How important is RV storage?
Don’t overlook storage
When shopping for an RV, it’s easy to become enamored by shiny surfaces and luxury finishes. However, one of the critical components that should weigh into your purchase decision is the available storage. Yes, it really is that important. The amount and type of storage can truly make or break an RV trip. Read on to learn just how important RV storage is – and what to look for.
It’s all about balance
Many RV’s will list their storage in terms of cubic feet. However, it’s important to not just use the cubic feet measurement to judge the space. The storage location and accessibility play crucial roles for the comfort and safety of your trip. It’s important to recognize that the size and positioning of your storage can affect the safety and balance of your RV, which in turn can make towing or driving riskier.
Overloading a single storage compartment, especially near the hitch, can distribute excess weight to the truck’s hitch. It also can place undue pressure on the truck, and possibly affect steering and braking functionalities.
It’s important to remember that even if there’s storage space, that doesn’t mean you can fill it, especially when hauling large trailers. Knowing and abiding by your truck’s carrying and towing capacities is crucial. Overloading or unbalanced loads can result in dangerous situations like fishtailing.
When determining whether internal storage is adequate, there is a lot of personal preference. You need to consider the length and the style of your travels. Will you need a lot of wardrobe space? Do you plan on cooking a lot? Is there adequate kitchen cabinet space? Is there space in the bathroom to keep toiletries neat and tidy? Are you traveling with kids – is there a place to stow toys and entertainment for them?
Knowing your storage requirements upfront can help you select the perfect RV. You may be a minimalist or you may be a “just-in-case” packer. Either scenario can be supported in an RV – you just need to know which category you’re in before you purchase a rig!