There are so many misconceptions out there about rvs and rving. Part of why I started this blog is to help inform people and help spread knowledge about rvs and the rv lifestyle. I hear misconceptions about rving quite a bit, and I have heard these four more than most.
- “I can camp when it is below zero outside because I have a 4 Season RV.”
While there a certain brands that add extra insulation as well as upgraded furnaces there really is no such thing as a four season rv. The main thing that people forget about is that even in cold enough temperatures your home will freeze. I prefer to think of them as extended season rvs. If you are going to be using your camper in colder temperatures, there are several things that you can do to protect your pipes and tanks from freezing. I have gone into more detail on that in my previous blog post Camping in the Winter.
2. “It says ‘Ultra Light’ so it is lighter than that one next to it that doesn’t say ‘Ultra Light.’”
When a manufacturer puts “Ultra Light” on their product it doesn’t mean that it is lighter than anything else. It means that they have an aluminum frame and a fiberglass exterior verses a wood frame with an aluminum exterior. The aluminum structure and fiberglass exterior are going to be more premium of building materials and will cost more than their wood framed and aluminum sided counterparts. There are pros and cons to both.
3. “I have a truck, I can tow anything.”
Knowing how much your exact vehicle is rated for as far as towing is so very important. I’ve seen a bunch of people out towing things that they shouldn’t be. As someone who has worked at both a car dealership in the service department as well as an rv dealership in the service department, I cannot stress how important this is enough. I have put a link below to our tow rating database that will help you find out how much your vehicle can tow.
As a dealer, we recommend going 1,000 lbs below your tow vehicles maximum towing capacity for the dry or ship weight of the camper. This will allow you plenty of room for all your clothes, food and other camping supplies.
If you are considering a toy hauler I recommend 1,000 lbs plus the weight of your toy. So if you want a toy hauler to take your Harley with you and your bike weighs 700 lbs figure 1700 lbs below your maximum towing capacity.
If you tow more than what your vehicle is rated for you run the risk of doing damage to the transmission of your tow vehicle. Which can be a very costly thing to replace.
4. “I never used my generator, therefore it is in perfect condition, just like new.”
I have seen so many people buy used motor homes or toy haulers that have an on board generator and boast that the generator is basically new because it has never been used. Generators need to be ran to be kept up. It is important to start and run your generator at least once a month. Even if you only run it for an hour, basically what you are doing is allowing the oil to coat all of the mechanisms inside. Which helps prolong the life of the seals. So often I have found that when a generator hasn’t been ran in a long time, you need to do intensive repair work, or need to replace the whole generator.