With an auxiliary transmission, you can climb the tallest mountain with ease.
How in the world do you maneuver an RV that’s practically as big as a house?! Driving a Class A motorhome can be intimidating. But it’s a skill that can be easily learned — with a little practice. Here are some tips for your first time driving a Class A motorhome.