2 Ways to Weigh Your RV and Why It's Important | RV Texas Y'all



In this video, we share the most important RV tip we’ve ever shared with you: get your RV weighed! Whether you have a travel trailer, truck camper, fifth-wheel or motorhome, knowing the weight of your RV makes you safer on the road and gives you peace of mind. When you know your actual weight, fully loaded as you normally travel, you can adjust the air pressure in your tires to the manufacturer’s specifications to lessen your chance of a blowout or other tire issues. If you find out you are overweight for your tires or chassis recommendations, you can downsize what you carry to make your RV safer. Or if you find you are okay with weight, but off balance (too heavy on one side for example), you can move things around.

We take you along as we get our RV and Jeep weighed using two different methods: the SmartWeigh system at Escapees and a truck stop CAT scale. We’ll show you how each weighing method works and the pros and cons of each. However you choose to do it, please get your RV weighed!

Mentioned in this video:
SmartWeigh by Escapees: https://www.escapees.com/education/smartweigh/
CAT Scale Network: https://catscale.com/

Tire Load and Inflation Charts and More Tire Info from Escapees: https://www.escapees.com/education/smartweigh/forms/#tireinfo

TireMinder A1A Tire Pressure Monitoring System: https://amzn.to/2GzZ4yU
We bought our TireMinder TPMS several years ago. We have sensors installed on all 6 of our motorhome tires and all of our Jeep tires. While it does give us false signals every now and then (particularly when a sensor battery needs to be replaced), overall it has worked very well over the years we have owned it. It monitors both the air pressure and temperature of each tire at all times and alerts us to anything out of normal range so we can pull over and check it out. We highly recommend getting a tire pressure monitoring system. We feel a lot safer on the road since we installed ours.

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22 thoughts on “2 Ways to Weigh Your RV and Why It's Important | RV Texas Y'all

  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Hey y'all! We've been wanting to do this video for a very long time. We believe that knowing the accurate weight of your RV is super important to staying safe on the road. We've weighed each of our RVs shortly after we bought them and every time we make major changes to the amount of stuff we carry. Thanks for coming along with us. We'd love to hear your experiences and tips for RV weighing. Stay safe out there y'all!

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Nitrogen instead of air on all
    tires lasted longer, ran cooler, and had alot less blowouts

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Hi, thanks for another great Informational video. I just have a question, why is the dog's back turn to the camera? Safe travels , love u3!

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Thanks Guys for the schooling, great job pointing out very important considerations going along with owning any RV's helps all of us have a better time with the lifestyle as well saving money on preventative mistakes. Great video…. Thank you don

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Did I miss it? What was the correlation between the two weighing systems? Where they close in their findings?

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Long long ago in the 80's, I was a truck driver. Many times before I would go into the states weigh station, I would get on the CB and state to anyone on the channel that I was heavily over loaded in sail boat fuel, realizing that the station monitored channel 19 on the CB. I would always get signaled to go to the inspection area. Well, sail boat fuel is obviously air. So I would be empty with nothing in the trailer but air. Many fond memories of opening my truck trailer to nothing in it and the inspectors being dumbfounded!

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    I have always stated that weigh stations ask 'How fat are you''. Yet another way the government questions you on  'How much do you weigh fat boy?'. LOL

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    I met "y'all" at Escapees office and I took your lead and I got my coach weighed too. I agree Kris provided alot of great actionable information I didnt have before the weigh. Glad we met!

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    How do I find out what my tire pressures should be? Is that included in the RV manual or….? (I am still researching. I don’t have my RV yet.)

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Great video, good information. Question , how did the two different weighting procedures compare?

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Thanks as did learn some things that I didn't know. I have a truck and don't know the weight the tires on it can carry so will have to check that out. Hope that you have had a wonderful Happy Easter.

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Fantastic information!!! Thank you so much for sharing!! We plan on getting our rig and toad weighed next weekend at our local Love's Truck Stop!!!

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Thank you, would never have known to get unit weighed, newbie here, first trip this week

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    I agree that proper tire preshure is absolutely important. One thing I might have missed you talking about. When you get individual corner weights, you use the heaviest weight on that axel to set tire preshure for that axel. Good job geting the information out.

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Were you under the GAWR for each coach axle? With the Jeep attached were you under the GCWR of the coach? How much more weight could you add? What tire pressures for the coach did you end up with after the weigh?

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Good video but my wife and I wanted to know the weights of both weigh ins and the comparison or difference in weight of both weigh ins

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Safety first when doubt you must find out .Like you said peace of mind has to make your journeys over the road. The Happiest of Trails…

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  • October 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    Good topic for a video! Only weighed my rig once and was well within the acceptable range. I'll look weighing like the first one you showed to look at the balance on my rig. More recently I've been focused on shedding unnecessary weight. Have you seen any data on increased MPG correlated with weight offloaded? Would make an interesting video. Did a quick search and didn't find anything with clear testing results for an RV. For instance, if one has an 80-gallon freshwater tank but only carries 40 gallons, the load would be reduced by 333 pounds. Most of the time, this would work for me so I'm left wondering how much this single action might improve my fuel efficiency.

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