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100 • RV PRO • SEPTEMBER 2014 rv-pro.com A fter experiencing multiple tire and rim failures on his fifth wheel in the early 1990s, retired helicopter test pilot John Anderson was more than a little discouraged. He began searching for comprehen- sive information on RV unit weights, but to his surprise and dismay he could find very little. e best he could do was piece together sometimes conflicting information from a variety of sources. Ultimately, Anderson decided that it was up to him to spearhead a solution. So, in 1993, he started the grassroots organiza- tion A Weigh We Go (AWWG), a for-profit group focused on creating a one-source clearinghouse for RVers on proper weights and tire pressure levels. While the organization was still in its infancy, Anderson met Walter and Amy Cannon at an RV rally in Clermont, Fla., where Walter Cannon was presenting a seminar on RV safety. e two men struck up a conversation and a long-lasting rela- tionship was forged. Subsequently, Anderson and Cannon, along with a small group of teams armed with weighing scales, began visiting RV parks and attending rallies and shows – any place they could set up their scales – and began weighing RVs. ey checked tire pressure levels as well, and meticulously logged all of this information, creating a huge database of information. As a result of their efforts, they quickly discovered many RVs were overweight. Further research revealed that many of those RVs left the factory already over- weight or near their load capacity even before consumers loaded them with their personal belongings. "An overweight RV or incorrect tire The nonprofit organization works to educate consumers on RV unit weights and tire pressure levels, with assistance from RV makers and suppliers. By Terri Blazell-Wayson for RVSEF Walter Cannon serves as executive director for the RV Safety and Education Foundation (RVSEF), a nonprofit organization that has helped the RV industry put a stronger focus on safety issues, particularly overweight RVs and underinflated RV tires. Today, the organization spends about 25 percent of its time educating manufacturers and 75 percent educating consumers. PHOTO COURTESY OF RVIA AND RVSEF

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