According to the RV Safety & Education Foundation, data indicates that 56% of RVs on the road exceed one or more weight safety ratings. Gray’s worksheet and calculator remove any excuse by RV owners, outdoor recreationalists, farmers and ranchers who tow conventional trailers from not weighing their rig. Conventional trailers include all vehicles with a tongue such as travel, toad or dinghy, boat, utility, horse and stock trailers.
Gray also states that RV damage from tire blowouts are the most reported insurance claim. An overload combined with under- or over-inflated tires may cause a sudden blowout or breakdown. Even a slight overload or unequal weight distribution can seriously restrict the vehicle’s braking and steering capabilities. Higher fuel consumption and driver fatigue are also common side effects of traveling with overloaded, heavy, poor-handling vehicles.
FifthWheelSt.com is the brainchild of full-time RVer David Gray and was founded in April 2011 to promote towing safety by providing simplified weighing worksheets, web-based and app calculators to assist all who tow fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers.
If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with David Gray, please call David at (850) 583-6937 or e-mail David at info@FifthWheelSt.com.