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Old 05-05-2010, 09:03 PM   #15
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After reading all the info posted here I joined the downsized club too. I have a 2001 Ford F350 FWD 7.3 towing a 2009 Flying Cloud 27FB. I have a Valley Industries round bar WD hitch. It had 801 to 1200 lbs bars but today the RV dealer allowed me to switch the bars I bought 6 months ago for new bars rated at 501-800 lbs bars. The tongue weight is 790 lbs, but with my truck' stiff suppension, I think I'll be OK. I had found a couple of rivet heads rolling around but could not find where they might have come from. Possibly could be left over from the manufacturing process. None the less, I feel better about the new hitch combination. I'm going on the Tumalo caravan in a couple of weeks so we'll see. I'm also going to try and get to the North Plains public scales this week and measure loads.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:01 AM   #16
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Hhendrix, Hey, let us know how it goes. I still gotta get down to those scales. Funny this being retired takes up sooo much time
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:08 AM   #17
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TerryC from Los Gatos. I retired from the fire department there. I will post when I do the measurements, probably next week. Oregon is great, but I do miss the CA sunshine sometimes.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:52 AM   #18
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If the scales at not to far away take the TV over and weight the steering and drive separately and then the gross of the vehicle full of fuel and passengers FIRST. Then take the AS over and reweigh each axle Steer,Drive,Trailer and then a total gross of the whole outfit
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:55 PM   #19
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OK, I just spent 2 1/2 hours at the public scales testing the weights on all axles with and without the WD hitch and came up with some suprising results. I'm too tired to tonight to go into details, and it will be an extensive post. I took weights with the trailer, without the trailer, with the WD and with the WD and different tensions via the number of chain links on the WD. Hang tight and I will post as soon as I can. One on the most surprising results was the weight disparity on the two AS axles without the WD bars. A real eye opener.
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hhendrix, I look forward to reading your results.
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I'm going on a caravan to Tumalo tomorrow and finally get a chance to relax. I'll try and post it this weekend. Also, does anyone know how to post an Excel spreadsheet here?
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when ready to post the attachment SEE the file types (and sizes) supported in the attachment box.

however your excel attachment won't be VIEWABLE in the post.

people will need to click the link and open it WITH a xls file reader.

so it would be a LOT simpler, IF u want many folks to actually SEE the data...

to take a screen shot, save a jpeg, or otherwise convert the data to a something VISIBLE...

many image formats are supported (see the list)

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Thanks 2air, I appreciate the advice.
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