RV Corner

In "RV Corner", I'll share practical information about the RV lifestyle. This may include items such as the steps we go through when setting up the trailer after arriving at our destination, the steps we follow when preparing to leave, basic maintenance and repairs, and related items.

I'm certainly not an expert on RVs, so I may not do things the most efficient way, but I do seem to get things done. There is much I don't know about caring for an RV, but we seem to be able to manage. I'm always open to suggestions for better ways to do things.

Travel trailer information:
  • Manufacturer: Coachmen
  • Series: Freedom Express
  • Model and year: 2014 246 RKS
  • GVWR: 7,500 lbs (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: the manufacturer’s maximum load weight, in pounds, allowed for the vehicle. This rating includes the weight of the vehicle plus fuel, water, propane, supplies and passengers.)
  • Base dry unit weight: 4,702 lbs (The weight of the RV without any fuel, freshwater, propane or passengers.)
  • Base dry hitch weight: 500 lbs (The amount of a trailer's weight that rests on the tow vehicle's hitch. For travel trailers this weight should be 10% to 15% of the total weight of the trailer. For fifth wheels this weight should be 15% to 20% of the total weight of the trailer.)
  • Length: 28' 3"
  • Width: 96"
  • Fresh water capacity: 49 gallons
  • Black water capacity: 33 gallons
  • Grey water capacity:  33 gallons

Floor plan:

Our TV (tow vehicle) and trailer:

Tow vehicle information:

  • Manufacturer: Dodge
  • Model: 1500 Ram Quad Cab
  • Engine: 5.7L V8 Hemi
  • Tow package: 8,800 lbs
  • Axle Ratio: 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio
  • Class 4 hitch; 7-pin connector

Hitch Information:

  • Trekker Weight Distribution with Sway Control

RV Postings: