Florida RV Show After Party


Join your favorite RV YouTube Celebrities at the Florida RV Show After Party.

It’s the latest trend in the RV world: modern RV All Stars, AKA bloggers, building a reputation of influence in the industry. Thousands of followers, thirsty for RV knowledge, are reading these bloggers’ sites, tapping into their YouTube channels or connecting with them on social media to receive the most up to date content about RVing. These bloggers are shaping how RVers learn more about the lifestyle not only before, but after they’ve made their RV purchase.

During the first of its kind RV After Party on Thursday, January 16, some of the RV industry’s key influencers from across the nation will welcome attendees to meet them, ask questions, and learn more. The RV After Party will be held at The Wing House, located at 5003 U.S. 301, in Tampa, across from the Tampa fairgrounds entrance. Doors open to the general public at 6 p.m. for this free event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and local musicians will provide live music.

“There’s been a major shift in the RV industry; numbers show enormous growth among all ages buying RVs and hitting the road,” said Mark Koep, owner of RVandGo and Campgroundviews.com. “Along with that growth these very well-respected bloggers and influencers, who are guiding RV owners through the process, have established a strong online presence in the industry. They are providing valuable resources to RVers of all ages and in all stages of their experience.”

The November debut of a new TV show, The RVers, further solidifies this trend. The six-episode show recently finished airing its first season on the Discovery Channel. Some of the top bloggers and travelers who are involved with the show will be at the RV After Party. They include the creator and host of the show, Anthony Nalli, and co-hosts Tom and Caitlin Morton of Mortons on the Move and Peter Knize and John Sullivan of The RV Geeks.

Other who will be there include Mike and Jennifer Wendland of RV Lifestyle, Marc and Julie Bennett of RV Love, Kyle and Olivia Brady of Drivin’ and Vibin’, Jason and Rae Miller, known as the Getaway Couple, and Nathan and Marissa Moss of Less Junk, More Journey.

Several of these industry influencers will also have books and gear available for purchase at the event. There will also be free give-aways. Combined, they provide an in-depth platform of resources about everything and anything RV-related.

“We’re very excited to be part of this, and happy to connect with other RVers too, especially those who are new to the RV journey,” said Rae Miller, of the Getaway Couple. “This is a great opportunity for RVers to make connections.”

At the end of the day, attendees at the RV After Party will gain valuable resources to aid in their RV journeys.

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20 Must See National Parks in 2020 by Drivin’ and Vibin’

If you’re looking for the best National Parks in 2020, Kyle and Olivia Brady gives you their top 20 list. 

  1. Sequoia National Park (California)
  2. Olympic National Park (Washington)
  3. Everglades National Park (Florida)
  4. Death Valley National Park (CA/NV)
  5. Great Smoky Mountain National Park (NC/TN)
  6. Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)
  7. Red Wood National Park (California)
  8. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
  9. Joshua Tree (California)
  10. Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)
  11. Big Bend National Park (Texas)
  12. Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)
  13. Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
  14. Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)
  15. Arches National Park (Utah)
  16. Acadia National Park (Maine)
  17. Yosemite National Park (Central California)
  18. Glacier National Park (Northern Montana)
  19. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
  20. Zion National Park (Southwest Utah)

Keep up to date with Olivia and Kyle.

Picking the Best RV for a First Time RV Rental Trip

Hey there, its Mark Koep with RVnGO and CampgroundViews.com. Today Im going to talk to you a little bit about choosing the right RV rental for your first RV trip. So that’s the number one question we get at RVnGO is “what unit is right for me on my very first trip?” And the answer unfortunately is it depends. It depends on you. It depends on your trip. It depends on your experience. It depends on all these other factors. So let’s go through the key decision points you need to mark off to decide on which unit is right for you. So the first big decision you need to make is where are you going? What are you using this RV for? So are you going to a festival or are you going to some sort of concert or music event? Are you going to a family reunion or a public campground like a state park or national park?

Are you renting the RV to go on some big road trip across the country or are you taking the RV to go camping in an RV resort? And you want a whole bunch of amenities. There are a whole bunch of decisions that go into the type of unit you’re going to need based upon where you’re going to stay. So for example, if you are going to stay at a state park, a national park or forest service campground, generally speaking, you’re going to want an RV that is not super long in length. So for example, a class C, a class B, or even a van, a camper van, maybe a better choice. You can get these in 25 foot lengths, 24 foot lengths up till you notice this Forrester right here is 32 feet in length. That’s about the longest you’re gonna want to go if you’re staying at a public park, unless you know that the park has bigger sites available and you’re able to lock them in.

Usually those parks were built years ago before the advent of large RVs. And so therefore you want a smaller unit when you’re going to these public style parks. Now on the flip side, if you’re going to go to a park where you’re going to be in an RV resort and you want lots of space and you want lots of space internally, that’s where you can start looking at some of the larger fifth wheels in class a units. I’m looking at some fifth wheels. Now I’m, I’m in Arizona myself. We’re out of Scottsdale, Arizona. So when I click on these buttons, it’ll geo-locate to your area. So if you’re at RVnGO.com and you just click on these links, it’s going to find out where you’re at and show you units around you. I showed you fifth wheels, but I’m gonna go over to class A’s first – say you’re going to a big trip to an RV resort, maybe casinos in Las Vegas, and you’re renting the RV to go out there and hang out and gamble and have a good time while staying in an RV resort with a beautiful pool for a reasonable nightly rate. You can get something like this 45 foot Thor Motor coach. That’s a brand new unit. That’s beautiful. I mean, I know it’s $425 a night, but that’s a pretty cool unit. – 33 foot coach. What you’re going to get when you get into these class A’s, we’ll go in here and take a look at it is you’re going to find that inside of them. They are very fancy and really nice. This is the inside of this unit. You can easily see a rock band hanging out and here you can live a life of luxury inside this unit. It’s a really good unit for that type event that I’m talking about – a family event where you’re going out, you want to impress and you want to enjoy the comforts of home while you’re on the road. The nice thing about A Class a unit is that it’s a drivable, you know, it’s an RV that you drive down the road. In fact, you may even have a photo if you got a photo of the steering area, they’d don’t. But the, the driving areas right up here, it’s got a really big windshield. It’s really easy to see out of that windshield. This unit’s 45 feet long and due to its weight, depending upon the state you’re in, there may be special licensing requirements in order to drive the unit.

So one of the considerations you have to make is can I drive this unit? And do I have the proper licensing endorsements to do that. So you want to check your state and local laws regarding towing and you can do a quick search – you know, if you’re in California, licensing requirements to drive a 45 foot class a RV and you’ll quickly find some information on that. But assuming that you have everything good, you’ve driven one of these before, you’ve driven something large and you feel comfortable driving it, this would be a very luxurious way to roll and go to a RV resort.

But now jump back over to the fifth wheels. The thing about fifth wheels, here’s actually a really good one. That’s 38 foot Momentum. So the 2017 unit, and I’ll jump inside here on these photos and the reason I’m pulling it up, these photos aren’t, those photos aren’t showing it as effective it as well. Here’s a good one. So for looking at the inside of this unit, you see how fancy it is inside it. Fifth wheels actually have a little bit more space than a Class A RV would for the same length.

So if you had a 45 foot class a and a 45 foot fifth wheel, the fifth wheel is going to have more space. And the reason is pretty obvious. There’s no motor, there’s no drive train, there’s no steering area, so you don’t have the driving area, you don’t have the engine. When that goes away, you have that space open up for living space and storage space. So fifth wheels tend to have a lot more storage. In this case, this is actually a toy hauler, which means it’s got space in the back to load up motorcycles, side-by-sides and other vehicles like that. And also we had that picture a little earlier here. It also has this deck that opens up and you can put out these, these curtains here are these these rails to create a patio. And so these become a really good party event where you back this unit up over a grass area or I’ve actually seen these backed up over like a, a water feature or a lake or a river and you’ve got this deck where you can hang out, enjoy the outdoors and really have fun.

This unit even has an awning on the top here, so you’d be out in the back of, you had opened this awning up and have a nice shade area for this back. So that’s a fifth wheel. Now the big thing about fifth wheels is the way in which they’re towed. They have a hitch that goes into the bed of your truck. This unit right here, you’re going to need a big truck like a 2,500 series or even a 3,500 series truck from any of the new makers. So the Chevy Ram or Ford pickup trucks will be able to handle this type of union. Now, if you’re looking at rent for the first time, you may not have that pickup available to tow this. If you don’t have that pickup available, some of the individual renters, and actually a lot of them will deliver them for you.

So if you reach out to them,  and actually send an inquiry. So you’d go through this inquiry process with your dates and in that inquiry process you can request a delivery and just tell them where you want to go. And there’s a large number of folks on RVnGO with their units that are willing to deliver for you. Some of them actually prefer to deliver it to you because you, as you can understand, if somebody has never driven a unit this big, it does take some skills and they would be willing to deliver on your behalf to that place. Set it up, you show up and enjoy it – you leave, they pick it up and they take it back to their place. Really simple clean transaction. So that’s a fifth wheel.

On the flip side, say you do have maybe a 1500 series pickup truck and you have some experience towing RVs. You can look over in the travel trailer section. So if you’re looking for a travel trailer, this is actually a good example. This is a 21 foot Cruise Lite by Forest River. As you can see, this little hitch here goes on to the back bumper hitch of your pickup truck. As long as you’re wired with electric there, you can plug into the electric and you can readily tow this trailer with a 1500 series pickup truck. So it’d be like picking up a U-Haul trailer, something like that. Obviously a lot more fancier than a U-Haul trailer, but you can go RVing with this in tow on your trip.

You can see this overhead layout. It’s got a queen bed up in the front. The dinette that would turn into a bed. And then the kitchen area and restrooms on the back. This unit is designed for travel and here’s some interior shots. So you see this, this table drops down, sits here, that turns into a bed, and then you have this bed over here in the front of the unit, which we got the photo right here of the bed. These are really good units. If you’re going camping with friends and family just to go camping, you’re not looking for anything fancy, fancy. You just need something to stay and sleep in. And this unit I believe had an AC unit on the top  – Yup. Has AC and heat. So that unit would have AC and it comes in at we’ve got some sample dates here. So this is a wow us seven night rental or six night rental or one week. One week rental is $600. Additional fees add up to $1,000 for that six day rental. And that’s with the roadside assistance, the required insurance for one week rental. So for seven nights, you’re paying just over a hundred bucks a night, about 150 bucks a night for the use of this RV, which is not a bad price at all when you’re going to go out and compare it to hotels and everything else. So that’s a travel trailer. So again, if you’re looking for an RV for your first RV rental, those are some considerations.

Now let’s flip over and look at the the difference for a Class B or, and we already took a look at Class C.

Llet’s look at the class B units. Class B units are like this Sprinter Van. These are the kind of the hottest thing in RV right now because it’s a very easy unit to, for somebody who doesn’t have a lot of experience driving RVs to be able to go RVing. So it’s based upon a Sprinter Van, a Mercedes Sprinter Van. So not only do you get a van, but you get the style of a Mercedes. The interior appointments are nice, just not roomy. It’s a van, right? So there’s only so much space. And this unit has some back seats with a seat belt. So if you have kids and you’re concerned about their safety rolling down the road, these have seat belts in, it would even have the, the lock-in positions for a baby car seat. There’s then a sleeping area in the back that folds down for a bed.

There’s little refrigerator and little cooking areas in the unit. You’ve got a sink on it. And then seeing this photo, they’ve even got their mountain bikes, the bed slides up and the mountain bikes are inside the unit. This is a really good RV if you’re going to go on the grand tour of the national parks out of the Scottsdale Phoenix area, this unit will get you there and it’ll keep your gear relatively hidden away. So really nice unit and the advantages other than your height, which you’ll have to be aware of, it’s like driving a nice vehicle down the road. So it’s very easy to maneuver. Actually the funny picture that they got posted there. So we, we’ve specifically don’t allow people to stand on the roof. It’s a cool photo but don’t ever stand on the roof on one of the rental units.

But, this is a good demonstration of the type of RV and places you can get into.  Here’s two travel trailers right here. So one and two they’d be towed by this SUV, right? Very capable to tow that. And then that camper van is there. So a good example of the type of camping and experiences you can have. I’m really, really a fan of the photos that this this person has submitted of their RV and the units here in Gilbert, Arizona. And you can see the night rate is very reasonable. Even the weekly rate is very reasonable for this unit to be able to hit the road. So that’s a Class B.

The other type of unit that you’ll see a lot of if you’re running an RV, again as the class C, we mentioned this one earlier, we’ll go to this 24 foot four ones unit a class C RV is a drivable unit where the front half of it, the nose part that you drive in is a is a van front end.

So it’s you know, like a, an like a van, right? So you’re just driving with the van and the entire box is built on the frame and the box is an RV, you know, all the living spaces of an RV. The thing about a Class C is that they are going to be bigger, especially width wise cause the unit goes out, you know, a foot on the side of foot on that side. So it’s eight feet wide so it’s going to be wider going down the road. These units tend to be longer and they have this overhang off the back. So you have to use caution when turning cause you have this, this rear end that swings out. These units are very popular for rentals because it gives you the space of an RV with kind of the comfort of driving a more standard style vehicle.

They have a good windshield that you can see out of. And the nose hanging out over here with this sleeping area is over. The windshield actually provides a natural shade barrier when you’re rolling down the road. So it keeps the glare down when you’re driving in the middle of day. With these units you can generally get into most parking lots. So if you’re going shopping, if you don’t want to have another vehicle with you, they can work well for your RV rental trip. This owner has submitted some good photos of the unit to show all of the the doors. This unit does not have any slides on it so it doesn’t pop out. So it’s a simpler unit, something you don’t have to worry about a lot about functionally, and it’s just a nice unit that you can take on your next RV rental trip or in your case, your first RV rental trip.

So when you’re looking for an RV, you want, again, ask, what location am I going to, what is the use of that RV, how am I going to be using it and what am I comfortable driving and experiencing? A lot of folks will actually rent the RV that they’re considering eventually buying, or at least a unit like it so they can get a good feel of do they like driving it? Is it comfortable to drive? Do they like the living space that’s in it and do they overall enjoy the RV travel lifestyle? This unit’s really nice and we have some good photos of the inside. So as you can see, there’s a bed back here. The restroom is, there’s a door right here, so you’ve got a restroom here and then your cook area. And then right here on the right is the stove or the stove, the refrigerator.

And again, we have some good photos of the interior of this unit, so you can easily see that this is a very nice unit to go cruising down the road. If you have family, there will be seat belts in here, tucked underneath these cushions that they can seat belt and when they’re rolling down the road and they’re driving in the back of that unit. So a really good overview on the different types of units you have available to you.

And last but certainly not least, are pop-up style campers and we don’t have a lot in the Arizona area for obvious reasons. And the obvious reasons are that a popup folds down. So this whole roof structure drops down and you’ll notice that we’re missing an AC unit on it and it’s just like a canvas tent on wheels. So these units are really susceptible to the environment.  So if you’re in a super hot environment, like in Arizona, you’re going to have a lot, this is not going to necessarily be a very comfortable sleeping unit, but if you’re going up to the mountains, you be going into an area where it’s gonna be cool at night. It can be very comfortable and very compact.

Here’s an example of it collapsing down a for towing down the road. Let’s see if the guy, yep, there’s a photo of the unit as you tow it. So it’s a bumper pole. It’s a low profile and it’s not overly heavy. So you can tow this behind most vehicles that have a, a bumper hitch on it. So these pop up style campers are very useful, especially if you’re just going to a location where you simply don’t want to sleep in a tent on the ground and you want to have a little bit more comfort in your accommodations. Pop Up Camper will do the trick.

So I hope you found this video useful. I hope we’re giving you some ideas on what you can do to pick the right RV for your first RV trip. We’re here at RVnGO and you saw this little chat pop up. If at anytime you ever have a question or comment, hop on there and hit one of us up here at RVnGO to walk you through it and we hope you find the perfect RV for your next RV rental trip. I’m Mark Koep with RVnGO and campground views.com. I wish you good day.

What Type of Drivers License Do You Need to Drive an RV Rental?

Hey there this Mark Koep with RVnGO and CampgroundViews.com. Today Im going to talk to you a little bit about the special licenses you need to rent an RV or more importantly, the question of “do I need a special license to drive an RV?” And the answer to that is really simple. It depends. I know that’s a bad answer. It depends is not a good simple answer because it really does depend. It depends on a number of factors, it depends on the state in which you have a driver’s license. So the state which you live in, you’re actually licensed as a driver. So if you’re a California driver, Arizona driver, Florida, New York, all these different States, you’re going to have different rules on the licensing requirements that you have. Those roles will depend, as I said, on the state, but also they will depend upon the type and size of RV you’re going to drive.

For example, in California the larger fifth wheel units, you need a special endorsement to tow anything over, I believe it’s like 40 feet, a special lengthen. And I’m guessing, right? Because I don’t know. So if we go to California DMV driver license special requirements for towing fifth wheel, and I know that there’s an endorsement that you have to have for an RV towing a fifth wheel because I’m from California originally and we had a fifth wheel and I needed a special sticker on my license in order to tow it. So it’s actually a, type C with a fifth wheel endorsement if it’s over 10,000 pounds, but not over 15,000 pounds, gross vehicle weight rating. You’ll see a lot of that stuff. These GVWR is, you’re going to see that all over the place. When you start doing this research, what does that mean?

The, the GVWR is gross vehicle weight rating. It’s a number that’ll be placed right up on a decal somewhere within the unit. If it’s an RV, like a trailer or fifth wheel, it’s usually a sticker up near the hitch area. Or if you open the door to the, where the propane store, it’ll be smacked onto the back of that door. It’s a decal and there’ll be a, there’ll be a number on there. It’ll say gross vehicle weight rating that’s required by law. When they let me ship it, there’s a number on there, that number, it tells you the maximum amount of weight that that RV can tow or that RV can hold. It’s usually limited by the tires. The weight that those tires can carry. But also sometimes it’s actually limited by the suspension and the ability of that suspension to carry weight.

It’s a strict number, meaning if you go over that number, so if you load your trailer up with a whole bunch of gear and you, you got a trailer that can carry 15,000 pounds, gross vehicle weight rating and you loaded 20,000 pounds of gear, there’s a potential that if you get in an accident and they weigh that unit, they could find you liable because you’re operating a vehicle beyond its rated capacity. There’s not a lot of stories of that actually happening in real life. It’s more prevalent on the commercial side. So if you see big rigs with the weight check areas, they usually can find themselves going over those weights and getting in trouble. But on the private side, for RVs, you don’t see that so much. But where you really see it is you’ll see a blowout. So when people get blowouts on the side of the road, there’s two factors. So old tires, speed or overloading that particular axle, putting too much weight on it. We’ll usually cause a blowout broken suspension parts. The last thing, you want to have the broken suspension on any RV, whether it’s yours or a rental. So that would be the other thing. So understanding the requirements of your driver’s license is depending upon state. So you’re really gonna have to do some research. If you’re a Nevada residents, you’d do a “Nevada DMV requirements license to drive RV” on Google.

So you’ll get the DMV in Nevada and you’ll get the information on it. It’ll be very specific. Most of them across the States is 26,000 pounds is like that limit. And that’ll allow you to drive most types of class A’s, class B’s, and class Cs because a large portion of them are not heavier than 26,000 pounds. But the bigger ones, the really big ones can weigh a lot more than 26,000 pounds. And that’s when you start going over into the class a style licenses or even the commercial style licenses were required to drive a unit of that size. So the answer to the question of do I need a special license to drive an RV in the vast numbers of RVs we have listed on RVnGO, the answer would be no. You don’t need a special license. You just need to be legally licensed in your state, in the United States And the RV follows in underneath these different categories. Where the special licensing comes into play is if you’re towing really large fifth wheels or if you’re driving a really large class, a primarily diesel pushers. So most of these class days are going to come in under 26,000 pounds. Let’s see if we can get find one that we’re talking about here. Okay. I think this, even the store motor coach probably is under the weight.

Let’s do a quick search. I doubt we have the weight here. Yes. We’ll pull this one up real fast. So I’m going to do a quick Google search for this unit. Actually, I’ll do the GVWR and we’ll see what we find out. Go to the actual manufacturer site or motor coach USA. I’m moving my head out of the way here in the seat. So the gross vehicle weight on that is 38,000 pounds. So that’s a perfect example of a unit that has a GVWR that’s beyond what most States requires. So there’s a chance you would need special licensing in order to drive that particular unit. Some of these other units? Most likely not. Look at your state laws for where your licensed a driver. So you could be flying to, you know, in this case Phoenix to rent an RV and you’re from California, you would be licensed as a California driver’s. So understand the laws of your state that you’re from. When you rent that unit in Arizona, that carries over cause you’re the driver from California, you’re licensed in California. So understand your California laws and then you would look up the weights of these units and then based upon that then you can rent the proper unit for your next trip.

So I hope this information helps you if you’re wondering what type of license, if any type of license you need to rent an RV. Start at your state level, do some quick searches and then understand the type of units you’re going to rent and you can ask the proper questions there.

I hope this helps you better make a decision for your next RV rental trip and I hope you choose RVnGO to help you book that next round trip. If you have any problems or any questions, feel free to use this chat bar at the bottom of the screen and connect with us. We’re here, we provide awesome support and I hope you found this video helpful. Look forward to seeing you out on the open road, cruising this country in an RV.

What Kind of Camper Trailer can My Vehicle Tow?

Hey there everybody. Its Mark Koep with RVnGO and CampgroundViews.com today Im going to talk to you a little bit about picking the right RV, specifically a travel trailer to tow behind your vehicle. So we do have camper trailers, travel trailers, units that hook onto the bumper hitch behind your vehicle to connect and be towed behind. So units that look like this where they have a little hitch on the front and hook up to your unit. Kind of like this photo right here. And one of the questions we get asked a lot and the folks that are listing these units get asked a lot is “which RV is right for me?” And this is a good example. You can see this is a BMW SUV towing this unit and it’s showed set here at a campsite and that’s the interior of the unit.

So this is a 22 foot Lance camper probably measures in closer to 23-24 feet long. And folks ask…”Hey, can I tow this?” If I rent this RV, can I actually tow it? So the person that listed this unit has already given you the total length is 27 feet, right? So I was right, I guessing there the dry weight is 40,585 pounds and the gross vehicle weight is 6,000 pounds. So we’re about to do a lot of math here. So if you’re ready, get a pen out. We’ll start doing some math. And the reason we’re going to do math is that’s actually the most important factor in determining what you can safely tow down the road when you rent this RV. So we do have some numbers available to us.

We have 4,500 pounds dry weight. So dry weight means that’s the travel trailers weight with no other gear in it. So that’s how much it weighs from the factory. So that includes a refrigerator, microwave, stove the bed, that type of stuff. The second you add items into it, you’re going above that weight. And our gross vehicle weight rating for this trailer is 6,000 pounds, and that weight is likely, limited by the carrying capacity of either the suspension itself or the tires that are mounted on the unit. And that’s actually a very solid number. That’s 6,000 pounds is a number you don’t want to go beyond because it means you’re stressing either the suspension components or the tires on that unit and increasing the likelihoods of some sort of catastrophic failure, either a blowout or the suspension break. So it’s actually a very important number to know.

So what do we learn from this? Well, we know that the unit weighs 4,500 pounds and that’s gross. Vehicle weight rating is 6,000 pounds. The difference between 6,000 and 4,500 it’s 1500 pounds. With that math, we now know how much gear we can put into that RV safely. That is 1500 pounds of gear. That is the weight capacity of that unit when it’s driving down the road. So what does that mean? 1500 pounds is actually not that much weight. So say you fill freshwater tank on the unit cause you’re going to a camp and you want fresh water on it. And let’s see if they actually tell us that number. They don’t, but you could ask that. How much water does it carry? Let’s do for simple math. Let’s say it’s a 50 gallons of water. That’s 400 pounds right there.

Now we’ve only got 1100 pounds of carrying capacity. Let’s put in our luggage, let’s put in some food and all of a sudden we’ve added another 400 pounds of gear and now we’re down to 600 pounds of spare weight available to fit into that unit. This isn’t even talk about towing it behind your vehicle. This is just the dry weight. So now let’s say, okay, at that point we’ve got 400 pounds left, we’ve got the unit filled, we’re ready to roll. That means our weight behind our vehicle is not the 4,500 pounds. It’s actually the 4,500 pounds plus the water plus our gear, which puts us at about 5,600 pounds. So your next question is…”can I safely tow this trailer with my personal vehicle?” Now the way you’re going to figure that out is you’re not going to watch this video.

You’re actually going to go to Google and you’re going to do a quick search. Let’s say you have a Toyota 4Runner. You’re going to do a simple search Toyota 4Runner towing capacity. And the numbers you’re looking for aren’t really from sales channels. They’ll be from the official website and I’m even going to ignore like the number they give you from Google cause that’s that 5,000 pounds. That’s not really a good number for me to base this off of what I’m going to go to is the official toyota.com website. For this unit, I’m going to find my truck on here. So let’s say we have the SR5 four wheel drive and then I’m going to scroll down a little bit and see my weight and capacity. So the curb weight of this vehicle is actually the, almost the exact same weight as our trailer, 4,675 pounds, and then the gross vehicle weight rating is 6,300 pounds.

Just like that trailer math we did. You can do the same math on your personal vehicle. It’s gross vehicle weight rating means the total amount of weight you can hold inside that RV is 6,300 pounds minus its curb weight, 4,675 pounds. That gives us a grand total of what is that 1700 pounds of total gear that can go into that Toyota 4runner. Now here’s an important thing to consider…that gear includes your gasoline and you and your passengers. Average American weighs about 200 pounds, so if you’ve got yourself, your wife, your kids, you’re looking at 600 pounds of gear, you’re up to 5,200 pounds total. Now if you add a full tank of fuel, which let’s see the fuel tank carries 23 gallons, so you’re looking at about another 150 pounds of weight. You’re now up to, what are we getting up to? 5,500 pounds. You now only have 800 pounds of gear to go into that truck, right? When you’re doing a bumper pole where the hitch mounts right on the nose here – when it sits down on your onto your truck, there’s weight being applied to this unit and in fact in this photo you can see the backend of this SUV is squatting down a little bit. That’s that tongue weight of that trailer. Usually the tongue weight, it’s going to be about 500 – 800 pounds of weight put onto the back of your vehicle. So you’ve got five to 800 pounds being transferred over to your tow vehicle. Just doing that rough math, and we haven’t even looked deeper into this yet. What we’ve determined is that this trailer right here likely cannot be towed by a Toyota 4Runner.

Okay, so what if we have a pickup truck? Say we have a Ram 1500 Towing Guide. So we, we’ve got a Ram, it’s got a bumper hitch behind it. I’m able to tow something behind it. Well, I did a similar search. I did a Ram Truck Towing Guide because it’s a truck. You can find their towing guides online and this will give you your towing and payload capacity. So I’ve got a Ram 1500 and let’s just say it’s a standard one with a crew cab. And we’ll just do a search on this. Let’s actually limit it down. Let’s say we have the big 5.7 liter and our wheel base is the standard wheel base and most people have a four wheel drive. So we’ll say it’s a four wheel drive. And we even know our acceleration. We got the premium package here.

So let’s pick the premium. Now we know our maximum payload and they’ve given us the numbers really in mass. So they’re doing that gross vehicle weight rating minus the dry weight, and they’re giving us our max payload. So this, this pickup truck right here, this big horn pickup truck, you can put 1600 pounds into the truck. It’s maximum towing is 11,120 pounds. So this truck can tow that trailer as long as we don’t overload the pickup truck with occupants being us, the driver, passenger, the kids, family, the dog, all that type of stuff. And our luggage and gears plus the 500 – 800 pounds of that trailer. So if you do that math and you’re good, you’ll be fine towing it with a pickup truck. And in fact, all of these pickup trucks have the capacity to tow that trailer. Okay, so let’s look at some other trailers and kind of do a little test run here.

Let’s guesstimate that you’re driving around. Your current vehicle is a minivan and you’re like, okay, I want a short unit. I want to go out with the family. Let’s look at this 15 foot right here, this lightweight trailer. So we go and look at it. We’ll pop it up. We’ll scroll down here a little bit, we’ll get some details on it. It’s 15 feet long and it’s dry weight is 2000 pounds dry. That without looking, we know that the vast majority of all cars and trucks will be able to tow that vehicle. So we could actually even look at, I know Tesla, I’ve seen towing it, so let’s go “Tesla Coup towing capacity.” Now we’re going to see what they got going on here with the Tesla. So, well not the cyber truck. I want the Tesla car.

I’m just having a little fun here because I’ve seen the Tesla’s towing this stuff. Here we go. So I’m looking, if I have a Tesla, I want to be able to tow the 2,600 pounds. It says I can tow up to 5,000 pounds behind my Tesla and they automate your claims over 7,500 towing capacity for the cyber truck, blah, blah, blah. We don’t care about that stuff. What we’re looking for here is this, these numbers right here. So a 5,500 pound weight of the model X itself, has a payload of 500 pounds and a 5,000 pound trailer. They’re just doing the math on it and not really giving me really good numbers to go by. But you’re going to have to go through the same exercise that I’m going through to figure out the towing capacity of your own personal vehicle.

So here now we found the official website with the Model X, the towing capacities of these units. Scroll down a little bit and to see the details on it. Okay, here we go. So equip your model X with the high strength steel tow bar. And so up to 5,000 pounds on your 20 inch wheels and 3,500 pounds on a 22 inch wheels, you notice that they limited it by the wheels, right? Everything else within that drive train is the same except for the wheels. You see that across the board and with a lot of vehicles – usually they limiting capacity number for the vehicle is the wheel and tire setup that it has. And primarily the tires – there’s actually going to be a number, I’m stamped on the tires. There’s gonna be a number stamped on the side of your tire.

So if you do a Google search for “tire code understanding”, this will actually give you the understand of how your tires work. And this is really good information. So here, here we go. Goodyear, a reputable company given us some information on understanding tires and you can actually go out and do this right now just go out to your tires and write down the numbers that are on the sidewall. Like in this example “two-one-five, six-five-R 1595 H” will really come into play here when we look at weight capacities and they’ll see if they got it on here. They also have, see the load index number load index is right here in the 95 H you can interpreted that off of that. And there’s also going to be a stamped onto the sidewall of your tire. Tire stamp weight.
This will be stamped on the side of your tire also, and it shows you the maximum load at cold air pressure. That’s when the tires are cold, before you’ve driven it, if you fill the tire up to its maximum pressure, in this case, 44 pounds per square inch, the maximum weight that one tire can hold is 1400 pounds. Now your vehicle hopefully has four tires on it. If it has three you have a problem. So as long as you have four tires, you can do the math. If I fill my tires, 44 pounds of pressure, if I multiply that by four, I come out to 5,600 pounds, right? Yup. 5,600 pounds.

Am I doing the math right in my head? 5,600 pounds of total weight can be put onto that vehicle, and in fact, if a vehicle came with that size rating, they’re a gross vehicle weight rating of that vehicle is probably 5,600 pounds. The tire is usually the weakest link. So if you go out and you want to get really rough numbers, simply look at that number stamped on the side of your tire and that’ll kind of give you a ballpark. Now what you have to subtract out of that is the weight of your actual vehicle with you and all of your gear in it. And then you’ll understand what your payload capacity is. Then you hook your trailer up, you lose some more weight, and you take that off. So if you put 500 pounds on, now you know exactly how much gear and stuff you can put in that vehicle.
So I hope that helps you figure out how to figure out if you can actually tow one of these units. We have small units as we just saw here at 15 footer. We’ve got a 17 footer, we’ve got all sizes across the board here at RVnGO. So you can kind of pick and choose based upon the type of vehicle you’re going to be towing with. One of the rules of towing is you never can have enough vehicles. So if you’ve got a big truck by all means take advantage of it. Plan on using that. If you have a small vehicle, there are some units you can tow, but just understand the capacities of that unit, the requirements that you would have to have that make sure you can safely stop a trailer. That would be brake controllers all the proper lighting and electrical and understanding the capacities of your vehicle.

And if you’re towing for the first time or, or the first time in a long time, make sure to have your vehicle fully checked out by a certified technician to make sure that your brakes, tires, suspension, motor, and all operating pieces of that vehicle are in top shape when you start rolling down the road. I remember one thing, like this Jay flight that we looked at here, right? This is a different unit, but this unit we’re looking at if we know the weight of it, which should be right in here somewhere. Yeah, so the, the dry weight is 6,400 pounds, right? If your vehicle weighs 5,000 pounds, that means your total weight, rolling down the road is 11,000 pounds of weight. You now have to stop that as something happens. So definitely take that into consideration. The Internet’s your friend – RVnGO is trying to be your friend. I hope this information has helped you better understand what you need to know in order to figure out if your vehicle can tow a travel trailer. I hope you have a good day. I hope you have a fun trip and we look forward to engaging with you again here at RVnGO.

The RVers: Episode 6

Recap

The season finale of The RVers aired December 22nd, and the final episode did not disappoint. The episode goes into the need-toknow information about RV Tires and how they differ from the tires on your car. Then you go inside of RV tours and all the benefits of traveling with a caravan for your RV vacations. 

RV Tires

RV tires are important to maintain for the health and safety of your RV. These cannot be neglected, or it risks the integrity of the vehicle. There are many steps and procedures than can be taken to ensure these tires last as long as they can. Simple tips such as covers the tires and making sure they are cleaned properly. Also understand that these tires will need to be replaces well before the tread of a tire is worn down due to the rubber in the tire. Ensure you take the steps necessary to drive safely on your RV tires. 

RV Tours

RVers are always finding new ways to travel and vacation. A way to get the most of your RV is to do a guided tour through an RV tour. During these tours you caravan with a group of other RVers with the same itinerary and planned stops. All excursions and campsite stops are taken care of. All you have to do is show up with an RV and enjoy. It is a great way to get a taste for the RV trips without having all the responsibility of planning. The activates are also a draw for these tours, by giving unique and new experience they can’t get anywhere else. The biggest reason to join these tours is the relationships you make with other RVer you meet along the way. RVillage is a platform that helps connect RVer to other people at a campsite so you can find and keep up with friends you make no matter where you travel.

Verdict

This episode was the strongest of the series and ended on a high note going into season 2. Start of the episode followed like most of the others, with a dose of knowledge about your RV that will expand the longevity of your tires. Later in the episode it shines by showing the community and the people who RV. The bonds and experiences that make all the care and maintenance worth it. This is truly what RVing is all about. 

   

The RVers: Episode 5

Recap

The RVers came out with a new episode on the 15th of December. This goes in depth on the best practices of leveling your RV. Next, we go inside the RV to find out how to make your RV more personalized. Lastly, how and when to do repairs yourself, and when to ask for help.

Leveling an RV

The first segment of the episode is all about leveling. When you are out at a campsite or RV park, the ground may not always be level. It is important to make sure you have the correct equipment and know how to level your RV. Using simple techniques such as blocks and pads all the way to precise level detecting technology in your RV. The Rvers know it is important to stay level so you can cook and eat properly as well as making sure the RV equipment is running correctly.  

Customizing the RV

Next, the episode moved on to how to customize many aspects of an RV. Once an RV comes off the lot, they all look similar inside. It is your job to give it a personal touch to make it look how you want. One way to make it better is getting a customized bed. This brings the comfort of your bed right to your RV. Another way to customize your RV is by changing the lighting. There are LED lights that are energy efficient that can range from warm to cold colors, while natural light is a happy medium color. 

Repairs

Lastly, every RVer is going to find out that repairs are something you are always going to need to deal with. Learning how to do repairs and improvements yourself may prove vital and save on costs. When trying to DIY it is important to do your research. There are many sources of information from tutorial videos on YouTube or even calling a professional for help. The RV Geeks are a great source for DIY content for your RV. Do not be afraid to ask for help because you do not want to make the situation worse.  

Verdict

This episode brings out one of the more fun aspects of your RV, which is making it your own. Bringing in your own unique touch and flavors to personalize your RV. This episode played into the idea of how you want to be independent and make your RV more like you, but also highlighting the RV community and that there are others out there that want to help along the way.  

The RVers: Episode 4

Recap

Episode 4 of The RVers delivers with another informative and insightful episode into the world of RVs. Showing off the different towable RVs and why people choose them over drivables. Then, they get into the nitty gritty aspects of the RV. Making sure you are using the right batteries to promote the longevity of the RV. As well as giving insight into the many different electrical accessories the full time RVers use to protect the integrity of the electrical system. 

Towables

A towable is as then name states, a RV that is towed by another vehicle. These can range from 10 ft to 38 ft. Travel trailers that can be towed by vehicles such as pick-up trucks, SUVs and vans. However, fifth wheels require a pick-up truck as they attach to a hookup in the bed of the truck. These are the safest trailers to tow due to the weight coming from the top down instead of from behind, practically eliminating sway. Due to towables not having mechanical parts required to drive, they are much more affordable and offer much more freedom as you can drop off the trailer and have the vehicle to travel.  

Batteries & Accessories

The RVers go to great length to hammer down the importance of choosing the correct batteries for your RV. There are two common types of batteries being Lead Acid and Lithium. Lithium is the better option due to the lifespan of the batteries; they are lighter weight and more reliable. Understanding what your RV uses and what it takes to maintain is paramount for keeping the RV in great condition. 

RVs need specific amounts of power to operate at maximum capacity, the RVers touch on the many types of accessories that are used to ensure the health of the electrical system. From tools such as surge protectors all the way to portable refrigerated freezers. These accessories can be installed all by yourself. For any assistance, you can check out The RV Geeks DIY videos. There are many ways to make the most of the power while still maintaining the health of the RV.  

Verdict

The information from this episode is enough to catch viewers’ attention and hold it throughout the show. Taking a look into the side of RVing that many people may not think about but need to know.  

The RVers: Episode 3

Recap

On December 1st, The RVers came out with a new episode meant to educate viewers on the different classes of drivable RVs. Clearly helping to understand the subtle and not so subtle differences, as well as the pros and cons to each class. Next, the RVers dive into Boondocking and how to successfully go off the grid in your RV. 

Drivables

The focus of the first segment of the episode is to understand what a drivable RV is and its many different classes. A drivable is simply a RV that is capable of driving on its own without being towed by another vehicle. There are 3 major classifications of drivables which are Class A, Class B, and Class C. All these range in size, living space, and sleeping space. As well has how mobile and easy they are to drive. You must keep all these factors in mind when choosing the right RV for you and what your intention is with the RV. 

Boondocking

The second half of the episode revolved around the best practices for Boondocking. Boondocking or Dry Camping is when you camp without any hook ups for your RV. This is often referred to being off the grid and helps RVers connect more with nature and truly get away. In order to make the most of these vacations, the RVers have many tips and tricks to conserve resources. Making sure to be efficient and make smart decisions while camping in your RV. Conserving your water and energy intake are ways to extend your boondocking excursion. Experienced RVers, such as The Mortons on the Move, can go 2 or more weeks without resupplying. 

Verdict

Overall the episode was able to get me ready to go out on my own in an RV and adventure. Bringing out the drive to get out into nature and disconnect from the busy life. The RVers can show off their in-depth knowledge and bring value to those who are looking to RV for themselves.  

10 Tips on how to Country Thunder like a Pro

You bought your Country Thunder ticket and got your spot reserved. Now what? Don’t fall for rookie mistakes like not bringing sunscreen. Use these 10 tips and tricks to look like a Country Thunder pro.  

Over Pack on Food and Drinks  

 It is better to bring too much than not bring enough. Country Thunder is a long weekend so make sure to be prepared. It is important to have plenty of water so you can stay hydrated. An easy tip would be to identify the nearest grocery store or market near the festival. In the mornings, you can resupply on things like ice and other necessities you may be out of. There will be food and drinks in the venue that you can buy but make sure to have a supply in your campsite as well. Plus, you must make sure that you have enough beer for the entire weekend! 

Bring Proper Attire 

You are going to be outside all day and night, make sure you can brave the sunny days and the cold nights. Bring clothes that you can layer well, something like tees and shorts then you can add jackets or hoodies as it gets colder. Also, the campsites and get very dusty and if there is rain, muddy. Bring shoes or boots that you are not afraid of getting dirty and muddy. You also want to bring sunscreen and chap stick, as you will be doing a lot of activities out in the sun. Being prepared can make the experience more memorable as you can focus on the events and activities rather than being too cold, too hot, or too dirty.  

Bring Proper Accessories 

Like we said before, you are going to be out and moving a lot, be prepared with all the best accessories for your technology. Bring items such as battery packs and fans to keep you going all day. Keep your phone charged so you can get good pictures with your friends and video of the concerts. Having a plug-in fan will also help you stay cool while on the go. I would also recommend bringing a lightweight wallet with a lanyard so you can have easy access to your ID and money. Being prepared and ready for any situation you come across.  

Games, Games, and More Games 

This is a festival you are spending with people you love; nothing brings people together like fun games such as cornhole and washers. Bring games and get a tournament going with all your friends. You will find many new games as well when you are walking around the many campsites. So, look around and see if there are any new games you would like to learn, and then go ask to play. People are friendly and will be willing to teach you how to play a new game and how it works. But with games, make sure to never take a win or a loss too personal and just have fun! 

Get the Perfect Campsite Set Up 

You will be spending a good amount of time at the campsite, so make sure you set it up in a way that is comfortable. Bring lots of chairs and shade to ensure you have somewhere to rest and get out of the sun. Have your ice chest easily accessible but keep in the shade so nothing inside melts or gets to warm. Many people will purchase multiple spots next to each other or plan with their neighbor to combined and make a bigger campsite. Doing this will expand your campsite so you can have more people at your site and be a popular place for people to want to hang out.  Make the most of the space you have, and do not be afraid to add a bit of flare to your campsite with interesting decorations and kiddy pools. 

Explore all the Campsites 

Do you love people watching to see the unexpected things that people do, say, and wear? Country Thunder is full of diverse and unique individuals who express themselves, making it a prime spot to people watch. As you walk around all the campsites, you will see awesome set ups, interesting people, and maybe find a random dance floor in the heart of a campsite. The people at these festivals are fun and rowdy, there will be no shortage of interesting outfits worn. There are amazing trailers and RVs to explore with plenty of fun festival goers. Mostly everyone is friendly and welcoming, so never be afraid to strike up a conversation with someone.   

Save your Spot at the Concert Early 

The crowds grow larger and larger as the day progresses. Get into the venue as soon as the doors open with your chairs to reserve your spot for that night. Make sure to bring some string or tape to mark off your chairs so no one takes your chairs or your spot. Doing this early will ensure you get a good seat for the concert. Personally, I prefer sitting on the outskirts of the stage, so you do not have to deal with major crowds of people walking past you the entire concert but choose your seats according to your preferences. 

Plan your Meal Times 

It is important to know who is playing on the stage at what time, so you can know when you want to eat. You will want to be strategic to make sure you are eating at times where the musicians you want to see are not playing. Also planning out your meals will help you decide what ingredients you need to bring and what you are going to eat.  Also being prepared with all the cooking and eating utensils for your mealtimes. Make sure it is something easy but filling, such as burgers, tacos, or hotdogs. Knowing when and what you are going to eat will make it easier to plan and have a smooth experience at Country Thunder.  

Bring Cash into the Venue 

There are awesome shops and restaurants to eat at in the venue so make sure you have enough cash to buy that awesome hat and churro. There are also fun rides such as roller coasters, sling shots, and more that you will want to explore. You do not want to miss out on all the fun to be had because you were short on cash.  

Be a Good Person 

It is a fun event where you can kick back and have a great time. But do not forget that other people are trying to enjoy themselves too. Treat everyone with respect and be kind. Say hello to your neighbors, make friends with strangers, and smile at everyone. Events like Country Thunder are meant to bring people together.