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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101
U of RV Journal #30- August 24, 2009


“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." ~Clay P. Bedford






BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

Summer is slipping away. I can't believe that kids are heading back to school, and it will soon be labor day. We still have a couple RV trips planned in the near future, but now they will be weekend trips (planned around school schedules) rather than week long trips.

On a different note, I realized recently that a lot of the questions I get asked seem to boil down to weight related issues with RV's. Unfortunately weighing your RV is kind of like checking the inflation pressure in your tires.You know it needs to be done, but just don't want to do it. You know what I mean, when was the last time you weighed your RV, to make sure you were within all the weight ratings?

It's a confusing topic to say the least. You need to learn all the terms, definitions and acronyms concerning RV weights. Then you need to learn how and where to weigh your RV. And, last but certainly not least, you need to load it up and go do it. What a hassle. It is a hassle, but the benefits far outweigh (no pun intended) not having your RV weighed. It's safer for everyone concerned, components on your RV will last longer, tires will quit blowing out, and you will probably get better gas mileage.

In this week's feature article I explain several reasons why you should weigh your RV, and provide you with a link where you can download a brochure that explains exactly how to weigh your RV. You can even print out the charts and take them to the scales with you.

So, there you go, no more reasons for not weighing your RV. The next time you plan a trip make it a point to head to the scales first and have everything weighed. You might be surprised at what you find out.

Until next week happy camping & safe travels
Mark


Why Weigh your RV? Weighing your RV can be the difference between a safe, enjoyable trip and a costly, disastrous trip. With multiple slide out rooms, amenities like washers and dryers, large holding tank capacities and the ample amount of storage space available on today’s RVs it’s easy to see why so many are overloaded. Overloaded RVs are extremely dangerous. Actually there are a lot more reasons for weighing your RV than I listed here, but my intent was to highlight some of the most important reasons for weighing your RV. ....... Read the article


...with Mark
Q. We enjoy your articles and the DVDs we purchased from you. Very helpful.

We have a 33-foot Newmar on a Ford F-53 chassis with a Triton V10 engine and a Banks exhaust system. We have been trying to find information about the proper use of the tow/haul button on the gear shift but haven't been very successful. We pull a 12 foot trailer and have just traded our Honda Odyssey for a CR-V which we can tow when we travel during the summer.

Can you direct me to an article or two where we can get this information? We sure would appreciate it.

Best regards to you and Dawn.

Mark Says:
You didn't mention what year the chassis was, but I am assuming it is a 2006 or newer Ford chassis. I waited until 2006 to get our F53 Ford Superduty chassis because of the transmission and tow/haul change for that model year.

When you tow a heavy trailer or vehicle, and depending on road conditions (hills, mountains etc.) the transmission will keep hunting or changing gears. When it does this, (goes in and out of overdrive) you would use the tow/haul selector. It basically keeps the transmission from hunting for the right gear and provides better power delivery from the transmission.

We have a 2006 Ford chassis and we tow a Jeep Wrangler. I seldom need to use tow/haul during normal trips on fairly flat road surfaces here in the South, but when we travel in more mountainous regions I occasionally need it.

The reason I waited until 2006 to purchase our motorhome was because they added a transmission braking feature to it. If you are descending an incline and want some help slowing down you depress the tow/haul button and the transmission assists in slowing the vehicle down. I use this feature all of the time.

I am attaching a link that will provide some good information on the F53 chassis. I think this particular one is for a 2008 chassis. Read the information

I hope this helps


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BY Mark Polk

Tip #1 Anybody pulling a travel trailer or pop-up should have some type of sway control. Talk to your RV dealer. Should the trailer become unstable and attempted steering corrections don’t control it you can use the manual override on the brake control to help regain control of the trailer. Slide the lever over slowly and allow the trailer brakes to engage and the sway control to put the trailer back on a straight course. If trailer sway becomes severe, reduce your speed gradually, avoid using the vehicle brakes if possible and manually apply more trailer brakes.

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