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Podcast: April 2016, Fifth Wheel Street's founder was interviewed by Greg Gerber, editor and founder of RV Daily Report. Note: Greg has reported that this podcast has become the most downloaded interview ever.
Step 1: Choose, print and provide answers on the appropriate worksheet.
Step 2: Weigh your vehicles. Once with the trailer or other towable attached, then the tow vehicle without your trailer or other towable attached.
Step 3: Enter the data from your worksheet into the RV Safety Report Calculator.
Step 4: Adjust load distribution and inflate tires per tire load inflation recommendations.
The RV Safety & Education Foundation data indicates that 57% of all RVs on the road exceed one or more weight safety ratings.
Additionally, the following exceed at least one rating:
Ensure you're not the one exceeding a load rating. Use our easy 4-step weight safety plan.
"Towing with mismatched vehicles or towing while exceeding the vehicles’ weight safety ratings may not always be the primary factor in an accident. However, I am convinced that the severity of some accidents are exacerbated by overweight conditions and/or mismatched combinations." Dave Gray
Matching the correct tow vehicle and trailer starts here: Before You Buy That RV, Truck or Other Tow Vehicle
How likely will these trucks be overloaded by a 5th wheel trailer?
The answer may be jaw dropping for some.
Check out our 2017 tow rating charts showing some of the most popular truck brands and models used for towing.
Heavy Duty Trucks (HDT) for Towing RVs
In recent years, the big three pickup truck makers have really made waves with the high payload and towing capacities. Additionally, the cost of buying these big one ton trucks have skyrocketed as well. For most RVers, the cost of medium duty trucks (MDT), even used ones, are hardly affordable. As you will read in this recommended article, a used and well maintained HDT can be the lowest cost to buy, and it's certainly the safest to tow any RV trailer available. Considering an HDT is a viable option. Read more here.
Is it possible to tow 5th wheel trailers with these light duty trucks and not exceed the weight safety ratings?
The answer may surprise you...
Or may cause you to gasp.
Check out these 2017 tow rating reviews for five commonly used half-ton truck brands.
The law firm of Keller, Fishback and Jackson LLP filed a consumer class action on February 9, 2017, on behalf of three consumers and all others similarly situated in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against TBC Corporation, Dynamic Tire Corporation and DOES 1-10, alleging they falsely advertise the reliability of their tires used on trailers and fifth wheels. Read more here.
Recently, a couple of people have suggested that vehicle ratings such as GVWR and GCWR are only measures of mechanical ability, not measures of safety.
The RV industry should expect to see many more recalls being issued in the months and years ahead. NHTSA is engaging in a consumer education effort to encourage RV owners to report vehicle safety issues directly to NHTSA.
Here are some of the situations for which NHTSA would like consumers to communicate directly to the agency: Read more here.
Often, someone will suggest that a vehicle's published tow rating should be 80% or 75% of the published towing capacity to provide a safe towing capacity margin. Apparently, some are teaching this rule at various RV safety seminars too.
Is 80% rule enough? Is it too much? Will this simple formula keep someone within the manufacturer's weight safety ratings?
Read more here.