Underrated GVW on SOB's?
I was at an RV show today, and found several smallish travel trailers with very low GVRW's. I thought to myself it was great, they have figured out a way to allow smaller tow vehicles to tow travel trailers.
Trailer #1 was 14' long, plus hitch. It had a posted GVW of 1900 pounds, a believable weight, but with a 300 pound tongue weight. Hmmm... I looked around the inside of the trailer for the official manufacturer's build sheet, the owner of the RV store found it under the sink, behind a bunch of pipes.
GVWR there was listed at 3800 pounds! The trailer weighed over 2800 empty.
Trailer #2 showed a GVWR on the exterior placard as 1400 pounds, with a 900 pound empty weight. This also would be believable, as it was mainly fiberglass, with no air conditioner. Also, it was 13' long, not counting the hitch. Wrong again. I finally found the build sticker, and it weighed 2900 pounds empty, with a maximum allowable weight of 3495 pounds! Less than 600 pounds capacity for evreything you are going to put in it, including an air conditioner.
I am wondering if this is a new way to sell trialers to people that have tow vehicles that have a small towing capacity. They look at the tag on the outsid eof the trialer, and think they are okay, then find out down the road the thing weighs twice what it is supposed to...after an accident, or ruining their tow vehicle.Has anyone else noticed this gross understatement of GVW on SOB's?