RV Myths Busted!

RV Myths Busted!

In RVing there are a lot of common myths that have been spread over time and many who believe they are true. But, there are a lot of myths about RVing that are not true at all. Here are some common RV myths that we have busted for you!

#1 Do I Need A Special License To Drive A Motorhome or Large Tow Behind?

False! You do not need a CDL license to dive large RVs. Most states do not require you to have a CDL to operate a motorhome. CDL’s are intended for commercial vehicles, so unless you drive a motorhome for a living, you probably don’t need a CDL. However, there are some exceptions. Some states require a commercial drivers license for RV weights that accede 26,000 lbs or have multiple vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 pounds. This includes those towing large trailers behind others. But generally, these states are: Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin (this state requires a CDL for vehicles over 45 feet in length).

In other states, you may need special licensing to drive vehicles over 26,000lbs, but not a CDL. You’ll want to check with the DMV to confirm specific details (which can change over time). These states include: California, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wyoming.

#2 RVing Is Only For Retired People

False, again. Over time, RVing has had the misconception that it is only for the retired folk, but there is tons of young RVers who travel every year and the numbers are increasing. The millennial generation is hitting the road in record numbers to revitalize this $50-billion-a-year industry. Young families have adopted the lifestyle to recreate what they experienced in their childhoods. Bunkhouse sales have sky rocketed in the last decade. Younger people are finding that RV culture aligns with their “choose-your-own-adventure” life paths that so many millennial’s desire. The idea of “spontaneity” and “wanderlust” is a huge trend for the younger generous, the idea of RVing is now the “cool” thing to do.

#3 I Have A Truck, Which Means I Can Tow Anything

False, yet again. Be careful, this is a common mistake many new RVers run into. Don’t assume just because you have a truck that it means you can tow any trailer you want. A lot of first time buyers have this problem, and end up with a trailer they can’t tow. Each vehicle has a tow rating that indicates how much weight your truck can pull. The GVWR is set by the vehicle manufacturer. If you tow beyond your maximum tow rating, you are putting yourself, the vehicle, and other travelers at risk. Check yours here: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. You should also consider with fifth wheel the payload capacity, or the total cargo weight. If you need to calculate your payload capacity simply take your GVWR and subtracting the curb weight. You can also find this in the doorjamb of your vehicle. 

#4 Model Numbers Will Tell You The Length Of The RV

False again! Many folks think that an RVs model number located on by the door of your RV tells you how long the camper actually is. This is usually not the case. However, some brands do incorporate length in the models number, but most do not. It is best to not assume.

#5 RVs Are Expensive

Not always true. You can buy an RV for just $6000 or less! RVs come in all different shapes, features, floorplans and designs. Sure, high-end RVs are definitely expensive, but no matter what your budget is, you can find an RV. Whether its a pop-up or motorhome your variety is endless.

#6 If I buy An RV That Is “Four Seasons” Or Has A “Winter Package” I Can Camp All Year Round

This can be misleading. Unfortunately there aren’t any campers that will stay warm enough to last all four seasons. Your RV will still get very cold inside during extended periods in freezing temperatures. You are also risking the chance of water lines freezing, bursting, and causing damage. Its always a good idea to winterize your RV.

#7 I Don’t Need To Store My RV In The Winter Months

We’ve talked about it before, it is very important to properly store your RV during the winter months. Leaving your RV exposed during the harsh elements winter brings can cause serious damaging, leading to costly repairs. It is best to store your RV inside however, if you’re unable to find indoor storage you

#8 I Don’t Need Weight Distribution Bars / Sway Control For My Trailer

Always remember, safety first! Even if your vehicle is built for towing, you should consider installing weight distribution bars and sway control. The first time you tow in a crosswind, you’ll understand why.

#9 A Manufactures Warranty Will Cover All Repairs

It is always a good idea to check what your warranty covers. Even if you buy a new RV, you can still run into trouble down the road. There is nothing more frustrating than finding out a certain appliance or feature isn’t covered by your manufacture warranty. So, make sure you ask those questions when going through your purchase process. Many times, dealerships offer warranties other than your manufacture warranty in case of instances such as this. It is always a good idea to do your research.

#10 Motorhomes Are Gas Guzzlers

There is some truth to this, however gas mileage in today’s motorhomes are much better than they used to be. While gas prices are high, you will be spending money to fill a tank whether it be your car or an airplane. Then, you have the added cost of a hotel on top of that! While motorhomes are not as fuel efficient as the average passenger vehicle due to their heavy weight, there have been a lot advancements made over the last few years. If gas mileage is important to you, then buy small. The larger the rig, the more gas it consumes. A big 40ft class A consumes more gas than a smaller class C. You can even go smaller to a van style class B. The same goes for a towing a trailer or fifth-wheel, the smaller the less fuel consumed. Some other simple tips include, packing light to prevent added weight and taking those turns a little slower. If you lead foot it, you’ll guzzle more gas.

There you have it, the most common RV tips busted. So, the next time you hear someone say, “RVing is for old people,” or, ” RVs are too expensive,” you’ll be able to shed some light on their misconceptions. If you have any other questions regarding RV maintenance feel free to call our service department in one of our 8 locations.

references: www.campanda.com/magazine/rv-special-drivers-license-requirements/ www.sparefoot.com/self-storage/blog/22519-8-myths-rving-truth-behind/ www.generalrv.com/blog/rving-101-misconceptions-owning-rv/ www.campingrvbc.com/how/rv-purchasing/affordability-of-rving/

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