We also weigh motorcycles, boats, hot rods and airplanes. We can assist you in adjusting weight distribution hitches, determining proper load distribution on vehicle trailers and other issues related to proper loading of a vehicle.
To be able to make meaningful changes to address the safety issues of your RV it must be weighed properly. "Properly" meaning, accurate scales, all weigh points (4,6 or 8) weighed at the same time using the "4 corner" technique. This will give you the best picture of the RV's condition related to weight and load distribution.
According to the RVer's Ultimate Survival Guide, "NOBODY can tell you what your tire inflation should be without properly weighing your RV wheel by wheel". The only way you can determine the proper inflation for your RV tires is to refer to the tire manufacturer's Load/Inflation tables for your particular tire, AND the load that is being carried by that tire. Underinflated tires may result in decreased mpg caused by increased rolling resistance, present an imminent tire failure (blow out), and decreased tread life.
Overinflated tires can adversely affect handling, suspension and stopping of the RV. Because there is less flex in the sidewall of the tires more road impact is transferred to the suspension and chassis. The reduced "footprint" of the tire decreases the surface of the tire on the road where it's needed for proper handling and stopping.
The only way to determine the coach's weight distribution is to weigh the RV at the end of each axle (typically known as 4 corner weighing). This information will make it possible to calculate the load at each tire, the load on each axle, the RV's gross vehicle weight (GVW) and the distribution of the weight on each component. Analysis of these measurements is the only way to ensure the RV is within its designed capacities.
According to the Recreational Vehicle Safety Education Foundation, after weighing 27.000 RVs, 33% have at least one overloaded tire, 22% have overloaded rear axles and 28% are outside the side-to-side balance tolerance.
To get the most out of your RV experience you must reduce the chances of avoidable problems. Tires are the most likely issue for concern. Make sure you have taken all reasonable precautions to prevent an unforseen problem on the road. According to the RV Safety Education foundation, "Setting your radial tires to the correct pressure is one of the most important aspects of ensuring safe traveling".
This was probably a result of a low pressure condition. Whether caused by a road hazard or improperly inflated, the the result is the same. Its best to check your tire pressures daily when traveling to find potential problems before they are an issue. A good TPMS is an excellent investment and can warn you of problems before they become serious.
We use load cell technology scales designed specifically for our needs. Capable of measuring up to 20,000 lbs at .05% accuracy. The scales self-calibrate to compensate for differences in temperature and humidity upon each use. We also have them calibrated and certified annually to ensure accurate performance.