Grocery shopping taught me that gallons of water are heavy – which is why I always loved refrigerators with water in the door. When we weighed the motorhome, we noted the levels in all of the tanks. We filled up the gas tank to make sure we weighed that tank at it’s heaviest. The gas guzzler that it is, it obviously won’t be filled to the brim for long, but out of all the tanks, that is the one we can expect to travel full. Our 80 gallon fresh water tank was at about 1/2 which is roughly 320 pounds. While we plan on having some water in the tank while traveling, we think 20 gallons would be plenty unless we are planning to be off the grid for awhile. We found the sellers left us with half full grey & black tanks which gives me the creeps (not the sellers really, but any waste – you should see my face when I am picking up after my dog. Reason 34980 why I don’t have children – just not a poop person) The grey tank reads about 1/4 full which translates into 116 pounds and the black is 1/2 full which translates into another 168 pounds. We don’t plan on traveling with that much grey & black water, so that also gives us a little more breathing room. We are both all about downsizing, but the thought of weighing every sneaker made my head spin. All this worrying will be worth it to be safe and legal on the road. I am sure there are some that have never weighed their RV, pack it up & go on vacation and have zero issues. We tend to both be a little more…particular about things. So while we won’t have free reign to stuff the RV, I will stop worrying about the weight of sneakers. After we pack for the first time, we will weigh the motorhome again just to see where it is at. It could be the best $8.00 we spend.
On the planning side, I have narrowed down where we are going to do our trips and roughly when. We want to do several without a toad and within short distances to our current rental. We plan on hitting West Point Lake, Pine Mountain, Eufaula, Lake Martin and there is a campground in Troy Alabama that we want to check out. All trips are under 2 hours providing us plenty of time to get to camp, setup and start getting into a pattern. Our longer trips will probably include Panama City, Savannah, Charleston and Nashville. The longer trips will probably start in May which gives us plenty of time to setup the Jeep to tow. Nothing written in stone and no reservations made quite yet, but we are hoping this gives us enough of a taste of what it will be like.
I have found another benefit of working remotely – bringing out items to the RV during lunch. 🙂