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Understanding RV Weights

For the safety of your family and others around you, it is crucial to understand and stay within the weight ratings of your RV and tow vehicle. Unfortunately, understanding RV weights and capacities isn’t straightforward. So let’s break them down into digestible pieces. Actual/Scale Weight vs Rating/Limit/Specification/Maximum Actual weights: Measured weight of

Boondocking Etiquette

Many RVers, including myself, occasionally park overnight on the property of generous retailers, such as Wal-Mart. Even though retailers are located in urban areas (not the boonies), this practice has become commonly known as [an error occurred while processing this directive]. Unfortunately, a small number of RVers overstay their welcome

RV Moisture Control Issues

Lessons Learned Moisture inside an RV will condense in cold weather, if not controlled. Condensation can produce enough water to cause damage in walls and ceilings. Reduce moisture by running exhaust fans and dehumidifier while showering and cooking. In cooler weather (under 45° for our trailer), it may be necessary to always

How to Choose a Tow Vehicle

Tow Vehicle Sizing Proper sizing of the tow vehicle is a critical component of safe towing. Most often this vehicle is a full size pickup truck, but properly equipped cars, vans, SUV’s, and even large motorcycles, are capable of towing small trailers. On this page we provide the steps for

Truck Ratings for Towing Trailers

UPDATE: All links repaired November 6, 2021! Quite a few options exist for towing an RV, but four truck brands dominate the U.S. market: Chevrolet, Ram, Ford, and GMC. Additionally, full-size pickup offerings from Nissan and Toyota are becoming more frequent in RV campgrounds. On this page, we have compiled

The Ultimate RV Manufacturers List (in 2021)

Page updated: December 3rd, 2021 (lots of new entries!) Since 2006, Changing Gears has maintained a comprehensive master roster of all major RV manufacturers. Our list contains manufacturers all across North America, from the wilds of British Columbia to the beaches of SoCal to the industrial Northeast in Ohio and

FAQ – RV Types

What is the best RV to buy? There is no such thing as the “best RV”. One individual’s best RV may be completely unsuitable for another. To answer this question for yourself, you must decide how you plan to use the RV, where you would like to take it, how

FAQ – Costs

Which states do not have personal income tax? There are seven states in the U.S. without personal income tax: Alaska Nevada Texas Wyoming Florida South Dakota Washington To find mail forwarding services in these states, see our States With No Income Tax page. How much does it cost to live in an RV full-time?

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