Originally Posted by COArgosy78
Hi there MR. Action Moderator Dude - so you want to take this on
Here is all of what I have - directly from my super duper 1978 Argosy Owners Manual. Weights and Ratings for the 6.7 Minuet.
Factory Weight w/o options or variable weights 2725
Allow. Addtl Weight (Axle System) 1075
If you add Addt. Weight + Factory Weight it = 3800 GVRW
Factory Axle Weight 2446
Allow. Addtl Total Weight Incl. Persnl Cargo 824
If you add those together you =
Gross Axle Weight or GAWR 3270
Factory Tongue (hitch) Weight w/o options 300
I've also got a whole list next to the above which shows optional Equip. w/columns for Total Weight and Axle Weight and Tongue Weight side by side. Whooppeeee
PS Single Axle
I prefer Action. (like Cher just a single name)
The math I highlited above from your post, was that in your owner's manual or did you just do this to arrive at a GVWR? (Which is likely accurate)
The factory weight is the dry weight of the trailer. Adding ...
personal gear - food, beverages, clothing and other wanted items
The total designed max trailer weight towing is that number of 3800#'s
The axle weight rating of 3270 (or as Andy stated earlier 3300#'s) is what the axle designed needed. The other 500 #'s are in tongue weight, tires, wheels. Because the axle doesn't carry the tires and the wheels. Note 7 to 10% of the trailer weight is on the tongue or the tow vehicle via the tongue.
Making an assumption that you are not taking a survey and you would like to replace the axle for some reason. the replacement needs to follow -
The bare min axle rating you would need is 3300 #'s. However if you go higher say 10% higher, this would give you an extra margin of safety. It does not mean your trailer is now capable of towing any more weight. Also the theory of bigger is better does not continue. So if you go up 25% in weight rating would that be better? Not really. First it is a waste of cash. Second getting too big means the axle assemble may not fit the unit. Last is the ride provided may not be suitable for the trailer. IE too harsh of a ride.
Using that as a guide your axle weight rating choice should be between 3270 and 3600 pounds.