FAQ -Ecocampor

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1.WHAT TYPES OF HOLDING TANKS ARE ON RV’S?

Your RV is equipped with storage tanks to hold three types of water. First is fresh water used for drinking, cooking, showers and flushing the toilet. A second type is the waste water you used to shower or wash dishes, commonly called gray water. The third, referred to as black water, is the waste water from the toilet.

Maintenance of your tanks is essential. You should always empty your tanks at a proper dump station. These can found at most campgrounds, some highway rest stops, and at many other locations including truck stops. To keep your black and gray tanks functioning correctly, we recommend emptying the tanks when they are at least 2/3rds full.  The added force of a full tank of water helps to flushaway any solids that might collect in the bottom of your tank reducing holding capacity and fouling tank monitoring sensors. Your fresh water tank should be sanitized regularly following the instructions in your RV’s owner’s manual.

2.WHAT IS DRY CAMPING?

“Dry camping” is camping without hookups. It is also called“boondocking”—since many times you are camped out in the boondocks. When you dry camp, you rely on your RVs self-contained features like a 12-volt battery, propane, fresh water storage, on board refrigeration, toilet, and waste holding tanks. Factors that limit your length of stay include water and electrical usage and your holding tank capacity.

3.HOW DO I OPERATE AND MAINTAIN MY RV AWNING?

Most RVs are equipped with a canopy awning to provide shade and shelter. Some awnings you extend or retract by hand.  Others you operate with the push of a button.

Modern RV awnings are woven from synthetic materials like vinyl or acrylic. They are resistant to the elements and last for years. However, they require reasonable care and maintenance.

4. WHAT IS GVW, GVWR, AND GCWR?

These are abbreviations of the three weights most commonly given by dealerships.

GVW­­–Gross Vehicle Weight—the complete weight of a fully loaded RV including cargo, fluids, people, and some equipment

GVWR–Gross Vehicle Weight Rating— total allowed weight or max weight of the RV

GCWR– Gross Combination Weight Rating—total allowed weight of any towing vehicles plus towed ones.

5.  CAN I USE MY REGULAR HITCH TO TOW MY FIFTH WHEEL ?

No, the fifth wheel connects to a truck by a special type of hitch. It is similar to a ball hitch, but these are heavier duty and they go into the bed of the truck. The hitch uses a king pin, a downward facing pin, unlike the ball hitch which has an upward one. Then the king pin slides into the hitch plate on the truck.

6.  WHAT DOES “HEAVY DUTY OFF-ROAD” MEAN ?

It means you can expect to take the Caravan, HyperCamper or Camper Trailer where you want to take it; if your car can pull it through it should follow, but it does not mean you will not sustain damage. The same as in your car, if you are seriously off-roading you have increased the likelihood to damage your vehicle and the same applies to the Caravan, HyperCamper or Camper Trailer.