Looks like you're going to try to push the limit.
EspressoDude wrote:... Hold things in place with the seatbelts...
Keep weight centered and low.
Before you leave the rental lot inspect the tires for worn out tread and cracked sidewalls. Replace them if needed.
If the weight is too high, * you * will * tip * when * driving *
. Also, avoid shoulders - you tip/roll much easier than a car.
motskyroonmatick wrote:Is there a possibility of pulling a small trailer so that you don't overload the tires of the RV too much?
Good idea, but you still have to watch the total weight of loaded RV and loaded trailer for braking.
If you're going to tow a trailer with the RV, usually allowed, but even if the hitch is already there, it should be in the contract! Let them know in advance so they can make sure yours has a hitch.
Gross weight vs. payload. Account for potable water, grey & black, and gas
, plus all your gear and people. Read the manual to find the specifications.
Some weight in the far rear actually makes steering very stable (polar inertia), but watch you don't but too much to the rear (balance, wheelies) or too much out past the rear axel (back of RV tries to come off).
Like if you where to load the understorage compartments (rear & sides), under the bed, inside any storage on the floor and all along the floor with 50 cases of 35 bottles of water... You can hit a speed bump and the front may try to lift off. Technically the rubber stayed on the ground - just ask the guys at the Costco
. If that hadn't happened at slow speed and away from people and vehicles there would have been a very nasty steering problem very shortly down the road. Or catastrophic had I made to the road north to the playa without prior incident or warning.
Be aware of the weight of what you're loading and even it out through the RV, heavier stuff on the floor, on the floor inside storage areas or in the underslung storage compartments. Also, the rear can try to rip off when the rear tires hit the bump and the inertia of the water tries to keep the rear of the RV where it was. Go slow over bumps when you're loaded. Really slow. With a bike, food & other gear, and potable water tank full, the bottles of water took me
can take you to just under maximum gross weight. I was about to get another 15 cases of water as my original intent was 65 cases and take 2 or 3 ride-shares and their gear, only I remembered I got 35-bottle cases on sale and not 24-bottle cases, did the math again, and this time with the water tanks and gas, and then rode to the playa alone. It adds up fast. (Really fast if you're taking 1900 lbs of water in addition to the tanks. - Sounds like you'll be taking tons
lots of gear.)
Having things in containers instead of loose makes a great deal of sense. Easy to keep organized, easy to re-blance, easy to secure with seat-belts or ???, and if you've got to fill it up to get everything there, then it's the easiest if you have to quickly pull things out to allow inspection of all of the spaces they have to see. When loaded, stopping distance increases!!! Greatly!!!
Don't pump the brakes. Slow and steady application.
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