A house on wheels is a novel concept to many people, and not always an easy one to understand. You may have a tendency to either simplify the whole process too much or to make things unnecessarily complicated. Here are several things you may have heard that simply aren’t true:
- Any truck can tow any RV
- Well-insulated RVs are safe for camping in extreme cold
- You need a special license for RV driving
- RVs get awful gas mileage
- Full-time RV living is unsustainable
1) Any Truck Can Tow Any RV
Your truck may not be strong enough to tow a massive camping trailer. If you put your vehicle through too much strain, you risk damaging your vehicle and causing severe injury to anyone traveling with you. Before you purchase a camping trailer, check your vehicle’s GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) to see how much you can safely tow. If the trailer you’re eyeing is too heavy for safe towing, it’s time to either choose a smaller trailer or get a stronger towing vehicle.
Pro Tip: Some trailer models are designed to allow smaller, weaker vehicles to tow them safely. Talk to your RV dealer about the best fit for your towing vehicle.
2) Well-Insulated RVs are Safe for Camping in Extreme Cold
Houses are built to withstand very cold temperatures and keep the interior warm. RVs are not. Don’t be fooled by labels saying the RV has arctic insulation. While this means the RV will be comfortably in mild winter temperatures, any region where temperatures can drop into the single digits or lower will not be safe. Your camping trailer’s heating system won’t be able to keep up. Worse, pipes can freeze and burst, causing expensive damage. Don’t go camping in extremely cold regions!
3) You Need a Special License for RV Driving
Given the size of most RVs or motorhomes, it’s easy to assume that you need a special license to drive these vehicles. After all, driving a haul truck requires a commercial driver’s license. Thankfully, you don’t need to pursue a CDL to take your RV on the road. Your current driver’s license is sufficient. However, driving with an RV in tow is a fundamentally different experience from driving a car on its own and definitely warrants practice driving.
4) RVs Get Awful Gas Mileage
An RV’s weight means that it will never get gas mileage as good as your normal car. However, camping trailers are no longer the gas guzzlers you may have heard about. Newer models are designed to get better mileage or put less strain on your towing vehicle, thus consuming less fuel.
5) Full-Time RV Living is Unsustainable
Finally, anyone considering full-time RV living likely has concerns. What about work, or establishing residence, or spending time with friends and family? Living out of a camping trailer doesn’t mean your life is over, just that a few things have to change. Remote jobs can let you keep working from anywhere with an internet connection. Meanwhile, you can use a friend’s address to establish your residency and receive mail no matter where your RV happens to be. Get creative to find solutions to potential issues.
The Truth About RV Living
Camping or living in your RV is similar in many ways to living in your home. Of course, while there are other important things to consider, there’s no need to make your RV lifestyle overly difficult. Stay informed of what you truly need and enjoy your time on the road!
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