April 15, 2019
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RV transport gigs
If you are over 25 and have a clean driving record and experience driving a motorhome or hauling a trailer, you might have the skills necessary to transport RVs, including fifth-wheels and camper trailers, from manufacturers to dealer locations. Thousands of RVs are transported to dealers each month, and all require drivers or haulers to get them to their final destinations.
Most of these RV transporter jobs pay a dollar or more per mile driven – depending on the vehicle and the destination. Some will require specific licensing (e.g., CDL), but most won’t. If you’re the kind of person who likes to drive long distances and you have a safe driving record, this kind of job might suit you. Once approved by a transporter, you can pick and choose the jobs you want and avoid those that take you into areas where you are not comfortable driving. For example, you might want to avoid jobs that take you into New York City or Los Angeles due to the traffic congestion.
To find out more about RV transport jobs, check out the websites below.
Hoosier RV Transport
RV Transport Service
Bennett RV Transport Jobs
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Black water dumping – more than just a dump
The first step after dumping your black tanks is to add enough water to completely cover the bottom of the tank. Four or five toilet bowls full should be enough depending on the size of your black tank. Water will assist a great deal with controlling holding tank odors. You always want the contents of the tank to be covered by water. Next, fill the toilet bowl and add the proper amount of holding tank chemicals, usually four ounces for every forty gallons the tank holds. Flush the toilet. Repeat this procedure every time you empty the black water holding tank. Some holding tank chemicals also contain valve lubricants to keep the valves operating properly and extend valve seal life. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101. [“Credit where credit is due,” Department. We originally posted this tip without pointing to its source–our apologies to RV Education 101!]
Campground etiquette: Go lightly on lighting
Look, this isn’t a Motel 6. Most of your neighbors don’t appreciate bright lights beaming through their shades after hours. It’s okay to leave a small porch light on after hours in case you need to let Fido out or grab a smoke but jeez, don’t think lighting your site like a concert or airplane runway is going to land you invitations for breakfast the next morning. Your neighbors may want to stargaze so just be considerate and turn off the lights if you’re not out there. Thanks to the folks at alwaysonliberty.com.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Trailer speed limits in every state
Keep this website bookmarked. Each state has different laws. For example, in California, you can tow your trailer up to 55 mph, but in New Mexico, you can zoom up to 75 mph.
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Was a RV transporter for 5 years. It was a great job as far as traveling around and seeing the country BUT. After those 5 years I had to file for bankruptcy. I could no longer pay all of the bills. The biggest problem that I had was actually getting RV’s to pickup and deliver regularly and after delivery having some kind of a haul so that I could pay to somewhat get myself back to or close to my home base. It was a great experience but am very glad that it came to an end…….
Though the ‘Trailer speed limit’ site is informative, what is even more important is what the trailer tires themselves are rated for. That number will be imbosed on the side wall of the tire. For example, if the speed limit for the road is 80mph, but the tire is rated for a max of 72mph, than that is the highest speed the driver should go. It is not a bad idea to just travel at the same speed limit as the truck driver posted limits, as those limits are typically going to be well within the rated tire speed of your trailer tires. Lower speeds give you better fuel milage, better stoppping time, and will keep the generated heat temps down, which will help with extending tire life.
I have always wanted to do that RV towing thing but find that you need to own your truck to do this with. So you use your own vehicle, maintenance and wear and tear. I have over 12 years with a CDL but O well, don’t have the money to buy a truck. In my dreams. Thanks for getting my hopes up.
You wouldn’t want to anyway. It just tears up your truck and doesn’t pencil out to the positive in most cases. So, no worries. You’re not missing much.
Thanks for mentioning the bright lights. These large rigs with their fancy different color lights wrapped around their rig or those custom lights on the front really should be told to turn those lights off after 10:00pm. This should be a campground rule.
Why? Then those individuals would have to have someone else on their precious radar. After all, it’s all about THEM right? The days of others being respectful and courteous are for the most part a thing of the past. Especially in the millennial generation but no worries there….most them can’t afford a big rig with lights.
Nope. Sold our travel trailer two years ago and bought a 5th wheel. My friend Dan is helping me upgrade a number of things on the fiver so planning to keep it a while.
We just bought a fifth wheel and we’re selling our hybrid travel trailer.
What’s a hybrid travel trailer?
A hybrid travel trailer is a fifth wheel style trailer with a high ceiling in the living area and a full size basement under the bathroom and bedroom. Unlike a fifth wheel where most bedroom/bath sits over the bed of the truck the hybrid has the bed/bathroom over the rear of the trailer so the roof tapers from the front to the rear for improved auto dynamics. The only manufacturer that I have ever seen make these is Open Range, but I don’t think they are still being made.
LMGTFY – http://lmgtfy.com/?q=What%E2%80%99s+a+hybrid+travel+trailer
What, no poll ??
Poll is there. Asking if you go to sleep naturally…
I had to do a [CONTROL – R] to make the poll show up.
I get the poll on my PC but not on my Android phones. (Galaxy S9+ & S4)
I’ve seen that “poll hiding” as well — just as you say, usually hiding on my phone (S7) and always working on my PC (linux). If you can use an “user agent switcher” it seems to help get past the new and devolved security crud.
As far as the sleep poll, I haven’t taken more than an excuse to fall asleep since I started foster/adopting kids… Hit the pillow and reach to set the alar..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!