RV Weight 101

It is important to measure an RV’s height.Photo Credit: Rene Agredan
An important question every new full-time RVer needs to ask is: “Am I overweight?” And no, it’s not about your bulging love handles; it’s about your rig. Because when you live in your RV full-time it’s easy to pack on the pounds without realizing it. Every souvenir, extra skillet and lawn chair you pack on board can put you dangerously close to the edge of your RV’s capacities. And just like the stress that excess poundage puts on your heart, the burdensome extra weight you put on your RV can also turn into a life or death situation.
Get Peace of Mind With a Weigh In
When Jim and I hit the road we thought we were being savvy full-time RVers by learning about those tongue-twisting acronyms like GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) and GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating). We knew it was important to find out our RV weight because we learned from the Escapees RV club that:

If your RV is overweight and working harder than it was designed to do, every bump, dip and jolt on the road will accelerate normal wear and tear.
When an RV is overweight with unbalanced loads, the safety of everyone in the RV is in danger. You’ve probably seen the damage a tire blowout can do; it’s not pretty.
Insurance policies and extended warranties will be voided if excess weight is to blame for an accident involving your overweight RV.
RVers with overweight rigs have enormous legal and financial liability in a wreck. Injured parties have more recourse for compensation.

Manufacturers and federal government officials determine the payloads and capacities of every vehicle on the road. All RVs have specific limitations that vary according to the make and model of the rig. With each mile you drive, overloading

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