How to pack for an RV holiday
Pack your RV with precision with these top 10 tips from Apollo Motorhomes.
As more and more Victorians are discovering the delights of exploring our own backyard, caravans and motorhomes are booming in popularity. Never mind passports and flight schedules, an RV road trip promises freedom and endless possibilities, with the flexibility to head off when you want, where you want and change plans on a whim.
Many of today’s recreational vehicles come with just about every convenience you can think of –from TV and microwave to hot shower, toilet and air-conditioning. Clever design means there’s also good storage space but you still need to put some thought into what to pack – and how to pack it. Weight is a major factor in road accidents involving recreational vehicles, and safe weight distribution is key, especially when travelling with caravans and trailers.
“Too much weight at the back can lift the rear of the tow vehicle, causing poor traction and movement management, and too much weight up front can impact a vehicle’s suspension,” says Richard Barwick, CEO of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia.
“It’s best to keep heavy items centrally located over the axles or balance out weight with some up the front and some up the back to avoid weight on the towball being too heavy or too light. And too much weight on one side or the other can cause poor handling and sway.” Find more safety information at rvsafe.com.au.
Apollo Motorhomes is a partner of RACV.