Living in an RV means that we always have to to be aware of weight and how much we are hauling around. Yeah, I know, I’m hauling a lot of weight around! But right now, I’m talking about the weight of our motorhome and the things we carry in it.
Every RV, be it a slide-in truck camper, a travel trailer, a fifth wheel trailer, a Class C motorhome, or a Class A diesel pusher, has a certain Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), which is the maximum allowable total weight of the vehicle and everything in it, including cargo, people, fuel, fresh water, etc.
A lot of RVers who are pushing their weight limits (and a lot of RVers are pushing their weight limits) have a rule that if something new goes in, something else has to go out. We haven’t gotten to that point yet, but I’ll admit that I keep a pair of my dad’s old police handcuffs in my desk drawer, and if I see Miss Terry lugging in one more sack of groceries, or another kitchen gadget, I’m locking myself to the steering wheel so I don’t get kicked out to the curb!
Actually, we have had our Winnebago weighed by the good folks at RVSEF, and we are safely within our carrying capacity. Every RVer should have their rig weighed, and have it done by somebody who specializes in RVs, not simply pulling onto a scale at a truck stop. That might give you your overall weight, but as an RVer, you also need to have each corner weighed individually. You can be under your overall weight limits, but still have too much weigh on one side or the other. Knowing that information will allow you to redistribute things inside your RV to get it balanced out better.
Since we have a nice margin between our actual weight and our GVWR, I wasn’t worried when Miss Terry splurged a little bit this week and bought two things she has been longing for for years, a Lodge Logic serving pot and one of their Dutch ovens. Now, I don’t know what she’s going to use them for, and they are a little bit heavy, but I learned a long time ago that if Terry wants something like that, I am the ultimate beneficiary, because she’ll use them to create something for our table that will be beyond delicious!
I also picked up something I have been wanting. A while back my buddy Greg White bought a Sears 150 PSI air compressor, and I’ve been waiting to see what he had to say about it. Greg said the air compressor works great, and he was able to top off his big RV tires with it with no problem. Like Greg, we have an onboard air compressor on our diesel pusher, but that requires firing up the engine, just to top off a tire now and then, and there are times our campground neighbors don’t appreciate that.
With Greg having given the air compressor his blessing, yesterday I stopped at Sears and bought one of them. They are found in the hardware department, not the automotive section. And I lucked out – Greg paid $99 for his, and mine was on sale for $89! Anytime I can get one up on Greg is a good day! 🙂
Today Terry’s sister Lisa and her husband Jim are hosting a family dinner to celebrate their mom and dad’s birthdays. Bess celebrated her 79th birthday this week, and Pete turns 81 on the 11th. Both of them are in excellent health, and will probably outlive me. A lot of people mistake Bess for Terry’s sister, and her dad can outwork any two men half his age. I like to think that I’m at least partially responsible for their good health. I figure all of that walking the floor, worrying about their oldest daughter’s choice in men, has to have been good exercise!
Thought For The Day – Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It just means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.