With spring quickly approaching here in Salmon Arm, BC, we know many of you are full of excitement about pulling your old RVs out of storage and embarking on your first big adventure of the season. But before your eager hands begin packing up your bags and haphazardly tossing all your cargo into that travel trailer, it’s important to remember how to load your RV safely. In fact, if you’re new to the world of RVs, this is an essential practice that commonly gets overlooked.
Every unit has a maximum cargo carrying capacity (CCC) that shouldn’t be exceeded. Additionally, you also need to load your RV to distribute the weight properly. A good loading strategy in place can help reduce swaying, bouncing, tire blowouts, and a host of other problems. Thankfully the team at Country Camping RV is here to help with our complete guide on how to safely load your RV!
First things first, you need to determine exactly what your RV’s weight ratings even are. The weight ratings are usually determined by the manufacturer, and you can find them in your owner’s manual or on your VIN number tag. This includes abbreviations like GVWR, GAWR, GTW, etc.
Stick to the 60/40 rule. This states that approximately 60 percent of the loaded weight should be placed in front of the trailer’s center axle, and the remaining 40 percent should be placed behind. Putting too much weight in the back of your trailer can result in fishtailing at high speeds.
Pack the heavy items first. These items should be strategically placed as close to the axle as possible, but they should also be distributed evenly across the length and width of your trailer. If your RV allows, store heavier items in the trailer’s underneath compartments to reduce the risk of them falling out. Be sure to consider your placement of items based on where your appliances are located, as these are the heaviest items on board.
Monitor your septic tank. As you go along your journey, your grey and black tanks will contribute to your overall weight, and if they go unmonitored, they could shift your trailer’s payload unevenly, which will cause more sway or bounce at high speeds. Be sure to empty them regularly throughout your trip.