Monday, January 30, 2023


The numbers you should memorize as an RVer

There are certain numbers that you’ll come to recognize the more you travel in your RV. Here is just a sampling.

1/2 to 2/3. Fractional numbers like these indicate how full your water tanks are at any given time.

3 to 6. Number of years generally recommended between RV tire replacement. (Of course, it depends on how much you drive in any given year and how the tires wear.)

11-8. The usual time frame for campground’s quiet hours. Neighborly RVers stay quiet during these hours.

10. Refers to the age of your rig. Some campgrounds enforce a 10-year rule. This rule says you can’t reserve a spot if your RV is 10 years old or older.

222. This “rule” for RVing says: Travel no more than 200 miles per day. Stop every 2 hours and arrive by 2 p.m. Plan to stay 2 nights at each location.

333. A similar travel guideline to 222. The 333 rule suggests you travel no more than 300 miles a day, arrive before 3 p.m., and stay for a minimum of 3 days at each camping spot.

Beer-30. Time of day to relax, usually late afternoon, when RVers kick back and grab a cold one.

Can you think of other numbers that have a direct connection with RVing? Please share in the comments below.



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Mel Cash
14 days ago

Tire size(s) on motorhome-toad-trailer.

Neal Davis
15 days ago

Rv #1 gave tank levels in quarters. RV #2 gives percentages to nearest unit; much better information. We don’t have any travel rules, travel numbers. I do not like driving after dark, or before light because the headlights of #1 were poor. Thankfully, I can only speculate about how good or bad the headllights of #2 are.

Wayne Stella
15 days ago

Height, Length, and Width of your rig, tow vehicle and trailer, or motorhome.

Thomas D
15 days ago

Most people will still be paying for an rv in 10 years. Wonder where they came up with that number?
My fifth wheel is going to celebrate its 20th birthday this May and looks like new!
Only once have I been asked and they looked out the office window and said “go ahead, you’re good.”

15 days ago

Recharge the house battery bank once it gets to 50% State of Charge. The batteries will last much longer than if you discharge them past 50% SOC.

15 days ago
Reply to  Dr4Film

Lithium batteries don’t have this need.

Gary Thomas
15 days ago

5. As in 5mph slower than posted. It isn’t how fast you go, it’s how fast can you stop. Stress is way less, and you’re on vacation

Dave D
15 days ago

It’s important to know the height and width of your vehicle, and your GVWR. Some roads or bridges have a weight limit, and you don’t want to violate those.

Martyn Price
15 days ago
Reply to  Dave D

Right on brother. Also the amount of clearance needed for slideouts. Parking 1 inch too close to the water faucet can spoil a good first beer.

16 days ago

30 / 50 – the type of electrical hookup for RVs.

Uncle Swags
16 days ago

5 – the number of years that your propane sensor is designed to live.

Denise W.
16 days ago

Google says 3 hours to get to destination. We say 6 hours. That allows for traffic delays, stopping for lunch, pulling over for a magnificent view, bathroom breaks, visitor centers. Allowing enough time to set up before dark and stretch your legs is a travel day rule in our RVing life.

15 days ago
Reply to  Denise W.

Try the “wayz” app. It accounts for traffic congestion, road closures etc. I have been using it for years, it really works.

Joe Goomba
14 days ago
Reply to  TexasScout

So does a good RV GPS, and those will also warn you about things that Waze doesn’t.

16 days ago

Ok, 3 to 6 years for tire replacement? Where did you hear that? That’s ridiculous. Even Michelin states 10 years as the limit.
First it was recommended to replace at 7 years, then 5, now 3 to 6? Why not just change them out before every season? LOL

Bill Forbes
15 days ago
Reply to  Billinois

Tires are designed to be rolling down the road. RV tires are often sitting, aging due to inactivity. Tires on multi axle rigs get drug sideways on turns. So, tires should be replaced on RVs after three years (trailers) or five years (motorhomes) or at least have a professional inspection every year after that. A complete inspection involves taking the tire off the rim to see if damage is visible on the inside, so the cost and effort may get to be high enough to just go ahead and replace them.

15 days ago
Reply to  Bill Forbes

I replaced my tires after 7-8 years. (motorhome) For years that was the standard.
Michelin states their age out limit is 10 years.
While I agree travel trailers are subject to more sideways drag stress, replacing them after 3 years is silly. When we owned our 26′ TT I sold it at 7 years, never had a problem with the tires.
This replace at 3 years edict sounds like something that originated from the tire industry to boost sales. Or anecdotal urban myth.
But people should do what they feel is best. It’s their money…

Ernie Joy
8 days ago
Reply to  Billinois

I had Michelin and they only lasted 4 years. Weather checks all over them class A coach. I have road masters by cooper now and cover them when I get there on year two now and at 1/3 the price we will see how it pans out.

7 days ago
Reply to  Billinois

3-yr more likely originated with some RV tire salesman on Commission 🙂

Gary Broughton
16 days ago

We use to travel the speed limit, not over 70. We headed towards our destination on 4 lanes but stopped by 5 to get in and set up. We left after daylight so we could see potholes, boards, low branches and animals in the road. Tires were about 5 years, bearings every spring, bleached fresh water tank every spring, crawled the roof checking and caulking. Now that we’re older it’s only about 400 miles. Stop and look at most of the little town museums and statues and battle fields. Every little town has a ma & pa restaurant with good pie.
What used to take 2 & a half days now takes at least into the 4th days but then we don’t have to get home, no kids or pets. We go to the Tetons and Yellowstone mostly then off somewhere. Our first time to Alaska took 80 days and 12000 miles, been 4 times now.
We set up stops at friends and family and have made lots of friends along the way after 48+ years.
Still get out but mostly to a destination now. We like our recliners.

Donald N Wright
16 days ago

60 MPH, less if raining or hot, 3-5 replace tires, 2 years RV checkup, 6/300, six hours or three hundred miles, 0 zero, never talk fuel mileage of your rig.

16 days ago

11’6″ or what ever the height of your rig is the MOST important number to know.

Bill Richardson
16 days ago
Reply to  TexasScout

My thoughts exactly!

Kimberly G
15 days ago
Reply to  TexasScout

Yes, and make sure that number includes the stuff on the roof. The racks, panels, A/C unit, and a little extra added in for peace of mind. 😀

15 days ago
Reply to  Kimberly G

Yes, what Dave said way up near the top… 9′ 7″ !! And I mean !!!

Curt L Coffee
16 days ago

65-Max tire speed on the sidewall of tire

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