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I don't know if this is the proper place to put this topic so feel free to move it if necessary. I think one of the most important things to a new RVer is to have your rig accurately weighed because it is not only a safety issue but knowing the weights of your rig can save you a lot of money and heartache down the road. Years ago I weighed my first trailer at a truck stop scale and not only did I not do it the right way but I didn't know what the weights meant when I got them, it was a cheap way to weigh a rig but the information I got was worthless. But just recently I found a better way and it's the escapees SmartWay. I had my truck and trailer weighed while I was staying at the escapees North ranch in Congress Arizona and I couldn't have been treated better. The guys that weighed my rig were professional and knowledgeable and took the time to explain everything to me so the numbers actually made sense. So I would recommend to any beginning RVer to find the nearest SmartWeigh location and get your rig weighed by them and you will leave there not only knowing that your rig is safe but with the knowledge of how to keep it that way.

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I always weigh a new rig at the closest scale to be sure I don't overload it. But as soon as reasonable after loading I reweigh at an all-wheel place to get the added knowledge about balancing my load which makes a huge difference in ride, handling, and tire wear. I'm a big fan of 4-wheel weighing so was thrilled when Escapee's put in their first SmartWeigh at Rainbow's End since that's usually on my route.

 

Linda Sand

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We had our rig weighed at a bootcamp. The smartweigh results were invaluable in telling us exactly what pressure we should have in each of our tires. It was quite a bit different from the recommended pressures on the sticker inside the motorhome. The only way to know what tire pressure you should have is an accurate weight on each tire, and checking those weights on the chart from your tire's manufacturer.

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It never hurts to know how much weight you are hauling and where the load is or is not. Truck scales are good but most of the time you only get axle weights at those type scales. It is good to know actual tire weights so you know if the load is balanced and how to adjust the air pressure in your tires.

It is kind of like a safety thing.... YMWV

 

John in Joplin

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It never hurts to know...where the load is or is not.

RV manufacturers assume you will have someone riding in the passenger seat. If you are solo it can be tricky getting enough weight in that corner of your RV. "I need 150 pounds of what up there?!" I took to storing tools and canned goods in my passenger seat in a bin strapped into the seatbelt. Not something I would have thought of doing if I'd not had an all wheel weighing done.

 

Linda Sand

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We got weighed at Congress with our truck and Carriage 5th wheel.

 

I was fine...learned a lot. I had a margin of 10%. I thought I had a larger margin than that!!

 

What it made me realize is that I wanted a larger margin.

 

Today I was towing my Casita (3000lbs) with my one-ton diesel truck. I got into a pod of trucks and RV's and really did not want company on the road. So I floored it and within seconds was a mile down the road looking at the POD in my rear view mirror.

 

I love towing the Casita.....I sweat towing the Carriage.

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