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RVing 101: Ten Common RV Myths Busted

RVing 101: Ten Common RV Myths Busted

Like any popular subject, the topic of recreational vehicles has picked up plenty of myths and misinformation over the years. If you're looking to join the club of happy RV owners, start by ignoring these ten all-too-common misconceptions.


1) RV Names Include Their Length




Many RV buyers assume that any numbers in a vehicle's model name represent its length. However, this is rarely true. RVs are built around standard sizes, and so including the length in the name would quickly become unwieldy and confusing.



2) Any Truck Can Tow Any Trailer




Your truck has a maximum tow rating which you can't exceed without risking damage or accidents. Even different trucks within the same model range can have different towing capacities, and it's essential to check that your pickup's up to the job before hooking up an RV.


3) RVing is a Year-Round Activity


Unfortunately, the vast majority of RV designs can't cope with extended periods in sub-zero temperatures. Even a model specifically designed for winter use will need extra care and attention when freezing temperatures last for more than a day or two, so continuous winter use isn't something you can rely on in the Ontario climate.


4) You Can Upgrade an RV for Arctic Use


Some manufacturers sell so-called Polar or Arctic Packages which promise to make your RV usable whatever the weather. While these are useful for brief periods of cold, extended stays in Arctic conditions aren't really a genuine possibility.


5) Generators Should Be Used Sparingly


You may think that using a generator as little as possible will keep it running healthily for longer. The exact opposite is true. The less often a generator is used, the more moisture will build up inside it, which can cause damage when it's next turned on. Using it a little and often is the best way to keep your generator in good shape.


6) Motorhomes Are Inefficient with Fuel


No one would call motorhomes paragons of fuel economy virtue, but they're not quite as thirsty as people assume. RV makers have worked hard over recent years to bring fuel consumption down, with impressive results.


7) RV Drivers Need a Special License


In Canada, anyone with a regular driver's license can drive a Motorhome up to 11,000kg's.


8) Only 'Ultralite' RVs Are Easy to Tow


While RVs branded with the ultra-light or ultralite label will usually be easy to tow, there's nothing to say motorhomes without that marketing angle will need special towing equipment. As always, simply check that the RV is within the towing capacity of your vehicle, rather than relying on a manufacturer's promotional gimmicks.


9) An RV Doesn't Need Its Own Sway Control


Even if your truck has sway control installed, you still need it in any trailer attached to the back of it.


10) There's No Need to Winterize an RV



Even an RV that's rated for winter use needs to be winterized carefully if it's going to sitting idle for any length of time.


Despite these myths, owning an RV needn't be complicated. Visit our Ontario dealership for expert, impartial advice on any aspect of RVs, and you can look forward to years of happy camping ahead.

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