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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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What gas mileage should I expect with a motorhome?
Expect to get about 6-12 miles per gallon with a gas-powered coach and about 8-15 with a diesel. Some motorhomes do better, like the Sprinter motorhomes from Winnebago and other companies which can get about 17 miles per gallon on the highway. One survey of motorhome owners indicated that for many V10 gas engine powered RVs, owners typically report 8-9 mpg. Towing a car can affect your mileage, some reporting about 2 mpg less. Keeping the speed down also improved fuel economy.
How about mileage towing a trailer?
It will depend a lot on the size and weight of the rig, as well as whether the tow vehicle is gas or diesel powered. But for a larger trailer, expect 8-10 miles per gallon on gas and 10-15 on diesel. Because travel trailers have a lower wind proﬁle, you may get slightly improved mileage versus towing a ﬁfth wheel.
When traveling state to state in an RV, do you have to stop at truck weigh stations or have any particular papers with you?
In MOST states, no, you don’t need to stop at truck scales. However, if you have a rig that scales in at more than 10,000 pounds, there are some states that do require a stop. Here’s a site that gives the details: GoDownsize.com. The only papers you legally need to carry with you are the registration papers for the RV. Of course, you must have your driver’s license and proof of insurance on the vehicle you’re driving.
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Handy leveling tools
Got levels? Having bubble levels on the side and front or rear of your rig make it easier to level up when you’re setting up. Or use a small “torpedo” level. With your rig known to be level, see if your storage bay trim or windows are also level. If they are, you can use a torpedo level lined up on the trim anywhere it’s convenient.
Don’t use stabilizer jacks for leveling
Don’t try to use trailer stabilizer jacks to bring your rig up into level – most are designed simply to give more stability to the rig once leveled. Using these to try and level a rig can cause damage.
Putting in a dishwasher?
Thinking about installing an RV dishwasher? Before you go out and lay down money, check out the specifications. Not only do you need enough physical space, but also consider the electrical and plumbing requirements – your rig must be able to provide for all.
Fast-cooked meal on a hot day — without heating up the RV
Reader Sherry Zampino says she’s now using an electric pressure cooker to make fast meals on a hot day, outside! Since it’s sealed, even outside it doesn’t attract critters, but cuts cooking time in a hurry. “I can go from frozen to cooked in about a half hour.” Thanks, Sherry!
Handling putty/butyl tape in hot weather
Working with putty tape (or butyl tape) in hot weather? Prepare for frustration as the backing paper will stick to the gooey tape. Better: Put the roll in the freezer for a few minutes – tape peels off backing easily. Some folks store their butyl tape in the freezer for this reason.
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If you could tell someone new to RVing just one thing, what would it be?
From the editors: We asked our readers this question recently. Here is one response:
“Be mentally prepared to constantly have a ‘fix-it’ repair list and get it fixed/repaired constantly.” — John Bellush
Random RV Thought
To conserve water when dry camping, shave with a rechargeable electric shaver rather than with a blade.
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Regarding the need to stop at a weigh station, a good read can be found at https://camperreport.com/do-rvs-have-to-stop-at-weigh-stations/
Regarding the “tell someone knew about RVing”, I would recommend to that person (John Bellush) to buy a better quality RV. So far just the inexpensive ones gave us regular problems our more expensive ones hold up quite nicely, mind you we only hold onto them for about 8 to 10 years. And there is nothing to fix when we sell them.
I read the article about stopping at weigh stations, but it never addressed what would happen if you pulled in and your weight exceeded your vehicles GVWR. Does anyone have any experience with this?
Only from a commercial standpoint. You would have to unload whatever you need to unload to get the weight down to match either the weight rating on the trailer or the weight rating on the Tires which ever is less. Then you will need to have somebody, usually a commercial shipper, come and pick up whatever you offloaded to haul it to your destination.