Your RV must be weighed when it is fully loaded. This includes passengers, food, clothing, water, fuel, supplies, any towed vehicles behind a motorhome, and the tow vehicle for an RV trailer. It is important to weigh your RV at a location that can provide axle-end specific weights. You should not expect to measure equal loads at both ends of the same axle, because floor plans and component locations vary significantly; however, you should distribute the load to obtain the best balance possible.
When was the last time you weighed your RV?
Why should you have your RV weighed?
Courtesy of The RV Technical Education and Safety Conference
- To know if your RV exceeds the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) assigned by the manufacturer. Exceeding these ratings can cause premature wear and tear on the vehicle’s components. The RV may have failures or need repairs due to excessive weight, although the weight factor may not be clearly evident. In the worst case, an overweight situation creates safety hazards.
- To know if your motorhome and towed vehicle or your trailer and tow vehicle exceed the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) assigned to your motorized vehicle (the motorhome, or the tow vehicle in the case of a trailer). Exceeding the GCWR can have legal and safety consequences.
- To know if you need special licensing for the state in which your vehicle is registered.
- To know if your RV tires are overloaded.
- To know if your RV tires have the proper inflation pressure for the loads on the tires.