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Old 06-22-2019, 11:19 AM   #1
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Tongue Weight on 33FB

I know that the dry weight on the 33FB is 1175 has anyone weight one and got a loaded ready to camp tongue weight. I was using 15% or GVWR of 10,000 and that comes to 1500 pounds but looks like with the front bedroom without much storage it would a less than 15%.
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Loading is so specific to an individual that you really need to check your specific trailer. Indeed as you load up on this or that, it's likely to vary a bit even on your trailer. If anything, the "factory" tongue weights tend to be a bit light compared to reality.

If the question is related to shopping and fitting a tow vehicle - I think it is best to work out the trailer first and then fiddle the tow. You should plan to hang on to the trailer much longer than most of us hang on to a tow vehicle.

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Old 06-22-2019, 03:03 PM   #3
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What peeked my interest was most pull behinds run between 10% and 15% but they have a dry pin around 11% and loaded ready to camp climbs to about 12% to 13%. The Classic 33FB starts out on the high end 14.2 dry but looking at the floor plan with a front bedroom without much storage and most the storage just in front of the wheels and the rear bath having the majority storage. Just seems like you won't get much increase in percentage. Of course, it all depends on how you load your AS.

The 33FB we pick up on 1 Jul and the truck is already purchased. My truck specs are 2868 yellow tag payload 14,400 towing, and 21,500 GCWR. We figured 10,000 GVW with 1500 pin(15%), 500 pounds for people and stuff in the cab of the truck and 600 pounds in the bed of the truck so I think we are good to go.
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I have a 33FB “Twin” which has external access storage under each bed, therefore it is likely the tongue weight is higher than a queen bed model when loaded with gear.

I can’t recall the actual tongue weight I ended up with, but I tow with a HD2500 Duramax with a Blue OX Sway Pro and 1500lb bars. It tows very well. If we happen to really load up the trailer and truck bed, I tighten the chains up a couple links and all is good.

PS: Due to the heavy tongue weight , I upgraded to a Husky Super Brute 5000 jack.
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What peeked my interest was most pull behinds run between 10% and 15% but they have a dry pin around 11% and loaded ready to camp climbs to about 12% to 13%. The Classic 33FB starts out on the high end 14.2 dry but looking at the floor plan with a front bedroom without much storage and most the storage just in front of the wheels and the rear bath having the majority storage. Just seems like you won't get much increase in percentage. Of course, it all depends on how you load your AS.

The 33FB we pick up on 1 Jul and the truck is already purchased. My truck specs are 2868 yellow tag payload 14,400 towing, and 21,500 GCWR. We figured 10,000 GVW with 1500 pin(15%), 500 pounds for people and stuff in the cab of the truck and 600 pounds in the bed of the truck so I think we are good to go.

In my experience...whatever you guesstimate without the CAT, add 3-500lb

Example...our 25 Classic. 860 spec, 1200 loaded for dock'n at the Lake.


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What peeked my interest was most pull behinds run between 10% and 15% but they have a dry pin around 11% and loaded ready to camp climbs to about 12% to 13%. The Classic 33FB starts out on the high end 14.2 dry but looking at the floor plan with a front bedroom without much storage and most the storage just in front of the wheels and the rear bath having the majority storage. Just seems like you won't get much increase in percentage. Of course, it all depends on how you load your AS.

The 33FB we pick up on 1 Jul and the truck is already purchased. My truck specs are 2868 yellow tag payload 14,400 towing, and 21,500 GCWR. We figured 10,000 GVW with 1500 pin(15%), 500 pounds for people and stuff in the cab of the truck and 600 pounds in the bed of the truck so I think we are good to go.
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Indeed Airstreams tend to run a bit heavy on the tongue. They always have. Part of the issue is not knowing just how people *will* load them. Put a bunch of bikes on the back bumper and .... yikes .... Their idea is to keep significant weight on the tongue no matter how it's loaded.

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In my experience...whatever you guesstimate without the CAT, add 3-500lb

Example...our 25 Classic. 860 spec, 1200 loaded for dock'n at the Lake.


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Totally agree. As pictured in Bob's post, a Sherline scale, is the best way to accurately weigh your tongue. You would be surprised at the differences in TW on each trip based on load differences and even how much propane is in the tanks.
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:13 AM   #8
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Great thread. Just ordered a Sherline scale. One of the odd things about the 30' Classic has been the low tongue weight. The dealer, JD Sanders, recommended keeping the fresh water tank at least half full to increase what they viewed as low tongue weight. I did that until I switched to the Pro Pride hitch which I figure added 200# to the tongue weight.

That said, I just added a rear receiver to my 2019 Classic 30 to fit a Thule T2 Pro XT 2 Hitch Bike Rack (2" Receiver)with the Thule T2 Pro XT 2 Add-on Bike Rack to provide for four bike capacity. This is a large rack hanging off the rear when it is open to carry bikes. All our bikes are pretty light, <30# but the leverage of hanging them off the back of the TT willprobably unload the tongue quite a bit. The Sherline will certainly help me understand where the tongue weight is. I might end up filling the fresh water tank again
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Great thread. Just ordered a Sherline scale. One of the odd things about the 30' Classic has been the low tongue weight. The dealer, JD Sanders, recommended keeping the fresh water tank at least half full to increase what they viewed as low tongue weight. I did that until I switched to the Pro Pride hitch which I figure added 200# to the tongue weight.

That said, I just added a rear receiver to my 2019 Classic 30 to fit a Thule T2 Pro XT 2 Hitch Bike Rack (2" Receiver)with the Thule T2 Pro XT 2 Add-on Bike Rack to provide for four bike capacity. This is a large rack hanging off the rear when it is open to carry bikes. All our bikes are pretty light, <30# but the leverage of hanging them off the back of the TT willprobably unload the tongue quite a bit. The Sherline will certainly help me understand where the tongue weight is. I might end up filling the fresh water tank again
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Take a look at your trailer and where the water tanks are. They are far enough back that tongue weight isn't going to change as you load them up. They just load the trailer axles more.

The reason you load up the water tank on the 30' Classic is to get more weight close to the ground. They are a bit top heavy otherwise. Weight high is a bad thing for stability. It matters a whole lot more than tongue weight.

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Take a look at your trailer and where the water tanks are. They are far enough back that tongue weight isn't going to change as you load them up. They just load the trailer axles more.

The reason you load up the water tank on the 30' Classic is to get more weight close to the ground. They are a bit top heavy otherwise. Weight high is a bad thing for stability. It matters a whole lot more than tongue weight.

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Thanks, Bob. Wow, more bad info from J D Sanders. What are the towing symptoms of being top heavy? I dropped the extra water because I didn't want the extra weight on a nearly maxed out TV. I am still struggling to get my Pro Pride set up properly. It is better than my old Equalizer but I now realize that I needed heavier bars for the Equalizer.
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Take a look at your trailer and where the water tanks are. They are far enough back that tongue weight isn't going to change as you load them up. They just load the trailer axles more.

The reason you load up the water tank on the 30' Classic is to get more weight close to the ground. They are a bit top heavy otherwise. Weight high is a bad thing for stability. It matters a whole lot more than tongue weight.

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We always travel with the FW tank full, the weight between the axles has no negative effect on towing stability on a properly set-up rig.
In fact, it will tow better.👍
On TW...make sure the TV axle and hitch weights are within their ratings when TV and AS are fully loaded for camping. 🤓
If your TV is unable to handle the 'extra' water weight, it may be time to consider another TV.🤔

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Thanks, Bob. Wow, more bad info from J D Sanders. What are the towing symptoms of being top heavy? I dropped the extra water because I didn't want the extra weight on a nearly maxed out TV. I am still struggling to get my Pro Pride set up properly. It is better than my old Equalizer but I now realize that I needed heavier bars for the Equalizer.
Notice that Bob Sherline scale above is showing 1200 pounds of tongue weight with a dry tongue weight of 860 not counting the weight of the hitch. He has a different floor plan and length but that could be an indication of maybe you have too much tongue weight for your truck. The Pro Pride just added more weight that you going to have to account for. Why I say this is your F150 has a Class 4 hitch that is rated to 1500 pounds tongue weight but Ford derates the F150 hitch to around 1200 pounds and why they derate it is the question. I would spend the money and get a Sherline scales and ensure I was within my hitch specs. The hitch specs are the hitch itself and have a with WD and without WD limits.

Normally the first thought is my truck is rated to tow XXXX number of pounds according to J2807 standard but J2807 is using 10% tongue weights when they rate the trucks towing capacity. There is a big difference between 10,000 GVW with 10% (1,000 pounds) and 15% (1500 pounds). According to the J2807 standard exceeding the hitch weight or payload, specs is a reason to fail.
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Thanks, Bob. Wow, more bad info from J D Sanders. What are the towing symptoms of being top heavy? I dropped the extra water because I didn't want the extra weight on a nearly maxed out TV. I am still struggling to get my Pro Pride set up properly. It is better than my old Equalizer but I now realize that I needed heavier bars for the Equalizer.
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In the case of the Classic, running with the tanks full improves stability (sway). How much it improves it depends a lot on how fast you drive and how much weight you have in various parts of the trailer. Loading up the rear over-bed storage with the rock collection (and putting noting in any of the drawers) is not a good combo .... Driving above the speed limit in Texas may not be the best idea either.

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