Towing the line
What is the point of towing a vehicle behind the motorhome that gets worse fuel mileage than the RV? Whether you call it a “toad,” “dinghy,” or “errand mobile,” a towed vehicle should be everything that a Class A isn’t – small, agile, lightweight, and oh so fuel-friendly. Switching from that bulky SUV to a mid-size will save you countless cash at the gas pump and cut down on the RV’s overtime towing duties.
As someone who has been gauged more than a few times by that convenient, albeit pricey stack of bundled firewood for sale at the campground office, the temptation to transport my own supply is a constant mental tug of war. But, my friends, it’s just not worth it. Not only does a stack of fresh-cut lumber mess up storage compartments with dirty, wet splinters, but also such BYOF (bring your own firewood) is too weighty of an extravagance in order to save $4 in timber.
I couldn’t help but notice the laptop and briefcase over there in the corner. Sounds like a fun weekend you’ve got planned cuddled up with that stock report, P/L statements, and a mailbox full of unread/unwanted emails. First off, the boss is back in Cincinnati, so you’re not earning any brownie points by turning the weekend into a all-work-no-fun proposition. Second, you’re not going to do any work anyway and you know it. So why don’t you save us all the trouble and leave that “work” stuff back at the office?
This might sound like overkill, but don’t bring anything heavy. Simply put, if there’s a lightweight equivalent, favor that instead. For instance, opt for paperback books over hard covers. Go with paper plates instead of the usual dinnerware. Substitute cans instead of bottles, plastic instead of glass. Condiment packets over full-size containers of mustard, ketchup, and the like. Take items out of their bulky packaging and store in zip-lock bags or other space-saving ways. The list goes on and on.
By Brent Peterson