As you fill your RV with gear, do you know how much weight you’re towing? Once you’ve determined the weight you can safely tow with your specific vehicle, accounted for the trailer weight when empty, your weight, and any other passengers, the number left over is the maximum weight for food, gear and personal items.
As tempting as it is to pack for every possible scenario, keeping your RV light will reduce wear and tear, improve gas mileage, and enable you to tow safely. Check out our tips for lightening your load.
Ditch the breakables
Not only are they a pain to keep secure during travel, but they’re also quite heavy. Skip breakable dishes and glassware, and opt for a lighter solution. You don’t need to go disposable though, there are plenty of stylish, non-breakable dishware options, like melamine or acrylic.
Too many single-use cooking gadgets will clutter up valuable cupboard space and weigh you down. Stick to the basics and choose cooking supplies that can perform as many tasks as possible. Think one good-sized pan, a sharp paring knife instead of specialty slicers and food processors, or bowls that can be used for food prep as well as serving.
Instead of packing your fridge full before you hit the road, grocery shop for perishable items when you’ve reached, or are near, your destination. When packing dry goods from home, portion out and pack only as much as you’ll need for your upcoming trip.
Be ruthless with your gear
At the end of each camping season, take stock of what you used and what just took up space. When you’ve only got so much gear weight to add, it’s best to stick to essentials that actually get used.
Travel on empty
With your grey and black tanks, that is, not your fuel! Dump your RV’s tanks before travel, and only carry a small amount of fresh water for any stops along the way. Confirm available services at your destination before you leave, so you know where you can fill up with fresh water before setting up camp.
Don’t haul firewood
You may save a few dollars by hauling your own firewood from home, but it takes up a lot of space and weight, taking away from any cost savings.